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Joanne Hampton

Miss Joanne is the director of PR & marketing for Breast Investigators. She works together with her bestie, Angela, to build this all-in-one place that offers information on everything from juicing recipes to inspirational survivor stories. They work to streamline the mass of information and resources, which are now available to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and present it in a clear and empowering way. Thank you Miss Joanne for your insight, your work & your enthusiasm about dragon boat racing!

Hitting the Wall & Chemotherapy

In this very real short podcast Sharon talks about the phenomena known as “the wall” as it relates to chemotherapy. At some point the treatment just pulls too much out of you and your inner voice may demand that you are not going in for the next treatment…what it’s really saying is that you have hit the wall! Let Sharon offer validation, encouragement and a strategy that helped pull her through her last treatment! So, if you have found your face against the bricks and you do not know know how you will go on, listen as Sharon talks you through!

Ramblings from Sharon: Intro

In these short podcasts of about 3-6 minutes Sharon will “ramble” on the cancer experience. She will offer food for thought, commentary on current events, cancer stories, helpful hints, and thoughts that are bouncing through her mind. These often informal shorts will be laced with the wisdom gained through her cancer story as well as the wisdom passed down to her, voices from her daily life, southern flavor, and hopefully a few laughs.

Today Sharon will rambles on “Her.” Who are we talking about? Come listen & see…..

What not to say… to someone that has been diagnosed with cancer.

What the HECK do we say? It is hard because we want to say or do something that will make it better somehow. Lucy & Sharon want to take that heavy burden from your heart! Your friend does not expect you to arrive like some sort of oracle with wisdom or information to soothe them. They are not looking for you to make this better at all! They do need some time to process what is happening in their life and they need you to be present while they do that. So, you are going to visit to show your love and support…wonderful! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves, put your feelings on the back burner, and tune your ears to “listen.” Now, how to manage that anxious mouth so you do not end up with foot-in-mouth disease? Sit back and listen as Sharon & Lucy help you address that very issue.

Winston & Tracy: Caregiver Stories

In this real and heartwarming interview our husbands tell their side of the story. They share how they first reacted to our diagnosis, what they struggled with the most through our treatment, how the experience impacted our relationships long-term, and what kind of support they needed through the process. Then our men share important advice for spouses who are hearing the news for the first time and are trying to summon the strength to support their beloved. We love you guys…our cup runneth over!

Validation

In this podcast Lucy & Sharon talk about the whirlwind of emotions that follow a cancer diagnosis. Whether you are the Newbie or those who surround the Newbie, this diagnosis can certainly bring with it a emotional roller coaster ride that can leave you feeling hopeless and quite frankly…a bit crazy! Grab a coffee or tea, sit down and let’s talk about it.

Humor & Cancer: (Re-post) In Honor of Robin Williams

“Comedy cuts across a lot of barriers, I mean…is there stand up tragedy?” This is a quote by Mr. Robin Williams from a 2013 interview with Pat Harvey in which he spoke frankly about his blessings as well as his demons. Lucy & Sharon have been deeply saddened by the death of the beloved Robin Williams, as so many have. If ever there was a human being that understood the power of humor in difficult times, it was Mr. Williams. He possessed an ability to “see” us, then reach out through his work to touch us right in the center of our humanity! Because we respect his humor as well as his kind and gentle heart, we dedicate this interview with cancer survivor and comedian Brenda Elsagher to Robin Williams and his family. We pray you rest in peace, brother.