17 episodes

Outrun Cancer started back in 2012 when I made a promise to a friend that I would run every day for her as she was going through a cancer journey
I was living in Tokyo and she was living in my home country, New Zealand.
And then in 2017, I also got cancer (I know!!) ...and yep in case you are wondering I am still running every day! You can read more on this journey at https://www.outruncancer.net/

The Outrun Cancer Podcast is for anybody who's going through a cancer journey or supporting somebody who is.
Maybe you're a runner (or a wanna-be runner which we all have been at the start) and you'd like to know more about how to run every day or you might just be keen to hear the life learnings from running everyday.
So come join us on the Outrun Cancer Podcast.
I'd love to hear and learn from your stories, too and make this a community of support.
See you soon!

Outrun Cancer Vanessa Oshima

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Outrun Cancer started back in 2012 when I made a promise to a friend that I would run every day for her as she was going through a cancer journey
I was living in Tokyo and she was living in my home country, New Zealand.
And then in 2017, I also got cancer (I know!!) ...and yep in case you are wondering I am still running every day! You can read more on this journey at https://www.outruncancer.net/

The Outrun Cancer Podcast is for anybody who's going through a cancer journey or supporting somebody who is.
Maybe you're a runner (or a wanna-be runner which we all have been at the start) and you'd like to know more about how to run every day or you might just be keen to hear the life learnings from running everyday.
So come join us on the Outrun Cancer Podcast.
I'd love to hear and learn from your stories, too and make this a community of support.
See you soon!

    Part 2: Running Athens Authentic Marathon - After the Marathon

    Part 2: Running Athens Authentic Marathon - After the Marathon

    This is Part 2 - Welcome back to the “After” story of the Athens Marathon. 
    Like anything, we go into a journey with some level of knowledge and expectation on what it will be like - Make sure you listen to Part 1 to hear some great pre race advice and expectations from our local expert (run Athens 7 times!!) Daphne before you listen to Part 2!
    In this episode, the “runners” come together a couple of days after the marathon to reflect on the experience. If you are wanting to hear all about Athens Marathon, but also how it teaches some life lessons and cancer lessons then fire this one up.
    All I can say is - Yes,  it was definitely the hardest marathon I have run for multiple reasons (my knee, the timing, the course) but it was also one of the most memorable. Put it on your “to do list”!
    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @voicesofcancer.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    What the Athens Marathon was really likeThe layout of the course and which parts were the most difficultWhat happens when you get to the end!The #OutrunCancer team's "life learnings from running Athens"What might be next for the Outrun Cancer team
    Listen to Julia’s episode here
    Listen to Daphne’s episode here
    Listen to Connor’s episode here
    Connect with Vanessa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesofcancer/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-oshima-she-her-37b51113/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weoutruncancer

    • 39 min
    Running Athens Authentic Marathon: Before the Marathon (Part 1)

    Running Athens Authentic Marathon: Before the Marathon (Part 1)

    Have you ever thought of running the ORIGINAL MARATHON? I can honestly say I have been obsessed with this idea for a few years. And finally this month the "dream" turned into reality. When I completed the 6 major marathons, many asked me what would be next on the "Vanessa running bucket list". Without hesitation, I replied Athens Marathon. It is the course that started it all, from Marathon to Athens - the original - the authentic marathon. And it was on my “bucket list”.
    Like many marathons, it has an amazing startline (Marathon where it all began) and an incredible finish line at the location of the first modern day Olympics - the only Olympic stadium made of marble. This marathon also has an amazing story and history. 
    The bucket list of running Athens had always been there. In our episode 4 podcast, I mentioned to Julia that I was thinking of running Athens. Julia quickly jumped on board and said she would like to try to run a marathon. A plan was formed for us to run together in Athens. And from there Connor and Daphne joined in for an amazing gathering of #outruncancer podcast members who had only met virtually to come together in the real world. 
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    Introducing the OutrunCancer Team taking part in the Athens 2022 MarathonDaphne’s insider knowledge of the courseThe pre race jitters and fears each member hasWhy this Marathon means so much and should be on your bucket list
    Stay tuned for Part 2 where we talk about “After”!
    Listen to Julia’s episode here
    Listen to Daphne’s episode here
    Listen to Connor’s episode here
    Connect with Vanessa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesofcancer/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-oshima-she-her-37b51113/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weoutruncancer

    • 23 min
    Working through cancer

    Working through cancer

    This episode brings two work-career connection friends together to talk about ”working through cancer”.  Laura and Vanessa have been friends for many years with their work and careers being similar and crossing paths from time to time.  Their work is very much something they are passionate about and they discuss how cancer changes how you need to work - a way that matches your needs. They discussed making those decisions, having to learn to think differently about work and what it means for family, finances and friends.  So the double meaning of “working through cancer” (work = job and working through = process of change)  is at the center of this episode. 
    This episode was recorded in October which is breast cancer awareness month. Although cancer is an “every day” journey and is so much more than just one “pink ribbon month” or “Mo-vember”, these awareness months give us a chance to raise awareness and reflect, remember and get a little reset. Laura is still in the middle of her cancer journey with another round of chemo on the near horizon and so the conversation is very NOW and full of decisions and experiences that made Vanessa and Laura both reflect deeply on holistic wellness. 
    If you are going through a challenge and are looking for some inspiration and stories on how to “work through it” then this might be for you. Also this episode provides some hints on how to get prepared for what might come if you or one of your family or friends is faced with a cancer diagnosis or another crisis that you need to work through. 
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Laura chose to let cancer teach her how not to be an island anymoreFinding your “sempai” and or a concierge to take some of the details off your plateFinding your  WOW (Way of work) and rhythms with treatment so you can keep working if you choose toFinancial wellbeing in times of crisis
    About Laura 
    Laura is based in New York and recently retired from a successful career in the consumer insights industry. Known for her expertise in media and its evolution - she is used to change and the need to pivot when outside forces impact you.  Laura also has a deep passion for unlocking potential in people, teams and industries - especially those in a state of change or transition. In 2020 she was faced with a cancer diagnosis and set about her own transition to a journey with cancer. She needed to fully apply her skills in assessing and unlocking potential to her new life - and as always the execution isn’t always as easy as the “powerpoint slide”.  
     
    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @voicesofcancer.

    Links:
    Knitted Knockers: https://www.knittedknockers.org/ 

    Connect with Vanessa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesofcancer/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-oshima-she-her-37b51113/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weoutruncancer 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    When your mum has cancer: A kid’s conversation

    When your mum has cancer: A kid’s conversation

    In this episode, we connect with Caroline and Mark’s kids as we continue the conversations on how to share a cancer diagnosis with children. To more deeply understand what their journey and feelings are like. 
    In this episode, Ryan, Connor, Tyler and Lachie reflect back to what it was like 10 years ago when they were all gathered together on the couch as “mum and dad needed to talk with them”. Tyler shares that she thought the siblings “were in trouble” for something and how unexpected the news was. Hear the real feelings be discussed amongst the four of them.
    Caroline shared with Vanessa that she learnt a lot of “new things” listening to the conversation. From listening to the feelings to the coping mechanisms and what was maybe done well and what was tough. The hope is that we continue to listen and learn from these real stories. I thank Ryan, Connor, Tyler and Lachie for their bravery to share their feelings in such an open and honest way
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Caroline and Mark broke the news to their four children and the reactions each of them hadHow the kids each found different ways to cope with the news, and navigate decisions such as traveling abroad on exchange programs was managed How relationships with friends at school became different About how seeing physical changes happening brings a sense of anxietyReflection in hindsight of how stronger support of each other might have helped and raising the question of how to make sibling conversations and support easier in times of crisis. 
    About Caroline’s Kids Ryan, Connor, Tyler and Lachie
    Caroline and Mark’s four children live in New Zealand.  At the time their mother was diagnosed they were all in school ranging from 8 to 14 years. All have moved away from home now but regularly return home to their mum and dad’s couch and kitchen table in Tamahere which is just outside of Hamilton in the North Island of New Zealand. The Steer children are incredibly sporty and very committed to charity and community. Conner, Tyler and Lachie have been part of the run streak craziness. Vanessa and Caroline humbly say thank you for all they do to support us.
    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @voicesofcancer.

    Connect with Vanessa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesofcancer/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-oshima-she-her-37b51113/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weoutruncancer 

    • 47 min
    親がガンになった時のことを振り返る子供たちの対話

    親がガンになった時のことを振り返る子供たちの対話

    Episode 10 English version.
    Outrun Cancer の以前のエピソードでは、ガンの診断結果が家族に与える影響について話しました。 「ガンにかかるのは本人だけではなく、家族全員がかかるということ」という言い方がありますが、私たちは家族にどう伝え、ガンを経験している家族をどうサポートするかを考えています。
    このエピソードでは、ヴァネッサの息子の鷹(長男)と善(次男)が、両親がガンになったときに、その状況をどう見ていたか、どう支援し、対処したかについて率直に話し合っています。ガンの診断をされた私たちの多くは、プライバシーを守るために、誰に、いつ、どの程度の内容を伝えるかを決めなくてはなりません。私たちは、最善と思うことに基づいて、その決定してきました。
    鷹と善は台本のない会話で、10 代後半にガンの旅に出たときに考え、感じたりしたことについて語り合います。彼らは、これまでガンについて一緒に1 時間の会話をしたことはなかったため、初めはどう話してよいかを探りながらの会話で始まりました。ポッドキャストの録音を終えたあとも、私たちは自分たちが会話で取り上げたいくつかの話題について話しましたが、自分本位ですが、それは母親としては、とてもよい成果でした。このエピソードの会話を聞いていただき、感謝いたします。そして、とても率直に、勇気を出して、体験談を分かち合ってくれた息子たちに感謝します。
    このエピソードの聞くどころ:
    鷹と善が、母親がガンにかかっていることを知ったときの最初の反応 (何年か前に父親がガンを経験した後に)大衆文化 (映画、ドラマ、SNS) でのガンの描写が、子供たちのガンの旅の重要な部分である理由それぞれの子供が異なる方法で対処した方法。彼らの最優先事項は、負担にならないようにすることで、それは彼らにとって困難なことでもあったことカウンセリングにまつわる感情と、ガンについて話すことがなぜ助けになるかということ(誰かが話を聞いてくれるか、ただ静かにそばに座ってくれるだけでよい)
    鷹と善について:
    鷹と善は、ヴァネッサとヤスの息子達です (エピソード 2-3)。彼らはニュージーランドで生まれ、ニュージーランドと日本で育ちました。鷹は現在、オレゴン州ポートランド、善は東京に住んでおり、そこで、働き、走り、生活しています。
    Connect with Vanessa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesofcancer/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-oshima-she-her-37b51113/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weoutruncancer

    • 54 min
    When Parents have Cancer: a kids' conversation

    When Parents have Cancer: a kids' conversation

    In previous episodes of Outrun Cancer we discussed the impact that the diagnosis has on families. We often hear the saying “a person doesn’t get cancer, a family does” and time and again we are considering how we tell family and support family going through cancer. 
    In this episode, Vanessa’s sons Zac and Jordan open up and talk with each other about watching, supporting and coping when parents have cancer.  Many of us with a cancer diagnosis have to make decisions about who to tell and when, how much detail to share or what to keep more private. We are making this decision based on what we think is best. 
    Zac and Jordan share in an unscripted and raw conversation what they were thinking and feeling as they were launched into a cancer journey in their late teens. They've never actually sat down and had an hour long conversation together on cancer and so it starts off a little unsure as they begin to find their way and comfort zone about how to talk about this with each other.  After the Podcast ended we continued to talk about some of the topics that we raised - which selfishly as a mother was a great outcome. So I thank you for listening to this conversation that helped me a great deal. And I thank my sons for being vulnerable enough and brave enough to share.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    How Zac and Jordan initially reacted to learning that their mum had cancer (after already experiencing their dad go through cancer years before)Why the portrayal of cancer in popular culture (movies, dramas, social media) is an important part of the cancer journey for kidsHow each child will cope in a different way. But that at top of their mind is to not be a burden - which makes it hard for them as well.Feelings around counseling and why  talking about cancer helps, (and sometimes all you need is for someone to listen or just sit silently with you)
    About Zac and Jordan Oshima:
    Zac and Jordan are the sons of Vanessa and Yasu (episode 2-3). They were born in New Zealand and have grown up in both New Zealand and Japan. Zac currently lives in Portland Oregon and Jordan in Tokyo Japan where they work, run and live. 
    Connect with Vanessa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voicesofcancer/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-oshima-she-her-37b51113/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weoutruncancer

    • 39 min

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