Kristen Grider joined me on this week’s episode of Behind the Pink Ribbon to share her story. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2017 at the age of 31 years old following a self-breast exam. Kristen talked about her diagnosis, coming to peace with having breast cancer before the official diagnosis, and her treatments. She shared the struggles she has faced with reconstruction and the decision to explant, which will literally be a weight off of her chest.
My guest on this week’s episode is Cheryl Wohlgemuth from Alberta, Canada. In October 2012, she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma at the age of 50 after a rollercoaster ride to get a final diagnosis. Cheryl was told she had breast cancer, then told that she didn’t, then told that she did. Cheryl also talks about her family history of breast cancer, her treatment, and the lonely journey through the healing process.
Sharon Carlson, a 31 year breast cancer survivor, joined me on this episode to share her story behind the pink ribbon. Sharon was in her early 40s when she was diagnosed in 1989. She talked about find the lump, her diagnosis, the horribly tragic story of her primary doctor, her treatments, and the loneliness she experienced that led her to become an advocate for others.
Kirby Lewis joined me on this episode of Behind the Pink Ribbon. He was diagnosed at the age of 52 with stage 2 breast cancer. He shared how he found the cancer, his course of treatment, and how he feels breast cancer saved his life. In 2016, Kirby had a recurrence of breast cancer that had metastasized to his lung. Kirby views breast cancer as an adventure and won’t stop living life because of the diagnosis.
Christine Corrigan is my guest on this episode. She shares her story as a two-time cancer survivor. Her initial diagnosis of cancer came as a teenager followed by a diagnosis of breast cancer thirty-five years later. Christine recently finished her book titled Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists.
Mimi White is my guest on this week’s episode to share her story behind the pink ribbon. She was diagnosed at the age of 34 with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma. She talked about her course of treatments and how through her journey, she was inspired to create the Linkage Beauty Movement in hopes of helping other women to feel beautiful and worthy no matter what.
This week, I am resharing the episode with Nikki Speer from Redefined Courage in hopes of helping the organization reach its fundraising goals. Redefined Courage provides post-mastectomy shirts and other goodies to breast cancer patients at no cost. They are hosting their annual gala on September 19, 2020. Please check out the event and their virtual auction.
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.