I Had Cancer

I Had Cancer

Welcome to the I HAD CANCER Podcast, an Allegheny Health Network and iHeart Production hosted by Bonny Diver of iHeartMedia. The I HAD CANCER Podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different person with their unique perspective on their own fight against cancer. They are sharing their story to help others who might be facing similar challenges and to say they went from “I Have Cancer” to “I Had Cancer.” The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the participants and do not reflect the views or opinions of AHN, its subsidiaries or affiliates. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.... Show More

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Only 45 and just relocated to Pittsburgh with her family, Wendy found a lump in her breast. She called 412-DOCTORS the next morning, saw a doctor the same day, had a biopsy the next, and underwent a successful mastectomy soon after. Hear how Wendy’s illness motivated her daughter, Shelby, to create a program that provides comfortable pillows to AHN breast cancer patients as they recover from surgery.

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Naomi was 52 when she felt a lump in her breast. She went to the Breast Center at Allegheny General Hospital for her gynecologist appointment. In the next few hours, Naomi had a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy and received a diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. She shares how her husband rallied behind Naomi and gave her strength and faith to fight the advanced disease for the last 10 years. The I Had Cancer podcast provides person... Read more

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Over the last year, more than 30 amazing survivors shared their journeys of battling cancer on the I Had Cancer Podcast. Their inspirational stories have instilled hope and strength in others and demonstrated the power of positivity when combined with a team of AHN cancer experts.

Hear some highlights from 2019 as we celebrate both survivors and those who are on the path toward remission. The I Had Cancer podcast provid...
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Over the last year, more than 30 amazing survivors shared their journeys of battling cancer on the I Had Cancer Podcast. Their inspirational stories have instilled hope and strength in others and demonstrated the power of positivity when combined with a team of AHN cancer experts. Hear some highlights from 2019 as we celebrate both survivors and those who are on the path toward remission. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal ... Read more

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Stephanie was diagnosed last June with aggressive breast cancer. She was willing to travel anywhere to get best treatment. But after she met her AHN team of specialists, discovered that more than 20 doctors were involved in her treatment plan, and was enrolled in an immunotherapy clinical trial, Stephanie knew she had the best care in her backyard. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer su... Read more

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Dan was vacationing in Austria with his wife when he suffered a seizure and learned he had brain cancer. He recounts how Highmark helped him return to the US via an air ambulance and had Dan, 34, admitted to Allegheny General Hospital. Listen to Dan describe his brain surgery, performed while he was awake in order to preserve parts of the brain that control vision, speech and movement. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and... Read more

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Tom had his annual prostate exam and was told he had an aggressive form of cancer. He asked his AHN cancer specialist for a second opinion, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital called Tom the same day. Listen how his team of experts treats the prostate cancer while Tom finds support and confidence from his wife, family and church community. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along ... Read more

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The Rev. Leslie Boone had no symptoms, but a routine colonoscopy revealed she had colorectal cancer. Listen as Leslie talks about how she never feared the disease, even as she endured procedures, chemotherapy and radiation. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different person with their unique perspective on their own fight aga... Read more

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As an occupational therapy assistant, Sonny is used to caring for others. After having a routine mammogram that indicated she had breast cancer, the tables were turned, and she was now the patient. Sonny describes how she quickly received a treatment plan from her AHN team while her family and friends provided endless support through the entire journey. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with canc... Read more

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon describes the fear he felt after discovering something wrong in his testicle and later receiving a cancer diagnosis.  He talks about his surgery, rehabilitation, and return to the mound just 5 weeks after surgery.  Jameson encourages other men to perform self-checks and stay in tune with their bodies. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivo... Read more

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November 5, 2019 18 min

Lung cancer survivor Stephanie, 74, had a new doctor who recommended a baseline chest X-ray. That simple screening led to Stephanie’s robotic-assisted surgery. Hear how sharing her family story with her doctor helped save her life. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different person with their unique perspective on their own f... Read more

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Emily had a 2-year-old daughter when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29. Emily has a rare genetic mutation, called Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, that puts her at higher risk for developing cancers and tumors. Currently in treatment for a brain tumor, she shares her details of her battle with laughter and humility. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. E... Read more

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October 22, 2019 18 min

Corinne found a lump in her breast while on vacation with her family. The first call she made when they got home was to her doctor. Corinne reveals how genetic testing gave her information to make decisions about treatment. And, she’s still singing with the band. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different person with their u... Read more

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About 10 days before her annual mammogram, Clare found a lump. With no family history of breast cancer, she waited until her appointment to mention it. With lots of good humor, Clare shares what happened next. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different person with their unique perspective on their own fight against cancer. T... Read more

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Carol discovered a walnut-size lump in her breast and was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and aggressive and carries a 20 percent chance of survival. Carol talks about how a clinical trial at AHN helped her beat the odds. She’s now living cancer free and leading a nonprofit organization to raise money for cancer research and connect others with clinical trials. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and... Read more

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October 1, 2019 17 min

Jen’s family had a history of breast cancer so she never missed a preventive screening. Hear Jen’s candid account of how having the BRCA-1 gene changed her priorities and treatment decisions. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different person with their unique perspective on their own fight against cancer. They are sharing th... Read more

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Tom’s friends noticed his voice sounded different and urged him to see a doctor. A biopsy revealed larynx cancer. Tom talks about his risk factors and how his dedicated AHN team and innovative treatment plan has him back to work, walking two miles a day and living cancer-free. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their journeys. Each episode will feature a different perso... Read more

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September 17, 2019 16 min

Beth retired early so she and her husband, Art, could travel more. Then a diagnosis of ovarian cancer derailed their plans. Beth talks about her experiences -- and finding a guardian angel who lived just a mile down the road who helped her find strength and empowerment through Faith & Gratitude https://faithandgratitude.org/. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal... Read more

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September 10, 2019 20 min

Sue was 49 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, also called the silent killer. Now a four-year survivor, she talks about her treatment, recovery, and how she pays it forward to promote awareness and provide support to other women with this disease. Learn more about the Pittsburgh Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run at https://runwalk.ovarian.org/pittsburgh. The I Had C... Read more

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At 40, Rachel had a demanding career, two children, and breast cancer. With chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, her year-long treatment took as much mental fortitude as physical stamina. Hear how the AHN oncology team helped care for Rachel while Rachel cared for her family and ultimately created a calmer, more balanced life. The I Had Cancer podcast provides personal and truthful conversations with cancer survivors along their j... Read more

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