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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February 25, 2020 19 min

When a lump in his neck turned out to be salivary gland cancer, Mike was confident his AHN doctors would pull him through. He didn’t worry. At age 54, he just wanted to keep working and playing hockey — even after surgery and during his radiation treatments. Hear how he survived his cancer and rang in the new year in a special way.

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She gathered support, then gave it back
Martha Neevan, 57, got mammograms on time, every time. Then she found a lump, just two months after a breast exam. It was a fast growing form of breast case, already at stage 3. Fortunately, a great team at AHN was by her side through chemo, surgery, and radiology — all the way to “I Had Cancer.” Hear what happened halfway through her treatment and why she enlisted PacMan to join her fi...
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Kristi Webb was 38 with a five-month old daughter when she noticed a mole on her jaw line. Hear how she connected with care, found the information she needed, and met a whole community of Pittsburgh melanoma survivors.

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February 4, 2020 19 min

Mike couldn’t wait for doctors to remove every trace of prostate cancer from his body. Listen to his message of hope, and an idea to increase the survival rate from 90 to 100%.

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January 28, 2020 18 min

Renee thought she had hemorrhoids, but doctors confirmed she had rectal cancer. Hear how she met her AHN cancer team the very next day and finished out her treatments at a brand new cancer institute just 3 miles from her home in Butler.

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Erin said her annual checkup became the biggest deal of her life. Before starting her senior year in college, 21-year-old Erin visited her doctor, who found that Erin’s tonsil was swollen. She had no other symptoms, but the discovery led to doctors diagnosing Erin with acute myeloid leukemia. She talks about how her brother shared his stem cells and her highly specialized AHN team instilled confidence and hope in her for a cure. Read 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.

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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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