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Diagnosed With Stage 4 Bile Duct Cancer, But Focused On Hope


Chris Lawrence was diagnosed with stage 4 Bile Duct Cancer, but focused on hope.

Chris Lawrence – WE Have Cancer

In the spring of 2016 Chris Lawrence was diagnosed with stage 4 Bile Duct cancer. While laying in his hospital bed, his father wrote “Hope Has Arrived” on the whiteboard. Thus the non-profit organization hopehasarrived.com was born.

During our conversation we discussed:

  • How Chris came to be diagnosed with stage 4 Bile Duct cancer.
  • Why he created Hope Has Arrived
  • The decision to move back to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was originally from
  • How Genomic Sequencing saved his life
  • His thoughts on the future of his health
  • The future plans for Hope Has Arrived
  • The important role that his faith plays in his life
  • The positive things that he’s experienced since his diagnosis

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Fear of a Cancer Recurrence; An Emotional Conversation With Courtney Forget


Courtney Forget & Bagel Man

A cancer recurrence is every cancer survivors greatest fear. In her return visit to the WE Have Cancer podcast, Courtney Forget talks intimately about this fear. We also discussed:

  • How she went from looking forward to her ileostomy reversal – as discussed in Episode 43 – to loving her life with a permanent ostomy.
  • Living with the constant fear of a cancer recurrence after having two “cancer scares.”
  • The importance of getting second, and even third, opinions.
  • Her thoughts on being naive about her initial diagnosis and how she looks at her survivorship today.
  • Why she’s not a fan of ringing the bell at her cancer center after completing treatment.
  • The role her husband has played as her cancer caregiver.
  • The reason she adopted a Greyhound dog and why she’s training him to be a therapy dog.
  • The challenge of moving to a new city and finding a new Oncologist.

Links Mentioned In the WE Have Cancer Podcast

Courtney’s first appearance on the Colon Cancer (WE Have Cancer) podcast – https://wehavecancershow.com/043

Pet Partners – https://petpartners.org/

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Interview With Two-Time Cancer Survivor Howard Brown


Howard Brown was first diagnosed with cancer – Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma – at the age of 24. When he turned 50, a routine colonoscopy revealed stage 3 colon cancer.

During our conversation we discussed:

  • The numerous treatments, including HIPEC, and clinical trials he’s been through.
  • His experience as an an attendee of the 2019 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) conference.
  • How his twin sister saved his life from stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  • The possible link between childhood and young adult cancers to adult cancers.
  • His experience being treated with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • What his cancer experience has taught him about himself.
  • How exercise has helped him physically and emotionally.
  • His thoughts, and mine, on healthy eating.

Links Mentioned In the Show

Stacy Hurt – https://stacyhurt.net/

AACR – https://www.aacr.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Gentle Yoga With Jean DiCarlo Wagner – https://Wehavecancershow.com/019

Colontown – https://colontown.org/colontown-intake-form/

Belong.Life App – https://belong.life/

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Stage 4 Melanoma; Summers Spent Tanning Nearly Cost Her Her Life; With Becca Pendarvis

Becca and Brooklyn Pendarvis

As a teenager growing up in Kansas, Becca Pendarvis spent her summers doing everything she could to get as tan as possible. Now a mother of a sixteen year-old daughter, she has spent the last seven years dealing with Stage 4 Melanoma skin cancer.

During our conversation we discussed:

  • Why she loves living in New York City and how living there helped her cope with her cancer.
  • The common misconceptions about Skin Cancer.
  • How to use A-B-C-D-E to identify possible skin cancers.
  • The fact that she’s now N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) after initially being told she had 9 – 18 months to live.
  • The impact her illness had on her daughter.
  • Camp Kesem – a nationwide community that supports the children of parents affected by cancer – and how it helped her daughter.
  • Her thoughts on tanning and tanning beds.

Links Mentioned In the Show

Camp Kesem – https://campkesem.org/

Know the ABCDEs of Skin Cancer – https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/do-you-know-your-abcdes

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Learning How to Simplify Cancer With Joe Bakhmoutski


Joe Bakhmoutski – WE Have Cancer

Joe Bakhmoutski was diagnosed with Testicular cancer in 2016.He founded Simplify Cancer  to provide support and advice to those touched by cancer. During our conversation we discussed:

  • Why he created Simplify Cancer
  • How he came to be diagnosed with Testicular cancer
  • How people perceive various cancers and how some are deemed “embarrassing”
  • What patients can do to prepare for their first oncologist appointment and the free tool he offers on his website to assist with this.
  • The book he’s writing to help men dealing with cancer.

Links Mentioned in the Show

Simplify Cancer – http://simplifycancer.com/

Joe’s Interview With Lee Silverstein On the Simplify Cancer podcast – http://simplifycancer.com/ep055/

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Follow Simplify Cancer on Twitter – https://mobile.twitter.com/simplifycancer

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When Your Child Has Stage 4 Cancer; An Interview With Julie Chessell


Brock & Julie Chessell - WE Have Cancer

Brock Chessell and His Mom, Julie

In early 2017 Julie Chessell’s son, Brock, was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. During our conversation we discussed:

  • What motivated Julie to have Brock examined by a doctor.
  • The treatments Brock underwent and what they did when the treatments stopped working.
  • How the Chessell’s faced Brock’s diagnosis as a family.
  • How Julie and her husband faced Brock’s illness.
  • How Brock came to meet when of his sports heroes.
  • The work Brock and has done to raise awareness.

Connect With Julie

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julie.l.chessell

On Instagram: https://instagram.com/warrior.bossbabe

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What Every Cancer Caregiver Should Know, With Kaycee Carmichael

Kaycee and Jane Carmichael – WE Have Cancer

In 2016 Kaycee Carmichael’s mother was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer. Though her mother died only four months after her diagnosis, Kaycee learned some valuable lessons about life as a cancer caregiver as well as dealing with grief.

We discussed:

  • Her Mother’s life as a teacher and the incredible impact she left on her students.
  • How her mom came to be diagnosed.
  • How she managed the challenges of a cancer caregiver and some helpful tips and advice for other caregivers.
  • How she deals with the grief from her mom’s passing.

Links Mentioned In The Show

Lotsa Helping Hands – https://lotsahelpinghands.com/

Connect with Kaycee on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kaycee.lang

Follow Kaycee on Instagram – https://instagram.com/kacellaneous

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The World’s Okayest Cyclist; Beating Cancer Through Faith and Exercise with Shawn Watson


Shawn Watson

In the fall of 2013, Shawn Watson was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Shawn credits his faith and passion for exercise, specifically cycling for helping him recover from his diagnosis. During our conversation we discussed:

  • How he went from barely being able to walk 300 steps in a day to cycling up to 100 miles.
  • The role his faith has played in his recovery.
  • His thoughts on how anyone can use exercise in their cancer recovery.
  • Why he refers to himself as The world’s okayest cyclist.
  • Why it’s important to him to build a community and help others.
  • How he got into public speaking by reaching out to the manufacturer of one of the drugs used in his treatment.
  • How he has dealt with people who “don’t know what to say.”
  • The smartphone apps he uses to track his exercise and keep him motivated.

Links Mentioned In the Show

Amgen Break Away From Cancer – https://www.breakawayfromcancer.com/
The Conqueror Events/My Virtual Mission – https://www.theconqueror.events/

Connect With Shawn

On Instagram – https://instagram.com/worlds_okayest_cyclist

On Twitter – https://twitter.com/okayestcyclist

His blog – https://worldsokayestcyclist.wordpress.com/

 

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The Dana-Farber Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer; Interview With Dr. Kimmie Ng and Pat Beauregard


The Dana-Farber Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer; Interview With Dr. Kimmie Ng and Pat Beauregard

Dr. Kimme Ng and Pat Beauregard

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute opened the doors to its new Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center this past week. In anticipation of this exciting news I interviewed Dr. Kimmie Ng, Founding Director, and young-onset survivor, Pat Beauregard.

During our interview we discussed:

  • The goals of the Dana-Farber Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer and why it was created.
  • How Pat came to be diagnosed with Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer at the age of 29
  • The challenges in raising awareness around young-onset colorectal cancer and how it often leads to a late-stage diagnosis.
  • The three main areas of focus of the center
  • Where Pat currently is with his treatment

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Links Mentioned In the Show

Dana-Farber Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center – https://www.dana-farber.org/young-onset-colorectal-cancer-center/

Dr. Kimmie Ng – https://www.dana-farber.org/find-a-doctor/kimmie-ng/

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Advocacy and Faith Has Helped Carole Motycka Outlive Her Initial Cancer Prognosis


Carole Motycka – WE Have Cancer

In our first episode supporting 2019 Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Carole Motycka talks about how advocacy and faith has helped her far outlive her doctor’s initial prognosis.

During this interview we talked about:

  • How a minor hiking accident led to her diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer and Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome (JPS).
  • Her doctors giving her a 6-11 month prognosis, three years ago.
  • The treatment and support she received from the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Why she needed a liver transplant after doctors finding No Evidence of Disease.
  • How a liver donor was found and her relationship with this fellow church member.
  • The role her faith played in her diagnosis, recovery and her life going forward.

Connect With Carole

Instagram: https://instagram.com/swtcareline

 

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