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

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Cover of Darkness

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

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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 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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