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

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

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!

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! 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

Pink Ink Tattoo with Tara Dunsmore-Williamson | Episode 041

Universe, what’s good?! We are kicking off Mastectomy May with the marvelous Tara Dunsmore-Williamson, a breast cancer survivor and owner of Pink Ink Tattoo out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Tara is certified in 3D nipple tattooing and scar camouflage.

As a nurse, she was seemingly prepared for what breast cancer would bring. She had taken care of patients and was prepared for the drugs and surgeries. Little did she know that she'd find purpose through pain at the very end of her reconstruction process. Tune in as she describes the moment she knew she had to become a tattoo artist.

If you would like to work with Tara, you can contact her through her website, Facebook page, or Instagram. She does travel outside of Raleigh and uses specialty ink for breast cancer patients, survivors, and thrivers! 

We will be sending out a May 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!

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

Take Two, Ep. 005: Visibility | Episode 040

Universe, what’s good?! Today's episode is solo and will focus on the new series "Take Two" on IGTV. Also, tune in for some updates about TCSN and what we are currently working on.

We will be sending out a May 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.  

If you would like to participate in the MI Options study, click here. Yes, we are still accepting surveys! 

The #YSCSummit19 pictures are now available, and in this episode, we find out where #YSCSummit20 will be next year.

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

Don’t forget to rate, comment and share! We are YouTube as well.

 

Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Music Credits

"Feeling Good" by LAKEY Inspired

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

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

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