Episode 24: What Happens When You Get a Group of Cancer Podcasters Together?

For the Season 2 finale, we wanted to switch the conversation up a little bit, so I’m welcoming six other breast cancer podcasters onto the show for a round table conversation. It’s not often that you get a group together like this, a half-dozen total strangers, bonded only by our need to talk about our illness in this way, but I can’t even fully capture what an amazing group this is. We had so much fun, and I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording.

The show will be taking a brief break over the summer, and be back in a couple of months with a deep dive into breast cancer. We’ll be talking to researchers, doctors, advocates, and unpacking the challenges of all aspects of life with breast cancer in anticipation of October’s breast cancer awareness month. I’ve been so honored to continue to share these conversations with you, and am so excited to keep going. Have a wonderful summer!

Guests:

Kelsey Bucci
Kelsey Smith
Tina Conrad
Leanna House
Mimi Hall
Lindsay DeLong

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“But You Don’t Look Sick” Podcast:

Kelsey Bucci is 32 years old, a military wife and mother of 4 kids, ages 9, 7, 6 and 4, and the owner of the clean beauty store Paris Laundry. She is also a stylist, podcast, and breast cancer advocate. She lives in Savannah, GA with her family and is about a year out of active treatment. She was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 30.

Blog/Website: http://theblogpardonmyfrench.com

Shop: https://parislaundry.com

Instagram: @kelseybucci

Facebook: @kelsey.bucci.3

Podcast: But You Don’t Look Sick

“The CanSurvivor” Podcast:

Kelsey Smith was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer at the age of 29 in 2014. Without hesitation, Kelsey underwent the most aggressive treatment she could: A double mastectomy with reconstruction, 20 weeks of chemotherapy, and five years of maintenance medication. Currently, in remission, Kelsey hosts a weekly podcast entitled “The CanSurvivor Network” which highlights various breast cancer-related initiatives. Kelsey has worked with the University of Michigan, The American Cancer Society, and local charities as a support group facilitator. She resides in Temperance, Michigan.

Blog/Website: www.thecansurvivor.org

Fundraising Page: https://www.bonfire.com/the-cansurvivor-network/

Instagram:  @thecansurvivor

Facebook: @TheCanSurvivors

Twitter: @TheCanSurvivor

Podcast: The Cansurvivor Podcast with Kelsey Smith

“DJ Breastcancer” Podcast:

Tina Conrad was diagnosed at age 37 with stage III estrogen-positive breast cancer in 2013. She is a year breast cancer survivor, and her mother is a 2-time triple-negative breast cancer survivor. They have had different kinds of cancer and nothing from a genetic testing perspective to indicate why they both developed cancer at a young age.  At the time of her diagnosis, Tina was newly married and had a new promotion. With her diagnosis, a lot of things changed… friendships grew, others faded, her career aspirations changed…She does feel that her relationship with her husband grew stronger, however, there are times when he doesn’t understand her as her pink sisters do. She has built a support system of many strong women, including my mom, and fights every day to advocate for research dollars because she does not want her goddaughters to live in a world with a breast cancer diagnosis, and volunteers with the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.  Tina believes that research is the answer for breast cancer- we need to do more!

Blog/Website: www.djbreastcancer.org

Instagram: @djbreastcancer

Facebook: @Tina Conrad @DJ Breast Cancer

Twitter: @djbreastcancer

Podcast: DJ Breast Cancer

“Thanks, Cancer” Podcast:

Hosts Leanna House and Mimi Hall met at a support group at Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and through their friendship, the podcast, Thanks, Cancer, developed. Leanna House lives in Boston and works in grants/finance in medical research. Leanna was diagnosed at 33 with same cancer that killed her mother: estrogen positive her2 negative breast cancer. She had chemo (A/C and taxol), a unilateral mastectomy with full auxiliary node dissection, radiation, and reconstruction. She is now on hormone treatment for the foreseeable future. Leanna co-founded a Thanks, Cancer! podcast, and is involved in the Patient Family Advisory Council at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Mimi Hall is a community development manager, food consultant and yoga instructor who originally hails from Cape Cod and lives in South Boston. She was diagnosed with aggressive triple-positive breast cancer in 2015 and received treatment at Dana-Farber through 2017, which included a trial study of the targeted immunotherapy drug T-DM1, a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, 12 weeks of Taxol chemotherapy and a year of Herceptin. Podcasts helped her survive the odd combination of terror and monotony that defined her treatment experience, along with amazing friends like Leanna who understand the darkness.  That’s what Thanks Cancer is all about…like getting a chemo treatment with your best friends!

Blog/Website:  https://www.thankscancer.com/

Instagram: @thankscancer

Facebook: @thankscancer

Twitter: @thankscancer

Podcast: Thanks, Cancer

“Cancer, Casually” Podcast:

Lindsay DeLong is the Managing Editor of the Fullest Magazine. She was diagnosed with She found a lump in her own breast at age 33, and was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, ER+, PR+, and HER2+ breast cancer on October 11, 2016.

Blog/Website: Cancer, Casually on the Fullest

Instagram: @cancercasually

Podcast: Cancer, Casually