Kim Fredrickson knows how tough life can be. That's why she advocates for a compassionate approach to ourselves. A breast cancer survivor who faces a terminal diagnosis as a result of her cancer treatment, she personally has had to face and come to peace with her own limits. Coupled with her years of focusing on self-compassion as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Kim brings us some much needed words of wisdom about how to be kind to yourself even when you feel like you least deserve it.
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Your treatment is over, you’ve rung the chemo bell, you’ve survived breast cancer… What do you do when you still feel terrible? What do you do if you still feel depressed? Deborah Beaumont, APRN and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, is on The Breast Podcast this week to drop some hard truths. Deborah addresses aspects of both physical and psychological care that women tend to neglect after they’ve finished breast cancer treatment. It’s normal to feel abnormal after cancer, and she talk us through how to process those feelings, and that exhaustion in healthy ways.
Cathy Leman is back! Registered Dietitian, fitness instructor, public speaker, breast cancer survivor, writer, risk reduction strategist - Cathy wears so many hats it’s tough to pick one sometimes. This time Cathy is focusing on the subject of body image. Whether you’ve struggled with body image issues in the past or are struggling with the effect that cancer and cancer treatment has on your body, Cathy has strategies that help women cope. She shares some of them with us in this interview, reminding listeners that a whole-body approach to health doesn’t necessarily mean obsessing over the number on your scale.
This week, The Breast Podcast has a sit-down with Heidi Kelly, a breast cancer survivor turned handbag designer whose life took a radically different path after her diagnosis and treatment. Between her second and third surgery, Heidi decided to turn her hobby of designing handbags into a lifestyle, and now she uses her design skills and artistic talent to give back to other organizations in the breast cancer community.
The Breast Podcast interviews author and breast cancer survivor Gigi Pandian. When Gigi was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided to make some radical changes to her life, from throwing herself into mystery writing to embracing an almost vegan lifestyle. Many women struggle with finding a "new normal" in their lives after a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Gigi was kind enough to share her story and her strategies with us, as well as her sources of inspiration for her bestselling books. We talk writing, inspiration, publishing, and how valuable the support of friends can be on this episode of The Breast Podcast.
What do you do when all your images of either breast reconstruction or flat chests after a mastectomy are sterile, clinical images? Perhaps you visit The Breast and the Sea, a photography project celebrating the beauty of women impacted by breast cancer: both those who reconstruct and those who do not. Today we interview co-founder Rebecca Pine about her choice to go flat and why she co-founded The Breast and the Sea. She is passionate about empowering women with the freedom to step away from societal trends to make the for or against reconstruction choice independently. She not only talks about going flat, but also about taking care of oneself and the journey to make peace with her body. She is a beautiful person, and this episode is sure to inspire.
Diagnosed with stage 3A ILC in 2015, Kelly Nemecek is a survivor who has just passed three years since her diagnosis. As an admin of the massive Facebook community Breast Cancer Sisters, Kelly has made it her mission to ensure that all breast cancer patients, no matter where they are in their journey, have a safe space to talk to people who understand. She discusses the formation of the group, how to use both online and offline support structures when you're struggling, and how she learned to build a "forcefield against negativity" to prevent negative people from affecting her health and wellbeing.
The Breast Podcast host Casey talks to prophylactic mastectomy patient and human force of nature Tina Ruark-Baker. After choosing to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy due to genetic risk and a history of cysts, Tina took issue with the lack of options most surgeons offered breast reconstruction patients. Tina eventually chose a surgeon who introduced her to an emergent technology--AeroForm by AirXpanders. She has been thrilled with her AeroForm experience. In fact, she has made it her mission to inform women worldwide of this new technology and to encourage them to take the concept of informed consent by the horns. In this episode she explains how she came to choose AeroForm. She emphasizes the importance of education and options for those considering breast reconstruction.
ITC welcomes Rhonda M. Smith, who talks about moving forward and shares her personal story about her site: Breast Cancer Partner.
In this episode of The Breast Podcast, we welcome survivors Melanie Nix and Angela Williams. These two women not only share their journey as 10 year survivors, but also discuss awareness and racial disparity in the fight against breast cancer in the African American community.
Dr. Regina Hampton, a breast surgeon and co-founder of Breast Care For D.C., talks with ITC Podcast Nation about African-American women and the fight against breast cancer.
"Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest."
Doreen Puglisi, the founder of The Pink Ribbon Program, joins The Breast Podcast for a great discussion on finding that "new normal".
The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, or Women’s Health Act of 1998. The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCEPA) of 2015.
What did these two pieces of legislation do to help women with a breast cancer diagnosis? Let's hear from a company that helped change policy.
What starts as an idea becomes a life changing innovation. What does that mean for you? It certainly means if you need tissue expanders, your options are being expanded (pun intended).
Kathy Kelley, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs at AirXpanders, talks freedom and control.
Do you want to hear the latest breast reconstruction innovation? Scott Dodson, CEO and Executive Director of AirXpanders joins The Breast Podcast to talk about the first major innovation in tissue expanders in over 40 years, the AeroForm.
So many decisions to make so quickly. When should you start to think about breast reconstruction? Is immediate or delayed reconstruction a better choice? Terri Coutee has "been there...done that," so who else would be better to talk about immediate and delayed reconstruction? Terri had a positive experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Now, her time is spent educating women on breast reconstruction after a mastectomy through her blog, Facebook page and foundation.
This is the conclusion of our discussion with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin a surgeon at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida.
Pt 2: A continuation of our discussion about reconstruction with lumpectomy and mastectomy surgery with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin a surgeon at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida.
Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin is a surgeon from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She'll discuss lumpectomy and mastectomy and how each procedure might affect or limit breast reconstruction options. (Part 1 of 3)
A continuation of our discussion on the gene mutation and screening for BRCA 1 and 2 with Dr. Stephanie Hines from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl.
Do you have the "breast cancer gene"? Dr. Stephanie Hines from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida discusses the BRCA mutation and BRCA screening
Is it possible to keep your hair during chemotherapy? Dignitana says you can with scalp cooling technology.Their patented Dignicap will allow women to take control of one of the most devastating side effects of chemotherapy.
Vicki Lucas, a 62 year old breast cancer survivor, shares her honest journey from breast cancer diagnosis after implants to reconstruction after a lumpectomy, as well as the effects that the treatment has had within her and her family's life.