Talk About Cancer

Talk About Cancer

Talk About Cancer is a podcast of stories from cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. The host, Serena Hu, talks to her guests about their emotional journeys with cancer and what happens to the relationships in their lives after a cancer diagnosis. They will often explore how culture and faith shape each person's experience of cancer and grief. You will find diverse perspectives, honesty, and wisdom in these stories to help you deal with cancer and its aftermath. Follow for new stories each week. http://talkaboutcancerpodcast.com

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May 12, 2022 14 min

In the second episode of the courage micro-series, we are going to hear from a few people who talked about moving forward, despite being scared and having limited control over their situations.

Check out Rudy's cancer rock opera on Youtube!

Read about Natasha's story in her new book: Behind these sarcoma scars.

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In this first episode of the courage micro-series, we are going to hear from a few people who about the experience of not being seen or heard while dealing with cancer. 

To find out more about Savio's resources, please visit his website.

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March 30, 2022 3 min

I am back from a little break and starting to work on a new season. First up is the micro-series about courage. If you want to share your words and stories of courage, please visit:
https://talkaboutcancerpodcast.com/shareyourstory/ You can always submit your writings or recordings anonymously.

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December 31, 2021 34 min

Reema shared how her cancer experience might have been similar to and different from someone who is not an oncologist, and how this experience has influenced the way she practices medicine today.

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December 24, 2021 40 min

Charles shared how having lost so many family members to cancer shapes how he approaches caregiving for his wife today, and how leaning into art and dark humor has helped him process and cope with it all.
 
Check out some of Charles' recent work: 

  • Short film: A History of Worry
  • Short story collection: Slippery When Metastasized
  • Coloring book: Pug Monster Gallery
  • HuffPost article about air guitar workout

  • You can connect with him on his...

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    December 8, 2021 31 min

    Nefa-Tari shared the devastating experience of being diagnosed with uterine cancer and ending her marriage soon after, and how she eventually found her way out of that incredibly tough period by advocating for her own needs and leaning on her faith.

    Check out the services SHARE offers and connect with Nefa-Tari!

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    November 24, 2021 30 min

    Sagar took us through some in-depth reflections about health, purpose, and the importance of having a creative outlet, which he discovered when his wife started to paint on his head after chemo.

    Check Sagar and Sheena's collaborations on Instagram @myheadisacanvas!

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    November 17, 2021 30 min

    Kandis shared how she picked herself back up one step at a time after a tough caregiving experience and how she eventually found positive ways to channel her grief. 

    Some resources Kandis mentioned: 

  • Gilda's Club Chicago 
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
  • Therapy for Black Girls
  • Also check out Kandis' article about compound caregiving on Caregiving.com.

    You can follow her on Instagram @kandi_koated.

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    November 10, 2021 39 min

    Melody shared what it was like to deal with cancer during her childhood, the ways that experience has influenced different stages of her life, and the things she continues to uncover as an adult.

    You can follow Melody on Instagram @lunapeakfoundation, on Facebook @lunapeakfouncation, or on Twitter @lunapeakfamily. You can also find more information about the foundation at https://www.lunapeakfoundation.org/

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    November 3, 2021 33 min

    Akili reflected on the disruptions he faced when his son Kaine was diagnosed with leukemia more than two years ago and the growth he had to go through to survive this “good” bad diagnosis.

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    October 27, 2021 31 min

    Anna explained how cancer treatment “broke” her vagina and the challenges with dating when she took sexual intercourse off the table. Her experiences inspired her to create the Entwine dating app to help others like her find companionship with confidence.

    You can follow the app on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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    October 20, 2021 41 min

    Lauren shared what it was like to follow her daughter Melissa's lead in having open conversations about end-of-life wishes, which gave Lauren a path forward during grief and led to the founding of 13 Thirty Cancer Connect to support thousands of AYA cancer patients in her community.

    Find out more about 13 Thirty Cancer Connect's programs that are now available virtually and locally in Rochester NY and Syracuse NY. 

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    October 13, 2021 39 min

    Fabian took us back to the time when his existential crisis collided with his cancer diagnosis and how he was able to pull through 900 days of chemo with a vision to support other cancer people struggling with mental health.

    You can download the War On Cancer app on your phone and check out the amazing Clinical Trial Finder feature. You can also connect with Fabian on Instagram @fabianbolin

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    October 6, 2021 46 min

    Brianna talked about how isolating the caregiving and the grieving experiences can be, and how creating art in a nonverbal way can be incredibly cathartic and healing. 

    Check out Brianna's artwork on her website and let me know what it brings up for you! Also, follow her on Instagram @briannalhb so you will get updates about her upcoming workshops and shows.

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    September 29, 2021 27 min

    Laura explained how being diagnosed with cancer gave new meaning to her work as a health care advocate and that staying engaged with advocacy actually helped her push through her cancer treatment.

    Laura mentioned Imerman Angels, which has also been referenced by a few other guests on this podcast about the wonderful one-on-one peer support they offer.

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    September 22, 2021 44 min

    Michelle and Phil shared some of the most challenging moments, thoughts, and feelings they’ve had in their caregiving and grief process over the last three decades, and how they were able to eventually move forward from the devastating loss of their son Gabe.

    You can read more about their story in an article Phil had written for the San Diego Reader. Also, check out Okizu and the amazing services they are still providing to families...

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    September 15, 2021 29 min

    Gaz shared how he’s dealing with a terminal diagnosis as a young adult and why for a practical person like him, living from scan to scan takes on a different meaning.

    You can connect with Gaz on Instagram @Gaz_Emmerson where you will see that he’s still biking to his chemo appointments and enjoy concerts with his friends. You will also find the link to his fundraiser for Sarcoma UK there, which now stands at a whopping $111K po...

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    September 8, 2021 44 min

    Julieta talked openly about grappling with not being cancer-free after her chemo treatment and the complex layers of love, fear, and hope she’s balancing with her intergenerational family.

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    September 1, 2021 41 min

    Rachel shared some of the most intimate moments from her and her late husband’s cancer experience, including how she knew when it was time to let go. 

    You can find Rachel’s book Wife, Widow, Now What? on Amazon and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

    Also, check out CaringBridge as a resource for anyone who wants to blog about your health experience but doesn't want to deal with the headaches of set up a blog site.

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    August 25, 2021 37 min

    Babz walked us through how he reacted when he first got his diagnosis and how he quickly realized that dealing with cancer was mostly a mental game.

    You can check out Babz's Community Interest Company Freshrb, which uses video production to highlight marginalized health issues. 

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