Category Archives: Been There Done That – Mentoring & Survivorship

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!

Skin Cancer & Summer Fun

When summer arrives it lures us out to play under the sun. We slough off our winter layers, and migrate out of doors to basque in the bright warm days. People come alive as they enjoy sporting events, beaches, pools, biking, gardening, picnics and convertibles. If this is wrong, I do not want to be right! But as much as we love that happy life-giving ball of fire in the sky, it can also burn us. It can burn us today as our skin turns red and flinches in pain with every touch. But long after the burn heals, we can be burned again with skin cancer. In this blog, Lucy and Sharon explore the topic of skin cancer, pre-cancerous cells (which is a reality for one of these ladies) and how to safely enjoy the summer season. We hope you will take a few minutes today to lather up in a SPF 30 sunscreen, pour yourself a cool drink, sit outside and listen to the girls talk through this important topic!

Ports & Cancer

What the heck is a port and why do I need it? Will it hurt to access the port and how does it work? What if I am a “needle-phobe?” When a person learns that they will need to have a port placed into their body some questions arise. Not only that, but fear may creep in, too. No worries, we’ve got your back on this one. Come sit while Lucy and Sharon talk through the in’s and out’s of ports. They will answer the common questions as well as talk about Sharon’s love affair with her port.

Grief and Cancer

A cancer diagnosis brings with it losses that most of us might not fully expect. And of course loss brings grief! A few of the losses some of us experience could be the loss of our identity (because now we are the “cancer patient”), loss of our medical security, loss of financial security, loss of relationships or even the loss of the future we had envisioned for ourselves. Pull up a chair to hear Lucy and Sharon talk through the topic of grief as it relates to the cancer experience. They will share their personal experiences and make suggestions that will hopefully help you walk through your grief and loss.

Relationships & Cancer Treatment

Don’t people get crazy around weddings, funerals and births? Not only do those who you rely on to bring drama stay true to their colors, but sometimes those who you would never expect become upset and pull away or storm out of the door. Why is it that when we need some folks the most they have such a hard time stepping up and seeing us through the big stuff? The same can be said of our relationships as we walk into and through a cancer story. It can be downright shocking who shows up for us and who does not. Come listen as Lucy & Sharon encourage you to “extend them grace,” because in the end cancer can weed out superficial relationships while providing just the right environment for new strong relationships to flourish!

Transparency: Finding Strength through Vulnerability

So often we feel like we have to hold it all in and be strong for others but this just isn’t true. It is hard enough to deal with the emotional roller coaster of cancer but when you add in the fears and worries about what others will think it can make things unbearable. In todays podcast Lucy and Sharon discuss the benefits of being transparent. Being real with others is very freeing and can help to build the support system you are seeking.

Interview: Susan Gonzalez & Florence Strang, authors of 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It

Miss Susan and Miss Florence are cancer survivors as well as successful professionals and bloggers in their own right. After following and commenting on each others blogs, they decided to collaborate on a fantastic book. These ladies respective experience and perspectives meld into a book that helps those who have received a cancer diagnosis strive for a healthy and balanced mind and body. One of the many pearls of wisdom they shared was this question, are you making changes out of love (for your body) or out of fear?

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

These fun ladies really believe that as survivors we owe a little payback to humanity. They are doing just that in a BIG way as they help so many women survivors cope. As founders of “The Plum” online magazine, The National Women’s Survivors Convention and The Women’s Survivor Alliance, Miss Judy and Miss Karen work tirelessly to offer hope, joy and solidarity to fellow cancer survivors across the globe. They use their “second acts” to reach out to others who need to find answers as well as comradery.