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November 14th, 2023

From Stoicism to Self-expression: Lindsay McDonell's Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer

  1. From Stoicism to Self-expression: Lindsay McDonell's Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer Cancer U 35:27

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 initial dismissal, her tenacity paid off as further scans revealed the heartbreaking progression of her cancer.

As Lindsay grappled with her own need for understanding and support, she explored the power of effective communication and challenged the notion that one-size-fits-all solutions can apply to everyone’s journey. She also shares her experience as a stoic Caregiver, the significant injuries she endured, and the profound impact of receiving new medications that finally offered stability.

Stay tuned as Lindsay takes us on a rollercoaster ride filled with Resilience, determination, and the crucial reminder to view individuals beyond their illness. She sheds light on the importance of Self-Care, the complexities of being the oldest child, and her quest to find peace and calm amidst the chaos of her diagnosis. Join us as we learn from Lindsay’s wisdom and strength, uncovering the lessons that can guide us all in our own battles with cancer and beyond.

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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