The CanSurvivor Podcast with Kelsey Smith

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.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Support for Cancer Patients: The Victory Center | Episode 025

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

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is the lovely Penny McCloskey, Program Director of The Victory Center, a Toledo, Ohio-based center that provides support for cancer patients, survivors and families through free programs, classes, and support groups.

Penny shares how her life path led her to The Victory Center, an overview of services, and how The Victory Center has impacted lives. We also discuss how The Victory Center puts the FUN in fundraising. If you're inspired to create something like The Victory Center in your area, this episode is for you! 

This episode is near and dear to my heart, as The Victory Center was my guiding light towards recovering from a breast cancer diagnosis. You'll hear a bit on how I utilized this wonderful center in my own post-treatment experience.

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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Episode 024 | Pink Perfect with Michal Koleth Arbel

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

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is the one and only Michal Koleth Arbel , founder and CEO of Pink Perfect, a personal favorite brand of mine that creates prosthetic nipples for those afflicted by breast cancer.

Michael shares how she came up with the idea, the steps she took, and how it has changed her life for the better. This episode is packed with information, and if you are watching on video, you can see what the bold pair look like on!

I love my Pink Perfects SO much that there is a special offer for you. Use the code ‘Pink25’ and take advantage of a special offer. For those of you that do not have nipples, there is an option without surgery.

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.

Ladies and gents, you have options with reconstructive surgery! Please share this episode with anyone who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, as new technology is available with less scarring AND pain. 

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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Episode 023 | This Exceptional Journey with Yolanda Murphy

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

Universe, what's good?! This month is #BreastCancerACTIONMonth, and boy, are things in motion! We have a private group for survivors only, so please join.

#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! It’s really that easy.

Today’s guest is Yolanda Murphy of This Exceptional Journey. She has started her own podcast! I this episode, we discuss her diagnosis as well as how her faith has guided her towards healing. You can listen to her first episode here.

Ladies and gents, you have options with reconstructive surgery! Please share this episode with anyone who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, as new technology is available with less scarring AND pain. 

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.

Follow Yolanda on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!  

 

Upcoming Events

1) Stampede for Stage IV - 10/10/2018

Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol

550 C Street S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20024

12623 Eckel Junction Rd.

 

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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Episode 022 | Perfect

Posted by thecansurvivor in DefaultTag, Cancer, Education, Women's Health, Beauty

Universe, what's good?! Venus is in retrograde, and I've made it back from New York City. Hear all about the trip in this episode, as well as word from our new sponsor, Pink-Perfect! Listen for a very special offer.

Ladies and gents, you have options with reconstructive surgery! Please share this episode with anyone who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, as new technology is available with less scarring AND pain. 

Through the month of October, Novartis will be donating $15 per Instagram post using the hashtag #KissThis4MBC. Each donation will fund METAvivor as well as Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

In this episode, catch a BIG announcement about the podcast! It's time to expand. Tune in for more details.

If you are in need of self-care, this episode is for you, especially if the side effects from treatment are lingering. Tamoxifen can impact muscular health. Tune in as I take you through my personal management regimen.

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

Follow Yolanda on Instagram @ThisExceptionalJourney  and tune into her introductory episode right now. There's a new podcast in town, and we will be discussing it in next week's special episode. 

Upcoming Events

1) Young Cancer Support Group - 10/04/2018

Perrysburg Cancer Center - Mercy Health

12623 Eckel Junction Rd.

Perrysburg, OH 43551

Located in the Pontious room 

 

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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