#403: WHAT DO I TELL MY KIDS?

Mommy has cancer. Daddy has cancer. How do you talk to your kids? Sharing information about what's going on with your health on an age- appropriate level with your young children is incredibly important and can be overwhelmingly challenging. Jackie Woods (LMSW) joins us to discuss how to start conversations and answer questions about your cancer with the children in your life. Survivor Spotlight on young adult triple-negative breast cancer survivor Rachel Park.

#402: BRAVE NEW WEED

Joe Dolce, former editor-in-chief of Details and Star magazines, traveled the world to the new frontier of cannabis, shedding light on everything you didn’t know about weed (and didn’t even think to ask) for his new book "Brave New Weed". Joe joins us to discuss his book and get real about the cannabis debate. Survivor Spotlight on young adult survivor Kelly Miragliotta.

#401: FROM CANCER PROFESSIONAL TO CANCER PATIENT

Despite Marloe Esch's professional experience as an oncology nurse, navigating her own breast cancer diagnosis at 29 was mystifying and lonely. Marloe joins us to discuss the transition from nurse to patient, getting treated by co-workers, and how she is continually looking for ways to support survivors like her. Survivor spotlight on two-time cancer survivor and aspiring scientist Jay Gadsden.

 

#400: THE STORY OF US

When Tricia and Greg Russo were researching their options on becoming parents after Trica's breast cancer diagnosis, they were discouraged not to find any helpful video resources online. So, they picked up a camera, assembled a team, and started filming "The Story of Us". Tricia and Greg join us along with Producer/Director Craig to discuss the film project and Tricia and Greg's journey to becoming parents through surrogacy. Survivor Spotlight on young adult ovarian cancer survivor Jen Rachman. 

#399: THE POLITICS OF PINK

For over thirty years, Breast Cancer Action — a nonprofit organization — has been seeking to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer while brilliantly disrupting the landscape around advocacy, cause=marketing and corporate accountability. Joining us are Karuna Jaggar (Executive Director) and Alyssa Figueroa (Campaigns Coordinator) to discuss, among other things, pinkwashing and the not-so-subtle politics of breast cancer. Survivor Spotlight on young adult survivor Jimmy Rancich.

#398: DIE YOUNG WITH ME

"Die Young With Me" is not a cancer story but an account of a teenager’s life becoming derailed and the one thing that helped him pull it back together: music. Rob Rufus, author and the one-lunged, cancer surviving drummer of the Nashville-based Blacklist Royals joins us to discuss his new memoir and how music shaped his survivorship. Survivor Spotlight on young adult colorectal survivor Allison Rosen.

#397: STUPID CHEMICALS (YET AGAIN)

20% of all industry chemicals are regulated for human safety. Yes, it's true — despite decades of progress, harmful chemicals are still lurking in our food, our personal care products and just about everything else you can think of. (ahem: water bottles) We are joined by Michael Green (CEO, Center for Environmental Health) and Nicole Acevedo (Science Director, Environment Health and Safety Department, Beautycounter), to discuss key issues around exposure to chemicals of concern and what you can do to help protect yourself. Survivor Spotlight on Young Adult Breast Cancer Survivor Monique Tremblay.

#395: WHY ASK WHY?

Diagnosed with Stage 3A breast cancer as a young, single working woman in 2011, Allison Gryphon has become somewhat of a renaissance survivor and advocate. She is a Huffington Post blogger, a TedX speaker, the director of "What The Fuck Is Cancer And Why Does Everybody Have It?) and will soon be releasing her next book, Blood Moon. She joins us to discuss her story and why she is asking "why" for all the right reasons. Survivor Spotlight on young adult Leukemia Survivor Maria Escalona.

#393: ALL YOUNG ADULT DISEASES SUCK

On the season 18 finale of the Stupid Cancer Show, we are diving into the world of young adult chronic disease, be it cancer, type 1 diabetes, MS or, in this case, lupus. MarlaJan DeFusco, an ePatient lupus advocate, is the blogger behind Luck Fupus and joins us to discuss the day-to-day and long-term struggles of living with multiple chronic diseases. Survivor spotlight on Chris Nolze.

#392: ROCK VS. CANCER

"Rock vs. Cancer" is a feature documentary about John Grabski III, a young adult musician diagnosed with terminal cancer who spends his last days making a rock album with legendary producer Steve Albini. Cancer may have claimed John's body but it never claimed the character, dignity, or music behind the man. Here to talk about the film is Ashlyn Kindberg (Producer, Rock Vs. Cancer) Survivor Spotlight on young adult mesothelioma survivor and blogger Betsy Brockett.

#391 : HASHTAG COMMUNITIES

Virtual communities are becoming the go-to source for trusted cancer information and support. To discuss how tweetchats are changing the way young adult cancer patients, survivors and caregivers are connecting, we are joined by Alicia C. Staley (#BCSM tweetchat, Co-founder) and Charlie Blotner (#BTSM Chat Co-founder) Survivor Spotlight on young adult survivor Casey Shank.

 

#390 : THE FORT WORTH AYA ONCOLOGY COALITION

The Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition recently opened the first community-supported AYA oncology inpatient unit in the nation. Dr. Karen Albritton (Medical Director) and Justin Ozuna (Director of Communications and Community Engagement) join us to discuss this game-changing unit and unique young adult-related services provided. Survivor Spotlight on young adult Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor Erica Campbell.

 

#388 : STUPID RISK: "A CANCER IN THE FAMILY"

Dr. Theodora Ross is a leading researcher on cancer susceptibility genes, as well as a practitioner who specialized in treating breast cancer for more than a decade. She now cares for all types of patients who have a family history of cancer and is also a carrier of a cancer-causing mutation. Dr. Ross joins us to discuss her book "A Cancer In The Family" which mixes memoir and science. Survivor Spotlight on young adult breast cancer survivor Katie Campbell.

#387 : STUPID CANCER SAN FRANCISCO

The Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) is a support and action group for young women in the San Francisco/Bay Area who are living with breast cancer. Joining us to discuss how BAYS provides support through monthly meetings, an online network and community-building events are Meaghan Calcari Campbell (President, BAYS) and Laurie Hessen Pomeranz (Marriage/Family Therapist). Survivor Spotlight on Pro Wakeboarder, adventurer, author and young adult cancer survivor Alexa Score.