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Michelle Weaver Knowles :
The Voice for Others

January 2, 2020, Author: Melissa Adams

On this episode, Michelle Weaver, a 21-year breast cancer survivor, joined us on the podcast to share her story. She was 38 years old when diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. Michelle was triple-negative and carried the BRCA1 mutation. Through her own journey with breast cancer and genetic testing, as well as the experience of losing her sister to this disease, Michelle went back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner and now has her own practice, Ava Health.

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Elizabeth Cluff :
ImpactOne

December 31, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

This week, Melissa Brumbelow, a 10-year breast cancer survivor joined us on the podcast. She shared that she was one of two patients at her OBGYN’s office recommended for genetic testing due to significant family history. Melissa was positive for a genetic mutation. She thought she had some time to be closely monitored before a diagnosis of cancer would happen. But a month later, through an exam with breast oncologist, Melissa was told she didn’t have time to wait- cancer was there already.

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Melissa Brumbelow :
Perky Mutant

December 24, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

This week, Melissa Brumbelow, a 10-year breast cancer survivor joined us on the podcast. She shared that she was one of two patients at her OBGYN’s office recommended for genetic testing due to significant family history. Melissa was positive for a genetic mutation. She thought she had some time to be closely monitored before a diagnosis of cancer would happen. But a month later, through an exam with breast oncologist, Melissa was told she didn’t have time to wait- cancer was there already.

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Danielle Grass :
Keeping Life Normal

December 17, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

On this week’s episode, Dani Grass, a 2-time cancer survivor, shared her journey through cancer- not once but twice. She was diagnosed in 2005 at the age of 21 years with colon cancer. Just over 10 years later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 at the age of 31. Dani shared her journey through both cancers, the struggles of dealing with cancer at a young age, and her husband who has stood by her side through both cancer diagnoses.

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Monique Colwell :
Are You Sure You are Talking about Me?

December 10, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

Monique Colwell, a 2 year breast cancer survivor, joined us on the podcast today. She talked about having a firmness in her breast that she thought was odd but was dismissed by her doctor because of her age, her body structure, and a lack of family history for breast cancer. Monique pushed to have diagnostic testing and was told that she had stage 0 cancer. After seeking out a second opinion, she learned that she had stage 3 breast cancer. Monique shares her journey and where she found support.

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Julie Caputo :
Unrelenting Positivity

December 3, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

On this episode, Julie Caputo joined us on the podcast. She was diagnosed with Stage 2B invasive lobular cancer at the age of 49. Julie shared that a pain in her left side under her breast that was not even connected to the cancer was what led her to be examined in the first place. She also talks about her treatments, her support system, and how having unrelenting positivity has been a key factor in her road to recovery.

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Nikki Speer :
Redefined Courage

November 26, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

On this episode, I had the opportunity to talk with Nikki Speer, founder of Redefined Courage, a nonprofit organization providing post-mastectomy shirts to breast cancer survivors at no cost. Nikki shared her family history of breast cancer including her mother’s story of battling breast cancer three times, which was the inspiration behind the organization. Nikki hopes that each woman receiving a box knows that they are cared for, loved, thought about, and never alone.

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Shanna Geigle :
A Grain of Salt

November 19, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

Shanna Geigle joined us on the podcast today. She shared her story of finding a lump while soaping her armpit. While she didn’t necessarily think that it was breast cancer, she knew that it was a possibility. Shanna shares her experience of going through breast cancer, finding support through her husband, family, and friends, and creating new friendships during chemo. Shanna talks about how she uses her experience to help others in her career as a Nurse Practitioner.

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Candace Wright :
Negative Reaction to Implants

November 12, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

My paternal cousin, Candace, joined us on this episode today. She shared her story of being diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer following a routine mammogram, undergoing a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy within 6 months of each other, and then having to be explanted 11 months after her mastectomy due to a negative reaction.

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Christine McCoy :
The Universe Aligns

November 5, 2019, Author: Melissa Adams

Kim Nolder, a Pittsburgh native residing in North Carolina, joined us on the podcast today. She shares her story of finding her breast cancer on her baseline mammogram. Kim’s mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away when she was 60 years old. As a result, Kim has always been on top of her overall and breast health. She shares her course of treatment and talks about the importance of being healthy for her boys.

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