Share Your Story: Steven Sullivan

Cancer U Thrivers Podcast

Share Your Story: Steven Sullivan

September 7, 2021

Share Your Story: Steven Sullivan

Steven is a Confidence Coach helping people leverage their strengths to take action.

  • 00:33: In November 1986, Stephen Sullivan was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, also known as AML.
  • 02:23: I had him get on the phone and talk to my dad.
  • 03:58: There’s so much beauty around you, stop and appreciate it.
  • 06:16: I didn’t realize at the time is it nearly killed me.
  • 08:26: The treatment plan was pretty standard back then. They said that they would do three rounds of induction with chemotherapy.
  • 12:43: I came down with a serious illness that put me back in the hospital.
  • 15:02: We discovered that I picked up hepatitis C.
  • 17:33: I really questioned whether to even pursue any more treatment.
  • 20:16: We’ve successfully achieved remission again, but because you relapsed, you’re probably going to relapse again.
  • 22:40: I was fortunate my father was a physician [and] had access to medical libraries.
  • 26:04: I’m going to live with my remission as long as I have it.
  • 27:34: Do you think that there’s a tendency in that Hippocratic oath to do no harm, do you think there is a tendency specifically in cancer to overtreat?
  • 31:53: What was your worst moment?
  • 34:04: What was your best moment?
  • 38:25: What is that one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 39:20: If you could do only one thing to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 40:20: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 41:47: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?


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