Living With…Episode 020 Lee Silverstein, Colon Cancer & Wilms’ Tumor Survivor

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The Colon Cancer Podcast

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well.
My guest today is the creator and host of the popular The Colon Cancer Podcast.
In his words, he created the show “to provide survivors, caregivers and professionals a vehicle to share their stories of struggle, hope and survival in the face of colon cancer and to provide hope and inspiration to those affected by the disease.”
He was diagnosed with pediatric kidney cancer called Wilms’ Tumor at 5 years of age and is a Stage 4 colon cancer survivor.
On New Years Eve 2012, 30 days after being married, he received the news that no one wants to receive, he would need a liver resection followed by 6 months of chemotherapy.
He made a commitment to living his life on his terms and to approach it with a positive outlook. He wasn’t going to let the disease interfere with how he wanted to live his life. He continued to exercise and he decided that he was going to feel good by making other people feel good.
He completed treatment in August 2013 and was given the great news that he had No Evidence of Disease (NED).
In the Spring of 2014 two nodules were found in his lungs for which he received Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). Shortly after completing treatment, as promised, he finished the Tampa Undie 5k Run with his best time ever.

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Living With…Episode 019 Tracey Gamer-Fanning, Brain Tumor Thriver

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Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well!

My guest today has a diverse background in broadcast journalism, professional modeling, advertising sales, wedding sneaker designing, and associate publishing.
In 2006 she was diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer. She was a paralyzed, single un-insured mother of two. Tragically, she lost her father in a car crash after he had just dropped off her and her kids at home. This all happened in a timeframe she calls, “90 Days that changed my life forever”.
She is President and Co-Founder of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance and an 8 1/2 year Brain Cancer Survivor/Thriver!
She is a very public figure in the Medicinal Cannabis movement and sits on the Board of Directors of PharmaFarm/Vintage Foods, one of the world’s leading Medicinal Cannabis Research and Development Companies.
She is a Civilian Adviser to the P4OH (Patriots For Our Heroes) program, which is providing aid, support and leadership to the United States Military Veteran’s PTSD/TBI population.
She is also the creator of the very popular blog blogapy.com (blog & therapy)
Now to tell us all about her cancer journey, please welcome Tracey Gamer-Fanning.

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Living With…Episode 018 Jennifer Warden, Lymphoma Survivor

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VegiCouture

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well!
My guest today holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Administration. She worked briefly as a psychotherapist before opting to stay home and be with her daughter, Olivia.
She also studied the Culinary Arts and is a Certified Nutrition Counselor.
She suffered many health challenges such as lymphoma, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Coupled with her concern for the environment and the ethical treatment of animals, she has found new life and energy consuming a plant-based diet.
She’s the founder of VegiCouture LifeStyle…making veggies fashionable one bite at a time.
Her goal is to provide plant-powered recipes, stories, info and inspiration. And to educate everyone about the power of prevention and to offer encouragement to those with health issues.

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Living With…Episode 017 Terri Wingham, Breast Cancer Survivor

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A Fresh Chapter

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!

My Guest today makes it very clear that she is not defined by her cancer. She is a traveler, writer, photographer, audacious dreamer, and explorer, with a passion for seeing new places.

In October 2009, she underwent a lumpectomy, lymph node dissection, four rounds of chemotherapy, and a bilateral mastectomy. She was experiencing feelings of isolation, depression, survivor guilt, and anger.

In January of 2011, facing an upcoming final reconstruction surgery, she was searching for inspiration and decided to quit her six-figure job and set off in the Spring of 2011 on a six-week volunteer program to Cape Town with Cross-Cultural Solutions. She says her experience working with children at an underfunded daycare changed her forever.

After her time in Africa, she returned to Vancouver, packed up her belongings, and started a trip around North America to talk about what she calls her “Big Hairy Audacious Dream” to create a foundation to help other people expand their stories beyond cancer.

Then, she set off on an Adventure of Hope, a six-month, five-continent trip that laid the groundwork for her Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation.

In February of 2013, she took 12 participants and a documentary film maker to India to analyze their model for volunteering as a healing mechanism.

In 2015, she plans to expand the North American program to major cities across the United States as well as return to India and pilot their first program in Africa.

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Living With…Episode 016 Jean LaMantia, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

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The Cancer Survivor’s Nutrition Voice of Reason

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are well.

My guest today is a Registered Dietitian in Toronto, Ontario.
At the age of 27, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
She had masses in her neck, under her arms, and in her chest. When she was admitted to the cancer center, she could barely breathe. Her lungs were filling with lymphatic fluid.

Her mother was a nurse and her father a green grocer, with his own store. It was while working in the store that she became aware of the importance of healthy eating to good health. Subsequently, she found her true passion and studied human nutrition in college.
She’s the best selling author of “The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook”, and editor of the Canadian Dietitian Oncology Network Newsletter.

She says she has spent her entire adult life collecting, analyzing, and distilling an incredible amount of knowledge about nutrition, about cancer, and about that area where the two overlap. And she has applied that knowledge in her own life, and the lives of countless others.

She’s been both a patient during her battle with cancer and a caregiver during her father’s battle with the disease.

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