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Living With…Episode 025 Davina McNaney, Breast Cancer Survivor

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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

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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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