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.
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.
Fatigue is one of the trinity of side effects (nausea, hair loss & fatigue) from cancer and it’s treatment that typically cause cancer patients the most grief. Sharon had no idea that fatigue would race past hair loss and nausea to cause the largest challenge throughout her cancer story. In this podcast Lucy and Sharon will delve into some of the causes of fatigue, give clues about when to call the doctor about your weakness and offer a list of suggestions to reduce and manage fatigue. Come listen and make some notes as fatigue has a way of sneaking in the back door and biting you in the backside!!
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!
Miss Montgomery is a dynamo of a woman. She is not only professionally accomplished, but she is an extremely interesting person. Among her many accomplishments, Miss Joanna is a well-known blogger on www.CafeMom.com’s blog, “The Stir” and a board member for The National Women’s Survivors Convention. Miss Katie Couric and the Huffington Post have interviewed her because of the amazing circumstances of her daughter’s gestation and arrival into her family. This strong woman endured an extremely difficult diagnosis and treatment story with grace and gratitude.