Season 2, Episode 6: Sailing Through Life and Cancer
Lorie, a two-time melanoma survivor and CancerCare online support group member, joins the podcast to talk about her diagnosis and treatment experience. She explains that cancer pushed her to re-prioritize and re-evaluate her life, drawing parallels between life with cancer and her love for sailing. The open sea is unpredictable and necessitates constant adaptation and perseverance, but it can also be beautiful, bright, warm, and life-affirming, Lorie shares. Through her podcast, Sailing Through Life, Lorie hopes she can use her voice and cancer experience to connect to others and feels that if she is able to help just one person feel less isolated, her endeavors will be worthwhile.
Season 2, Episode 5: On Grief, On Love, On Power
On this week's episode, Rahsaan describes his mother's experience with pancreatic cancer and how he’s woven her death, his grief and his love for her into his daily consciousness. As he works to understand his own life in the context of his mother’s, Rahsaan explores his drive to stand up for himself, advocate for others and challenge imbalanced power structures. He implores listeners to advocate alongside him to “make sure that everybody has a fair shake” in the context of existing health care disparities, unequal access to care and the Movement for Black Lives. Rahsaan cites his mother as a guiding force as he walks through 2020, and explains, “We can thank Juanita for that.”
Season 2, Episode 4: Bursting the Cancer Bubble
Today’s episode features a conversation with Jennifer Garam, a stage IIIC ovarian cancer survivor, and her former social worker, CancerCare’s Rachel Barnhart. As Jen shares her approach to post-treatment life, her story shines a light on the challenges of transitioning out of treatment. Leaving behind the structure and safety of your medical team after treatment can be daunting; Jen shares tips and tricks for creating a support system, the importance of mental health and the positive impacts of making lasting connections during the cancer experience. To read more of Jennifer's work, visit www.jennifergaram.com or follow her on Instagram.
Season 2, Episode 3: Seize the Day
This week we welcome Kurt Fitzpatrick—an actor, writer and performer—who is in remission from B-cell follicular lymphoma. As he walks us through his cancer treatment starting from the day of diagnosis, Kurt reflects on how he tries to make the most out of every day, despite having cancer. You can also check out Kurt’s podcast, A Lifetime of Hallmark, dedicated to taking deep and hilarious dives into Hallmark and Lifetime movies.
Season 2, Episode 2: An Extra Piece of Cake
Seyna never expected she would be diagnosed with breast cancer, especially as a young adult. In this episode, she shares the importance of a strong support network—made up not just of family and friends, but of health care teams, support group peers and work colleagues too. We also navigate her experience of multiple treatment protocols, the possibilities for her future and why she says you should always have that extra piece of cake.
Season 2, Episode 1: The Worst Club in the World
For our season 2 premiere, we welcome Kevin, a young adult navigating the loss of his mother, who shares his experience of transitioning from being a primary caregiver to someone who is newly bereaved. Kevin also touches on what it means to be a caregiver, the need for common ground when discussing grief and the importance of group support.
Season 1, Episode 11: Mark 2.0
Jessica came to CancerCare after experiencing the loss of her father to stage IV liver cancer. Grief looks different for every individual; experiencing the death of a parent as a young adult can be especially isolating. Listen in as Jessica shares her grief experience while honoring her father’s memory and his desire to live to the fullest despite his cancer diagnosis. This is the final episode of our first season. Cancer Out Loud will be back this fall!
Season 1, Episode 10: Cancer, A New Full-Time Job
This week, we welcome Sheryl, a mother, grandmother, friend, advocate, retired teacher and mentor. Sheryl shares her experience with stage IV melanoma from diagnosis through various types of treatment while emphasizing the importance of advocating for oneself throughout the treatment process. Listen in as Sheryl reflects on her experience with tremendous insight; she reminds us all to accept the things we cannot change as a way to live a more meaningful and present life.
Season 1, Episode 9: Try, Try Again
On today’s episode, we welcome Michelle, a young adult cancer survivor currently in remission for Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Listen in as Michelle opens up about her cancer experience, her relapse and her successful autologous stem cell transplant. She also covers navigating difficult decisions, returning to work, communicating with her medical team and seeking a second opinion.
Season 1, Episode 8: Caregiving During a Pandemic
Caring for a loved one poses many unique challenges even without stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines. Oncology social workers Charlotte and Mary discuss how the coronavirus has impacted caregiving and why taking time for yourself is key in the final episode of our coronavirus and cancer miniseries. View all of CancerCare's resources on the coronavirus at cancercare.org/coronavirus.
Season 1, Episode 7: Coping With Social Distancing and the Uncertain Future
Being apart from friends and family for an extended period is no easy task. In the fourth episode of our coronavirus and cancer miniseries, oncology social workers Mary and Marlee offer advice for staying connected and share three breathing exercises to help calm your mind. View all of CancerCare's resources on the coronavirus at cancercare.org/coronavirus.
Season 1, Episode 6: Talking With Children About the Coronavirus
It can be intimidating to talk with children about the ways COVID-19 has changed the world. To help guide you, oncology social workers Sarah P. and Lauren C. provide suggestions for addressing children’s fears, helping them adapt to the new normal and more. This is the third episode of a five-part miniseries on the coronavirus and cancer. View all of CancerCare's resources on the coronavirus at cancercare.org/coronavirus.
Season 1, Episode 5: Managing Stress and Anxiety Through Mindfulness
The second episode of our five-part miniseries on the coronavirus and cancer examines stress and anxiety. Oncology social workers Alyson and Rachel review what stress is, how to recognize stress responses and ways that mindfulness can help, including a full guided meditation. View all of CancerCare's resources on the coronavirus at cancercare.org/coronavirus.
Season 1, Episode 4: Cancer and the Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented change: around the world, across industries and in our daily lives. In the first episode of a five-part miniseries, oncology social workers Danielle and Paige discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the cancer community and common concerns from clients. View all of CancerCare's resources on the coronavirus at cancercare.org/coronavirus.
Season 1, Episode 3: There's No Guidebook for This
Meet Jessica: caregiver, wife and entrepreneur. Jessica comes to us as a young adult caregiver for her husband, now 29 years old. Since her husband was diagnosed shortly after returning from their honeymoon in 2017, Jessica has had to learn to wear many hats. Listen to how Jessica navigated this experience that definitely does not come with a guidebook. Out of dark times often comes light; Jessica used her experience to establish Better and Company, which is dedicated to helping those affected by cancer stay organized and empowered throughout their journey. Check her out at betterandcompany.com!
Season 1, Episode 2: The Real Superheroes
Meet Bianca: actress, director and, most recently, superhero! Originally from Bulgaria, Bianca tells the story of her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Bianca joins us to not only share her experience as a cancer patient, but to inspire and connect others who may feel isolated by their diagnosis.
Season 1, Episode 1: They Can Treat It, You Can Beat It
On today’s show, Stephen talks about his personal philosophy throughout his cancer treatment, “They can treat it, you can beat it,” and how it fostered resilience on the path to survivorship. Stephen discusses the power of community, the role of advocacy and the importance of optimism in everyday life.
Introducing Cancer Out Loud
Starting March 9, Cancer Out Loud: The CancerCare Podcast will feature conversations with people affected by cancer who share what it's really like to be part of a support group, maintain a career during treatment, cope with grief and much more.