Dr. Catalina Lawsin. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, joined me on the podcast again to talk about cancer and dating. Dating and relationships are complicated in general but seem to be more so for those personally impacted by cancer. We talked about the pressure that cancer patients/survivors feel to disclose their medical information with potential dating partners, almost like a disclaimer. Dr. Lawsin provides insight on how to approach dating and relationships through the cancer lens.
Jennifer MacKenzie, a 3-year breast cancer survivor, joined me on the podcast today to share her story behind the pink ribbon. Jennifer was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma at the age of 35. she talked about her diagnosis, treatments, and struggling with coming to terms that her life would not return to what it was before cancer. Jennifer also talked about the lack of support for parents who become the primary caregivers for young adult cancer patients/survivors.
On this episode, Stephanie McLeod-Estevez joined me on the podcast. She is a breast cancer survivor and an art therapist. At the age of 40, Stephanie was diagnosed with stage 3, triple-negative breast cancer. She also has a BRCA2 mutation. Stephanie shared her story behind the pink ribbon. Following the loss of her mother to metastatic breast cancer, Stephanie became an art therapist, which was deeply healing for her as she learned how to support others through creativity.
My guest on this episode is Chris-Tia Donaldson, the Founder and CEO of Thank God It’s Natural, which manufactures natural skin and hair care products. She is also the founder of the tgin foundation supporting underinsured women going through breast cancer. Chris-Tia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 36. She had a recurrence of breast cancer two years later. She shares her journey behind the pink ribbon and the lessons she has learned throughout her that journey.
On this episode, Westray Corradine joined me on the podcast to share her story behind the pink ribbon. In 2011, at the age of 36, Westray was diagnosed with stage IV invasive ductal carcinoma after finding a lump on her back. Westray shared her course of treatments, as well as some of the complications and side effects that she experienced. She shared the current status of the cancer, as well as her treatments, and offered some advice for others who are battling stage IV breast cancer.
Becky Braun, a hometown friend since kindergarten, joined me on the podcast to share her breast cancer story. She was 36 when she was diagnosed with DCIS. Her diagnosis of breast cancer came a short 2 months after her mom had passed away from breast cancer. Becky shared her family history of breast cancer, with no link to a gene mutation. She openly shared her course of treatments, as well as the complications that she experienced. She also talks about the importance of a good medical team.
Sharon Henifin is a 26-year breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 1993 at the age of 40. She shares her own breast cancer experience and how helping other women inspired her to co-found Breast Friends to support survivors and to teach family and friends how to support their loved ones. More recently, Sharon and a friend, Melissa, co-founded Breast Advocates International, which supports women in underserved countries in the hopes of reducing the mortality rate from breast cancer.
Dr. Catalina Lawsin, also known as The Intimacy Doc, joined me on the podcast to talk about sex! Through her research and work, she discovered that relationships are core to who we are and how we experience life. She realized that those facing something such as cancer struggled with relationships and intimacy but these issues are not addressed in the field of oncology. She talks about some of the complications experienced by cancer survivors and offers some strategies on how to address some of these concerns.
My guest on this episode is Lisa Schlager, the Vice President of Community Affairs and Public Policy for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). Lisa shares the history of FORCE, a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by Sue Friedman as an online support system for those diagnosed with hereditary cancers. Lisa shares some of the unique implications of hereditary gene mutation/cancer, the importance of testing, and how FORCE supports those with hereditary cancer.