My guest on today’s episode is Hannah Dekker Keels. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42 in August 2016. Following her initial treatment, she received another diagnosis a year later. After approximately two and a half years, Hannah was again diagnosed for a third time with yet another type of cancer. Hannah talks about her treatments, writing a book, getting married, and starting a foundation- Living Hope Cancer Foundation. The motto of the foundation is to get up and live.
Jennifer Kehm, the co-founder of the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF) and the Development Director at Cancer Caring Center in Pittsburgh, PA, joined me on the podcast today to share her story behind the pink ribbon. We talked about her diagnosis and treatments, as well as complications during reconstruction. We also talked about the need for awareness and education of breast cancer in young women (and men), lifelong monitoring, and social/emotional support.
My guest on this episode is Lori Marini. She is a coach and the podcast host of Conversations with Courageous Cancer Warriors. Lori was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma and DCIS in June 2017 at the age of 41. Lori was working as a tumor expert and with those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer when she diagnosed. She talked about the unexpected emotional toll, the importance of finding gratitude, and how she became a coach to help others navigate through a cancer diagnosis.
Heather Keller created an award-winning solo show, Chemo Barbie, about her breast cancer journey. She has traveled internationally to perform her show. Heather was diagnosed with stage 1, triple positive invasive ductal carcinoma at the end of 2015. She shares her journey from finding her lump, her diagnosis, treatments, and her recovery.
My guest on this episode is Tandy Pryor. She was diagnosed with stage 1 lobular breast cancer in July 2019 at the age of 57. She talked about her gut feeling that something was wrong, diagnostic testing, and her course of treatments. Tandy stressed the importance of listening to our guts and maintain power over our own bodies and lives.
My guest on this episode is Tara Cohen, the Director of Marketing at Lauren’s Hope. She was diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation through 23 and Me. After repeated diagnostic testing that left her in a constant state of fear and anxiety, she opted for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy that resulted in complications. Tara also talked about the importance of medical ID bracelets specifically for those with breast cancer who have or may be at risk for developing lymphedema.
Emily Rich joined me on today’s episode to share her story behind the pink ribbon. In March 2019, at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with stage 1 encapsulated papillary carcinoma, a very rare form of breast cancer. Emily and her fiance had just moved cross country and were planning their wedding when diagnosed. Emily very openly and candidly shares her experience with in-vitro fertilization and the work that still needs to be done to protect cancer patients seeking fertility preservation.
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.