100 episodes

Dear Cancer, I’m Beautiful is the first podcast of its kind to bridge the gap between life-saving cancer treatment and fashion, beauty and wellness advice.

Host Melissa Berry is a veteran fashion and beauty publicist, eight-year Triple Negative Breast Cancer thriver and founder of CancerFashionista.com. She’s on a mission to help you reclaim your inner and outer beauty, and welcomes you to listen in as she chats with nipple tattoo artists, post-mastectomy lingerie designers, clean beauty gurus and everyone in between, because cancer isn’t beautiful…..but YOU are.

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    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Dear Cancer, I’m Beautiful is the first podcast of its kind to bridge the gap between life-saving cancer treatment and fashion, beauty and wellness advice.

Host Melissa Berry is a veteran fashion and beauty publicist, eight-year Triple Negative Breast Cancer thriver and founder of CancerFashionista.com. She’s on a mission to help you reclaim your inner and outer beauty, and welcomes you to listen in as she chats with nipple tattoo artists, post-mastectomy lingerie designers, clean beauty gurus and everyone in between, because cancer isn’t beautiful…..but YOU are.

    "Empowering Patients: Understanding Fail First, Step Therapy, and Care Pathways," with Dr. David Charles, Founding Member and Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance for Patient Access

    "Empowering Patients: Understanding Fail First, Step Therapy, and Care Pathways," with Dr. David Charles, Founding Member and Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance for Patient Access

    Join me and Dr. David Charles, Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance for Patient Access and a distinguished neurologist, for a dynamic discussion. In this episode, Dr. Charles sheds light on step therapy, fail-first protocols, and care pathways, revealing their impact on patient care. Explore how the Alliance champions patient education and advocates for healthcare policy improvements. Tune in to delve into the intersection of patient advocacy and healthcare reform with Dr. Charles and the Alliance. Thank you to Amgen, Merck and Daiichi Sankyo for making this episode possible!

    • 36 min
    "Beyond the Chair: The Powerful Evolution of a Celebrity Hairstylist Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer" with Chelsey Pickthorn, Celebrity Hair Stylist, Patient Advocate & Coach

    "Beyond the Chair: The Powerful Evolution of a Celebrity Hairstylist Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer" with Chelsey Pickthorn, Celebrity Hair Stylist, Patient Advocate & Coach

    Join me and my incredible friend, celebrity hairstylist Chelsey, for an intimate conversation about navigating life with metastatic breast cancer. Discover her powerful journey of resilience, creativity, and finding purpose beyond the salon chair. This episode offers inspiring insights into living life to the fullest, despite the challenges we face. Tune in for a heartfelt exploration of courage, community, and embracing every moment.

    • 45 min
    “Reclaiming Vitality: Coping with Weight Gain and Exhaustion After Cancer,” with Dr. Amy, cancer survivor, advocate, and creator of the Cancer Freedom Program

    “Reclaiming Vitality: Coping with Weight Gain and Exhaustion After Cancer,” with Dr. Amy, cancer survivor, advocate, and creator of the Cancer Freedom Program

    Join us for an inspiring conversation with Dr. Amy, cancer survivor and creator of the Cancer Freedom Program. With over 13 years of clinical experience, Dr. Amy shares practical strategies for coping with weight gain and exhaustion post-cancer diagnosis. Discover evidence-based approaches to reclaiming energy and vitality as Dr. Amy dispels common myths and offers empowering insights. Tune in for actionable tips on navigating life beyond cancer with hope and resilience.

    • 43 min
    "Policy Perspectives: Advocating For Change In Step Therapy Practice” with Alan Balch, CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation

    "Policy Perspectives: Advocating For Change In Step Therapy Practice” with Alan Balch, CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation

    Meet my new friend Alan Balch! Alan is the CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation which provides patient services, eliminating obstacles in access to quality healthcare.   
    Alan has over 20 years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector spanning multiple advocacy areas including access and affordability, health equity, prevention and early detection, and cancer research. As part of my special podcast series, “Your Voice. Your Health.” focusing on step therapy, today we’re going to take a deep dive into policy perpsectives and advocating for change. We’re also going to learn Alan’s “why” behind his mission. 
    Thank you Amgen Oncology and Merck for making this episode possible!
     

    • 52 min
    “The Fine Line Between Fear & Empowerment: A Story of Young TNBC Survivorship And Advocacy" with Advocate Chance Osborne

    “The Fine Line Between Fear & Empowerment: A Story of Young TNBC Survivorship And Advocacy" with Advocate Chance Osborne

    I’m so excited to have my dear friend and TNBC sister, Chance Osborne here with us today. We met through our advocacy work and I smile every time I hear her name - and now you will too!
    At the young age of 24, Chance received a stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis, all while carrying the weight of a family history of cancer and the BRCA1 gene mutation. This aggressive form of breast cancer presented her with daunting challenges, from enduring the grueling side effects of chemotherapy to navigating unexpected complications during her recovery from a double mastectomy.
    Despite the hurdles, Chance's spirit remains unwavering. She’s a force in our community and a shining example of advocating for yourself - and why you should NEVER accept the words, “You’re too young for breast cancer."
    Join us as we delve into Chance's breast cancer experience, share the power of not taking “no” for an answer, managing that fine line between fear and empowerment, as well as some advocacy tips that she learned along the way.

    • 29 min
    11 Years Strong: Reflecting on My Cancerversary

    11 Years Strong: Reflecting on My Cancerversary

    Join me in this special episode as I mark my 11-year cancerversary by reflecting on the twists and turns of my journey, and how it's shaped my beauty and fashion routines.
     
    I'll open up about the emotional and physical challenges I've faced, from diagnosis to treatment, and share the lessons I've learned along the way. Through it all, resilience and positivity have been my guiding lights.
     
    I'll discuss the adjustments I've made to my beauty routines due to treatment, and how I've found beauty and confidence during tough times. It's been a journey of growth and self-discovery, with each moment shaping my perspective on beauty inside and out.
     
    This episode is a celebration of resilience, reflection, and the power of finding beauty in every step of the journey. 
     
    Join me as I embrace 11 years of strength and self-love, and look forward to the road ahead.
     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Leslie Yerger ,

What an incredible intersection!

I think the intersection between having cancer and how we feel about how we look, which includes fashion, is a deep and personal subject that is rarely talked about, or even acknowledged. I really appreciate the deep dive into that.

Also, cancer effects us all in so many ways that the subject is very broad. Thank you Cancer Fashionista for this podcast, and for reminding us just how beautiful we are in so many ways!

It’s real, relatable, informative, personal, and warm. I highly recommend this podcast!

D-Mo24 ,

Impactful!

There are people who talk about touching lives and and there are people that actually do it. I’ve listened to several episodes and find the positive vibes to be contagious. Thanks for making a difference in people’s lives.

Denis

Rosie Mang ,

SO INSPIRING

I love this podcast! One of my favorites. There are always such valuable lessons to be learned for anyone, whether impacted by cancer or not, from each episode.

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