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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!

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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 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

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!

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

Life Interrupted with Paula Mozen | Episode 042

Universe, what’s good?! We are continuing Mastectomy May with the marvelous Paula Mozen, a breast cancer survivor and filmmaker of Life Interrupted. This is Paula's passion project that shows the reality of a breast cancer diagnosis from three perspectives. 

Surprisingly, Paula started this project with the goal of chronicling two stories. Tune in as we talk about the process of documenting reality from her perspective. Find purpose in pain is a central theme of the show and Paula's story highlights her perseverance to keep going in the face of adversity. The film is a testament to the difficulties and "expectation hangovers" that encompass a breast cancer diagnosis (or two!).  

If you would like to host a screening of Life Interrupted in your city, you can reach out to Paula through her website, Facebook page, or Instagram. She does travel through the continental US! 

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.

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

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

Angel in Disguise with Angela Baker | Episode 038

Universe, what’s good?! Today’s guest is Angela Baker, founder and CEO of Angel in Disguise! Affectionately known as "Jersi" by those that adore her, Angela is a stage four thriver who has been advocating for over ten years. Initially diagnosed at stage zero, Angela felt hopeful about her prognosis, opting for a mastectomy with five years of Tamoxifen. Two recurrences later, Angela left the corporate world and found purpose in her pain. In 2015, she began aiding cancer patients full-time through transportation services. 

Jersi's organization is in need of a new vehicle, and if you would like to donate to the cause, you can reach out to her organization through her website, on Facebook, and Instagram. She is currently using her personal vehicle, and with all of the work she does in the breast cancer community, let's help our girl help others! Please share this episode so others can help as well!

Cashapp - $angelindisguiseinc
PayPal - angelindisguiseevents

We will be having a microblading giveaway for Toledo-area cancer survivors on April 24th. Special shoutout to Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes for the inspiration! Tune in for more details.

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Production Credits

Joseph Coutcher - Production

Travis Moore - Vocals

Kelsey Spotify Picks

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

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