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

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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

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Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

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

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 004 Christina Soto, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

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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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