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Warrior of Life: Deb Krier on Living Beyond Cancer

  1. Warrior of Life: Deb Krier on Living Beyond Cancer Dave Roberts 43:59

In this episode of the Teaching Journeys Podcast, host Dave Roberts talks with guest Deb Krier, an entrepreneur, cancer advocate, and founder of Trying Not to Die Live. Deb shares her personal journey, from her early career in communications to her battles with stage 4 triple breast cancer in 2015 and thyroid cancer in 2023. She discusses the founding of Try Not To Die Live in 2022, aimed at empowering those navigating cancer, supporting their loved ones, and educating medical providers on treating patients as individuals beyond their diagnosis. Discover Resilience and empowerment through Deb’s inspiring journey .

Deb’s Bio and Contact Information

Deb Krier is a coalition builder and warrior who is rewriting the playbook on how to LIVE with cancer. She has seen what happens when cancer has people and is on a mission to ensure that we are no longer “fine” with cancer by energizing our voices and expanding our choices.

Diagnosed in 2015 with Stage 4 Triple Positive Breast Cancer, she’s experienced the disconnection and despair of a system where cancer is the star of the show while people with the cancer are watching silently from the sidelines. Now, she is using her experience and expertise to kill cancer with honesty, communication, and collaboration.

She is also on a mission to work with physicians and care providers to show them how critical it is for them to be a member of each warrior’s tribe of supporters. Not as the leaders, but as a trusted member, understanding all of their patients and what they truly need.

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Dave Roberts LMSW, Author, Podcaster

David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology child life department at Utica University in Utica, New York. Dave also teaches psychology classes at Pratt MWP School of Art and Design. He is the host of The Teaching Journeys Podcast, which can be found on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms.

Dave has presented workshops at national conferences of The Compassionate Friends as well as for the Bereaved Parents of the USA. He was also a keynote speaker at the 2011 and 2015 national gatherings of the Bereaved Parents of the USA. Dave also co-presented a workshop titled “Helping Faculty After Traumatic Loss” for the Parkland, Florida community in May of 2018, in the aftermath of the mass shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Roberts has been a past HuffPost contributor and has contributed articles to Medium, Open to Hope Foundation, Mindfulness and Grief, Thrive Global, and the Recovering the Self Journal. He has also appeared on numerous podcasts, as well as Open to Hope Television. In 2021,he co-authored and published a book with Reverend Patty Furino titled, When The Psychology Professor Met The Minister.

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