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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/

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Why Getting a 2nd and 3rd Opinion Made a Difference In Her Cancer Treatment, With Sasha Denisova


Sasha Denisova – WE Have Cancer

 
Seeking out a 2nd and 3rd opinion in her cancer treatment resulted in a dramatic improvement in Sasha Denisova’s quality of life.

Sasha first appeared on this podcast in Episode 83 where she shared the struggle she faced getting doctors to take her colorectal cancer symptoms seriously.

During our latest conversation she discussed why she made the decision to forego treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to seek treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. We also discussed:

  • How she got the courage to challenge the initial treatment recommendations made by her doctor and why it’s important for everyone to advocate for their best care.
  • The importance 0f seeking out opinions from the top rated cancer facilities in the U.S.
  • How she eased herself back into working out in the gym and why working with a guided fitness instructor was important.
  • Why exercise is vital to her well-being and how most cancer patients can find an exercise routine that works for them.

Learn More About Sasha’s Story

Faces of Blue: Sasha Denisova UPDATE | Colon Cancer Coalition

Today is my expiration day. I smiled as I jumped out of bed and made myself a cup of coffee. I’m starting the day with my usual run with my two dogs. The world around us is still asleep. As we run down the dark wooded path, I am reflecting on the last 18 months.

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Living An Active Life With An Ostomy; With Colorectal Cancer Survivor Doug Dallmann


Doug Dallman

Doug Dallmann leads a very active life despite his ostomy. That wasn’t always the case; however. When he awoke from his surgery for stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2010 he was devastated to learn he was left with a permanent ostomy. He was “filled with anxiety, depression and uncertainty.”

Adjusting to life as an ostomate took time, but within a few months he achieved his goal of completing a 100-mile century bike ride.

During our interview we covered:

  • Why he wanted to take on the physical challenge of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the unique challenges doing so with an ostomy.
  • The emotional challenge of accepting his ostomy and how he moved from “denial” to embracing his new life.
  • Navigating the social and dating scene with an ostomy.
  • Why he decided to compete in a body-building competition.
  • What’s next for him on his list of adventures.

Connect with Doug

His story featured on the Colon Cancer Coalition website: https://coloncancercoalition.org/2018/10/06/an-ostomy-life-unlimited/

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

On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/doug.dallmann

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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/

Connect with Pat on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pat.beauregard.79

Follow Pat on Instagram – https://instagram.com/pbo15

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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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The Big Surprise


Host Lee Silverstein, shares surprising news and it’s definitely not the surprise he was expecting.

 

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The Colon Club – Providing Support and Healing to Those Touched By Colorectal Cancer

The Colon Club – WE Have Cancer

The guests for this episode were Phoung Ly Gallagher, Executive Vice President, and Kristina Smith, Vice President of Communications for The Colon Club.  The Colon Club provides resources for those touched by colorectal cancer.

During our conversation we discussed:

  • The story behind the beginning of The Colon Club
  • The Colon Club’s Four pillars: Colon Talk, The Kimberly Fund, the blog and the On The Rise magazine.
  • Kristina’s own experience as a recipient of The Kimberly Fund
  • Phuong’s connection to colorectal cancer
  • The upcoming Colon Camp retreat and the life-changing experiences attendees can expect.

Apply to Attend the 2019 Colon Camp – Deadline is February 1, 2019!

To apply visit: https://wehavecancershow.com/colonclub

Links Mentioned In This Episode

Colon Club – http://colonclub.com

Colon Talk – http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewforum.php?f=1

The Kimberly Fund – https://colondar.wufoo.com/forms/r1lbim8y1rxx58x/

On The Rise Magazine – http://colonclub.com/on-the-rise/

Our First Interview With Kristina Smith – https://wehavecancershow.com/054

Our Interview With Diana Sloan – https://wehavecancershow.com/077

Our Interview With Riley Castro – https://wehavecancershow.com/061

Our Interview With Nikki Moore – https://wehavecancershow.com/090

The Five Star Retreat In Nunnelly, Tennessee – http://www.fivestarretreat.com

Connect With The Colon Club

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

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

On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/colonclub/

Visit Their Website – http://colonclub.com

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Interview With 15 yr. Cancer Survivor and Passionate Advocate Candace Henley


Candace first appeared on the podcast back in 2015. You can listen to that interview here.

Much has changed in Candace’s life since then. During our conversation we discussed:

  • How her life has changed 15 years since her original diagnosis.
  • The alarming number of questions she is asked during her advocacy work that reflect many people’s lack of knowledge about their own bodies.
  • The advocacy work she is doing, along with Dr. Andrew Albert, in the Chicago area.
  • The growth of her non-profit, The Blue Hat Foundation.
  • The reason why many people of color are distrustful of the medical community.

Links mentioned in this episode

The Blue Hat Foundation – https://www.thebluehatfoundation.org/

Call On Congress – https://fightcolorectalcancer.org/events/save-the-date-call-on-congress-2019/

Candace on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/penelopepit_stop/

Candace on Twitter – https://twitter.com/colon_survivor

The Blue Hat Foundation on Twitter – https://twitter.com/BlueHats4colons

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A Routine Colonoscopy Saved His Life, With John Cavanaugh


Dr. John Cavanaugh

A Routine Colonoscopy Saved His Life, With John Cavanaugh

in May of 2014 John Cavanaugh was diagnosed with colon cancer after a routine colonoscopy.

John’s story was profiled in this Colon Cancer Coalition’s Faces of Blue article.

On my 50th birthday, I promised my wife I would make an appointment for a full physical. On May 5, 2014, my primary physician, Dr. Troy Fate, MD scheduled a routine colonoscopy. I had two polyps removed and one turned out to be cancerous with positive margins. After a consultation with Dr. Scott Brill, a Colon and Rectal Surgeon at Ohio Health in Columbus, we elected for surgery on June 6th (Lilly’s birthday). Dr. Brill found no evidence of cancer in the section removed, but one lymph node out of 13 tested positive for cancer cells. One of the risks of my operation was the possibility of a leak. Unfortunately, that occurred and I fell ill with sepsis which required a second emergency surgery. Luckily Dr. Brill is an Army Veteran with trauma experience so he was able to save my life. I needed two additional procedures to install drains for fluid build up near my lungs. My wife never left my side for a month and slept next to me on a recliner (Much like the scene where Robin Williams describes the meaning of love to Matt Damon on the park bench in Good Will Hunting).

After a several rounds of antibiotics, I recovered enough to be discharged from the hospital with a temporary ileostomy. After three weeks of intensive physical and occupational therapy at home, I was able to participate in our daughter’s wedding ceremony. Then I endured several months of chemotherapy that made me look like the main character from “Unbroken”. In December, right before my birthday and the Christmas holidays, Dr. Brill reversed the diversion and I spent much of 2015 recuperating. On May 5, 2015, Dr. Brill performed a colonoscopy which resulted in a normal finding. Later in December, I had a CT scan and received a clean bill of health. I continued to be followed closely by my oncologist with regular blood screening, but am now back to work full-time.

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Links Mention In This Episode:

The Colon Cancer Coalition:  https://coloncancercoalition.org

Cancer + Careers: https://www.cancerandcareers.org/en

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How One Person Can Influence Favorable Cancer Legislation, With Michael Holtz


How One Person Can Influence Favorable Cancer Legislation, With Michael Holtz

Michael Holtz is a 6 1/2 year survivor of Stage IIIB rectal cancer and is the author of the book It’s Not Harder Than Cancer. Michael first appeared on this podcast in 2015. You can listen to that interview here.

Michael and I discussed the cancer advocacy work he’s been doing with the American Cancer Society and as the Tennessee state representative for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network – ACS CAN.

In April 2018 the Provision CARES Foundation recognized Michael Holtz as the Patient Advocate of the Year.

 

Links Mentioned In The Show

Michael Holtz’ website – http://www.michaelholtzonline.com/

Michael on Facebook – https://facebook.com/michaelandrewholtz/

Michael on Twitter – https://twitter.com/michaelholtz

It’s Not Harder Than Cancer – Available on Amazon

 

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