Cancer U Thrivers

Cancer U Thrivers

Cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and providers share inspiring stories to teach you how to navigate our complex healthcare system. On the Cancer U Thrivers Podcast, real people share true stories. Host Andrea Wilson Woods is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and patient advocate. She founded the nonprofit Blue Faery after losing her sister Adrienne, whom she raised, to stage IV liver cancer at age 15. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, an online platform for cancer patients and caregivers.


March 28, 2023 41 min

When Pamela McColloch wakes up unable to breathe and in agony, she discovers a tumor and is forced to fight cancer with a 50/50 chance of survival, summoning her warrior-like strength to defy the odds and celebrate life.

You will learn:

  1. How Pamela McColloch coped with being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment.
  2. How Pamela's family and friends supported her during her cancer journey
  3. How Pamela found medication tha...
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Miracles can happen: discover the power of faith, gratitude, and a good colonoscopy in Marcia's inspiring story of beating colorectal cancer.

Marcia Reese is a successful entrepreneur and cancer survivor who has experienced numerous miracles throughout her life. After selling her sidewalk chalk business to the world's largest toy company, she moved to Chicago and eventually back to Denver, where she met her husband.

This is ...

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After 11 years of battling stage four liver failure, Steve Patterson's unwavering faith in himself pays off when he is miraculously granted a liver transplant, but his journey is far from over as he must now overcome the challenge of Hepatitis C to survive.

Steve Patterson is a former US Army veteran who was diagnosed with stage four liver failure in 2011 and was given six months to live. He has since recovered and is now a c...

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After fourteen years of marriage, Kim Hamer is thrown into a tumultuous journey of navigating the best and worst of her marriage as her husband's stage four cancer diagnosis shifts their lives into chaos and irony.

Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend Through Cancer or Loss, an easy-to-read book filled with practical, quick, and effective ways to support a friend or coworker....

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After experiencing the devastating loss of her parents to diseases that modern medicine could not cure, Dr. Amy Rothenberg discovers her true calling to use natural medicine to fight cancer and empower others to take control of their health, despite the overwhelming odds.

You will learn:

  1. How Dr. Amy Rothenberg went from feeling disillusioned with medicine to becoming a successful Naturopathic doctor.
  2. How Dr. Rothenberg us...
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When Lori Marini, a healthcare professional of 20 years, is given a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer, she must choose between aggressive treatments, risking her mental and physical health, or risking her life by not doing anything at all.

You will learn:

  1. What happened when Lori Marini missed her mammogram when she was 40.
  2. Lori Marini's experience of a double mastectomy and the tissue expansion process.
  3. How Lori Marin...
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Experience the journey of recovery and courage with a man who pushes through to face his cancer head-on.

Here's what I cover with Ray Suarez in this episode:

  1. A 275-mile bike ride that was much harder than it should have been was a sign of something wrong.
  2. A diagnosis of cancer that involved having tumors removed and chemotherapy.
  3. The experience of having a port inserted in the chest and the protocols involved with chemothe...
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"Take control of your health and be an advocate: you can beat the odds and outlive cancer."

Here's what I cover with Penny Casselman in this episode:

  1. What does the experience of being diagnosed with cancer look like for someone who has already lost their mother to the same disease?
  2. How can genetic testing help inform and shape a treatment plan for cancer?
  3. What choices did Penny Casselman make to ensure she was on the right...
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Talaya Dendy is an 11-year cancer survivor who, after her diagnosis, reevaluated her life and career, learning to put herself first and make healthier choices.

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After being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1987, Glen Kirkpatrick, a Scottish undercover police officer, battles cancer for over half his life, struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, and drug-resistant chemotherapy, only to miraculously go into remission after accessing an expensive, alternative treatment in Mexico.

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After surviving five different cancers and radiation treatments, Bill Potts took control of his cancer journey, only to have his sense of smell enhanced by his latest round of treatment.

You will learn:

1. How Bill Potts survived five different cancer diagnoses and avoided additional treatments with the help of a keen-eyed primary care physician.

2. How Bill discovered a new form of immunotherapy prior to it becoming mainst...

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In her pursuit of writing the great American novel, Harvard-trained management consultant and hospital executive Cynthia Hayes is thrown into a tumultuous cancer journey; her goal is to survive the physical and psychological turmoil, but the irony of the situation threatens to overwhelm her.

You will learn:

  1. The Psychological Turmoil of Cancer: Cynthia Hayes' experience of facing a cancer diagnosis and the psychological c...
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Mark Kelly, a 30-year cancer survivor, shares his story of courage and resilience as he details his journey of fighting a rare and terminal cancer.

You will learn:

  1. What it was like for Mark Kelly to be diagnosed with cancer at age 15.
  2. The difficulties and challenges Mark faced during his cancer journey.
  3. The success of Mark's treatment protocol.

Mark Kelly is a 30-year cancer survivor and retired ESPN researcher. He i...

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Magic Barclay faced cancer head-on and used holistic natural health to heal herself, inspiring a journey of life-changing learning.

Here's what I cover with Magic Barclay in this episode:

  1. How Magic Barclay faced multiple life-threatening conditions, including stage four cancer, and decided to find the root cause of her health issues.
  2. How Magic Barclay was forced to undergo surgery to keep custody of her children during he...
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December 30, 2022 34 min

Tess Scott, is a Mom, a Grami, and a cancer survivor. Tess is a speaker, an author, and an encourager of women. Her book, “Listen, Sister! Finding Hope in the Freakshow of Life” features real-life shenanigans and points out glimpses of God in every day, offering women Hope in their own Freakshow.

  • 02:41: He comes and says he's leaving. He's not happy.
  • 03:48: I don't feel anything. It's just a good day.
  • 05:23: So, I have all ...
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December 27, 2022 39 min

Dr. Lori Baker-Schena, MBA, has a doctorate in education and is the CEO and founder of Baker Schena Communications. Dr. Lori is a leadership coach and professional speaker who works with individuals, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large corporations to strengthen their management and team-building skills.

  • 01:44: I am actually a cancer survivor of two cancers.
  • 03:21: but the doctor didn't think ...
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December 20, 2022 45 min

Melissa Mullamphy does not want others to learn the hard way as she and her family did during her mom’s 8-month battle with ovarian cancer. Melissa is passionate about patient advocacy and helping others find their voice in a complex and increasingly dangerous healthcare system. Melissa has had many jobs in her life, from corporate America to psychiatric emergency rooms but nothing could prepare her for watching her mother suf...

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December 13, 2022 41 min

Tim McDonald is a force of nature who always helps anyone he can. He is a generous, kind, compassionate and brave soul who cares deeply about humanity and builds community wherever he goes. He is the former Director of Community at Huffington Post, Founder of My Community Manager, and Director of Communications at Social Media Club Chicago.

  • 03:08: I got a call from the urgent care asking me if I could come over. 
  • 05:00: I ...
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December 6, 2022 27 min

Marcia Reece is a #1 bestselling author, successful entrepreneur, and innovator. In 2018, she founded StayWell Copper, focusing on an efficient, affordable way to help people like you stay germ-free without using chemicals.

  • 02:22: I lived in Chicago from 1999 until 2007 and I was 
  • 04:15: They had found cancer in my colon. 
  • 07:02: I wanted you to know who I am and that this is a big deal to me. 
  • 09:16: Who was your support sy...
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November 29, 2022 40 min

As far as cancer goes, Alexandra McCarthy has always considered herself to be a student. She has leaned in the direction of a natural approach in her life. When she was told in 2018, she had cancer, she immediately started searching for natural remedies to heal it. It's been four years of a long journey of doing lots of research, self-experimentation, personal healing, and success.

  • 02:04: I didn't have symptoms of cancer....
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