Category Archives: You Need Chemo…Now What? Answers for you and your support team.

Monica Bryant: Triage Cancer

What is Triage Cancer? It is a wonderful organization which was created by Monica Fawzy Bryant and her sister, Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, both cancer rights attorneys. Their mission is to help survivors find optimal quality of life as they walk in and through their cancer story. She left us with this pearl of wisdom: “Stop & take a breath. Compile all of the information you need, then act.” For instance, do you want to walk into your job right away and tell your boss that you have cancer? Maybe so, and maybe no. Triage Cancer is a non-profit organization that provides education and resources on the entire continuum of survivorship issues for survivors, caregivers, and healthcare providers because cancer touches the entire community. They provide information and steer people to the most appropriate resources, so in the beginning….Triage first!

Next week, stay tuned for an interesting interview with Miss Monica on healthcare reform!

What NOT to Say to Someone Recently Diagnosed with Cancer (& Their Family)….And What TO Say Instead!

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.

Interview: Emily Eargle of the Live Strong Fertile Hope Initiative on Chemo & Fertility

Some young cancer patients learn that chemotherapy can have a strong impact on fertility before they begin chemotherapy, some learn during and sadly some do not discover this until their treatment is complete. Fertility is not just one more thing cancer seeks to rob from us, but this particular blow can feel unexpected, and can take the wind out of a patient’s sails. The Livestrong Foundation’s Fertile Hope Initiative offers support, information and access to programs in an effort to empower the patient where ever they are in the treatment process. Miss Emily Eargle helps us tackle this tough subject as she highlights the programs the Fertile Hope Initiative developed in response to the challenges faced by these patients. They work to restore the hope for a future family after chemotherapy. Come listen for a breath of fresh air as well as some well needed hope.

Interview: Maryann Makekau, founder of Because Hope Matters responds to the question…How do I tell my kids about this cancer diagnosis?

Years ago when Miss Marann’s best friend was diagnosed with cancer, Maryann was given the opportunity to support her friend in a unique way. This friend was a second grade teacher who was concerned about telling her class about her cancer. Her concern was the catalyst into authorship for Miss Maryann as she reached into her heart and experience to pour out a children’s book. In this interview she addresses the following questions and more: How and when do I tell the kids? How much do I say? What if I do not have answers to their questions? What can I say if the child asks if this will be fatal? What if I cry? How does the child’s age impact all of this? Maryann’s simple, real wisdom is a lifeline to those struggling with these concerns. She extends this pearl of wisdom, “Children need an anchor, the adults around them.”

What to Expect the First day of Chemo, Part 2

What a burning question! Whether you are destined to soon begin chemotherapy, or someone you know is beginning, this topic most likely weighs heavily on your mind. In this podcast we have the honor of interviewing Shannon Caauwe, RN, BSN, OCN, the Nurse Manager of the Southeast Georgia Health Systems’ Cancer Care Unit in Brunswick, Georgia. Miss Shannon answers questions that our Facebook friends submitted on the topic “What to Expect on the First Day of Chemo”. This is a two-part interview. In this portion of the interview Shannon describes in great detail what her patients experience from the time they are called back to begin their session until all of the pre-meds have been administered. Please come back for the Part 2 of this interview so she can talk us through what it’s like to actually receive the chemotherapy and make our way back home following treatment. Thank you Miss Shannon for sharing with us your sweet gentle nature and a treasure trove of experience!! We look forward to posting Part 2 of this podcast.

What to Expect the First day of Chemo, Part 1

What a burning question! Whether you are destined to soon begin chemotherapy, or someone you know is beginning, this topic most likely weighs heavily on your mind. In this podcast we have the honor of interviewing Shannon Caauwe, RN, BSN, OCN, the Nurse Manager of the Southeast Georgia Health Systems’ Cancer Care Unit in Brunswick, Georgia. Miss Shannon answers questions that our Facebook friends submitted on the topic “What to Expect on the First Day of Chemo”. This is a two-part interview. In this portion of the interview Shannon describes in great detail what her patients experience from the time they are called back to begin their session until all of the pre-meds have been administered. Please come back for the Part 2 of this interview so she can talk us through what it’s like to actually receive the chemotherapy and make our way back home following treatment. Thank you Miss Shannon for sharing with us your sweet gentle nature and a treasure trove of experience!! We look forward to posting Part 2 of this podcast.

Not Just Surviving but Thriving

Every moment that is a surviving moment, can me amped up to a THRIVING moment! This sounds like such a stretch, but it doesn’t have to be. The Chemo Girls are all about persuing the “thrive” in life and we would love for that to become infectious. I mean you are still here so why not make the most of this moment? If thriving sounds good to you, too, then listen to this podcast and implement some of our suggestions. Seriously, we don’t go through chemo for nothin! Let’s make it count!! And . . . This does not just go for the chemo survivors, but everyone around them as well.

We are not just surviving, but THRIVNG with you! XOXOX

The Chemo Girls

What IS a chemo cocktail?

In this podcast, Lucy & Sharon, answer the question “What IS a chemo cocktail?” Is it an adult beverage? Should we wait until 5 o’clock to partake of this type of cocktail? It just sounds sort of funny, doesn’t it? The girls discuss this twisted concoction from the perspective of the patient who can remember hearing this quizzical expression for the first time. If the chemo cocktail has entered your life and you want real life information about what this might mean for you, take a seat and listen. The Chemo Girls will break this down for you while interjecting stories from their person experience…. and a little humor. Cheers to a long, messy and colorful life!

Chemo Brain

What the heck is chemo brain?? Sharon and Lucy are here to answer that question! If you or someone in your life is facing chemotherapy, you will want to know about this topic. This little chemo side-effect can be a bit alarming if you are not prepared, but it is not at all unusual. As a matter of fact, the forgetfulness (and that is an understatement) that can accompany chemo therapy has made for some funny stories.

Validation, what you are feeling is normal!

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.