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Living With…Episode 026 Debbie Woodbury, Breast Cancer Survivor


Where We Go Now

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!
My guest today created the WhereWeGoNow.com community to keep a supportive community around her always.
Before her breast cancer diagnosis, she says she “survived family dysfunction, being laid off, a cheating boyfriend, miscarriages and infertility”. She says, “It took a cancer diagnosis to get the survivor label”,  but long before she heard the words, YOU HAVE CANCER,  she “was a practiced survivor of life”.
She’s a member of the Oncology Community Advisory Board of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center and works with The Connection’s Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project. She is also a volunteer with Cancer Hope Network, offering one-on-one support to cancer patients and family members.
She is a blog contributor to CureToday.com and has contributed to The Huffington Post on mind/body issues and  a monthly contributor at Positively Positive.
She says, one of her greatest joys is meeting other inspired survivors and WWGN members at her workshops and speaking engagements.
She is the author of two books for cancer survivors, You Can Thrive After Treatment and How to Build an Amazing Life After Treatment.
She says, it was surviving cancer that pushed her to “stop thinking about writing and actually sit down to do it”.

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Living With…Episode 025 Davina McNaney, Breast Cancer Survivor


Michigan to New York Run

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!
My guest today was a 40-year-old mother of two,  when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2012. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery shortly after the diagnosis.
Three months prior to her cancer diagnosis, she ran a 40 mile trail race to raise money for a local food bank.
As an avid runner, she decided to raise money and breast cancer awareness by running 470 miles from her current residence in Pinckney, Michigan to Sodus Point, New York, her hometown. The run took two weeks to complete, averaging over 30 miles per day.
She has raised over $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s research and awareness programs and attributes her survival to early detection and the many advances in breast cancer research.
She says she hopes to inspire others to set goals they believe in, dream big and help others while they are achieving those goals. She also wants to set a positive example for her two daughters and instill in them to never put limits on themselves. And to celebrate her own health by supporting those more severely impacted by breast cancer.

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Living With…Episode 017 Terri Wingham, Breast Cancer Survivor


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 012 Dina Zaphiris, Cancer-Sniffing Dog Trainer & Researcher


Dina Zaphiris

InSitu Foundation & Dogs Detect Cancer Project

My guest today is an accomplished dog trainer with over 25 years of experience.  She has been the dog trainer to the stars and worked in Search and Rescue with the California Rescue Dog Association.
In 2006 she got involved in training dogs to detect cancer a few months after her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, when her father gave her a timely article outlining research being conducted by Dr. Michael McCulloch, a cancer researcher at the Pine Street Foundation in San Anselmo, CA.  She was so intrigued by the possibilities of the study, she volunteered to train dogs for the cancer detection research.
In 2009 she created the InSitu Foundation to promote research and training of cancer-sniffing dogs.  Her foundation participated in two federally funded studies, and is seeking FDA approval of a medical scent detection kit.
She is also collaborating with Dr. Jeffrey Marks, PhD, an associate professor of surgery and pathology at Duke University to train dogs to detect breast cancer.
She hopes to open cancer scent detection centers that will utilize the highly sensitive skills of her dogs to detect cancer early and potentially save lives.
She says, “Through the Dogs Detect Cancer Project, we hope to revolutionize early cancer detection methods by providing a 98% accurate, non-invasive and less costly testing alternative”.

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Living With…Episode 006 Mel Majoros, Breast Cancer Survivor & Cancer Warrior


The Cancer Warrior

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well.
My guest today is the host of the extremely popular podcast The Cancer Warrior on Empower Radio.

After her blog “The Cancer Warrior” was named one of the top cancer blogs in the country, she has taken her advocacy and inspiring outlook a step further with her weekly show on Empower Radio. Mel is also the producer & co-host of The Vic McCarty Show.

She was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer on September 18th 2007.  A lumpectomy soon followed on October 9th, two days after her 38th birthday.  She plays hockey and when she is not watching or playing she is advocating, speaking and informing people about cancer.

Because of her employment, she was not eligible for full health care coverage. Mel was only able to get some very basic coverage at her own expense. This resulted in her owing the hospital and doctors over $20,000.

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Living With…Episode 005 Paul Blais, Bladder Cancer Survivor


Doubt The Doubts

My guest today is the host of two extremely popular podcasts, Doubt The Doubts and The Potter’s Cast.

He’s been an entrepreneur most of his life. He was a pastor and youth minister. He’s run several for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. Currently, he spends his time working on his podcast and helping entrepreneurs gain the skills that they need to realize their dreams.

He came to realize that his entrepreneurial success was not enough for him. Something was missing. He longed to be a writer and began keeping a blog of his ideas and speaking at local events. He realized this was his true passion.

Then in February of 2013, his whole life was turned upside down when he got the devastating news that he had an aggressive form of bladder cancer.

He decided it was time to stop saying “one day” to the things he wanted to do in his life. “One day” was finally here and he was going to do something about it.
He’s on a journey to inspire and help others get past their inhibitions and find a path to their dreams.

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