Bad Right Breast

Bad Right Breast

Bad Right Breast is the podcast that will talk through the dirty truths about personal experiences of people living with the horrible disease that is cancer. Not just that of people diagnosed with breast cancer, but other cancers. And not just people diagnosed with cancers, but their caregivers, their family members, even their children. Please join us as we talk through issues that you don’t necessarily hear on the news or in the doctor’s office, but are things that anyone who has dealt with cancer lives through each and every day – and by that, I mean, every single person you know and don’t know. Because cancer, well it knows no prejudice and affects everyone. Please join us for Bad Right Breast.

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July 6, 2021 50 min

Shanice is a vibrant young woman, who first felt her lump at the age of 23.  After overcoming everything involved with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, she did something that most ‘average’ people don’t have the courage to even attempt.  And then years later out of the blue, she started feeling pain, but no one would listen to her.  So she had to make them.  

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It’s been one year since the start of Bad Right Breast, and we’re going to take a summer hiatus after next week’s episode.  We’re preparing to return in the fall with three new series:  Motherless Daughters, Artists’ Stories & Meta Stories.  If you feel you have a story to tell in any of these categories, please reach out to us as we’d love to share it.  Next week, will be our first episode in the Meta Stories series.

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This is the LAST episode of the original THEIR STORIES series.  When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, there’s not some magic switch that turns on and you all of a sudden become a supreme being.  You’re still the same person as you were before, just dealt with a horrible diagnosis, and forced to go through some really tough shit.  I asked each of our first 15 volunteers what they thought of the words – survivor, warrior, hero - ...

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June 15, 2021 63 min

Adina is the reason there are inconsistencies in the number of first volunteers for the THEIR STORIES series.  There are a couple of places in which I say there were 14 interviews, and then Adina got back to me and became the 15th.  I didn’t care about the inconsistencies, as with a secondary diagnosis my new perspective sometimes is – oh well.  I knew Adina was well worth it. You’ll hear why for yourself.

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Living in that fear of your cancer returning can be debilitating.  Living in that fear can cause some real trauma, more than living with cancer itself.  The mind games, they come back to play and they will play tough.  So you need to find a balance and figure how to win the mind game of that fear of the return.
 
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    June 1, 2021 21 min

    I knew that I was one of the lucky ones, that not every woman can leave her journey knowing that she was in fact cancer free.  But I never knew just how different that experience was, until I asked our volunteers – were you ever told you were cancer free?  Listen to how they answered.

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    Last week Tiffany dove into how she discovered her cancer while in grad school and chose to have a double mastectomy at the age of 29.  Finish hearing about her reconstruction, treatment and recovery, and how having cancer at such a young age has changed the trajectory of her life.

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    Imagine being a student in grad school, and finding out that you have breast cancer.  That’s Tiffany’s story.  As the youngest of those to be interviewed thus far, she tells a story about finding her tumor, going through the university health care system, the decision to have a double mastectomy, treatment and more.  As a woman who researches for a living, she thought she knew exactly what she was in for.  But sadly, cancer treatme...

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    As with all things cancer, our treatment in radiation and its side effects are very different for everyone.

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  • Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, the Fifth Edition
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    Of the 15 women interviewed for the THEIR STORIES series, 9 of them had chemotherapy.  As with all types of diseases, and their treatments, what works and doesn’t work for you during chemotherapy will NOT be exactly the same for others. 

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    April 27, 2021 62 min

    You know those moments, when you think it can’t get any worse, but then it does?? Well, that’s Shana’s story.? It’s a story that is a huge reminder that NONE of our cancer journeys, like our cancer, are the same.? And if you didn’t believe it before, Shana will definitely make you a believer now.? But who would have thought that having breast cancer would be the LEAST of your worries…

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    April 20, 2021 18 min

    We all need that one thing that does a bit of a reboot to our soul.  For some, it’s work.  For others, it’s a hobby, or their religion.  Whatever it is, know that it’s good to try to find it sooner than later.  Because when that moment hits you – and it will – you’ll need that zen to be there to help get you through. 

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    We start where we left off last week, Heather and her wicked sense of humor.  We all go there, some for longer than others.  Be ready for some more dirty truths about treatment and recovery from HER2+ breast cancer. 

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    Heather is a straight forward, hard core working mom of three kids, the youngest as 14 months at the time of her diagnosis.  Trigger Warning:  Heather has a dark sense of humor.  Heather speaks with a rawness that you may need to be in a safe place, if you will, when you listen.  Oh, and you most definitely will laugh your ass off too. 

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    There is something about knowing that your cancer is going to affect others.  AFTER you and your loved ones get through all of the diagnosis & treatment, which alone affects just simply how you have to live and survive day to day – as those days, months, sometimes years are not NORMAL.  After all of THAT, you’re all on the other side.  And are all affected, as cancer affects everyone.

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    Whenever you go through a drastic event in your life, you are changed.  Whether it’s something good or bad – when you get to the other side you’re changed somehow.  It affected you.  Cancer no doubt changes you.  It affects not only your daily outlook on life, but it changes how you react to things, how you care for things, how you plan for things.  Here from our fearless ladies answer how cancer affected them as a woman, a mother,...

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    March 16, 2021 24 min

    Talking about cancer isn’t easy.  But it’s definitely one of those things, at least it is for me, that the more you talk about it, the easier it is.  And the more people you talk about it with, the more you learn.  So I’m so incredibly grateful to the infamous 15 – who so willingly talked about their cancer with me. 

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    March 9, 2021 40 min

    A mom, and now grandma, who did regular self-exams, and found her cancer by feeling something that was just not quite right.  And took control of her situation like taking the bull by the horns.  Had multiple ups and downs, as we all do, but as Sheila tells it, it’s how you handle those ups and downs that truly tells who you are.         

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    March 2, 2021 35 min

    Before Allyson found her cancer, she was actually getting regular mammograms for four years.  However her cancer was found because she felt a pain in her breast, right where her underwire bra fit, and knew that it wasn’t right.  Her doctor swore it was nothing, most likely due to the fact that she was getting those regular mammograms.  But she was diagnosed with DCIS.   She was that RARE form of DCIS.  While DCIS is now found far m...

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    Part 2 of 2:? Nine of the 15 women interviewed in the THEIR STORIES series had a mastectomy of some sort. ? As you can imagine the details are pretty extensive.? So here’s part 2 of 2.? Their story of how they came to the decision of mastectomy, single or double, then their procedures, reconstruction and recovery.?

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