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Black Cancer

Black Cancer

By Jodi-Ann Burey
Black Cancer explores the cancer journeys of everyday people of color. Host Jodi-Ann Burey weaves a narrative about race, health, and life and helps listeners discover the wisdom trauma can bring.
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Trained Self-Preservation Mode (with Juliette Austin)

Black Cancer

I'm Not Afraid of Losing Something Now (with Sharon Eldridge)
In this episode, Sharon Eldridge tells Jodi-Ann about the history of cancer in her family and its impact on how she sees her own health and mortality. Sharon’s grandmother died from stomach cancer when she was just in her 50s. Sharon’s mother, although she beat breast cancer a decade prior, also lost her life to colon cancer in her 50s. How do we pursue living full lives when we expect cancer to find us along our paths? It just might free you more than you think. This conversation explores the ways the process of understanding who we were when trauma entered our lives and how we can look back on ourselves with grace. Sharon also shares how having the bottom fall out from under you becomes the fuel for living a fearless life -- for yourself and others. Here are Sharon's listener recommendations: Someone to know: Ericka Hart Something to listen to: The Read podcast Something to read: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor Post Show Goodies: Jodi-Ann and Sharon talk about Sharon’s mother’s name and it’s connection to #sayhername advocacy for Breonna Taylor and other women of color who’ve been murdered by the police. This episode was created during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives. Support Black Cancer with a monthly donation. The full transcript ---> on the website!
September 21, 2020
Trained Self-Preservation Mode (with Juliette Austin)
In this episode, Juliette Austin tells Jodi-Ann about what happened to her when she disclosed her thyroid cancer diagnosis at work nearly a decade ago and just how toxic a reentry process to work can be. This traumatic experience impacted how she, many years later, chose to disclose her cancer survivor experience to Jodi-Ann, despite Jodi-Ann’s own openness in publicly sharing her story. The two exchange tender moments, sharing for the first time what a difference it made in the growth of their friendship to fully see each other. This conversation explores different ways each has learned how to cope, how to decide what to share, and what people often get wrong in trying to help us through our recovery process. Even without chemotherapy and radiation, it can be painful and life-long, with its own path towards acceptance. Who shows up for you, and how you show up for yourself, makes a big difference on how you choose to survive.  Post Show Goodies: Juliette encourages Jodi-Ann to trust that she’ll be okay.  Here are Juliette’s listener recommendations:  Someone to know: Yourself  Something to read: Stop the Thyroid Madness by Janie A. Bowthrope    Something to listen to: “misik rasin” (Haitian roots music)  The full transcript at This episode was created during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives.
September 14, 2020
In Defiance of Pain (with Yejin Lee)
In this episode, Yejin Lee tells Jodi-Ann about losing her mother to breast cancer during her first year as an undergraduate student at Boston College (where Jodi-Ann and Yejin met) and its impact on her then and now. This conversation hits on hard lessons about how we, as women of color relate to our bodies as we process pain. We explore the blessing and the curse that is our strength, our embodied expectation to be strong, and what it takes to heal. We talk about the 2020 movement for Black lives, the tools we use to grieve, and the power of our voices to survive. You can find Yejin at She is an equity informed career coach and non-profit organizational consultant. Post Show Goodies: Jodi-Ann asks Yejin about her mother’s name. Here are Yejin’s recommendations: Someone to know: Rebecca KellyG, an arts, equity, and justice consultant, facilitator, interdisciplinary artist, and former civil rights attorney Someone to read: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Something to listen to: Hidden Brain, A podcast by Shankar Vedantam at NPR Episode transcripts are available at: This episode was created during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives.
September 7, 2020
To Wake Up. To Heal. To Become This Person (with Shayla Martin)
In this episode, Jodi-Ann Burey speaks with Shayla Martin, who was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - IDC. Shayla shares how her journey of surviving cancer and her mastectomy has completely changed the trajectory of her life: how do you cope with cancer when it's the thing that put you on the path for your purpose? Shalya provides details on the happenstance way she found her tumor and her path towards treatment. There are several parts of the cancer journey others do not see and this episode reveals a bit more of what that looks like for Black women.  Jodi-Ann and Shayla bond over always having appointments with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on the calendar, Black natural hairstyles and the markers we have in our lives because of cancer.  Jodi-Ann and Shayla also discuss passages from Audre Lorde’s book, The Cancer Journals, and how breast reconstruction has changed her relationship with her body and what it means to face your own mortality.   Post show goodies:  what we do with all the cards  what work schedules and life plans looked like after the moment of diagnosis, and  how we try to be more present in our lives.  Here are Shayla’s listener recommendations:  Someone to know: Brene Brown  Someone to read: Brene Brown’s books on vulnerability  Something to listen to: music - throw yourself a party!  Episode transcripts on Click here for the transcript for this episode.  This episode was created during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives.
August 30, 2020