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My Cancer Story

My Cancer Story

By Jess Thomas Nelson
Everyone has a cancer story. Whether its affected us directly or to a family member, a friend, or anyone that we love. Each story is different but equally so important. Some stories include pee your pants funny situations, and some of these stories are pull your heart out sobbing on the floor. But I will tell you one thing, all of the stories that you find on this podcast are individually authentic and 100% true. My name is Jessica Nelson, I'm not famous you wouldn't know me from anywhere but I too have been affected by cancer. Join me in this brand new podcast where I speak with people from all walks of life as they share their Cancer Story.
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S3 E8 - Madison Quinn- Strong Little Souls
Continuing on with our 3rd season's theme, we are featuring a very impressive young lady who created the non profit Strong Little Souls at the age of 13 years old. Madison Quinn at a young age made a connection with a young child battling cancer and Strong Little Souls was born! Strong Little Souls has been going strong for the past 7 years helping brighten the lives for children battling cancer. Since its inception, they have sent out over 1,000 Care Packages and offer amazing programs. Madison is 20 years young and is currently in nursing school and making the world a better place, one package at a time. To learn more about Strong Little Souls: IG @stronglittlesouls
June 07, 2022
Update for what’s coming for My Cancer Story Podcast!
May 20, 2022
S3 E7 - Amy Steeves - AILT Lymphoma- Amys Rays of Sunshine
This months Cancer Story is from Amy Steeves.  She is the founder of  the nonprofit Amys Rays of Sunshine in which they brighten the lives of cancer patients one box at a time.  Amy is a survivor of a very rare type of lymphoma called AILT Lymphoma which is typically diagnosed in men aged 70 and older.  She tells her story of misdiagnosis during and after pregnancy and ultimately how doctors found her cancer.  She also tells the hurdles she endured along the way to find a donor and is now celebrating her 3rd Re-Birthday! "Keep your face towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you" To learn more about what Amys Rays of Sunshine does or how you can help out: More info on Amy's Rays of Sunshine: Amy's Rays of Sunshine seeks to provide encouragement, positivity, and hope to patients during stem cell transplants by giving them a box of handwritten cards, notes, and other items during this physically and emotionally challenging time. Amy's Rays of Sunshine was founded by Amy Steeves, who received a bone marrow transplant in 2019 for angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. She is in remission and currently lives in Apex, North Carolina, with her husband Cody and her two wonderful boys
May 02, 2022
S3 E6 - Jacob Beckley - Beckley Foundation - Cure Token
I apologize for the few interruptions that we have in the episode today, I attempted to edit but my software would not cooperate with me.  Hang in there, it is WORTH IT! Today's Cancer Story has a little twist.  You will be meeting and learning about Jacob Beckley.  He is the founder (2016) of the non-profit called The Beckley Foundation and later CURE Token.  The Beckley foundation helps families effected by pediatric cancer by giving grants directly to families.  This especially includes types of cancer with underfunded research.  Not only are they dedicated to making a difference, Jacob also created CURE pay, a way for people to buy and hold the token with a credit card without having to sign up far a 'wallet'. This is a fact filled episode where you will learn about Pediatric Cancer, Cryptocurrency, NFT's and Block Chain Tech.  Jacob has wonderful stories and talks about how he took lockdown and quarantine and made something truly amazing with it! Listen and Learn!  To learn about Jacob:
April 03, 2022
S3 E5 - Dana Patti - Papillary Thyroid Cancer
Celebrating My Cancer Story Podcasts 2nd Anniversary with the perfect guest!  You will be hearing from Dana who is a Papillary Thyroid Cancer Survivor.   Dana was diagnosed at age 24 and after being urged by her dentist to get the lump in her throat checked out.   Going through her thyroidectomy surgery and multiple rounds of RAI treatment was in a survival mode blur. It wasn’t until after all of that, when was released back into the 'wild' with a gigantic scar across her neck, that she started to  struggle with her reality.  For the longest time, she kept her journey private, not really talking about her experience with family, friends or coworkers.   It wasn't until I Dana met other women who had gone through the same cancer she had  noticed that we all had a similar question we would ask each-other: "What does your scar look like?" She realized that she wasn't alone and that she had this built in and awesome cancer community that she was a part of.  Fast forward to Dana creating The Butterfly Scar Project. Dana mentions on her website "My mission with The Butterfly Scar Project is to help empower women AFTER their cancer to help them feel comfortable in their scars. The thyroid is shaped like a butterfly and a butterfly has it's own meaning: A symbol of powerful Butterfly Scar Project was born! Life after cancer is hard enough and there is no guide book. Cancer DOES SUCK but YOU DON'T. I hope these necklaces help women to feel powerful, strong and beautiful when they wear them and I hope they can feel empowered by their scars. Wherever you are on your journey know you are not alone." To learn more about Dana and The Butterfly Scar Project IG: @butterflyscarproject
March 14, 2022
S3 E4 - Tess Devèze - Stage 3 Breast Cancer - ConnectAble Therapies
This is such a very special episode!  Today you are going to hear Tess' Cancer Story and her work as an OT, Sexuality and Cancer Specialist and how she created ConnectAble Therapies.  To me, this is such an important episode for you to listen to as well as the topic of connection and intimacy.  Tess is the founder of ConnectAble Therapies which is a Melbourne-based occupational therapy consulting service focusing on sexuality, intimacy, arousal, communication and partner dynamics.  She work with patients to help patients (individuals and couples) to help get their libido back, help with body image, fatigue and so much more.  This episode you will learn SOOOOO much, I know I did.  A lot of the subject matter can be uncomfortable to talk about or even think about and I feel that this episode and Tess helps make it a safe space to start to explore connection and intimacy.  Take home message for this episode, there is nothing broken about are normal! Resources we talked about in this episode: ConnectAble Therapies Website Tess' Book-  A Better Normal: Your Guide to Rediscovering Intimacy After Cancer Tess Devèze YouTube - Intimacy and Cancer A Touchy Subject YouTube - Sexual Recovery Post Prostate Cancer Olive and Bee Lubricant MoveU Pelvic Floor Program
February 22, 2022
Dr. Patrick Vickers - The Advanced Gerson Therapy Clinic
Buckle your seatbelts kids, you are about to be taken on a wild ride!  This is yet again a very different episode that I am releasing in which you will learn a ton about science, anatomy, philology, the history of medicine, pharmacology and integrative medicine.  This will be unlike ANYTHING else you listen to!  Turn your air-pods up and press play: Today you are going to hear from Dr. Patrick Vickers, he is  an expert on the indisputable, cellular science behind health and disease and the face of Gerson Therapy worldwide.  He was trained by Dr. Gerson's family and is one of the few people to have studied Dr. Gerson's handwritten files. He continues to carry on Dr. Gerson's legacy through his clinic, The Advanced Gerson Therapy Clinic, in Rosarito, Mexico; the world’s premier clinic for the natural treatment of cancer and advanced disease. Dr. Patrick Vickers is also featured in the epic documentary series, The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest and one of his patients is also chronicled in the classic documentary, The Beautiful Truth. Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, called Dr. Max Gerson, "The most eminent genius in medical history" as The Gerson Therapy has the most storied reputation, to date, for its ability to reverse advanced cancer and degenerative diseases. With seven movies chronicling Dr. Gerson's work, no other therapy has received such recognition on an international scale. Unfortunately, the Gerson Therapy remains the most censored therapy by governments, medical authorities and media outlets around the world as it poses an imminent threat to the conventional medical system. To learn more: Access to private videos, lectures, seminars and interviews with Dr. Vickers:  (password: podcast)
February 07, 2022
S3 E2 - Mariam Beridze - Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma
" Be the winner in this fight" This episode today is near and dear to m heart.  Today's Cancer Story comes to you all the way from the other side of the world in Georgia.  You are meeting Mariam, a fellow Thyroid Cancer Survivor and the Creator or @Smiley_Scar.  I was so honored to finally have the opportunity to meet her and for her to share her story on this podcast!  Her IG handle was one of the first pages that I found when I first found out of my own cancer diagnosis.   Mariam is a Public Health Specialist who was diagnosed in 2019 and talks of her journey with her diagnosis and also speaks on losing her father 4 years prior.  She touches on many topics such as diet, stress, the consciousness of scars and Evidence Based Information.  Mariam is doing great things for the cancer community and continues to make a positive impact on us all around the world! Find Mariam on social media: @smiley_scar
January 24, 2022
S3 E1 - Erin Baughman - Cervical Cancer - CCAP Across The Map
Welcome to Season 3 of My Cancer Story Podcast! Our first story is from Erin Baughman, a Cervical Cancer Survivor.  Which is a perfect story to begin with as it is January which is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  This young lady found her cancer while at her annual Pap smear which came back irregular.  She talks about her journey as a patient, with physicans, her family, and her coworkers.  She turned her experiences as a patient into a passion for prevention and awareness. She shares how she became involved with CCAP Across The Map and how she used her first hand experience to help make a difference for others going through similar experiences. To learn more about CCAP Across The Map visit: To learn more about Cervical Cancer:
January 10, 2022
Season 3 Intro/Trailer
Get ready to be inspired for season 3 of My Cancer Story Podcast!  This season, I am featuring stories from those effected by cancer who have created something wonderful.  They literally made lemons into lemon-aid and are making the world a better place!  Be on the lookout, every other Monday for a brand new episode wherever you listen to your podcasts. xoxo Jess
January 04, 2022
S2 E32 - David Richman - Cycle of Lives
This is a very special episode.  Not only is it the last episode of Season 2 and the year 2021, but you get to meet David Richman!  David is an author, motivational speaker, and a transformation expert.  David shares a bit of his personal cancer story as well as the inspiration behind writing is latest book, "Cycle of Lives".  He was such a delight to have on the podcast, you will learn so much from him and the people he introduces in his book.  Ultimately, people are looking for a connection and you will find that connection in this book! More about the book: "In Cycle of Lives, David Richman takes the reader on an unexplored journey uncovering the emotions behind cancer—exploring issues far exceeding everyday survival. He does this by presenting 15 remarkable stories, from people whose encounters with cancer come from varying perspectives, and whose journeys span the full range of human emotions. The stories are engaging, evocative and provide insight into the human experi- ence in dealing with trauma. In addition to these 15 stories, he presents the narrative of biking across the country—5,000-miles in six weeks—to meet the book participants, while sorting out his own emotions over having lost his sister to cancer years before." To learn more about David and Cycle of Lives, click the below links: Cycle of Lives Buy the book on Amazon Buy a signed copy Instagram @davidrichman_cycleoflives Enter to win the book on @mycancerstorypodcast instagram page
December 16, 2021
S2 E31 - Mike & Megan Scherer - Worth the Wait Charity - Testicular Cancer
Today's cancer story you will hear from power couple Mike and Megan Scherer.  They are high school sweethearts that have been together through thick and thin.  Mike as diagnosed with Testicular Cancer at the age of 26 finding the tumor on his own.  With some luck and a little bit of help from his parent's, he was able to get in testing and diagnosis much more quickly than he may have otherwise.  Mike and Megan tell their Cancer Story from 2 sides.  One as a cancer survivor and one as a caretaker.  Ultimately, through their cancer journey they founded Worth The Wait Charity.  Where they raise money and give grants to cancer survivors struggling with fertility.   To learn more about WTWC and Mike and Megan Scherer: IG: @worththewaitcharity
December 02, 2021
S2 E30 - Dr. Amydee - Ovarian Cancer
This episode, you will hear Dr. Amydee's Ovarian Cancer Story.  Not only is she a researcher, but she is cancer pharmacist turned cancer survivor, educator, and storyteller with a heart that helps and heals.  She helps those in any step of their cancer journey reclaim their body post cancer and especially helps women through her clinical practice.  She has a wealth of knowledge and shares it through her programs, guides and sharing her story on platforms such as MCSP!   To learn more about Dr. Amydee: IG: @amydeepharmd Twitter: @amydee_pharmd
November 18, 2021
S2 E29 - Bansri Dhokia - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Bansri shares her Cancer Story this week with her diagnosis and journey through Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  She was diagnosed and went through treatment at the height of the pandemic.  She shares about her treatment protocol, shares of how cancer and cancer during a pandemic changed her perspective completely.  Most importantly, she advocates and educates thoughs about stem cell transplants and registering to become a donor.  Bansri is a lovely young woman inside and out, and I am so thankful to be able to share her story and help educate all of our listeners out there. To reach Bansri on IG @bansridhokia To learn more about becoming a donor: Be The Match To learn more about ALL  
November 04, 2021
S2 E28 - Tara Williamson - Pink Ink Tattoo- Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Finishing up October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our finial Cancer Story.  This week you will be hearing Tara's Cancer Story.  She was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 39.  Tara chronicles her journey and speaks of her inspiration to start Pink Ink Tattoo.   To learn more about Tara and Pink Ink Tattoo:
October 28, 2021
S2 S27 - Anna Leonarda - Entwine - Breast Cancer Survivor
This weeks Cancer Story is a very special story and it is so so so interesting!  Today you will here Anna's Cancer Story, she is a 9 year Breast Cancer Survivor and the Creator of a dating app called Entwine.  She provides a wealth of information about a rare thing called Vaginismus and how it has effected her life.  Anna also talks about it being her inspiration for Entwine!   Her story is so interesting, you will learn a lot including some sound advice of " Don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion." To learn more about Anna and Entwine, visit: or follow her on IG  @entwine_dating
October 21, 2021
S2 E26 - Karen Isbister - Stage 1B Ductal Carcinoma
This week, you hear Karen's Breast Cancer Story.  Karen has an amazing sense of humor and talks about her life in the fitness industry and the love and support of her friends and family through her journey.  She also talks about finding love at the most unlikely of times as well as her choice in fertility.  Karen was a joy to have on and you will LOVE her story! To learn more about Karen and to contact her go to her instagram @no_filter_fitness_nv
October 14, 2021
S2 E25: Jennifer Sposato - Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer
It's October, that means you know that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  With this, My Cancer Story Podcast will be releasing a new episode every week to highlight a different woman's Breast Cancer Story.  In addition to that we will be having additional content and information sprinkled throughout the month so stay tuned for some amazing stuff!  Onto our first Breast Cancer Story this month This episode, Jennifer tells her cancer story and how it and being in quarantine changed her life.  Jennifer was originally a Pharmacist before her carrier change into Personal Training/Group Fitness 13 years ago.  A little over 2 years ago, Jennifer was diagnosed with a fast moving fairly rare type of breast cancer (makes up about 10-15%).  Jennifer tells her story of how she found her lump and the evolution of treatment to recovery and all the side effects of Chemo along the way.  She also shares the silver lining of quarantine and how she obtained 2 integral certifcations to her resume and ultimately how she has been helping people ever ssince.  She speaks on being proactive with your health as well as healing through the service of others. This episode is SOOOOOO informative on health, wellness and fitness.  Please take a listen and be on the look out for some partnerships between Jennifer and myself this month!!! To find Jennifer: IG: @hopemovesyou News Video and Article about Jennifer More about Jennifer's experience
October 07, 2021
S2 E24: Rachel Wilson - Stage II Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma
This episode you meet Rachel from Vancouver Island, BC.  She is currently going through her cancer journey as we speak and will actually be having a scan in October shortly after this episode will air.  Rachel shares her Cancer Story with Stage II primary mediastinal b-cell lymphoma (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma).  She speaks about how she was diagnosed, cancer treatment during a pandemic and being a patient instead of being a nurse.  Rachel also shares the struggles of sharing her diagnosis with friends and family as well as the decision to not tell her children right away.  We talk more about 3 major turning points in her life as well as the grieving process and the kindness of others.  To learn more about Rachel and Blood Cancer Awareness month and her Blog, please visit the link below: blog: Reflections of PMBCL IG. @reflectionsofPMBCL
September 23, 2021
S2 E23: Lee Silverstein - We Have Cancer Podcast - Stage 4 Colon Cancer
I have a treat for you!  Today you will be hearing Lee Silverstein's Cancer Story.  If you are not familiar with Lee, he is the creator and host of the We Have Cancer Podcast.  I'm pretty sure, we was the original Cancer Podcast out there since he created it back in 2015.  Thats right he has been doing this for 6 years and over 179 episodes!  Lee shares his story and his journey through Stage 2 and Stage 4 Colon Cancer.  He talks about how he kicked scanxiety, how his outlook on life and living with cancer has evolved over this past 10 years.  Lee provides valuable advice for our listeners whether you are a caretaker, a cancer survivor, a family member or someone directly effected by cancer.   To learn more about the We Have Cancer Podcast, please visit: And to follow Lee on IG: @wehavecancerpod Enjoy the listen!
September 09, 2021
*Bonus Episode* - Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month - Chloe McElmury
Yay for a Bonus Episode!   It is September 1st and it is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month!  For those of you who know me, Thyroid Cancer is the type of Cancer that I had.  I am so honored to introduce Chloe to you.  She is an amazing young woman and also is a Papillary Thyroid Cancer Survivor.   Chloe is a lovely young woman with quite the cancer story.  She is a voice for the cancer community and a great resource for those newly diagnosed or dealing with the long road that is being a cancer survivor.  Chloe is the Creator of Thycan Survivors and the Fifty Percent Podcast and doesn't show signs of slowing down!  Chloe was one of the first accounts that I found on IG after my cancer diagnosis and to this day, I still use her as a resource!  She is an amazing woman with the best heart!   Please check out her IG's and her website :) (IG: @thycan_survivors) and the Fifty Percent Cancer Podcast (IG: @fiftypercentcancer)  Listen to her podcast wherever you get your podcasts! Personal IG: @chloeandthecancer To learn more about Thyroid Cancer:
September 01, 2021
S2 E22 - Matt Ode - Stage 3C Testicular Cancer
This episode is for all those out there who are struggling. Can you believe that Matt is only the second male that we've had on the My Cancer Story Podcast?  This beautiful episode, you will meet Matt.  He is a stage 3C Testicular Cancer Survivor.  Matt is also a Key Note Motivational Speaker and holy cow will you be inspired by him!  Not only with his story, but what he has done with his cancer diagnosis and the road after.  This episode is for all of those who might be struggling with difficulties that they are dealing with in life.  In this episode, you will learn about what he means by the term " Winning the Day", and what the acronym HOPE means.  Matt is such an inspirational man and you will walk away from this episode ready to take on the world! To find Matt: IG: @matty_ode
August 26, 2021
S2 E21: Emily Marshall - Ewing's Sarcoma
"Cancer made me disabled, but I am VERY able" Today's episode, you will hear Emily share her Ewing's Sarcoma Cancer Story(s).  She is a 2x Ewings Sarcoma Survivor!  Emily speaks about the importance of listening to your body and not being afraid to question your doctor when his or her guidance is contrary to what you believe is the right answer for you. She also shared what it was like to deal with an unexpected disability after surgery and how living with a disability after cancer can feel isolating and create extra hurdles to overcome.   Enter the name, Wonky Arm.  Emily talks about how she came up with the name for her arm as well as how it evolved into her IG as well as her Blog. Emily has accomplished so much and continues to share her experiences through her writing which is therapeutic for herself and helps others all at the same time.  There is so much strength in her words, and she is an inspiration to others who are dealing with similar challenges. To follow and learn more about Emily: IG: @wonkyarm Wonky Arm Blog
August 12, 2021
S2 E20 - Kristen Curtis - Stage 1 Breast Cancer
"Cancer is not just happening to our body" -KC This episode, you will meet 4 year breast cancer survivor Kristin Curtis.  You will hear her talk about cancer and parenting, the physical nature of having cancer and how she overcame it while still working.   Kristin takes you along on her cancer journey through chemo, and how she created safe havens for herself with her treatment and her body.  She also shares about her life after cancer and what she made as a part of her healing process. To learn more about Kristen and to contact her: IG: @Kristencurtis8613 Breathing Through Cancer Facebook Group
July 29, 2021
S2 E19 - Anna Prosser - Large B Cell Lymphoma
Today, Anna shares her Cancer Story with Large B Cell Lymphoma.  She was diagnosed with this type of Lymphoma at the age of 33 after having difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and bouts of fainting.  She shares her experience with her doctors, her fiancé (now husband), he mother, her fertility and her fitness.  Anna was a joy to speak with, who has the brightest outlook, motivation and personality.    To reach out to Anna or to learn more about Live Happy, Live Fully: IG: @annakprousser @livehappylivefully 
July 15, 2021
S2 E18 - Kayla Diltz - Grade IV Anaplastic Ganglioglioma/Glioblastoma Multiform
This weeks episode reads like a Lifetime Movie!  It has twists, it has turns, it has cancer.  Today you are meeting Kayla, she is a Brain Tumor (Anaplastic Ganglioglioma/Glioblastoma Multiform ) survivor.  Her journey through her initial symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and life after is so incredible.  She was a joy to get to know, and you will LOVE LOVE LOVE her Cancer Story. You can find Kayla: IG: @kmhendri10 FB:
July 01, 2021
S2 E17 - Rosaria Kozar - Caretaker/Parent Story
This week you will meet cancer advocate and mother, Rosaria.  She hales all the way from Boston, MA.  She is telling her son Brody's story with us today.  Her son, Brody, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma when he was only 23 months old. He suffered through numerous scans, infusions, and more before he lost his battle at the age of 3 in 2015. During his fight, she felt lost and had difficulty connecting to therapists who did not fully understand my situation. Enter Rosaria creating her Podcast in 2019, Living With Scanxiety so her listeners can connect with people who understand people like themselves — people who understand the anxiety and heartache. You can find out more about Rosaria and her son Brody's story: IG: @living_with_scanxiety
June 17, 2021
S2 E16 - Peyton Adams - Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer
This week, you will meet Peyton.  She was diagnosed at the young age of 22 with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.   As a newly minted college graduate, she was set to move to Arizona for a new and exciting job opportunity.  Upon notable weight loss, she ultimately decided to take her health into her own hands and advocate for herself amongst not being taken seriously from doctors.  She was so motivated and highly proactive with her healthcare and was determined to survive her diagnosis.  She did her research and found many avenues to help her quality of life and ultimately survive.  Although she is a young woman, she is incredibly intelligent and really an old soul.  To learn more about what Peyton talked about in her episode: IG: @peyton_adamss Cold Caps National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
June 03, 2021
S2 E15 - Sarah Reyes - Stage 3B Inflammatory Breast Cancer
This week you meet Sarah. She is an IBC cancer survivor. She is a wonder and sweet woman and a wealth of knowledge on this very rare type of breast cancer. She shares how she found her cancer and her bad ass survival journey!  BAYS (Bay Area Young Survivors) - for anyone under the age of 45 who has faced or is facing breast cancer in the Bay Area: Finding this group in the beginning was a lifesaver, since it was during the pandemic there were not in person meetings or retreats, but I was able to join the slack group for support, and join the virtual meetups. IBC Network - Specifically regarding inflammatory breast cancer: This was a great resource Sarah, the internet is scary, and the statistics she found for my type of cancer were terrifying, and found out later that it was outdated by 10 years, so a lot has changed. This website offered a source of hope, there are survivor stories, and patient resources, learning tools, etc. Young Survival Coalition: Another great resource for young individuals going through a cancer diagnosis, lots of great resources found here. A few other things that were so helpful: Received a free cap wig from the Verma Foundation, I love it and it came in so handy when battling cancer and going through chemo with two little ones: Reached out to Operation Ohana, and received beautiful books that are written for children to help them understand what I was going through, cancer, treatment, etc.: Find Sarah: IG @sarah2reyes
May 20, 2021
S2 E14 - Morgan Gaynor - Stage IV Ovarian Cancer
This week you meet Morgan.  September 2019, Morgan was diagnosed with low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma, after an ultrasound to investigate her fertility to freeze her eggs. Low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma is a rare, slow-growing cancer that tends to be more prevalent in younger women when compared to more common forms of ovarian cancer. May 8th is World Ovarian Cancer Day Established in 2013 by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer advocacy organizations around the world, May 8 – World Ovarian Cancer Day, is the one day of the year we globally raise our voices in solidarity in the fight against ovarian cancer. While the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition works on many fronts, World Ovarian Cancer Day is our flagship awareness-raising initiative, and is the key date in our calendar. Supported by over 170 organizations from around the world, our social media reach grows exponentially every year, with 2020 numbers at over three million up from one million the previous year. Organizations as small as kitchen table-based patient advocacy groups in rural communities, to national healthcare associations based in major metropolitan areas, all come together as one to raise awareness about the disease. STAAR STAAR exists to raise critical funds for life-saving research for those with low-grade ovarian cancer. STAAR was co-founded by three low-grade ovarian cancer thrivers in early 2020. The foundation exists to fund research for better treatment options for low-grade serous carcinoma, a rare (less than 10% of ovarian cancer cases) and extremely underfunded subtype. Low-grade serous carcinoma is often labeled as a "tricky opponent" by clinicians because it acts differently than more common subtypes - it grows slower and is often chemo-resistant, leaving fewer treatment options. The average age of diagnosis is 18 years younger than ovarian cancer overall, meaning that many diagnosed are young moms or never got a chance to have children. Research dedicated to low-grade ovarian cancer is desperately needed to give women a chance at longer lives. ​For more information on low-grade serous carcinoma, please visit our friends at Cure Our Ovarian Cancer, the leading global charity dedicated to low-grade research. May 6th is Conquer Cancer Day find out how you can make a difference and donate here
May 06, 2021
S2 E13 - Rachel Engstrom - Author and Caretaker "Wife, Widow, Now What?"
This week you will be meeting Rachel.  She is telling her caregiver story as well as her late husbands cancer story and his fight against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Rachel is the Author of "Wife, Widow, Now What?" in which she chronicles her and her husbands journey through his cancer diagnosis.  Her book is based on her own personal experience as a cancer wife then widow that is an invaluable resource to anyone going through the cancer process/journey whether patient, caregiver, or supporter. Rachel wrote this book to help others along the way with a fresh, witty and authentic narrative. In this episode, you will laugh, you will cry and you will hear this amazing woman's story as she navigated through her husbands cancer diagnosis, journey, and her life after his passing.  Her book details in live action what she was going through; Physically, emotionally, spiritually, and even talks about things you don't necessarily think about or prepare such as finances, schedules and more.  She is so unbelievably inspirational and you will come away from this conversation with a whole new appreciation on life. Links from our chat: Facebook IG- wifewidownowwhat Twitter @wifewidownowwh To learn more about Rachel and her journey visit: To purchase Rachels book, "Wife, Widow, Now What?" Cancer Con Rachel's Leukemia Woman of the Year Fundraiser
April 22, 2021
S2 E12 Lauren Tarpley - Breast Cancer
Listening to this episode, you will feel like you are hanging out with your best 2 girl friends!  This episode is longer than my usual episodes, but it is soooooo worth the listen!  You will meet Lauren, she is a Wife and Mother and also a breast cancer survivor.  She talks about her diagnosis, being her own advocate as well as dealing with future fertility.   Follow Lauren and her Podcast at: IG @typeaguidetocancer Lauren's Podcast:2 @blended_kidz  April is National Minority Cancer Awareness Month & 4/5 is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week
April 12, 2021
S2 E11 - Brodi Nicholas - Campaign One At a Time
This episode you will meet Brodi Nicholas.  He is the CEO and founder of a non profit called Campaign One At a Time where their mission is to ensure that no child battling a severe illness ever feels alone.  Brodi talks about his inspiration behind this non profit, how it has grown and the several programs and campaigns they consistently have going on.  Brodi is a true inspiration with the purest of intentions, you WILL NOT regret listening to this episode! To learn more about Brodi and Campaign One At a TIme: To get involved/make a contribution: If there are any families that currently have a child battling a life threatening illness, they can apply to become an OAAT kid by visiting Campaign OAAT also have an online web series called The Spread Good Squad people can watch by visiting Corporate sponsors are:Hounds Town USA, Hamilton & Associates, MyBooks.Pro, & Spread Good Productions If you are interested in making a donation and/or joining our community of SoCal #ChangeMakers, you can do so by visiting By becoming a monthly #ChangeMaker, you’d get access to our online community & exclusive volunteer opportunities! Please let me know if you have any other questions or if there’s anything I can do to help.
March 29, 2021
S2 E10 - Isabelle Bart - Breast Cancer
Isabelle is sharing her breast cancer story with us this week.  Her journey began not long ago (1 year from when we recorded this episode).  She shares her story of her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment during a pandemic.  Her mindset and outlook on her experience is truly inspiring.  What she has done since her diagnosis with her life and life's purpose is truly impressive and she gives wonderful advice including :  "Don't wait until you get cancer to make a difference." and "Just start somewhere" Find Isabelle at: IG: @isaquamaid Clubhouse: @coachisa
March 15, 2021
S2 E9 - Staci Bellinger - Ovarian Cancer
This episode you meet Staci.  She is a Ovarian Cancer - Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT) Survivor.  Staci was diagnosed at the age of 38, yet the average age of diagnosis is typically early to mid 20's.  Staci shares her journey through diagnosis, treatment and after cancer.  She shares how she navigated through this experience as a mother of 2 small children and the loving support of her husband and family and how they got through it together.   To learn more about Staci and to check out what she referenced in our talk: Small Cell Ovarian Cancer Foundation: Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA): National Ovarian Cancer Coalition The Clearity Foundation Better Together by Jessice Walker book, that I contributed my experiences and advice: Better Together: Navigating the Cancer Experience: Walker, Jessica: 9798696855110: Books
March 08, 2021
S2 E8 - Allie Morgan - Osteosarcoma - Confidence Coach
Meet Allie.  She is an osteosarcoma cancer survivor as a teen and took her experience into adulthood and became a one on one coach and confidence coach.   She was diagnosed as a teen but not until she was in her early 20s did she realize the importance of confidence.  Both in herself and in her skills, but the importance of others to have confidence in themselves.  She is your biggest cheerleader and helps you find the confidence to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it’s showcasing your art skills in an exhibition, asking that person you like on a date or returning to work after cancer treatment, I’m here to help you get back out there and live your life to the full. Because life really is too short to keep playing it safe. You need to believe in yourself enough to go for the things you really want. And Allie will be by your side, every step of the way. IG: @allmorgancoaching Allie has also contributed in books: Eat Better With Cookbook Live Life Now Project -@livelifenowproject
March 01, 2021
S2 E7 - Brandi Benson - Ewing Sarcoma
Today's episode you meet Brandi Benson.  She is a Ewing Sarcoma Survivor, Veteran, Author, Speaker, Brand Ambassador and Entrepreneur.  You will hear her talk about her journey to Iraq, finding her tumor, being diagnosed and surviving cancer.  Brandi is now 12 years cancer free and has been thriving post cancer.  Listen to the whole podcast, she shares so much of herself and gives incredible advice. Cites from this episode: Website: Social media: @brandil.benson Brandi's Book : The Enemy Inside Me Brand Ambassador for The Sarcoma Alliance Speaker for TLC Lions Business owner of Resume Advantage Thank you to our sponsors of this episode: Farmacy - Get 15% off your first purcase! &  ShareASale
February 22, 2021
S2 E6 - Lauren Nelson - Wilms Tumor
Today's episode you will hear Lauren tell her cancer story.  She has a unique story about both herself and her sisters' surviving a fairly rare tumor most seen in children called a Wilms tumor.   Lauren talks about celebrating her 20 year Cancerversary, her involvement in Make A Wish Foundation, and her new foundation called Roar Philanthropy.  She touches on full circle moments, small actionable things, and we talk about other topics other than just being cancer survivors. Find Lauren on IG: @lorquelnelson @roarphilantropy Lauren's Organization: Other Organizations mentioned in the podcast:,philanthropic%20members%20of%20their%20community.
February 15, 2021
S2 E5 - Beca Maynor - Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma
This weeks story comes from Beca.  She tells her cancer story with her Papillary Thyroid Cancer diagnosis, the process she had to go through to get the diagnosis and dealing with cancer during a pandemic.  She also talks about her fathers cancer story and ultimately how his journey helped her be her own advocate. It was so great getting to connect with Beca and for her to share her story and help celebrate mine! 2/5/2021 was my 1 year Cancerversary.  To celebrate, I wanted to post 2 episodes about the kind of cancer that I have survived.  Thank you to everyone who was there for me this past year.  Friends, family, and fellow cancer all are so special to me and your support will always be cherished.  Thank you to all that have helped me with this podcast and have helped support it in one way or another....without you I don't know how I could have made it to what it is today.  I love you all!
February 08, 2021
S2 E4 - Karin Hart - Papillary Thyroid Cancer
This episode, you will meet Karin Hart.  She is a papillary thyroid cancer survivor, avid golfer, athlete, social media influencer and amazing human being.  She is the first thyroid cancer survivor that we've had on My Cancer Story Podcast (other than myself).  Listen to us talk about our experiences going through diagnosis, treatment, and post cancer.  She is a wealth of knowledge, gives great advice and tells you what worked for her throughout her journey.  I am so excited to have interviewed Karin, she is an absolutely beautiful person inside and out! Follow Karin on IG & twitter @karinhart or her linktree
February 01, 2021
S2 E3 - Kandis Draw - Caretaker Story
This episode you are meeting Kandi Draw.  She is sharing her mother's cancer story and how Kandis became her caretaker.  During our conversation, we talk about her journey from being her mothers caretaker in addition to taking care of her siblings and the evolution her life took after her mom passed away. Learn more about Kandis and the programs that she is a part of below Associate Board Member: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Illinois Chapter: Blogs/Articles Thank you to our sponsors: Anti Nausea Chews & Drinks (message for discount) Farmacy Beauty - 15% off
January 25, 2021
S2 E2 - Sara & Anne - Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
In this episode, you will meet 2 cancer survivors!  Anne & Sara met in Germany in high school, were both military brats and became instant best friends.  Fast forward a few years later when they're both back in The States and in college and that is where their cancer story begins.  Listen along to hear the journey these two vibrant women went through to survive cancer and the valuable knowledge they share on the other side. They talk about the power of choice, share tips and tricks, engage in cheeky banter, tell funny stories, and drive home that "everything happens FOR you"  Thank you to our sponsors: Farmacy Beauty 15% off your first order when you sign-up for emails &
January 18, 2021
S2 E1 - Traci Stolte - Stage IV Breast Cancer
This episode you will meet Luna.  She is telling her mother Traci's cancer story.  Luna shares many memories of her mother, the journey that they went through together, and the legacy that she left behind.   Traci’s infectious smile and positive outlook will be cherished and remembered by her friends, family and anyone who knew her.  “She lived with intention,” a close friend said, “She took the time to let the people she loved know they were loved every single day.”   Luna speaks about her mom living her life on purpose and with passion, she had the most infectious laugh and talks about The Dash Poem perfectly summing up Traci's Legacy. ( A special thank you to Crime Junkie for making this connection and podcast happen! To learn more about Luna and her busniess that honors her mother visit her on Instagram 
January 11, 2021
Season 2 Intro
I'm taking a break this week but be on the lookout 1/11/2021 for season 2 of My Cancer Story Podcast!   I am so excited to share this season with you, I have so many amazing interviews to share with you!  Make sure to listen and subscribe to wherever you listen to your episodes every Monday. 
January 04, 2021
S1 E19 - Jeanette Carbajal - Healing Mindset
Our last episode of the year! This week you meet Jeanette.  She is the founder of Healing Mindset.  She supports wellness professionals who work with cancer patients as well as entrepreneurs with a recent diagnosis.   She is a resilient mindset mentor and shares her journey into how she got here today! You can find Jeanette on IG: @healing_mindset_ Stay tuned in January for Season 2!
December 28, 2020
S1 E18 - Matthew Pullan - Unknown Cancerous Brain Tumor
This week you will meet Matthew.  He has be surviving cancer almost his whole life and he is only 18 years old. You will instantly be drawn to his positive mindset and how he doesn't take his life for granted.  This episode is short and sweet but you will take away so  much from it! "If there is belief and hope, there's always a chance" ~MP "Life is terminal, it's our job to live it" ~MP You can find Matthew on IG @runningthroughcancer
December 21, 2020
S1 E17 - Michèle Farah - Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 2B
This week you will meet Michèle.  She is a beautiful 23 year old nurse from Lebanon and also a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor.   You will hear her story of her initial diagnosis at the young age of 19 and her relapse just a couple of years later. As well as...
December 14, 2020
S1 E16 - Erena Shimoda - Underwater Photography
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Erena Shimoda received her Divemaster certificate in Venezuela in 2005, and began shooting underwater photographs in Thailand, Bonaire, Bahama, Corsica, Cozumel, Cancun, and Hawaii. She specializes in underwater portrait...
December 07, 2020
S1 E15 - Mandi Chambless - Stage IIIc Ovarian Cancer & Caregiver Appreciation
November is Caregiver Appreciation Month and this episode with will meet Mandi.  She comes on this week to tell her cancer story as well as talk about her mother, Susan who became Mandi's care giver as she was trying to survive Ovarian Cancer.  Mandi...
November 30, 2020
S1 E14 - Eileen Powers - Lymphoma - Can You Make Hair For Me
Meet Eileen Powers she is a survivor of an aggressive form of Lymphoma.  She is an artist, a photographer that turned her cancer diagnosis and survival into a beautiful way to express herself.  She talks about the inspiration and the evolution of Can...
November 23, 2020
S1 E13 - Linds Pursley - Osteosarcoma & Breast Cancer
This weeks episode you meet Lindsey.  She is a 3 time cancer survivor (osteosarcoma, breast sarcoma and Ductile Sarcoma Stage II).  You will hear her story begin as a teenager all the way to adulthood and how she found out how she had a rare genetic...
November 16, 2020
S1 E12 - Marie Bathelt - Sinus Cancer
Today you will hear Marie's Cancer Story as told by her step daughter, Laurel.   Marie was diagnosed with a rare form of sinus cancer.  She survived and fought for several years until ultimately the cancer came back rapidly and aggressively and Marie...
November 09, 2020
S1 E11 - Bethany Hart - Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma
This episode we meet Bethany Hart.  She is a cancer survivor of a very rare cervical cancer.  You will hear the emotional story of how she found out she had a very aggressive cancer and the loss associated with it.  With loss comes legacy, and you will learn Bethany's journey leading to Hallie Strong Foundation.  Their mission is to outfit the feet of cancer patients with the fun socks they need (and deserve!) for treatment. Learn more about Bethany and the Hallie Strong Foundation
November 02, 2020
S1 E10 - Whitney - Cancer Advocate/A Wellness Space
We are rounding out Breast Cancer Awareness Month tomorrow with our 4th breast cancer story on My Cancer Story Podcast.Meet Whitney, although Whitney herself has not been diagnosed with cancer, ultimately cancer helped save her life.  As a young adult,...
October 26, 2020
S1 E9 - Nicole Sammann - Breast Cancer DCIS - II
This episode we chat with Nicole.  She is a breast cancer survivor stage 1 and stage 0.  Listen to her talk about her diagnosis in the middle of traveling the world as a corporate flight attendant.  We chat about her amazing support system and how...
October 19, 2020
S1 E8 - Dr. Anitha - Breast Cancer
This week we meet Dr. Anitha from New Zealand by way of Malaysia and India.  She is an accomplish physician and shares her very recent cancer story.  She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer February of this year.  She talks about Cancer and COVID and the importance of health from the inside out.
October 12, 2020
S1 E7 - Kristy Gossel Meyers - Breast Cancer & Thyroid Cancer
This week, we meet and chat with Kristy.  She has a multi-tiered cancer story.  She is both a 2a Breast Cancer AND Thyroid Cancer survivor.  While recovering she found out that her mother too was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.Listen as Kristy gives...
October 05, 2020
E1 E6 - Caroline Rose - Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
This episode I speak with Caroline Rose and she is badass survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  She tells her cancer story and how her dog Riley helped save her life and how he taught her amazing life lessons along the way.  After Riley's passing 3 years...
September 21, 2020
S1 E5 - Jackie Shore, RN - Cancer Coach
A unique multi-layered episode with Registered Nurse and Cancer Coach Jackie Shore.  She shares her mothers cancer story with us as well as her journey as an Oncology Certified Nurse, Patient Advocate, and Cancer Coach.Jackie has a wealth of knowledge...
August 24, 2020
S1 E4 - Jess Nelson - Thyroid Cancer Update
Due to my last interview file being corrupted, my next interview is on hold.  In the mean time, I provide my cancer story update 6 months post op for papillary thyroid cancer.
July 20, 2020
S1 E3 - Joan Elizabeth Warner - Breast Cancer
This month I had the pleasure of speaking with Joan Warner and hearing battle with breast cancer.  She is such a beautiful person inside and out and I feel so honored for her to share her Cancer Story with us.  Below are some resources that she shared... Tit time:: breast cancer isn't contagious. Bald heads won't give you cooties. Scars won't cut you open. My lack of boobs won't cause you to be flat chested. It is scary knowing that your body has decided to fight against you and is trying to kill you. It is scarier when you start to look different. It is scariest when people start treating you like you're trying to infect the world with the next wave of the Black Plague. There is something murderous happening inside her body and you want to avoid it. But the thing is, don't. Don't be afraid of people battling cancer. Don't look at us different. Don't approach us differently. Being concerned for our feelings is one thing and how you talk to us might change, but your physical interactions shouldn't. In a new world where tomorrow is uncertain, don't be that jack wagon who won't hug or cuddle or hold hands. Breast cancer awareness is really how-be-a-human awareness. When you know someone who is diagnosed, their world just got flipped upside down and the one thing they need is affection. And love. Hug the crap out of them. Hold their hand. Be their big spoon.   Tit Time:: Breast cancer awareness is not about saving the boobies. It's about saving the whole person, mind, body, and soul. It's about the entire package because while what happens in our breasts can kill us, we are more than a nice rack. We are strong women, family women, adventurous women. We are sisters and wives and daughters and moms. We are CEOs and stay at home moms and business owners. Boobs are sexy though and it caused this disease to be more glamorous than say, oh I don't know, rectal cancer. Don't be fooled though. Breast cancer is a killer the same as every other cancer. It will break you in half. It is painful, humbling, and scary. While we can campaign to save second base, don't forget the amazing woman standing there who needs your love and presence today. Thank you!
May 20, 2020
S1 E2 - Marissa Gonzales - Bilateral Retinoblastoma
I spend my very first interviewing episode while also being in quarantine chatting with my good friend Marissa Gonzalez.  She is a Bilateral Retinoblastoma survivor.  Learn more about this specific and terrifying type of eye cancer, the charity she...
April 23, 2020
S1 E1 - Jess Nelson - Papillary Thyroid Cancer
COVID-19 is really cramping my style!  I had to postpone my first interview due to social distancing.  So until then, I'm sharing my inspiration and My Cancer Story. Enjoy!This one is alllll about me and my short cancer story with Thyroid Cancer....more...
March 17, 2020
My Cancer Story Pod Trailer
March 08, 2020