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Remodel

As they were ripping out carpets and floors, disassembling, sanding, cleaning, picking out tiles and grout and painting on their duplex, it occurred to Sharon that the process was a bit like going through treatment for cancer. During this podcast Sharon and her hubby Tracy talk about these similarities and how they require some of the same qualities: strength, trust, vision, faith, endurance and patience. Come listen to their experiences together!

Interview with Karen Shayne and Judy Pearson: Founders of the National Women’s Survivors Convention

It was such a blessing to be a part of The National Women’s Survivors Convention last year, and in honor of the Convention starting tomorrow, July 31 – August 1, 2014, in Nashville, TN we want to dedicate our podcast today to our interview with the founders, Judy and Karen. These fun ladies really believe that as survivors we owe a little payback to humanity. We encourage anyone to join in on the fun. You will not want to miss out on three jam packed days with stories of empowerment, education, and connecting with others whose lives have been touched by cancer. You just gotta be there!! Check it out: http://www.survivorville.org/

Raquel Corey: “Being There” & Suffering

In this interview, I (Sharon) interview my dear friend Raquel Corey. Being kind, encouraging and affirming has always been part of Miss Raquel’s fundamental makeup. This natural talent for making those around her feel important and supported was a perfect fit as early adulthood lead her into the roles of wife to a music minister, mother and youth mentor. Years into the evolution of their lovely family tragedy hit hard, twice. As those around her reacted and she grieved, greater wisdom came to her. Now through the teachings of her mother, her own natural leanings and life experience, Raquel helps us understand how to help others in their time of need. I believe we can all find something helpful in her message & I hope that proves true for you. Thanks Rock!

Rest

As most of us know, sleep plays a vital role in maintaining our health and overall well-being. It is while we rest and sleep that our bodies and brain “repair” themselves from the physical and mental stresses that are placed upon them throughout the day. Most valued sources report that getting enough quality sleep can help promote mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life. But in this crazy, busy world that we live in how do we accomplish this?

In this podcast, Sharon and Lucy will discuss the importance of sleep, especially when our bodies are going through difficult times such as cancer treatment and its recovery. Listen in to learn ways in which a better night’s sleep can be achieved so that our bodies can repair and regroup!

Rare Moments

Learning to recognize rare moments and deciding to jump into them with both feet can make the difference between surviving and THRIVING through your storm. Whether your cancer story has you playing the leading role or supporting cast, the simple truths revealed in this podcast can help you grab the rare moments (and the pay offs they bring) that are coming your way. Take a few minutes and listen as Lucy & Sharon share rare moments from their lives that illustrate the simple truths they offer.

Breast Cancer License Plates & Georgia CORE: Angie Patterson

If you want to make a difference in the state of Georgia for women and families who are struggling through treatment for breast cancer in a simple and practical way, this podcast will give you the perfect opportunity to do just that!

And WHEW! Our interview with Miss Angie Patterson, Vice President of the Georgia CORE has taken a long time to process due to technical difficulties, but we are happy to present this wonderful interview now. She takes time out of her busy schedule to enlighten us on the Georgia CORE, especially as it relates to the Breast Cancer license plates which are found on so many cars across the state of Georgia. These plates are different than other specialty plates because the monies DO go to help women in Georgia who are struggling through breast cancer treatment. How? Well, take a few minutes to listen to this bright and down-to-earth woman as she fills us in!

Do Cold Caps Remedy Chemo Induced Hair Loss?

Hair loss is possibly the most globally dreaded side effect of chemo. Most often the first question out of a patient’s mouth when they hear they must undergo chemo therapy is, “Will I lose my hair?’ Cold caps to the rescue! These awkward and expensive devices come in like a knight in shining armor to save the day. Or do they? Life is not a fairy tale and there is rarely a blanket remedy for anything huge in our life that is a perfect fix. Cold caps are not for everyone, but the thought of retaining our locks throughout chemo compels us to entertain the idea. Grab a drink and sit with the Chemo Girls as they discuss what they have learned about cold caps.

National Survivors Day

How is it that the Chemo Girls have missed National Survivors Day? National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. We are all about ALL of these ideas, especially survivorship! Take a moment to listen as Lucy and Sharon discuss this fantastic movement and how survivorship is a growing topic in the cancer world and in the rest of the world, too! Most of us believe that if a person is diagnosed with cancer, they go through treatment, and if they beat it, their life picks up again, unchanged. Not so much! How so? Well, let us tell ya…..

Constipation & Cancer Treatment

Tee hee hee, they said constipation. Yes, we said it and we know this is not a glamorous topic, but if you are going through cancer treatment, it is likely a painful reality for you. In this podcast Lucy and Sharon talk through the many possible reasons for constipation as well as several ideas to remedy this problem. So come get your giggle on as we all struggle through this awkward topic together!