Mommy Had A Little Cancer
By Angie Karlee
2 busy mums/moms, with 2 active kids each, living in 2 separate countries and diagnosed with 2 different cancers- lung and breast.
Join them on their cancer healing journeys while raising kids in an expat world.
Join them on their cancer healing journeys while raising kids in an expat world.
Palliative Care: The good times that made us laugh Outweigh the bad
In this episode, Karlee discusses why the podcast is on hold and why our social channels have been silent.
May 10, 2021
Baby, baby, baby- Cancer and Fertility: What You Need to Know with Jaymie Jam (Part 2)
In this episode, we are delighted to introduce you to Jaymie ‘Jams’ Bowles. Jaymie, is the CEO of @wjmsradio and a stage 4 lung cancer shero. In this episode we discuss: -Jaymie’s Lung Cancer diagnosis day -What a cancer diagnosis meant for her and her family - Stage 4 lung cancer as a non-smoker and younger women - Fertility and cancer - Hope for the future - How to overcome adversity Connect with Jaymie Jam on : www.wjmsradio.com https://www.instagram.com/just_jams Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or on preferred platforms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mommyhadalittlecancer/ https://www.instagram.com/xennialexpat/ https://www.instagram.com/thehairoine/ Media: email@example.com
February 21, 2021
Baby, baby, baby- Cancer and Fertility: What You Need to Know with Jaymie Jam (Part 1)
In this episode, we are delighted to introduce you to Jaymie ‘Jams’ Bowles. Jaymie, is the CEO of @wjmsradio and a stage 4 lung cancer shero. In this episode we discuss: - Jaymie’s Lung Cancer diagnosis day - What a cancer diagnosis meant for her and her family - Stage 4 lung cancer as a non-smoker and younger women - Fertility and cancer - Hope for the future - How to overcome adversity Connect with Jaymie Jam on : www.wjmsradio.com https://www.instagram.com/just_jams Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or on preferred platforms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mommyhadalittlecancer/ https://www.instagram.com/xennialexpat/ https://www.instagram.com/thehairoine/ Media: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 21, 2021
Rich dad, poor dad- #DadCrushingCancer: Matthew S. Newman
In this episode, we are delighted to introduce you to a #DadCrushingCancer, Matthew S. Newman. Matt is a husband, Dad of three children, financial services wholesaler, TEDX speaker and author of Starting at the Finish Line who was diagnosed with grade three astrocytoma (brain cancer) at 39 years old. Matthew's memoir chronicles the journey that he and his entire family took together which got him to a place of clarity, understanding and appreciation. The book's underlying message of why it's important to get your financial planning in order is both inspirational and actionable. In this episode we discuss: - Matt’s diagnosis day - What a cancer diagnosis meant for him and his family - How Matt coped with his diagnosis - Financial planning - Future planning - Mindset Connect with Matthew S. Newman on: https://matthewsnewman.com/ https://www.instagram.com/startingathefinishline Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or on preferred platforms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mommyhadalittlecancer/ https://www.instagram.com/xennialexpat/ https://www.instagram.com/thehairoine/ Media: email@example.com
February 21, 2021
'More Than a Woman' with Ananda Lewis- Part 2
#momscrushingcancer #lungcancerinfluencer #mommyhadalittlecancer #momcrushingcancer In this episode, we are delighted to have #MomCrushingCancer, Ananda Lewis on the show. Ananda is a well know former MTV Veejay, BET host and her own talk show host and carpenter. Ananda was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 3 years ago and recently shared her diagnosis in October of 2020. In this episode we discuss: -What Ananda has been up to -Sharing one's diagnosis-How and with who -Living in the now (Ananda is on point!) -Cancer terminology and lingo -Breast cancer research -The American health care system -Music play list -Life goes on and so do we Angie and Karlee adored Ananda growing up watching her on MTV and BET. When they finally met over Zoom as it was if they knew each other for years. The conversation flows amongst friends sharing everything cancer related and more. The laughter throughout is a sign it's a conversation you don't want to miss. Connect with Ananda Lewis- https://www.instagram.com/iamanandalewis Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or on preferred platforms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mommyhadalittlecancer/ https://www.instagram.com/xennialexpat/ https://www.instagram.com/thehairoine/ Media: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24, 2021
‘More Than A Woman’ with Ananda Lewis- Part One
#momscrushingcancer #lungcancerinfluencer #mommyhadalittlecancer #momcrushingcancer In part one of this episode, we are delighted to have #MomCrushingCancer, Ananda Lewis on the show. Ananda is a well known former MTV Veejay, BET host and her own talk show host and carpenter. Ananda was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 3 years ago and recently shared her diagnosis in October of 2020. In this episode we discuss: -What Ananda has been up to -Sharing one's diagnosis-How and with who -Living in the now (Ananda is on point!) -Cancer terminology and lingo -Breast cancer research -The American health care system -Music play list -Ananda's hair and Karlee's bangs -Port sistas Ananda and Angie Angie and Karlee adored Ananda growing up watching her on MTV and BET. When they finally met over Zoom it was as if they had known each other for years. The conversation flows amongst friends sharing everything cancer related and more. The laughter throughout is a sign it's a conversation you don't want to miss. Connect with Ananda Lewis- https://www.instagram.com/iamanandalewis Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or on preferred platforms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mommyhadalittlecancer/ https://www.instagram.com/xennialexpat/ https://www.instagram.com/thehairoine/ Media: email@example.com
January 20, 2021
Dancing (Doctor) Queen
#momscrushingcancer #lungcancerinfluencer #mommyhadalittlecancer #momcrushingcancer In this episode, we are delighted to introduce you to a #MomCrushingCancer, Dr. Kavita Jackson. Kavita is a wife, Mom to 2 young daughters and an attending ER Doctor. Kavita was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer shortly after moving to a new city. In this episode we discuss: - Auto-pilot mode/tunnel vision - Diagnosis day; Coping with a cancer diagnosis and small children - Culture and cancer (Indian and Haitian) - What brings us joy - Dr vs. cancer patient - Top tips for new cancer patients - Creativity, music and Kavita's dancing skills on TikTok - The word warrior and other cancer lingo - we weren't taught how 'to do' cancer. We started out with life goals and then cancer happened. It was't something any of us expected. But, we realized we have choices. Choices how to process, choices in how we tell people and choices in how we cope and beyond. Everyone deals with cancer differently and that is OK. Regardless of the diagnosis, we are Moms. We are here and we have so much love to give. And when we were ready, we found community. And when you are ready, there is a cancer community waiting to embrace you when you are ready. Connect with Dr. Kavita Jackson- https://www.instagram.com/drkavitajackson/ Blog: www.drladyblog.com Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or on preferred platforms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mommyhadalittlecancer/ https://www.instagram.com/xennialexpat/ https://www.instagram.com/thehairoine/ Media: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 12, 2021
Every Scar, Every Flaw, You See it All, You See it All, You Still Love Me...
The shock of a cancer diagnosis can put life on a hold for a minute. And when you're ready you bounce back stronger. We are delighted to have Nicole from Anointedcare podcast join us in this episode sharing her story and her experience living with colorectal cancer. Nicole kept her cancer under wraps and shared what she was going through when she was ready with her 2 daughters as her key focus to get through it. In this episode we discuss: Nicole's cancer journey as a single Mom Cancer and parenting Cancer and faith Colorectal cancer symptoms Hope in times of adversity Karlee's love of the Buffalo Bills Angie's radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments in hospital. Focusing on what matter when times our tough, will get you through. You just have to follow your instinct and do what is best for you and your family at that time. Connect with Nicole- @anointedcarepodcast Follow, like and subscribe to Mommy Had A Little Cancer podcast- Anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer Media: email@example.com
January 03, 2021
Keep smiling, Keep shining, Knowing you can always count on me, For sure
This episode is dedicated to Dionne Warwick. Happy 80th Birthday Dionne! A fixture in our household to this day! 1 day to go Dionne! When we make it to 80, we will be Tweeting just like Dionne. In this episode we discuss: Pandemic life and cancer Family and friends Angie's back in hospital and chemotherapy/radiotherapy Christmas 2020 Online cancer support Why we can't stop laughing Karlee baked a chocolate cake for a dear friend's birthday. And before you know it Angie and Karlee were talking about cancer support specifically during a pandemic. AstraZeneca reached out to Angie and shared their “Notes of Encouragement program that supports patients faced with lung cancer. They send note cards and emails with personal stories and other real, helpful info to support patients going through lung cancer treatment. The program has really benefited Angie as she has realised there are people like her on their journeys too with encouragement. Karlee and Angie met at Mass Mentoring Partnership so mentoring support is always on their minds. Connections are key! Karlee took part in the 'Someone Like Me' programme by the charity Breast Cancer Now. Karlee was so thankful to learn about getting a port and to be encouraged along the way and so much more! Angie is back in hospital and has started a new chemo and radiotherapy regime. Mom guilt really kicks in when away from their families. But, it is for the best as Angie has many ailments that need hospital attention. Angie and Karlee discussed Angie's DIY ice packs and Karlee's attempt at sewing. There was a lot of laughter in this episode, but that is a good sign given the change in Angie's circumstances. She is loved. She is supported. And we are all thinking of her! Happy 80th Birthday Dionne!
December 11, 2020
Coping Tools and How To Tell Your Children and Family You Have Cancer
Amelia on Grey’s Anatomy was told by Richard, ‘If you don’t let them help you through this, you’ll hurt them a lot worse.’ Well, what if Amelia processed her feelings and her cancer journey on her own terms? According to our special guest Ms. Jenny D. Brice, MFT, MPH of www.jennydbrice.com, there are coping tools for others. It is important to allow the cancer patient to feel and process their diagnosis. Ms. Brice is not only Angie’s cousin, but a director at a Philly based health centre. Her vast experience professionally focuses on public and mental health. She literally showed up for Angie from the start of her healing cancer journey with her sister Annie in Geneva. In this episode we discuss: Validation of feelings, experience and uncertainty How to tell your loved ones you have cancer (focusing on children & others in this episode) Fight/Flight/Freeze Self-care and coping tools for patients and families Learn more about Jenny Brice at: www.jennydbrice.com Website and blog: mommyhadalittlecancer.weebly.com Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Insta: @mommyhadalittlecancer
November 12, 2020
Exercising & ‘Creeping it Real’: Telling Others You Have Cancer and How You Really Feel-
It's Friday night- Halloween Eve! 10pm in the UK and 11 in Switzerland. Angie and Karlee take note how staying up late isn’t what it used to be. In this episode we discuss: - Exercise and feeling strong - Weight loss and weight gain-menopause - Sharing your cancer diagnosis and feelings with friends, family and complete strangers - Doing things in your own time on your own terms - Halloween during COVID-19 - Closing out Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Kicking off Lung Cancer Awareness Month Angie starts off talking about how she is enjoying a protein shake to gain weight and about how she is exercising to feel stronger. Angie is losing weight without trying. Cancer induced weight loss. Karlee on the other hand is sipping on a coffee as coffee is her thing. She goes on about how she is gaining weight through menopause without even trying. The ladies are going through opposite experiences with weight after cancer treatment, but they share the common bond of working towards staying fit and feeling strong. It is a process and at times they feel like the tortoise that Karlee saw at the zoo. Check it out on our Insta! A bit like running for a bus after chemo. In your head you're moving fast, but your body is just not moving at the speed you want it to. You miss the bus time and time again. But, you keep going. It's what you do. It's what the tortoise does. Angie and Karlee loved Ananda Lewis growing up. She was and still is the coolest Veejay that was on MTV back when music was the focus. Amazing hair and an aura about her that can't be repeated. A&K discuss that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and Ananda kept it quiet as she felt shamed and embarrassed. A & K get that. Telling others is hard as you can't manage their response or expectations. Telling others is stressful and can lead to tears. And, you can't control when people might ask the dreaded question. Angie talks about how she was asked to stow away her oxygen bag many times in the supermarket. She eventually told the cashier she has cancer as every time she went in the shop she felt judged. Who do you tell? When are you going to be asked? Where are you going to be asked? And why are you going to be asked if you have cancer? It's all very stressful and something one can come to terms with in their own time. We get you Ananda. And we appreciate you promoting early detection as key! Angie discussed the question: How are you? Do you want the whole truth or the fake truth? How do you answer such a question at social gatherings? Very Awkward. You don't want to be a party pooper, yet all you have been up to are scans and appointments. Angie’s crafted the perfect response. 'I'm better.' Because better doesn’t have to be big. Whether it’s one less trip to the toilet, one extra hour of sleep, or one more cuddle from the kiddos, she has perspective and is in a better headspace than before. Phew- so much for that question! How do you carry on with the conversation to sound interesting. What you do is....just be yourself. Your people will love you regardless. Strangers thoughts do not count! A&K discuss how they met up a year ago in London. Together again. The lung cancer thing was new to Angie and they discuss how far they have come starting the Mommy Had a Little Cancer podcast. Karlee thanks Angie as she is feeling more comfortable talking. Keeping it real. And letting you in on how they really feel. Breast Cancer Awareness month has come to an end. The work never ends. The ladies move on to Lung Cancer Awareness month so look out for how the ladies make something so scary so relatable so you will do what you need to if you have symptoms. Obviously, we hope you or yours don't. But if you do, we're here for you! Follow us on Insta: @mommyhadalittlecancer Subscribe, rate and share more Mommy Had a Little Cancer podcasts: anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer or anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts :-)
October 31, 2020
Let's Talk About Sweat, baby! And all the self-care and the steroids that may be...
Angie was kicked out of hospital! Why? one would wonder...A patient on her ward has COVID-19. That's a new one. How very 2020?! Angie has a huge lump/hump on her torso and the pain has been unbearable since having her drain out. Her drain has let out lung fluid for the past 6 months. Imagine trying to clean your body with a drain in. Not easy! She had enough and checked herself into hospital to get some rest and manage the pain to see what the hump was really made of. Well, that didn't go that well, but they figured out what the big hump was...Fibrosis Necrosis. Who knew? The challenge with being in hospital and going back home is there are things to do. And well, it never ends. But, returning home is the best feeling in the world. Spending time with the family and cuddling. And, enjoying the comforts of home. Coffee when you want it. And so on...Plus, it is nicer to be at home when on steroids and up all night. So long as you don't wake the kids! The ladies realise they have a lot of TMI discussions and SWEAT is now added to the mix. Angie went to pick up her morphine and had a hot flush/hot flash if in the US. And well, it was all a but much. First off, she was picking up pain meds which made her look like a druggie, but the sweat is out of control. This can happen during chemo, in the menopause or after chemo. And, it has a chemical sort of smell. Karlee is familiar with the hot flushes and has sort of got used to them. She had them during chemo and when in chemical menopause and now surgical menopause. She sweats at random time and she discusses how her right arm pit does not sweat. Possibly due to having all lymph nodes out or lymphoedema? The conversation ends on a self-care note and being able to relax. Angie is about to have relexology and a massage. Karlee feels self-care is a must, but also find it hard to relax. The only way to relax is to keep practicing. We will have to see if Angie is able to relax during her treatments on steroids. So long as she doesn't do a press conference, it should be ok! Pinky promise NO press conferenceson steroids, Angie?!?! In this podcast we discussed: Menopause Sweating: Hot Flush vs. Hot Flash Steroids and pain management Getting out of hospital Self-care: massage and reflexology Get in touch- Insta: @mommyhadalittlecancer Press /Sponsorship Opportunities: email@example.com
October 22, 2020
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Pinktober is here! Do you love it or do you hate it? What is is it all about? Karlee and Angie discuss their thoughts on breast cancer awareness month and gear up for Lung Cancer Awareness month in November. They break it down by talking about funding, education support and how effective these months can or can't be...If it saves 1 life the real work is being done! Pink is everywhere, but why is Secondary Breast Cancer underfunded? What does secondaries/mets/metastatic (MBC) mean? Angie and Karlee are not doctors, but they are in the know to some extent. The discussion then leads to advocating as a patient and that in itself is a separate podcast. The ladies discuss Angie being in hospital now when COVID19 is on the rise. What is the difference? Is the treatment not as good? Is it better? The conversation ends with keeping things as normal as possible in treatment and beyond. Halloween is coming up and how fair is it on the kids to do something differently? The ladies discuss control and what we can and can not control. You are your own advocate. You matter. We all do. Remember that! Find us on Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer Find out more about MBC: breastcancernow.org metupuk.org secondart1st.org.uk UK BAME Women Cancer Awareness: blackwomenrisinguk.org
October 19, 2020
What is Chemotherapy Like for Cancer Patients and Their Family?
Angie is a ‘girl on fire’ and she is going through the fire as we speak. Her new Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma Lung Cancer (LCNEC) requires chemo in addition to the chemo tablet she is taking. These higher class drugs come with many side effects such as sweating profusely, digestive issues, mouth sores, and metallic taste in her mouth to name a few. The latest is hair loss. Angie didn’t realise she had so much hair and shaving it off is the way forward! Angie’s sister Annie joins in and they discuss how the perfect head shape has got to be hereditary! Karlee has passed on head scarves and the ladies talk about sticker earrings to switch up her looks with the scarves and wigs. Angie will be keep her looks fresh. Angie’s White Blood Cell count is low and she is staying at a friend’s house away from her family. Staying away from her family is challenging and her children are adapting. The ladies joke about having a portocath and somehow find the silver lining laughing about Karlee being called a vampire. With the side effects comes changes in appearance. Which of course, takes awhile for a younger cancer patient to get used to in their prime. The superficial silver lining is…Angie is at her high school weight now as she is losing weight, but needs to butter, oil and cream up her diet to keep it on! One day at a time is the way forward. And, it won’t be easy. Again, the ladies keep it real and remain optimistic. As hard as it is. Because, it is ok to let go and let other people take care. In this podcast, Angie and Karlee discuss: -Chemo-hair loss and side effects -Resiliency and children -Weight loss/Weight gain and nutrition -Donating fluid from lungs -Steroids -Angie’s sister is visiting to help out with the family and Angie -Lung cancer symptoms -The ups and downs of going through cancer again -Supporting a friend or family member in treatment Find out more or connect with Karlee and Angie on: anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer
June 25, 2020
COVID-19 Lockdown and Angie's NEW PRIMARY Lung Cancer
A lot has changed since Angie and Karlee’s last show. Lockdown for one. COVID-19 is in full effect and both their countries got it on lock. Lock down that is. COVID-19 and cancer go hand in hand and the girls discuss life at home, life away from friends and family and what keeps them going. In every situation there is a silver lining. And well, Karlee and Angie keep it real by sharing how they feel and identifying the positives. TIME is a key component of the discussion and will be something to think about for years to come. Angie shares that she has gone through a harsh regime of targeted radiotherapy for a new primary lung cancer. Active treatment during COVID-19 is not easy for the faint-hearted and she even rode her bike to her radiotherapy sessions to avoid COVID-19 the best she could. Again, without a choice but a new route to carrying on. Karlee feels for Angie and reassures her that she is here for her. Cancer will not stop for COVID-19. Karlee was meant to be in ‘peak cancer period’ in April, but her appointments were cancelled. It’s a sense of relief as she was thinking about how she could get to the various hospitals safely. The peak period will have to wait until June and August. In this instance, Covid-19 puts cancer on hold. The ladies discuss the ‘new normal’ and how excited they are that Angie has a new job lined up! There is always a silver lining. Even when you have to dig a bit deeper to find it! In this podcast, Angie and Karlee discuss: -Lock Down and COVID-19 -New Primary Lung Cancer -TIME -Lockdown life -The New Normal -Hobbies -TikTok Find out more or connect with Karlee and Angie on: anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer
June 15, 2020
Cancer and Reading: What Books Have Inspired You?
Series 1 Episode 8 World Book Day is a great day to celebrate reading as an adult and with your children. Karlee’s girls went dressed as word ninjas today and each girl wore one of her headscarves from her lovely friends that she wore during chemo. Her eldest chose her ‘Warrior’ scarf sent from Japan from a Marine friend. Out of all the many scarves, her eldest chose the one that closed out Karlee’s radiotherapy treatment. Talk about a proud Mom moment. Angie shared that she was on steroids the last World Book Day as she was awaiting her diagnosis also known as in her pre-cancer days. Angie read 3 of her relevant day nursery rhymes and the ladies talked about the importance of routines for children and how empowering the songs were for boys and girls. Karlee is working on a children’s book about trying and has put that on hold. Being that it’s World Book Day, Karlee and Angie talked about books that have helped them. Both ladies are inquisitive and love information! Karlee has admitted that often times she is too tired and her reading level is not at an optimum level yet. Angie has read many books and is in the loop. Whereas Karlee has kept up to date in various online groups. Either way, the ladies discuss books that have added meaning throughout their Cancer journey. Karlee then referred to various lines from The Dr, Seuss book, “Oh the Places You Will Go.” She bought that book for her cousin when she finished high school and it truly explains with beautiful rhyme the ins and outs of life. The story resonated with the cancer journey: the ups and downs, the waiting, and the not knowing. The key message is not to get stuck and keep moving on up being the best version of you. Karlee and Angie end with the importance of reading and being in the know. They also talk about how important story time is and how wonderful books are for chill time and bonding. Something as simple as reading a book can make great memories and also allow us Cancer Moms to relax with our children. And for that, we are big fans of reading books! In this podcast, we discuss: · World Book Day · Angie’s Nursery Rhyme Book · Steroids · Bedtime Routine · Books that have inspired us on our Cancer journeys · Book for bonding time · Dr. Seuss Books we are not promoting, but have read that have inspired us: · ‘Radical Remission’ by Kelly Turner · ‘This Is Only A Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me About Faith, Love and Business’ by Chris-tia Donaldson · ‘The Art of Possibility’ by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander · ‘A Diary of Healing’ by Mary Ann Wasil (Mary you were so amazing and your legacy lives on through (https://getintouchfoundation.org/) · ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss Contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 05, 2020
Friends and Cancer: Make New Friends, But Keep The Old. One is Silver and the Other's Gold-
Series 1 Episode 7 Angie was hanging out with her friend Carmen and in this episode of ‘Make New Friends and Keep the Old’, the girls talk about friends and serious illness. Carmen was Angie’s go to rock before and prior to her diagnosis. Carmen’s inquisitive nature helped Angie navigate the medical system and was fighting for her in her corner. Emotionally perfect. Friends can sometimes find it hard when a friend is seriously ill. They show up and help when they can. Some people aren’t sure how to respond and some take a step back. Regardless, life goes on. For a cancer patient, life stops and as we recover we get back into it the best that we can. Angie wanted to scream out she had cancer and told a random woman. Karlee was able to keep it quiet for a bit, but was more obvious when she lost her hair. Life as a Mom is challenging. Add cancer to the mix and child care needs are in full effect. Angie and Karlee are so grateful for the friends that helped them look after the children when at appointments, chemo, etc. Shout out to Angie’s family. Shout out to Karlee’s family. And special shout out to friends that became family! Karlee talks about having friends and her Mom over to shave her head. A breaking moment for her was when her friend took the earrings out of her ears to give Karlee when she first saw her new pixie cut. Karlee also wanted to normalise the head scarf experience for her eldest and asked friends to send her scarves. Wearing her Beyonce wig was not an option as babies pull hair! Thank you for the lovely scarves everyone! I’m still passing them on! And thank you for the lovely jewellery and special mementos. Special Shout Out to Mary, Tiffany, Blanka, Louise and my tribes! Angie and Karlee talk about how they can’t hang like they used to because they have less energy. They would describe themselves as not as social. But of course, still look amazing! ‘You don’t look like you have cancer.’ Angie shares her weight loss secret….Wait for it….Cancer. Carmen gives the friends perspective. She gets the recovery period and has an overview of the phases as her Mom had breast cancer. Carmen’s Top Friend Tips when serious illness happens to a friend are: · Try not to freak out in front of your friend. Carmen freaked out behind the scenes. Thank you for that, Carmen! · Carmen reminds us friends have to breathe too. Friends have to be strong and support you. · She also shared it’s important to be real and true. And try to think of scenarios that aren’t happening. -And do what you can. Whatever that is. If busy, take times to send a message that you’re thinking about your friend. It’s not all about big gestures. Karlee’s that person. Angie’s that person. Still the same people. Thankful as ever for their friends and family. Kale is not the answer. Friendship is.
February 27, 2020
Managing Hopes and Dreams
Series 1 Episode 6 Managing Hopes and Dreams In this episode of Managing Hopes and Dreams, Angie and Karlee talk about what they mean. Some day’s life is about dreams, hopes, and visions for the future. There are other days when life is about putting one foot in front of the other, and that’s okay. Being diagnosed with cancer can fill you with mixed reactions. Some days you feel like you are doing enough to live longer, and other days, you feel like you want to throw in the towel. In today’s episode, we share our hopes and dreams and how we manage them. Also, we share some expectations people have of us. When diagnosed with cancer, you’ll notice some people will avoid meeting with you or even calling you. Such people do not want to put any expectations on you. There will be a certain caliber of people who will support you and dreams at whatever cost. There will be others who will want even to know your prognosis, and others even want to know the stage of your cancer. Some people will expect you to start living the so-called “healthy lifestyle” as if you were not doing that already. You can never control how people react to your cancer news, but you can always control how you respond to their reactions. As cancer patients, it is essential to learn to take things easy for ourselves. It doesn’t necessarily mean we have live without dreams and hope. All we need to do is accept what we can’t control and what we can control. Also, as long as you are making the best decisions for yourself, you should be at peace with that. Sometimes, we want to have more time with our children, and we end up wanting to rush their milestones. It’s only natural and understandable. Key Quotes from the Episode: “As long as you’re getting better and you’re getting fine, you know, that that’s all that matters.” “Everybody’s reactions are just so different.” “You can’t control people how people react, but you can control how you react to their reaction.” “One of the silver linings of cancer. You see who your people are, and once you find your people, you do anything for them, they would do anything for you.” “Cancer is like the gravest situation I’ve faced.” “It’s outside of my control, but what I can control is the decisions I make around my treatment.” “In life, you try and make the best choices for yourself and know what you experience, and that’s how you understand life.” “I know what my boundaries are, and I have to create those boundaries.” “I want to see those milestones, no matter how mediocre it is.” Stay Tuned for Series 2...
November 27, 2019
Cancer is Not a Death Sentence...We are HERE!
Series 1 Episode 5 Cancer Is Not A Death Sentence…We are Here! In the episode of Cancer is Not a Death Sentence…We are Here, Angie and Karlee discuss their response to cancer and how others react. It's a weird feeling. Some people avoid them, some people go astray and their tribes stick with them. They discuss the 5 stages of grief in regards to other's responses. Angie was very open and kept her friends and family in the loop. Some people respond as if it is a death sentence. And the girls wonder if they are not taking it serious enough. Karlee shared her diagnosis late in the game not to scare her family. She still finds it hard to talk about. They talk about their fitness level before cancer (Shaun T!) and how kale is not going to save them. Angie didn't smoke and got lung cancer. There are a lot of unanswered questions. That is OK as they are in the unknown stage on The Hero's Journey. In this episode, we discuss: · Can’t Change How Other’s Respond · Kale · Opening Up · We are Here! · 5 Stages of Grief Follow our Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram:@mommyhadalittlecancer In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: · https://breastcancernow.org/ · https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/ · https://www.maggiescentres.org/ · https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/talking-about-cancer/if-someone-has-cancer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey
November 27, 2019
Scanxiety-Obviously Fenway Park is for Baseball!
Series 1 Episode 4 Scanxiety-Obviously Fenway Park is for Baseball! Undergoing an MRI scan can be challenging. Certainly, you feel scared and have a million questions about the process. What if you have to go through not one, not two but several scans? As a cancer patient, you will need to undergo several MRI scans in your body parts including the brain. The scans are essential in the management and monitoring of your situation. In this episode, we shares our experiences with MRI scans to help you understand it. In this episode, we discuss: • Learning about MRI areas and pre-scan anxiety • Understanding the MRI of the brain • The importance of MRI scan in inspiring hope to a cancer patient. • Keeping up with the cancer fight • The chemical menopause • The scan side effects Key Milestones from the Episode [00:15]: MRI scan areas and the anxieties involved. [02:37]: Angie's MRI of the brain experience. [10:33]: MRI scan as cancer monitoring tool. [12:58]: Keeping up with the cancer fight like an injured footballer. [22:17]: The chemical menopause. [25:27]: Constipation and other scan side effects. Key quotes from the episode • “I'm having these like daydreams where you know, that they look at my scans and like the cancer is gone.” • “I forget that I have cancer and then it all just kind of feels like a bad dream and then you're back and you're like, oh wait, no, this is reality.” • “But then again, like I'm in chemical menopause now taking my, expensive drug that I'm on to get my ovaries out soon.” Follow our Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: · https://breastcancernow.org/ · https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/ · https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark · https://www.blood.co.uk/
November 27, 2019
Let Freedom Ring...Straight Outta Hospital
Series 1 Episode 3 Let Freedon Ring!...Straight Outta Hospital In this episode, Let Freedom Ring…Straight Outta Hospital, Angie is out of hospital. She's trying to find her way do the Mom thing knowing that she needs to rest. It's impossible, but she's doing it because she doesn't have a choice. She's used to being prodded around the clock and now she can rest when the children are in nursery or school. Karlee and Angie discuss the difficulties of being in hospital and how resilient their children are. They try as hard as they can to make hospital feel like fun for the kids and home without them feels like a party! The two discuss the lovely people that helped them with child-care and dropped what they were doing to keep the children happy. Karlee discusses her feelings around having a re-excision after her lumpectomy knowing that the cancer wasn't out. You can tell she wants to cry, but she composes herself to keep it real. Angie mentions how long it took her to get diagnosed- 3mos. 3 months is a long time and Karlee and Angie discuss all the things you can do in 90 days. Angie was even quarantined in that time. That felt like something out of an ER episode from back in the day. Angie had a clear biopsy in February and in May she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer at 37 years old. Research points out it happens to older people and she is even a non-smoker. Somehow the two ladies find a silver lining in a daily chemo tablet for life. You don't lose your hair. Karlee mentions she lost hers, but totally feels for Angie going through chemo on a daily basis. Again, she composes herself to listen to what Angie has to say. In this episode, we discuss: • Mother’s Load and Cancer • Resiliency in Children-Making Cancer fun for Kids! • Support from friends and family with children • What Would You Do in 90 Days? • Silver Linings learning to live with Cancer Follow our Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: • https://breastcancernow.org/ • https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/ • https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/coping/emotionally/support-for-children-whose-parents-have-cancer • https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825232/ • https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07mvrqr
November 26, 2019
Diagnosis Day Part 2...
Diagnosis Day… In this episode, Diagnosis Day Part 2, Karlee carries on talking about her partnership with her surgeon. Angie shares her experience in hospital and conversations with a patient next door. Angie talks about not wanting to know statistics or becoming a statistic. She is Angie after all. Karlee then talks about the lady she first met in the breast clinic and both discuss how they are the 1 in 3. But they still are in shock. Karlee mentions the Cancer Duty. Raising money before diagnosis and more so as her Aunt died of colon cancer at 38. They discuss raising money and volunteering and what it is like to crossover to the other side. Karlee explains peak cancer periods and how some times she is busy with several appointments and then she gets a break and hops back on the spinning wheel. Angie defines it as living with a chronic diseases and Karlee is thinking of the Dr. Dre Album, ‘The Chronic’. Yet again trying to find the humour or love of music to cope. Angie is a performer and the girls discuss their love of the arts. They have a proper chuckle about Angie in the bell choir. Angie is colouring in her Colouring Through Cancer book as they record this podcast. Karlee wishes she could colour in a lovely picture and it would all disappear. Aside from Angie, of course. In this episode, we discuss: · Trust · Conversations in hospital · Statistics · Cancer Cycle · Love of the Arts Follow our Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram:@mommyhadalittlecancer In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: · https://breastcancernow.org/ · https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/ · https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chronic-Dr-Dre/dp/B00005B1KA · https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cancer-inappropriate-self-affirming-coloring-Inappropriate/dp/1548184500
November 26, 2019
What Can We Say...It's Diagnosis Day-
Series 1 Episode 1 What Can We Say…It’s Diagnosis Day! In this episode, What Can We Say…It’s Diagnosis Day!, Angie starts off talking about how she had her acupuncture appointment. And how she found a cancer support centre that offers various complementary therapies. Karlee shares her experience with lymphoedema and how she gets her arm massaged. Then Angie shares her diagnosis day and how it took a long time to get there. She was diagnosed the day before her Sister's birthday at 6:03 pm. Angie read her diary entry 4 hours before being diagnosed. Angie was in shock, but was relieved to know what her body was dealing with. Karlee was diagnosed on June 3 and realises they have 6:03 pm and 6/03 in common. Karlee realised no sleep was a good thing and lack of sleep lead to finding her lump. She was in denial to the point at biopsy when she was still saying doing T25 by Shaun T was why her arm pit was swollen. Karlee wanted to believe it was all a dream. The reality hit when she went to 'that door' and she had to trust her surgeon with her life. In this episode, we discuss: · Accupuncture · Lymphoedema · Lung Cancer · Breast Cancer Follow our Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommyhadalittlecancer Instagram: @mommyhadalittlecancer In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: · https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lymphoedema/ · https://breastcancernow.org/ · https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/ · https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/
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