The CanSurvivor Network

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

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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

Mighty + Bright with Sara Olsher | Episode 055

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Universe, what’s good?! Today’s episode features the lovely Sarah Olsher of Mighty + Bright! Kendra is soaking up the sun and will be back next week. While she has been enjoying the ocean waves, the show continues to grow, and we are almost at 1,000 “likes” on Facebook. Follow us if you haven’t already! 

Kelsey’s five-year “Cancerversary” is approaching on November 11th, and with her recent BCI results, she has been exploring additional options because she has been advised to continue Tamoxifen for another five years. Kelsey suffers from ovarian cysts, fatigue, nausea and has been bleeding for over four weeks. Stay tuned as she continues to work on bettering her health!

Speaking of tough times, Sara Olsher is no stranger to them. Sara’s bravery in telling her story is astounding, as she has gone through so, so much these past few years. The losses and curveballs have changed her tremendously. As family and friends suffered from breast cancer, she was also diagnosed with this dreadful disease. Surprisingly, she has tested negative for mutations.

In life, we have the option to let situations defeat us, or we can alchemize them into something purposeful. While she had already helped families understand divorce with charts and books based on her own experiences, she would also be able to draw inspiration from her diagnosis and has expanded her business to also help children understand cancer. 

Studies show that children respond better to the truth, and Sara is on a mission to break down stigmas associated with adversity. She does it with beauty, style, and grace! Sara is truly an inspiration, and we hope this interview helps you if you are having a rough patch.
You can find more information about Mighty + Bright on their websiteInstagram, and Facebook page
 
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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! 
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Production Credits
Joseph Coutcher - Production
Travis Moore - Vocals
Tre’sja Anderson - Make-Up

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

Shingles and Stereotypes | Episode 052

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Universe, what's good?! Kendra is with us for her second episode, this time with a case of Shingles. Shingles seems to be a fairly common occurrence amongst Rockstars and Superstars and in this episode we discuss our experiences with it. 

Regardless of stage, after the worst of treatment is over, many of us work hard to make adjustments in our lives. Whether that is with diet, social activities, or cancelling plans for treatment, we are all trying our best to live. Kendra and Kelsey have both faced judgment from being misunderstood by loved ones because of these adjustments. Have you experienced this? Sound off in the comments!

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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! 

 
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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

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 on The Intersection of Cancer and Life | Episode 049

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Universe, what's good?! For tonight's episode, I'll be airing my appearance on episode 24 of The Intersection of Cancer and Life, which was a roundtable episode with Emily Garnett, Kelsey Bucci, Tina Conrad, Leanna House, Mimi Hall, Lindsay DeLong, and myself!

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For the Season 2 finale, we wanted to switch the conversation up a little bit, so I’m welcoming six other breast cancer podcasters onto the show for a round table conversation. It’s not often that you get a group together like this, a half-dozen total strangers, bonded only by our need to talk about our illness in this way, but I can’t even fully capture what an amazing group this is. We had so much fun, and I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording.

The show will be taking a brief break over the summer, and be back in a couple of months with a deep dive into breast cancer. We’ll be talking to researchers, doctors, advocates, and unpacking the challenges of all aspects of life with breast cancer in anticipation of October’s breast cancer awareness month. I’ve been so honored to continue to share these conversations with you, and am so excited to keep going. Have a wonderful summer!

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You can find The Intersection of Cancer and Life over at https://www.mouthoffnetwork.com/the-int… and subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

Kelsey’s Interview on Fill Your Cup First with Aimee & Kim | Episode 048

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Universe, what's good?! For tonight's episode, I'll be airing my appearance on episode 5 of the Fill Your Cup First podcast with Aimee Hoch and Kimberly Rabago.

Aimee and Kim welcome guest Kelsey Smith of The CanSurvivor Network.  Kelsey shares her experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age.  She  discusses how she took that difficult time in her life to fuel her dream and create a supportive, safe network dedicated to breast cancer and the many issues women face from the impact of this disease.  Kelsey has a special offer for our listeners - she has made her ebook available to the Fill Your Cup First Podcast Community. Thank you Kelsey! 

You can find Fill Your Cup First over at https://www.facebook.com/fillyourcupfirstpodcast, and subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

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

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