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


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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Living With…Episode 015 Donn Angel Perez Lopez, Malignant Brain Tumor Survivor


Donn Angel Perez Lopez

The Coconot Book: A Story About Faith and Cancer Survival

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

My guest today was born in Venezuela where his passion for art and architecture began.  At the age of 19,  he moved to the United States and eventually received his master’s degree in Architecture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He has practiced architecture in various architectural firms in the metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan and has most recently worked as a college professor and self-supporting designer. Currently he works independently as a freelance architect designer and artist in San Diego, CA.

While starting out in his new career as an architect,  he began experiencing severe dizziness, which became debilitating.  After initially being treated for an ear infection, he was eventually diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
He is the author of The Coconot Book: A Story About Faith and Cancer Survival.

He is also working on developing his own art and design studio & gallery. His art is Inspired by topics of survival, nature and recognition of the human spirit.

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Living With…Episode 013 Robert J.S. Bradford, Ewing’s Sarcoma & Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor


Cancer Activist and Positivity Ambassador

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

My guest today is a cancer activist & positivity ambassador.
He has taken on the monumental task of strengthening positivity in the world as well as bringing awareness to the global issue of cancer.

He’s a Ewing’s Sarcoma and Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor.
He was three months shy of his 30th birthday when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma a pediatric cancer rarely seen in adults. He had 6 different types of chemotherapy over the course of a year.

He had a surgery that removed the upper half of his humerus bone, replacing it with a bone graft and titanium.
In October of 2012, he got the all clear and at that point asked his future wife to marry him.

Two months before the wedding he was diagnosed with Treatment-Related Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He spent the majority of the next 6 months in a hospital bed. He received a life-saving bone marrow transplant on November 26, 2013.

Now that he has once again been given a clean bill of health, his mission in life is to give back some of the incredible fortune he has been given with regard to his health.

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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 010 Richard London, Prostate Cancer & Parkinson’s Disease Survivor


Richard London

Prostate Cancer & Parkinson’s Disease Survivor

My guest today is a cancer survivor, Parkinson’s patient, and a successful entrepreneur.

He’s an author, public speaker and host of the internet talk show Health Chat.  He lives the concepts he teaches.  Using the philosophy of his A Handbook for Life℠, keynotes and workshops.

He’s developed a thriving real estate investment business and started several computer companies, while overcoming multiple financial and physical obstacles.  He has two children and is happily married to his wife of 28 years.  He’s a third degree black belt and has practiced and taught martial arts for over 27 years.  He also has his commercial pilot’s license and was a major in the Civil Air Patrol.

At 19 he was in a life changing motorcycle accident that put him in and out of hospitals for ten months.  He has had a total of nine operations as a result of his accident.

In 2003 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and is now an eleven year cancer survivor.  Two years after his cancer surgery he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but he has never let his spirits down.

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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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Living With…Episode 004 Christina Soto, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor


The Cancer GamePlan

Welcome to the show everyone. I hope you are all well.
My guest today is the host of the popular podcast The Cancer GamePlan.
She is a two-time survivor of stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
She’s been through the challenges – emotional, physical, psychological and financial – that come along with a cancer diagnosis.
When she was just 32 years old her doctor uttered the three words you never want to hear, “YOU HAVE CANCER”.
She endured 16 months of treatment – chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell transplant – before she was finally declared cancer free! She thought, finally the worst was now behind her, but the hardest part of her cancer battle was just beginning.
After a 3-week hospital stay for a stem cell transplant she found herself in incredible pain and on the brink of a full-on meltdown. She was in a constant state of panic and fear, which left her an emotionally-drained insomniac.
She came up with her own Cancer GamePlan to get her life back. She needed to address what was truly causing her fear, anxiety, physical pain, sadness, and confusion. She sat down and wrote out action plans for overcoming each of these 5 pain points.
She was finally on her way back to LIFE!
So she and her partner (Andres) decided to quit their jobs, sell everything they owned, start a business and travel the world.

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Living With…Episode 003 Sam Kimura, Severe Aplastic Anemia Survivor


Sharing America’s Marrow

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

My guest today is the co-founder of Sharing America’s Marrow, a nonprofit, grassroots movement to register 50,000 donors in all 50 states in 2015.
She was just 17 and an active high school lacrosse player in Louisville, Kentucky when she was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia.
Her doctor told her that if she didn’t find a bone marrow donor, she would likely die within six months.
Nearly five years later, still no donor has been found. She carries on thanks to alternative drug therapy – she takes roughly 25 pills a day, but she still needs a donor to ensure her long-term health. When her big sister, Alex, proved to not be a donor, Alex went into action to help her sister.
Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) is a nonprofit campaign started by my guest, her sister Alex Kimura and their friend Taylor Shorten.
In collaboration with the donor center Delete Blood Cancer, SAM hopes to dispel myths about bone marrow donation, educate the public on the importance of registration, and sign up as many potential bone marrow donors as possible.
Sharing America’s Marrow is traveling to all 50 states, with the hopes of finding a donor for the thousands of patients fighting blood cancer and other diseases. Because young people are the ideal donors for bone marrow transplant, the SAM team is focusing their efforts on college campuses across the country.

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Living With…Episode 001 Vinnie Tortorich, Leukemia Survivor


 Angriest Trainer Podcast

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

My guest today is the host of the extremely popular health & fitness podcast The Angriest Trainer.
He’s a former model.
He’s Hollywood’s go to guy for health & fitness.
He’s the personal trainer to the stars.
He doesn’t eat sugars or grains.
He’s an endurance athlete.
He has six-pack abs.
He’s ripped.
He sleeps with a Bond Girl.
He’s the best selling author of Fitness Confidential.
He’s developed his own line of vitamins.
He does shots of Villa Cappelli olive oil.
And yes most importantly, he’s a Leukemia survivor.

Why is he so angry? Stick around we’ll find out.

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