1. The Price of Hope: Josh Church's Experience with Pediatric Cancer Treatment and its Cost Cancer U 40:26

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 was incredibly challenging, yet Josh finds solace in honoring their memory through his words and experiences.Josh also recounts a heartwarming story about Brandon, a young hockey enthusiast going through treatment at a local hospital. The Michigan State University hockey team learned about Brandon and formed a special connection with him, bringing joy and camaraderie during difficult times. Josh’s own friendship with someone who had the same diagnosis further emphasizes the power of connections formed through cancer treatment. Join us as we delve into Josh’s journey of mindfulness, the profound moments he experienced, and the lessons he learned about appreciating life’s simple pleasures. We’ll also explore the impact of cancer on starting a family, the challenges of navigating healthcare costs, and the transformative effects Josh’s experience had on his parents’ outlook on life. Stay tuned for an episode filled with hope, reflection, and the Resilience of the human spirit.

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.