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Breast cancer affects thousands of young women each year. Follow two young survivors as they navigate various programs and initiatives through interviews and personal experience. www.TheCanSurvivor.org

Talking Candida with Kendra Kirklin | Episode 056

Posted by thecansurvivor in Health, Education, Beauty, Girlboss, Science

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s episode features the beautiful Kendra Kirklin, a fan of the podcast and Candida awareness advocate. Kendra is the first guest selected by our new co-host, Kendra McCleary! While Kendra has not been impacted by breast cancer directly, she is involved with modeling for METAvivor.

Speaking of METAvivor, we are on our way towards starting a support group soon. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our mailer on our website for additional updates. We have been hard at work with an updated logo and shop. If you would like to support us, the shop link is below! 

In this interview, Kendra discusses her difficulties with uncovering her diagnosis. Her medical team was stumped as she continued to make lifestyle adjustments in hopes the symptoms would disappear. Kendra discovered that plastic seemed to exasperate her symptoms as well as certain foods.   

When Kendra isn't advocating for candida awareness, she's playing percussion in Where She Rules, a dark folk band. Kendra is also well-known for her art. You can find her on Facebook
 
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Production Credits

Tre’sja Anderson - Make-Up

Milissa Dowdican - Hair

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Betsy Styles - Hair

Music Credits
"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

#bOObs for Life with Sylvia Kouveli & Ted Meyer | Episode 054

Universe, what’s good?! Today's guests to round out #BreastCancerActionMonth are Sylvia Kouveli and Ted Meyer, who have come together in Los Angeles to create #bOObs for Life, a compilation of visually portrayed stories about physical trauma, personal struggle, survival, and the celebration of life. The exhibition is presented with support from the American Cancer Society. 

Before the interview begins, Kelsey has an important announcement about her treatment status. She will be in treatment for another five years and encourages all who qualify to participate in the Breast Cancer Index test. Speaking of screening, Kelsey was on an episode of CureTalks with Priya Menon, Dr. Laura Esserman, and episode 014's very own, April Johnson Stearns to discuss screening.

In this interview, we discuss their individual backgrounds, their meeting, and what they hope to accomplish with this project. Sylvia Kouveli is a freelance photographer and digital marketer with a fascination for visual sociology. She aims to work on projects that build awareness and enhance inclusion in a social ambiance and through collaborative social action. Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students, and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises.

If you would like to reach ou to Sylvia and Ted, they can be found:

Our social media accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SylviaKouveliPhotography/ & https://www.facebook.com/artyourworld
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boobs4prevention/ & https://www.instagram.com/tedmeyerart/

 

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Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Male Breast Cancer with Ron Rapaport | Episode 053

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s episode features Ron Rapaport, a male breast cancer survivor. Yes, breast cancer impacts men! Accounting for one percent of total diagnoses, men are often diagnosed at later stages with poor prognoses. In addition, men often feel out of place in the sea of pink.

Ron is on a mission to change the way males are perceived and included in the breast cancer conversation. Here at TCSN, we are proponents of inclusivity and Ron does an excellent job of listing what needs to be changed in the community. Thanks, Ron for your tireless efforts! You can find him on Facebook.

In this episode, we discuss the Healincomfort mastectomy shirt. You can get yours today

Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our mailer on our website for additional updates. We have been hard at work with an updated logo and shop. If you would like to support us, the shop link is below! 

 
We can be found:

 
Production Credits

Tre’sja Anderson - Make-Up

Milissa Dowdican - Hair

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Betsy Styles - Hair

Music Credits
"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

The Co-Star of the Story with Kendra McCleary | Episode 051

Universe, what’s good?! We are back after a nice hiatus to update our studio. There are plenty of updates with The CanSurvivor Network, so please stay tuned. 

If you have been wondering how to monetize your podcast, check out the link to our free eBook here. We talk about partnerships in this episode, and if you'd like to get $25 off your next pair of Pink-Perfect's, you can find them here and use the code 'Pink25' to apply your discount.

 

If you have been longing for representation that is based in reality, this episode is for you! We discuss shortcomings in the community, as more African-American women are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) than their white counterparts. Clinical studies are often disproportionally white, with only 6.2% of black women represented. This is leading towards more deaths within the black community. Something clearly needs to change!

 

If you would like to reach out to either Jasmine or Marissa, you can find them on their websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

Don't forget to sign up for updates! We will be releasing a newsletter soon. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here

 

The Purpose from Pain collective is now available! If you have a business of your own and could use support, please consider joining. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

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We also began a fundraiser for TCSN. If you would like to show your support, we are selling bracelets for $5. Purchase one today! 

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

For the Breast of Us | Episode 050

Universe, what’s good?! Today's episode features For the Breast of Us, an advocacy organization for women of color! Launched in March 2019 by Jasmine Souers and Marissa Thomas, FTBUS is on a mission to bridge a gap in representation. When Jasmine and Marissa were diagnosed with breast cancer, they hoped to find women who looked like them that were also experiencing may of the symptoms and feelings they were. After falling short, they decided to build their own table together, turning their pain into purpose.

 

If you have been longing for representation that is based in reality, this episode is for you! We discuss shortcomings in the community, as more African-American women are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) than their white counterparts. Clinical studies are often disproportionally white, with only 6.2% of black women represented. This is leading towards more deaths within the black community. Something clearly needs to change!

 

If you would like to reach out to either Jasmine or Marissa, you can find them on their websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

Don't forget to sign up for updates! We will be releasing a newsletter soon. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here

 

The Purpose from Pain collective is now available! If you have a business of your own and could use support, please consider joining. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

We can be found:

 

We also began a fundraiser for TCSN. If you would like to show your support, we are selling bracelets for $5. Purchase one today! 

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Kelsey’s Interview with TAGYST | Episode 047

Universe, what's good?! For this episode, we are airing Kelsey's appearance on episode 26 of The Art of Getting Your Sh*t Together with Jena Gribble & Lindsay Danielson. This episode aired in February of 2019.

In this episode you hear the story of Kelsey Smith, a vivacious, loving, brave and beautiful woman, who at age 29 was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Kelsey shares the milestones from the moment she felt a lump, learning her diagnosis, losing both her breasts and hair, to her ongoing treatment and recovery. She also shares many notable struggles of the unexpected such as; working through bouts of survivors guilt, comparison, expectations of surviving, flexing support groups and expectations of bouncing back to "normal" life. Since 2018, Kelsey has been paying it forward by creating a space for other breast cancer patients and survivors to share their stories. 
Each week, Kelsey discusses the impact of breast cancer on The CanSurvivor Network by Kelsey Smith through one story and one guest at a time. With her candid and vivacious personality, Kelsey believes that the exposure of this disease will open the doors to advancement within the breast cancer community while helping individuals persevere through the many challenges they face.

You can find TAGYST over at https://tagyst.com/, and subscribe to their podcast on Anchor, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

Don't forget to sign up for updates! We will be releasing a newsletter soon. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here

The Purpose from Pain collective is now available! If you have a business of your own and could use support, please consider joining. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

We can be found:

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

 

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

He Blinded Me With Science: Talking Biotech with Kevin Folta | Episode 046

Universe, what’s good?! Today's episode features Kevin Folta, a public educator and science communicator. Kevin helps the world understand biotechnology, and helped sequence the strawberry genome with the University of Florida, where he has been a professor since 2002.

Ending the monthly discussion around mindset, this episode features discussions on the marketing around food, GMOs, and alternative cancer "cures." Tune in as we discuss his background, enthusiasm for horticulture, and his podcast Talking Biotech. Kevin also takes a few moments to ask Kelsey a few questions on being a young cancer survivor as well!

If you have been frustrated over marketing around dietary choices, this is an excellent interview to listen to, as Kevin is here to diminish the fears about what exactly is in our food. Tune in as we discuss his journey, how his life changed after his breakthrough, and of course, science!

If you would like to contact Kevin, you can find him on Facebook and Instagram. His podcast Talking Biotech is available on all major platforms. Don't forget to sign up for updates! We will be releasing a newsletter soon. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here. 

The Purpose from Pain collective is now available! If you have a business of your own and could use support, please consider joining. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

We can be found:

Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCanSurvivor

Facebook Group for Survivors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheCanSurvivors/

Facebook Group for Purpose from Pain: https://www.facebook.com/groups/purposefrompain/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCanSurvivor

Venmo: @TheCanSurvivor

Website: https://thecansurvivor.org/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSdPo7f2d1UBA_yR06nz0CA

We also began a fundraiser for TCSN. If you would like to show your support, we are selling bracelets for $5. Purchase one today!  Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!  

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Better Than Ever with Jamie Mezzapelli | Episode 045

Universe, what’s good?! Today's episode features the marvelous Jamie Mezzapelli, a health and wellness coach and stage three breast cancer survivor. Jamie is on a mission to help women become the very best versions of themselves while empowering them with the knowledge to move forward in a healthy direction. This month is focused on mindset, so you may want to take notes! Tune in as she discusses her breast cancer experience as a Canadian patient and how she changed her life after her diagnosis.

If you have been feeling "stuck" in your diagnosis, this is an excellent interview to listen to, as Jamie is determined to help women move forward from adversity with confidence. Tune in as we discuss how her life has changed since her diagnosis, what she has learned, and of course, brain hacks! As an entrepreneur, having a healthy mindset is the key to success. 

If you would like to work with Jamie, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram. In this podcast, we discussed "Breast Stories" by Phil Carpenter.

Don't forget to sign up for updates! We will be releasing a newsletter soon. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here

The Purpose from Pain collective is now available! If you have a business of your own and could use support, please consider joining. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

We can be found:

We also began a fundraiser for TCSN. If you would like to show your support, we are selling bracelets for $5. Purchase one today! 

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

Prunes Are Sexy with Rhayne Thomas | Episode 044

Universe, what’s good?! We interview the incredible Rhayne Thomas of Prunes Are Sexy. Rhayne is a singer, runway model, motivational speaker, and a self-professed "prune whisperer." Don't let her name fool you, as she is pure sunshine! Tune in as she discusses her breast cancer diagnosis, and the wisdom it has brought her since. As a long-time advocate, Rhayne has been a champion of turning her pain into purpose through expression and fundraising for various breast cancer organizations.

If you have had difficulties coming to terms with your cancer diagnosis, this is an excellent interview to listen to, as Rhayne possesses infectious confidence. Tune in as we discuss how her life has changed since her diagnosis, what she has learned, and of course, prunes! We also chronicle her travels to fundraise around the world. 

If you would like to reach out to Rhayne, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and through email: PrunesAreSexy@hotmail.com.

Don't forget to sign up for updates! We will be releasing a newsletter soon. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here

The Purpose from Pain collective is now available! If you have a business of your own and could use support, please consider joining. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

We can be found:

We also began a fundraiser for TCSN. If you would like to show your support, we are selling bracelets for $5. Purchase one today! 

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

It’s Just a Hiccup with Tawny Rachelle | Episode 043

Universe, what’s good?! Today, we are featuring one of the biggest fans of The CanSurvivor Network: Ms. Tawny Rachelle! Tawny is a stage two breast cancer survivor, and her story epitomizes divine timing. While her doctors were unable to find any indications of breast cancer after her yearly woman's exam (and gave her an "all clear"), less than one month later she would discover she did indeed have stage two breast cancer. You're not going to want to miss her story!

If you are considering whether or not to reconstruct after a mastectomy, this is an excellent interview to listen to, as Tawny instinctively knew she wanted to go flat. Tune in as we discuss her treatment, how her life has changed since her diagnosis, and our other favorite topic: Music! She was also recently published in Wildfire magazine as well.

 

Tawny is a stylist in the Austin area, so naturally, we had to talk hair. If you would like to purchase the product we discussed, you can check it out here. Tawny can be found on Instagram and Yelp! Tawny is also raising money for costs of surgery. You can donate to her campaign here.

We will be sending out a June newsletter, so don't forget to sign up for updates! The newsletter will also contain information about the upcoming shop. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click here

The Purpose from Pain collective is on its way. Check out our website and sign up for updates!

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We also began a fundraiser for TCSN. If you would like to show your support, we are selling bracelets for $5. Purchase one today! Shirts can be purchased here: https://www.bonfire.com/the-cansurvivor-network/.

 

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share!

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Tre'sja Ellis - Make-Up

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

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