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Living With…Episode 023 Jessica Oldwyn, Brain Tumor Survivor


Toom-ah? What Stinkin’ Toom-ah!

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well!
My guest today is the author of the popular brain tumor blog Toom-ah? What Stinkin’ Toom-ah! She’s a committed cancer advocate and fundraiser.
She was diagnosed on April 13th, 2010 at the age of 29, with a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball. The tumor was classified as an infiltrating /diffuse astrocytoma, a type of glioma.
Several days later an awake craniotomy was performed, with follow-up emergency surgery shortly thereafter. After the tumor resection it was discovered that a new tumor was growing.
Another tumor resection was performed in October 2012. Since then, she has endured five years of newcastle virus and dendrite cell therapy.

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


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 007 Jim Skinner, Colon Cancer & Brain Tumor Survivor


 Stories with a Purpose

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well.
My guest today is the host of the popular podcast Stories with a Purpose.
He’s the founder of the Smart Patient Academy and the author of Smart Patient Smart Money.
He was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer at age 42. He faced the most challenging waves of confusion, fear, and chaos of his life. He says he was clearly not ready to be pounded by the disease, or the unforgiving healthcare system.
The irony is that he is an expert in the health insurance field. You would think that if anybody could navigate the system well, it would have been him, but this was not the case.
So,  four years later when he was diagnosed with an unrelated but life-threatening brain tumor, he decided to take control of the process. He learned how to make the system work for him and that made a world of difference in his outcome and the quality of his life.

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