The Cancer and Comedy Podcast is for Cancer Impacted People Who are Not Done Living and Are Passionate About Facing the Grim with a Grin.
My name is Dr. Brad Miller and The Cancer and Comedy Podcast became my Passion Project At Christmas time 2022 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer just after retiring from a 43 year career as a pastor.
My response was to laugh to keep from crying. I decided after a Christmas visit with my pre-school granddaughters that God wasn't done with me yet and I was going to fully live my life in such a way as to see those granddaughters grow up.
I decided to combine my experience as a pastor with my Doctoral Degree in Transformational Leadership with my love of comedy to create the Cancer and Comedy Podcast as place for Cancer Impacted People to Cope with Hope and Humor. I like to say the Cancer and Comedy Podcast is a Place to Turn the Grim into a Grin.
Along with my co-host Deb Krier from TryingNotToDie.Live, who is a cancer warrior in her own right, we are dedicated to produce a weekly podcast which brings education, inspiration and entertainment to our audience with practical stories, interviews, funny stories and bad jokes which are designed to help cancer impacted people cope with hope. We will also have faith-based segments in the episodes.
Moreover, we love to feature uplifting stories of how people kicked cancer in the butt and won at life.
So if you are a cancer impacted person please join me right here on the Cancer and Comedy Podcast where we are all set to lift you up.
Dr. Brad Miller, January 2024
“Uncovering Joy and Resilience in Caregiving” w/ Darleen Mahoney SeniorLivingGuide.com
Darleen Mahoney is Dr. Brad Miller’s guest on Episode 33 of “Cancer and Comedy Podcast.”
Darleen is the National Digital Sales Director of SeniorLivingGuide.com
SeniorLivingGuide.com provides information to help seniors and their families find assisted living and home care solutions. It also has resources for seniors on home health, active adult communities, and skilled nursing facilities.
In this episode, Darleen will share her personal experiences and insights about caring for aging parents and navigating difficult situations such as cancer and dementia.
Darleen shares the story of her mother's battle with ovarian cancer and what she learned from reading her mother's journals after she passed away, including her daily expressions of gratitude, which profoundly impacted her outlook.
She discusses the challenges of caring for her father, who had dementia, and how it led her to develop a passion for helping seniors.
Darleen emphasizes the importance of gratitude, faith, and humor in facing challenges. These three things help Darleen get through tough times, find strength, and uplift stressful situations.
Darleen shares a touching story of how her podcast and resources helped a friend cope with her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis and navigate family conflicts.
It reveals how her podcast can help people learn from others' experiences to avoid potential pitfalls and uplift listeners' moods and coping abilities during difficult periods.
Episode 33 of Cancer and Comedy Podcast is a must-listen for people looking for valuable life lessons from Darleen's personal story of caring for her parents and how it shaped her outlook on gratitude, resilience, and humor. Those who want to find a new perspective on how to cope with challenges such as aging, caregiving, and illness.
From Scapel to Screenplay: Your Current Chapter Isn’t Your Whole Story with Urologist, Filmmaker, Author Dr. George Ellis
Today, our guest is Dr. George F. Ellis. He is an American physician and urologic surgeon who has performed thousands of urologic procedures over his medical career. Dr. Ellis is also a writer and filmmaker. He runs his own film production company, Coronado Beach Productions, through which he has produced and funded several films.
In this episode, Dr. George Ellis discussed his volunteer medical work treating underserved patients. He also shared his passion for storytelling through filmmaking and how life transitions can impact health and diet.
Dr. Ellis discussed his ongoing volunteer work providing medical care to uninsured patients. He helped create clinics in Florida to improve access to primary care. Through this work, he treats various urological conditions, and patients express gratitude for the opportunity to receive treatment.
Having a positive attitude and hope can aid the healing process and treatment compliance. Dr. Ellis noted patients with good outlooks tend to have better medical outcomes. He shared an example of a patient who significantly improved after receiving medication.
Dr. George Ellis talks to Dr. Brad about their upcoming book "A Surgical Approach to Culinary Arts." Dr. Ellis and his son Adam drew parallels between their careers in medicine and cooking in this co-authored book. It includes diagrams of cow anatomy and recipes applying their combined expertise.
Dr. Ellis was able to find a new purpose and leverage his medical expertise creatively after retiring from his clinical practice. Through filmmaking and his cookbook collaboration with his son, he found ways to stay engaged with storytelling and education.
Successfully navigate a career change by pursuing new interests. Dr. George Ellis demonstrated the value of being open to new opportunities later in life rather than limiting oneself after a long career.
Episode 32 of Cancer And Comedy Podcasts is a must-listen for anyone searching for a story of transitioning to a new creative career after retiring and learning how to maintain your passion for helping others.
The Laughing Crying Connection
In this episode of the Cancer and Comedy Podcast, Dr. Brad Miller talks about coping with difficulties through laughter and tears. He shares personal experiences dealing with the death of a family member, where he felt both deep sadness and joyful memories.
Dr. Miller explains that while crying is important for the release of emotions, laughter provides perspective that can help transcend suffering. It allows us to focus outward on positive impacts others have had, rather than inward on our own pain.
He encourages letting yourself feel sadness through tears, but also finding humor to gain a broader outlook.
Dr. Miller also tells a story of how getting stuck in grief without laughter's perspective can be unhealthy.
Dr. Miller's goal through his cancer and comedy podcast and website is to help those facing cancer or other hardships cope with hope and humor. He wants to build a community where people can navigate life's challenges with balance and perspective.
How to Become a Hall of Fame Lifter Upper: Life Lessons from Uncle Rick
In this special episode, Dr. Brad Miller reflects on the legacy of his uncle Rick, who recently passed away.
Dr. Brad Miller shares heartfelt memories of his favorite uncle, from learning basketball to coaching little league.
Despite facing adversity, Uncle Rick's story inspires resilience and courage.
Dr. Brad also discusses concepts such as anticipatory grief and finding joy in life's challenges.
Through Uncle Rick's example, Dr. Miller emphasizes the power of humor, travel, and human connection in overcoming obstacles.
Dr. Brad Miller welcomes listeners to join the cancer and comedy community, fostering support and laughter in the face of adversity.
Episode 30 of the Cancer and Comedy podcast is a must-listen for people who want to find inspiration and hope from the stories of others who are living fully despite facing cancer and other health challenges and to better understand the importance of community for coping with cancer experience.
Building a Powerful Cancer Care Community: Stories of Resilience and Shared Hope
In this heartfelt episode, Dr. Brad Miller opens up about his personal journey grappling with a recent prostate cancer diagnosis, setting the stage for a touching discussion on the vital role of the community in facing health challenges.
Dr. Brad Miller shares his experience of attending Podfest Expo, where he crossed paths with remarkable individuals who shared their stories of resilience in the face of cancer.
Notable figures include Deb Kerier, a spirited breast cancer warrior now a co-host of the Cancer And Comedy podcast, along with others like Rebecca, Kristin, Tim, Shannon, and Melissa, each bravely navigating their own cancer journeys and contributing to the broader conversation.
Dr. Brad also mentions an inspiring man named Lee Silverstein, who continued to inspire despite being in hospice care due to colon cancer with his positive outlook.
A somber moment is also dedicated to the late Dan Miller, whose impactful podcast and books, such as “48 Days to the Work You Love”, left an unforgettable mark on those facing adversity.
Dr. Miller passionately underscores the transformative power of community, urging listeners to seek comfort in familial bonds and connections with like-minded individuals navigating similar health challenges.
He shares personal anecdotes about how these connections have been a source of strength and encouragement, reinforcing his commitment to embracing life to the fullest despite the presence of cancer.
Dr. Brad Miller welcomes listeners to join the cancer and comedy community, emphasizing the potential for shared experiences, mutual support, and collective healing within this compassionate network.
Episode 29 of the Caner And Comedy podcast is a must-listen for people who want to find inspiration and hope from the stories of others who are living fully despite facing cancer and other health challenges. And to better understand the importance of community for coping with a cancer experience.
The Cure for the Overwhelming Burden of Cancer Talk with co host Deb Krier
In this podcast episode, Dr. Brad Miller and Deb Krier discuss the overwhelming burden of dealing with cancer, particularly during the holiday season.
To overcome the feeling of burden, remember these tips:
Acknowledge and allow yourself to feel the burden rather than trying to pretend you're not feeling it.
Give yourself grace by taking breaks when needed through naps or time alone.
Focus on experiences with loved ones rather than just gifts or activities
Spend quality time with family and friends throughout the year, not just holidays
Fighting the feeling of burden you have is a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to start. These valuable insights you can take will serve as your guide to healing your mind and body from the negative feelings you have.
Remember, embrace the journey, find moments of joy, and seek support to lighten the load.
Episode 28 of the Cancer And Comedy podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking for a source of inspiration, fostering a sense of resilience from the feeling of burden.