A mother and son together tell the story of her breast cancer. With Debbie Galant and Noah Levinson.
Episode 9: Graduation
In this final episode of the Chemo Files, Debbie Galant and her son Noah Levinson discuss the end of chemo and the beginning of everything else. Special thanks to Debbie's brother, Mark Galant, and to Molly MacDonald of The Pink Fund.
Episode 8: Sisterhood
In Episode 8 of the Chemo Files, we take time to hold the mic up to the Cancer Sisterhood, the interconnected web of women who've had cancer, and to thank them for all that they do. Tape editing and music by Noah Levinson. Interviews by Debbie Galant. Special shoutout to Mary's Place by the Sea (marysplacebythesea.org).
Episode 7: Persephone
In Episode 7, as Debbie battles increasing fatigue from chemo, along with the shortened daylight hours, we explore the myth of Persephone. And we find comfort from an unlikely source: the TV show Friday Night Lights. Special guest: Ellen Bakalian, adjunct professor of classics at Montclair State University. Produced by Noah Levinson. Music and sound from Jefferson Airplane and Friday Night Lights.
Episode 6: Second Opinions
This week, we look into the science and controversy of the American Cancer Society's new screening recommendations encouraging fewer mammograms. With interviews from Dr. Michael Scoppetuolo, Dr. Michael Baum, and Dr. Nancy Elliott. Tape editing from Warren Levinson, and new logo courtesy of Joe Amditis. With new music from Evan Schwartzman ("Chemistry is Scary") and Noah Levinson ("Screen 2").
Episode 5: Talking Baseball
In Episode 5, we talk hair loss, heart surgery, wigs, Iris Apfel – and of course baseball. Thanks to Evan Schwartzman, who supplied musical interludes, and Terry Cashman, composer of "Talkin' Baseball," whose song has earwormed into our brains and into our hearts.
Episode 4: Patient #2
Just as Debbie comes through her first chemo more or less intact, we discover that Warren has a life-threatening problem of his own: a major arterial blockage. In this episode, mostly written and recorded at the hospital the week before a scheduled triple-bypass, we learn that even the sick can be caregivers to each other.
The ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis and how you can't let it change who you are. Very empowering.
Brest cancer: a personal journey
What happens when you get breast cancer? Debbie Galant had the misfortune to find out. Her gift to the rest of us is this podcast... She shares her story - rough, tough, funny, sad edges and all.