The cancer journey is unique for everyone. In the beginning we are all diagnosed, often barraged with treatment plans/options, a parade of appointments, family, friends, neighbors all want to support us and check in regularly. Then treatment is over. We emerge on the other side. Life gets a little lonelier and we are no longer the same. Our body has been through surgeries, chemo, radiation, hormone therapies, etc and our caregivers and support people are equally exhausted.
It is time to figure out our new normal and there is no one-size fits all manual. Unspoken Cancer Truths is here to shine a light on what so many of us as Survivors and Caregivers are feeling and no one seems to be talking about. Let's make the leap from surviving to thriving together, even on those days you might just want to stay in bed! Participate in the conversation over in the Facebook group HTTPS://facebook.com/groups/SurvivingisJUSTtheBeginning.
Living Life on Purpose with Andrea Campbell
Your life’s focus and purpose can change quickly after a cancer diagnosis. Reevaluating what was significant in her life was most important for my guest this week, Andrea Campbell — two-time cancer survivor, speaker, transformational coach, and author of “The Beautiful Journey: Finding Purpose Through Cancer.” On this episode, Andrea opens up about the intentional ways she is living her life out loud, and why she wants to inspire others to achieve their dreams in spite of adversity.
Finding Silver Linings During COVID-19 w/ Laura Morrow
Your busy life doesn’t always stop when you are diagnosed with cancer. This is true for Laura Morrow — breast cancer survivor and owner of Simply AIP — who was in the middle of big life changes when she was diagnosed with stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ. On this episode, Laura opens up about her autoimmune disease and cancer journey, the silver linings (and challenges) of navigating surgery & recovery during COVID-19, and the steps she took to make the most informed decisions for her health.
Navigating Healthcare in a Pandemic w/ Dana Hutson
What are the short and long term-effects of the pandemic on cancer screenings, diagnoses, and treatments? We’re diving into this question with returning guest, Dana Hutson, a consultant, facilitator, and advocate for families at Cancer Champions. On this episode, Dana is sharing the challenges (and silver linings!) of COVID on cancer & healthcare, bringing awareness to advanced directives, and her BEST advice for navigating COVID restrictions.
Exercise and Positivity after Breast Cancer w/ Sherri Wagliardo
On this episode, Sherri Wagliardo, a VP of sales for S3 Staffing and mom of two, is talking with me about her journey with breast cancer (stage 1 lobular carcinoma.) Cancer free since December 30, 2019, she’s looking back on her diagnosis & mastectomy and sharing the most important things she did to achieve full mobility and find her new normal — all with her spin of positivity.
Childhood Leukemia: A Mother’s Journey w/ Sharon Bryant Baumgarten
In this episode, Sharon — a retired educator, mother of two, and now a grandmother — is sharing her experiences as the mother of a survivor of high-risk Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). She shares with us how the cancer journey inspired her son David (and their family) to live life fully, the power of community and philanthropy, as well as the lessons she learned about overcoming challenges to find purpose in the face of hardship.
Barbara Caplan-Bennett on Losing Her Nose to Save Her Life
The physical manifestations of cancer are unique to every journey, and some are more outwardly obvious than others. Our guest this week, Barbara Caplan-Bennett — a published author of several essays, articles, and novels including “Noseworthy”, a memoir about her journey as a melanoma cancer survivor — knows first-hand the impact a skin cancer diagnosis can have on your appearance. In this episode, she gets honest about her diagnoses, recoveries, and the transformative personal sacrifice she made to save her life. Barbara’s experiences will have you amazed at her ability to find the humor and inspiration to use her cancer journey to follow her life’s dream.
In this episode, we’re diving into:
Barbara’s unique story about how a weird bump on her nose changed her life What is Mohs technique and how Barbara felt looking in the mirror for the first time after surgery The innocent comments that led Barbara to make a doctor’s appointment The shocking news Barbara received about her nose, and the questions it left her asking about getting back to normal What people don’t tell you about the impact of head and neck surgeries (and what that meant for Barbara’s physical and mental well-being) The freeing moment Barbara got her prosthetic, plus the lesson she learned about ALWAYS asking for exactly what she wants Barbara shares her experience with a Tumor Board — what it is, how she came to be a part of it, and what the doctors concluded about her diagnosis and recovery Why Barbara is finally able to see the light side of her cancer journey (it took a long time!) and how it gave her the opportunity to live her life’s dream Barbara gets real and gives us ALL the interesting details you might be wondering about prosthetic noses And much more! Get your copy of “Noseworthy” on Amazon here: bit.ly/NoseworthyBarbara. Autographed copies (personalized, if desired) of “Noseworthy” are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the HuffPost article Barbara wrote about her cancer journey, “I Had To Have My Entire Nose Removed Or Risk Dying. Here’s How It Changed My Life.”: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/melanoma-cancer-nose-surgery-removal_n_5fa9809ac5b6f21920de8570
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