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Breast cancer affects thousands of young women each year. Follow one young survivor as she navigates various programs and initiatives through interviews and personal experience. www.TheCanSurvivor.org

Collateral Damage with Tina Conrad | Episode 036

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is “DJ Breast Cancer,” Tina Conrad! A fellow podcaster, Tina delves into her motivation for starting a breast cancer podcast. A stage three survivor, Tina was acquainted with the beast through her mother’s diagnosis. While they did not test positive for the BRCA mutation, they have both become advocates for a cure.

Tina tells us about her diagnosis: the good, the bad and the ugly. One little-discussed aspect of survivorship is collateral damage, and Tina is no stranger to it. Dedicating her show to Pink Sister Sandy Clausen, Tina aims to give listeners the lowdown on what true survivorship looks like.

Locally, we recently lost a friend to stage four breast cancer, so this episode is dedicated to her memory. Thank you, Sharon Reisner, for your friendship, your support, and your light. 

We will be having a giveaway for Toledo-area cancer survivors on March 27th. Special shoutout to Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes for the inspiration! Tune in for more details

If you would like to contact Tina, you can do so on Instagram @DJBreast Cancer, Facebook, and her website. DJBreastCancer is on Buzzsprout, iTunes, and Spotify.

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Kelsey and Tina's Spotify Picks

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Microblading with Lauren Alexis | Episode 035

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is licensed cosmetologist Lauren Alexis of LaureniLash. As a member of my “glam squad,” she recently micro-bladed my eyebrows. You can check out the results on YouTube!

Lauren discusses her journey toward becoming a cosmetologist, which began in high school. Lauren has a passion for art, which translates well in brow design. Tune in as we discuss common questions surrounding microblading, tips for finding a good artist in your area, and aftercare.

We will be having a giveaway for Toledo-area cancer survivors. Special shoutout to Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes for the inspiration!

If you would like to contact Lauren, you can do so on Instagram, Facebook, and her website.

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Dating After a Mastectomy with Kristen Carbone | Episode 034

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is Kristen Carbone of Brilliantly, an organization dedicated to post-mastectomy care.

Thanks to everyone who made the Fearless in Fuchsia Luncheon in Toledo a success! It was such an honor to represent Salvatore Capelli and Sofi Stella as a survivor model. When the numbers come in, we will let you know how much The Victory Center was able to raise for cancer patients. It was an incredibly magical day. Apologies for getting this interview out a week late. Thank you Kristen for showing up and being flexible!

Kristen discusses her unique experience as a Previvor without the BRCA mutation, as well as her motivation behind starting Brilliantly. We are all one diagnosis away from a completely different life, and Kristen found this out after being a Museum Curator before starting Brilliantly.

While discussing the topic of dating, the conversation veers towards what is necessary to date in a healthy manner. It is easy to want to fast-forward to dating after a mastectomy to grab onto some kind of normalcy that disappears after undergoing such an invasive surgery. Not only is Kristen incredibly wise, bringing great tips for dating to the table, she’s also bright as a penny.

Tune in as we discuss her invention that is launching in September 2019. If you would like to contact Kristen, you can do so on Instagram, Facebook, and her website.

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

The Power of Support with Chris Thompson | Episode 033

Posted by thecansurvivor in Cancer, Health, Education, Toledo, Charity, Breast Cancer, Oncology

Universe, what’s good?! Welcome to episode 033! We are finally back, and boy, do we have a few announcements!

The podcast is now on YouTube, so please subscribe there as well!

Special thanks to Joe and Dilla's Delights for making a girl feel special. Elsie, you're amazing! It has been a magical birthday.

I was recently featured on The Art of Getting Your Sh*t Together podcast, discussing my cancer journey. Ch-ch-check it out!

The Young Survival Coalition's yearly summit is from March 8th-10th, and I will be accompanying the University of Michigan as a Patient Advisor. Joe will also be attending as a co-survivor. Please let us know in the comments if you're making it to Austin! If you are a stage 0-3 breast cancer patient within the last five years, ages 18-45, English-speaking, and not undergoing ovarian suppression, please contact MiHealthMiChoice@umich.edu as they want to hear from you! For your time and effort, they are offering a $25 cash reward. Don't miss out!  

The Fearless in Fuschia luncheon event is going down on February 15, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. This event benefits The Victory Center to offer free programs and services to cancer survivors. Hope to see you there!  

While many are shocked that I was 29 when I was diagnosed, imagine being 23. In this episode, I interview Chris Thompson, Petty Officer 3rd Class in the US Navy. You will hear about his story, how he found out about his diagnosis, and how support helped him.  

If you would like to support the podcast, please rate, comment and share! 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Managing Scanxiety | Episode 032

Universe, what’s good?! Welcome to the first episode 0f 2019! What do you think about the potential name change? Please sound off in the comments! :)  

The podcast is now on YouTube, so please subscribe there as well!

In this solo episode, I talk about a recent cancer scare that occurred last month. Knowing the statistics, an Oncologist appointment was booked and he recommended an ultrasound. If you have found yourself in this situation, you know how scary that is. Statistics haven't exactly been on my side, so facing a recurrence crosses my mind every day. 

Since nobody should feel this kind of terror, this episode is focused on managing feelings of "scanxiety," which is the anxiety brought on by testing involved with cancer treatment and diagnosis. Tune in as I break down five ways to manage this.

If you are a stage 0-3 breast cancer patient within the last five years, ages 18-45, English-speaking, and not undergoing ovarian suppression, please contact MiHealthMiChoice@umich.edu as they want to hear from you! For your time and effort, they are offering a $25 cash reward. Don't miss out!

If you would like to support the podcast, please rate, comment and share! Is it time to get your shit together? January 30th we will have the co-host of The Art of Getting Your Sh*t Together Jena Gribble! 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Financial Navigation with Aimee Hoch | Episode 031

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is Aimee Hoch, MSW of Grand View Health located in Sellersville, Pennsylvania! Aimee is an Oncology Financial Navigator who has been serving in social work for over 14 years. As a non-survivor, she is working each day with patients as they attempt to determine their most affordable and feasible treatment options. Naturally, this conversation veered into a discussion about practical self-care methods anyone can utilize, as stress can be a great deterrent in achieving goals! 

Aimee serves patients early in their diagnoses, which is a fantastic benefit because many decisions have to be made quickly, and having a level-headed, experienced individual in the mix can ease many anxieties involved. If you are listening, please pass on the message that resources are available to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, and cancer patients alike!  

If you are also looking to step up your self-care game, Aimee was recently interviewed in U Magazine discussing her methods. Between being a mother, Entrepreneur, and full-time Navigator, Aimee works diligently to help others. You can read more on her experience here. You can reach Aimee through FacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn

We are now on YouTube! Aimee dazzles as an on-screen guest, and her smile lights up the room! Thanks, Joe for your hard work with the video production. If you would like to support the podcast, please rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

HerStoryHerWay.com with Kaitlin Christine | Episode 030

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is Kaitlin Christine of HerStoryHerWay.com, a wellness and advocacy organization. Kaitlin discusses her experience as a Previvor turned Survivor, as well as her motivation behind starting HerStory. You may want to have tissues handy, because Kaitlin bravely discusses her experience as her mother’s caretaker as her mother battled Metastatic Breast Cancer, only to find out she was also headed towards the same diagnosis.

Our conversation was both poignant and informative as we discussed Kaitlin’s experiences with her medical team, how she had to take matters into her own hands, and the way her career was impacted as a result. As an advocate, Kaitlin worked for global organizations and is extremely knowledgeable. You can read more on her experience here. You can reach Kaitlin through EmailInstagram, or Twitter

Ladies, the next time you receive a letter stating you have dense breasts, please thank Dr. Nancy Cappello for her advocacy work. As an individual with dense breast tissue whose breast cancer nearly went undetected, she worked tirelessly for transparency. Read up on Dr. Nancy Cappello here, who we lost to Metastatic Breast Cancer this week. 

We are now on YouTube! Thanks, Joe for your hard work with the video production. If you would like to support the podcast, please rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZC18e7EaqI

Four Years After the Diagnosis: A Reflection | Episode 28/29

Posted by thecansurvivor in Cancer, Health, Education, Women's Health, Entrepreneurship, Toledo

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s episode took two attempts to record, as I just hit my fourth Cancerversary. Why did I fail the first time? Well, you'll have to check out the footage! While I hoped to release this episode on 11/11, I re-recorded on 11/18. Thank you for your patience and understanding listener, as November is a tough month!

It's also a very special episode that features one of my first-ever clients who has served our country in the Air Force. Thank you, Sergeant Carter! You can find him on ReverbNation and Facebook.

While I still have a long way to go in my journey of healing, I've recognized that I'm no longer the person I was pre-diagnosis. Each day brings a new set of challenges which have caused many ups and downs. Physically, mentally, and emotionally I am working on embracing the "new normals" in my life. It's great to be alive, and I've received a second chance to heal and make a difference.

Everyone has a different experience with breast cancer, and I hope that by the end of the episode, you feel a sense of peace if you are a fellow survivor. It is a blessing to have no evidence of the disease, but the road towards getting there has been both hellish and beautiful.

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share! I'd love to hear how your breast cancer diagnosis impacted you.

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Glass City Sound - Equipment 

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZC18e7EaqI

The Power of Burlesque with Marki de Sade | Episode 027

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is the beautiful Marki de Sade, a Burlesque Queen and breast cancer survivor. Located in the Columbus, Ohio area, Marki has been using burlesque as a form of expression while flipping illness on its head.

Marki shares her story, which has been nothing short of extraordinary. After receiving a BRCA2 diagnosis, she opted for a preventative mastectomy and was soon faced with a much more serious diagnosis. This episode is a great listen, as she shares tips for enjoying your body after a diagnosis!

We have a private group for survivors only, so please join.

Know of any upcoming events listeners should know about? Email me: Kelsey@TheCanSurvivor.com

I'd love to hear from you! Sound off about anything you'd like to talk about. If you'd like to work with me, you can visit the website or find me on Instagram @TheCanSurvivor.

 

Please don't forget to comment, rate, share, and subscribe.

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Glass City Sound - Equipment 

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZC18e7EaqI

American Cancer Society Programs & Services | Episode 026

Universe, what’s good?! We have a double feature in this episode. Today’s guests are the amazing Lori Knous and the wonderful Heidi Nafziger. Lori recently went to Washington DC as a Special Correspondent for The CanSurvivor Network. Heidi is the Senior Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society.

As an early stager who developed stage four within years, Lori is continuously looking for answers and crusades for all metastatic breast cancer thrivers. Tune in to listen to her experience, and how it affected her. 

Next is the super-informative interview with Heidi. Established in 1913, the American Cancer Society hopes to eradicate cancer through various initiatives and programs.

Heidi shares with us what the American Cancer Society offers, the impact the organization has made in the breast cancer space, and how the organization protects us from exposure to harmful elements through advocacy and action. We also discuss Heidi's journey since joining ACS. If you have ever wondered how such a large organization makes a local impact, this is your episode.

This month is Breast Cancer Action Month, and one way to take action is to participate in the #KissThis4MBC and #More4MBC challenges. #KissThis4MBC: Post a selfie with this hashtag, and Novartis will donate $15 will towards Metastatic Breast Cancer organizations METAvivor and Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN). Tag three people, and let’s keep this going! #More4MBC: Post a picture of yourself and/or others doing the "Thriver Pose," and $100 will be donated to either Metavivor, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, or Young Survival Coalition.  It’s really that easy!

We have a private group for survivors only, so please join.

Know of any upcoming events listeners should know about? Email me: Kelsey@TheCanSurvivor.com

I'd love to hear from you! Sound off about anything you'd like to talk about. If you'd like to work with me, you can visit the website or find me on Instagram @TheCanSurvivor.

 

Please don't forget to comment, rate, share, and subscribe.

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Glass City Sound - Equipment 

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZC18e7EaqI

Kelsey's Weekly Playlist - Spotify Link

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