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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 011 Howard Bressler, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia & Stevens Johnson Syndrome Survivor



 Howard Bressler

Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) & Stevens Johnson Syndrome Survivor

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

My guest today was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) in August 2000 at the age of 33. With the support of his wife and young daughters he started treatment for the disease, which included high-dose chemotherapy, and experimental treatment with arsenic trioxide. This treatment has since become part of the standard treatment protocol for APL patients. He has also suffered through bouts with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, which involves a separation of the skin’s dermis and epidermis layers.
He’s been practicing law in New York City for more than twenty years, dealing with toxic tort or chemical exposure, product liability and environmental actions.
His work has involved extensive research to determine if and how toxic exposure may cause illness. His own illness has helped him explain these issues in terms that judges, juries and non-scientists can understand.
He is the author of The Layman’s Guide To Surviving Cancer: From Diagnosis Through Treatment And Beyond.
In the book he uses his extensive research experience to explain the onset, progression and treatment of cancer in terms the reader will understand. Workplace rights and estate planning are also covered in the book.

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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 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 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

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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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