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Living With…Episode 027 Margaret Cahill, Mantle Cell Lymphoma Survivor


Cover of Darkness

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My guest today was diagnosed in December 2012 with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. She underwent chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and subsequent isolation. To cope with her disease and keep in touch with her family and friends, she started the popular blog Under Cover of Darkness-My Journey Through Mantle Cell Lymphoma. She is also the author of the book, Under Cover of Darkness: How I Blogged My Way Through Mantle Cell Lymphoma.
She’s the owner of The Wessex Astrologer, a publisher, distributor and mail order company founded in 1996 in the United Kingdom.
Now to tell us all about her cancer journey, please welcome Margaret Cahill to the show.

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Living With…Episode 024 Lauren Bourdon, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor



Keeping My Light

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!
My guest today was diagnosed at the age of 22 in June 2013 with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Although typically treated with a type of targeted chemotherapy, her marrow remained genetically mutated and unhealthy after a year of trying every drug available on the market.
In August, 2014 she was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for a stem cell transplant. She received a week of conditioning chemotherapy before receiving her sister’s perfectly HLA matched stem cells.
She is a psychologist and the author of the popular blog Keeping My Light, where she chronicles her cancer journey. Her blog covers chemotherapy tips and tricks, favorite resources, neutropenic diet guidelines and most importantly offers hope and inspiration for others going through similar situations.
Now to tell us all about her cancer journey, please welcome Lauren Bourdon to the show.

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Living With…Episode 022 Benjamin Rubenstein, Ewing’s Sarcoma & Myelodysplasia Survivor


The Cancer Slayer

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!
My guest today is a speaker and the author of the CancerslayerBlog and two books, TWICE How I Became A Cancer-Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21, as well as,  Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man. His work has also been cited by Newsweek and the New York Times.
At the age of 16, he experienced hip pain as a talented tennis player and student living in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma a rare form of cancer, usually found in teenagers and young adults.
“Benjamin believed that he was no Sick Kid but a super-powered hero who had a unique ability to withstand the toxic chemicals of cancer therapy and preserve his healthy cells while zapping the round-celled malignancy that had invaded his body.”
The aggressive treatment he received at the NIH saved his life and he went on to attend the University of Virginia. Unfortunately, a follow-up CBC revealed that his bone marrow was damaged due to all of the treatments he had received. He had myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease near and dear to my heart.
For the second time he took on cancer’s challenge and won.

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Living With…Episode 021 Ellie Philpotts, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor




Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!
My guest today was diagnosed at the age of 15 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  In July 2010, she started to experience symptoms of the disease and didn’t finish treatment until May 2011.
Symptoms included itchy hands and feet and shortness of breath when walking short distances and climbing stairs. She was also experiencing a loss of appetite, weight loss, night sweats and had developed a lump in her neck. She was initially diagnosed with the flu, but she was soon hospitalized for nine days and diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Despite her condition she was determined to not miss school and at times would receive treatment there.  Treatment included chemotherapy and steroids, leaving her with neutropenia, hair loss, and compromised immunity.
Despite all of this, she never gave up the fight and is now four and a half years in remission.

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


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


Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

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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



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


A Fresh Chapter

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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


The Cancer Survivor’s Nutrition Voice of Reason

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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

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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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