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Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of Coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards. Her new book, a medical memoir titled Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon in multiple categories.

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A Wrenching Loss, A Transformative Journey: Mike Murphy'S Path To Healing From Heartache &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
A Wrenching Loss, a Transformative Journey: Mike Murphy's Path to Healing from Heartache

In today’s episode, we delve into the surreal and heart-wrenching journey of Mike Murphy and his loved ones as they navigate the complexities of medical treatment. From Northern California to Southe…

In today’s episode…

In today’s episode, we delve into the surreal and heart-wrenching journey of Mike Murphy and his loved ones as they navigate the complexities of medical treatment. From Northern California to Southern California’s USC Medical Center, they face unimaginable challenges, including full brain radiation therapy, emergency room visits, and a significant decline in health. As Mike becomes his loved one’s advocate, he uncovers medical mistakes and emphasizes the importance of being a voice for those in need. However, amidst the Grief and devastation, Mike’s experience ultimately leads him to a…

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The Price Of Hope: Josh Church'S Experience With Pediatric Cancer Treatment And Its Cost &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
The Price of Hope: Josh Church's Experience with Pediatric Cancer Treatment and its Cost

In today’s episode, we have the privilege of hearing from Josh Church, a remarkable individual who describes himself as "mindful" and has been practicing mindfulness for the past few years.Josh shar…

In today’s episode…

In today’s episode, we have the privilege of hearing from Josh Church, a remarkable individual who describes himself as "mindful" and has been practicing mindfulness for the past few years.Josh shares his journey of being present and thoughtful throughout his cancer treatment and how mindfulness extended beyond his personal wellness to problem-solving and critical thinking. He reflects on the value and treatment that people showed him during his journey and the impact of losing someone he had formed a special bond with, a fellow gamer who he played video games with in the hospital. The loss …

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From Stoicism To Self-Expression: Lindsay Mcdonell'S Journey With Metastatic Breast Cancer &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
From Stoicism to Self-expression: Lindsay McDonell's Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer

In today’s powerful episode, we are honored to have Lindsay McDonell share her inspiring journey with metastatic breast cancer. Lindsay takes us through her initial diagnosis, the setbacks she faced…

In today’s powerfu…

In today’s powerful episode, we are honored to have Lindsay McDonell share her inspiring journey with metastatic breast cancer. Lindsay takes us through her initial diagnosis, the setbacks she faced, and the remarkable strategies she developed to navigate her illness.From the moment Lindsay’s tests came back positive for cancer, she suspected the presence of cancer stem cells. After a double mastectomy, her intuition was confirmed. Lindsay’s relentless advocacy for her health led her to research a unique symptom called numb chin syndrome, which she discussed with her oncologist. Despite …

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Triumph Over Cancer: Michael Schnabel'S Journey To Healing And Hope &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Triumph Over Cancer: Michael Schnabel's Journey to Healing and Hope

In today’s episode, we bring you the incredible journey of Michael Schnabel as he triumphs over cancer, finding healing and hope along the way. Michael’s story is filled with perseverance, determi…

In today’s episode…

In today’s episode, we bring you the incredible journey of Michael Schnabel as he triumphs over cancer, finding healing and hope along the way. Michael’s story is filled with perseverance, determination, and a whole lot of love. From difficult decisions about treatment options to forming a team to face the challenges together, Michael and his family navigate the highs and lows of their cancer journey. Join us as we delve into the surgery, chemotherapy, and the power of finding the right medical team. We’ll explore the importance of hope, humor, and capturing memories in the face of uncer…

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Overcoming Obstacles: Ann Graham'S Courageous Struggle With Misdiagnosed Cancer &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Overcoming Obstacles: Ann Graham's Courageous Struggle with Misdiagnosed Cancer

In today's episode, we have a very special guest, Ann Graham, who will be sharing her incredible journey with us. Ann’s battle with cancer began with persistent leg pain during her marathon training…

In today's episode, …

In today's episode, we have a very special guest, Ann Graham, who will be sharing her incredible journey with us. Ann’s battle with cancer began with persistent leg pain during her marathon training in January 2010. What followed was a series of misdiagnoses, as doctors initially dismissed her symptoms as unrelated conditions. But Ann’s persistence paid off when she insisted on getting an MRI, which revealed a tumor at the top of her tibia. However, the alarming news didn’t stop there. Astonishingly, Ann’s doctor failed to discuss her diagnosis further, leaving her in a void of informa…

Listen · 51:19
Unleashing Courage: Jonathan Acott'S Inspiring Battle With Cancer And Embracing Authenticity &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Unleashing Courage: Jonathan Acott's Inspiring Battle with Cancer and Embracing Authenticity

In today's episode, we have the honor of speaking with Jonathan Acott, a truly remarkable individual who has faced numerous challenges on his journey with cancer. Jonathan, a motivational speaker and …

In today's episode, …

In today's episode, we have the honor of speaking with Jonathan Acott, a truly remarkable individual who has faced numerous challenges on his journey with cancer. Jonathan, a motivational speaker and storyteller, opens up about his weight loss journey, shedding a kilo a week for twelve weeks. He also candidly discusses the emotional toll of chemotherapy, from losing his hair to managing fluid balance and dealing with the side effects of steroids. Despite the hardships, Jonathan's indomitable spirit shines through as he shares stories of finding moments of joy and even laughter amidst the darkn…

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Unconventional Support: Dr. Katie Nall'S Journey Of Incorporating Natural Remedies In Cancer Care &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Unconventional Support: Dr. Katie Nall's Journey of Incorporating Natural Remedies in Cancer Care

Dr. Katie Nall's story began when her husband received a life-altering diagnosis of bladder cancer. Initially skeptical of natural remedies recommended by their son, who happens to be a chiropractor, …

Dr. Katie Nall's sto…

Dr. Katie Nall's story began when her husband received a life-altering diagnosis of bladder cancer. Initially skeptical of natural remedies recommended by their son, who happens to be a chiropractor, their journey took an unexpected turn. With symptoms escalating, their path led them to a urologist who confirmed the diagnosis. Chemotherapy and subsequent surgery to remove the bladder and prostate became their new reality. Throughout this tumultuous time, Dr. Katie, an advocate for alternative therapies, found ways to incorporate natural remedies into her husband’s treatment. From emotional f…

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Pedaling Towards A Cure: Riding For Hope And Healing In The Face Of Cancer &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Pedaling Towards a Cure: Riding for Hope and Healing in the Face of Cancer

Welcome back to Cancer U Thrivers, where we share stories of Resilience, hope, and personal growth in the face of cancer. In today's episode, we delve into the transformative journey of a remarkable i…

Welcome back to Canc…

Welcome back to Cancer U Thrivers, where we share stories of Resilience, hope, and personal growth in the face of cancer. In today's episode, we delve into the transformative journey of a remarkable individual who battled cancer not once but six times. From his initial diagnosis at the age of 29 to facing the recurrence of tumors and the many challenges in between, Dan Hegerich takes us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, self-discovery, and profound realizations about the power of personal growth and self-love. Join us as we explore their courageous fight against cancer, their quest for alte…

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Kevin Neal'S Secret Battle: From Smoldering Myeloma To Life'S Unexpected Obstacles &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Kevin Neal's Secret Battle: From Smoldering Myeloma to Life's Unexpected Obstacles

In today's episode, we have the incredible Kevin Neal joining us for a deep dive into his cancer journey. Kevin takes us back to the very beginning, before his diagnosis when everything seemed normal …

In today's episode, …

In today's episode, we have the incredible Kevin Neal joining us for a deep dive into his cancer journey. Kevin takes us back to the very beginning, before his diagnosis when everything seemed normal and he felt healthy. Little did he know that a routine checkup would lead him down a path he never expected. Throughout this episode, Kevin shares the challenges he faced, from keeping his diagnosis a secret from his loved ones to navigating job changes and the loss of his father. Join us as we uncover the Resilience and determination that Kevin displayed throughout his journey and discover the le…

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From Radiation To Resilience: A Cancer Survivor'S Unfiltered Story &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
From Radiation to Resilience: A Cancer Survivor's Unfiltered Story

Welcome back to Cancer U Thrivers, the podcast that aims to empower cancer survivors and their loved ones through shared stories, insights, and resources. In today's episode, we delve into the extraor…

Welcome back to Canc…

Welcome back to Cancer U Thrivers, the podcast that aims to empower cancer survivors and their loved ones through shared stories, insights, and resources. In today's episode, we delve into the extraordinary journey of Edward Miskie as he navigates the complexities of cancer treatment, coping mechanisms, and the harsh realities of the healthcare system. From rare and challenging diagnoses to unexpected twists and turns, Edward's story is one of Resilience, advocating for oneself, and finding hope in the darkest of times. Join us as we unpack the emotional and physical toll that cancer takes on …

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Writing Through Grief: Bill Cushing'S Journey As A Thriving Partner &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Writing Through Grief: Bill Cushing's Journey as a Thriving Partner

Welcome to another episode of "Cancer U Thrivers." In today's episode, we are diving into the incredible story of Bill Cushing. Bill shares his experience as an outsider navigating the world of cancer…

Welcome to another e…

Welcome to another episode of "Cancer U Thrivers." In today's episode, we are diving into the incredible story of Bill Cushing. Bill shares his experience as an outsider navigating the world of cancer, providing us with a unique perspective. From the challenges of diagnosis to the complexities of Grief and loss, Bill's journey is one of strength, Resilience, and finding hope amidst adversity. Join us as we explore Bill's memoir, his insights, and the importance of being your own healthcare advocate. Get ready for a powerful and inspiring conversation with Bill Cushing.

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Beyond The Diagnosis: Chrisie Canny'S Path To Beauty And Healing Through Jewelry &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Beyond the Diagnosis: Chrisie Canny's Path to Beauty and Healing through Jewelry

Welcome back to another empowering episode of Cancer U Thrivers. In today's episode of the heartfelt journey of Chrisie Canny, we delve into the decisions she made to prevent the reoccurrence of cance…

Welcome back to anot…

Welcome back to another empowering episode of Cancer U Thrivers. In today's episode of the heartfelt journey of Chrisie Canny, we delve into the decisions she made to prevent the reoccurrence of cancer. Join us as we explore her experience with a double mastectomy, the unexpected discovery during the surgery, and how her journey took an unexpected turn when meeting with an oncologist. Chrisie opens up about her thoughts on medication, the significance of an empowered attitude, and the importance of support from loved ones. Additionally, we'll learn more about Chrisie's remarkable jewelry compa…

Listen · 29:13
Thriving Against Cancer: Discover The Power Of Naturopathy In Holistic Healing &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Thriving Against Cancer: Discover the Power of Naturopathy in Holistic Healing

Welcome to another episode of Cancer U Thrivers, the podcast dedicated to sharing empowering stories and insightful information for those navigating the cancer journey. In today's episode, we have a v…

Welcome to another e…

Welcome to another episode of Cancer U Thrivers, the podcast dedicated to sharing empowering stories and insightful information for those navigating the cancer journey. In today's episode, we have a very special guest, Bruce Berkowsky, here to share his wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of natural health and healing. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of traditional naturopathy and explore the deep psycho-spiritual aspects of healing. From understanding the intricate relationship between our physical and emotional well-being to uncovering the impact of lifestyle factor…

Listen · 49:15
Overcoming Isolation: Rebuilding A Life After Cancer Treatment, With Shayla Benoit &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Overcoming Isolation: Rebuilding a Life After Cancer Treatment, with Shayla Benoit

In this episode of Cancer U Thrivers, we hear the empowering story of Shayla Benoit. After making the decision to move forward with her life, Shayla navigates the challenges of transitioning from isol…

In this episode of C…

In this episode of Cancer U Thrivers, we hear the empowering story of Shayla Benoit. After making the decision to move forward with her life, Shayla navigates the challenges of transitioning from isolation to being around people again. She takes on a job in the theater, embracing its strict COVID-19 protocols, and finds solace in her work. However, her journey takes an unexpected turn when she experiences difficulty breathing and fears the worst. As she navigates misdiagnoses, intensive chemotherapy, and the physical and emotional toll of treatment, Shayla's Resilience shines through. Join us …

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Finding Strength In Unexpected Moments: Heather Noggle'S Inspiring Path To Healing &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Finding Strength in Unexpected Moments: Heather Noggle's Inspiring Path to Healing

Welcome back to Cancer U Thrivers, the podcast dedicated to sharing stories of Resilience, hope, and triumph in the face of cancer. In today's episode, we are honored to have Heather Noggle as our gue…

Welcome back to Canc…

Welcome back to Cancer U Thrivers, the podcast dedicated to sharing stories of Resilience, hope, and triumph in the face of cancer. In today's episode, we are honored to have Heather Noggle as our guest, as she shares her inspiring journey as a long-term cancer survivor. From the unexpected kindness of a stranger to the challenges of discovering a new identity post-surgery, Heather has experienced it all. Join us as she opens up about her battle with a solid tumor, the physical and emotional side effects she has faced, and how she has embraced living her best life despite the obstacles. Stay t…

Listen · 33:58
Overcoming Adversity: Bob Depasquale'S Triumph Over Cancer &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Overcoming Adversity: Bob DePasquale's Triumph over Cancer

If you're feeling overwhelmed and isolated, constantly searching for answers and support but never finding the understanding and connection you need, then you are not alone!Even in the face of adversi…

If you're feeling ov…

If you're feeling overwhelmed and isolated, constantly searching for answers and support but never finding the understanding and connection you need, then you are not alone!Even in the face of adversity, we have the power to choose how we respond. I chose to continue living my life and pursuing my dreams, despite the challenges I faced. - Bob DePasqualeIn this episode, you will be able to:Delve into the profound topic of early cancer diagnosis and why it can be life-changing.Discover the pivotal significance of attentive healthcare and understanding your own body.Explore how the emotional burd…

Listen · 42:18
Proactive Prevention: How Nancy Juetten'S Cancer Story Highlights The Need For Early Detection &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Proactive Prevention: How Nancy Juetten's Cancer Story Highlights the Need for Early Detection

Imagine a vibrant, health-conscious woman, whose life revolved around radiating positivity and teaching others to captivate audiences. But, as fate would have it, an unexpected twist plunged her into …

Imagine a vibrant, h…

Imagine a vibrant, health-conscious woman, whose life revolved around radiating positivity and teaching others to captivate audiences. But, as fate would have it, an unexpected twist plunged her into a harsh reality she never saw coming. What happened next will leave you on the edge of your seat, eager to uncover the powerful lesson she learned about the importance of early detection and regular mammogram screenings.Even if you're a normal, healthy person, if you notice something that seems a little bit unusual, trust your instincts and bring it to the attention of a medical provider so you ca…

Listen · 37:55
Power Through Prevention: Jim Kukral'S Journey To Early Colon Cancer Detection &Raquo; Canceruthrivers
Power Through Prevention: Jim Kukral's Journey to Early Colon Cancer Detection

Does this sound familiar? Have you been told that simply ignoring the symptoms or hoping they will go away is an effective way to address your concerns about colon cancer? But the pain and anxiety of …

Does this sound fami…

Does this sound familiar? Have you been told that simply ignoring the symptoms or hoping they will go away is an effective way to address your concerns about colon cancer? But the pain and anxiety of not knowing, and the potential consequences of delaying timely screenings, can take a toll on your overall well-being. It's time to empower yourself with knowledge and take proactive steps towards early cancer detection.There's always somebody who's got it worse than you. So count your blessings and keep pushing forward. - Jim KukralIn this episode, you will be able to:Empower yourself with knowle…

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