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Share Your Story: Joy Huber

Joy Huber is a stage 4 cancer survivor, speaker, author, blogger, and “Dose of Joy” podcast host. Joy endured three years of chemotherapy suffering complete hair loss in her 30s. During her cancer journey Joy realized, “While no one’s happy they have cancer, you can have cancer and still be happy.” 2:00: My diagnosis was in March of 2010. 04:32: I had noticed kinds of these lumps or bulges. 07:27: I need to set you up with the ear nose and throat specialist. 10:02: Even if you love your doctor, you should get a second opinion when it comes to cancer. 12:41: What's challenging is they'll needle through the skin. 14:56: It’s not uncommon for someone to get a port.  17:01: What were you doing for work at that time?  20:03: How many treatments you were supposed to have?  22:15: Lymphomas tend to recur relapse and come back.  24:07: I had to do chemotherapy and his funeral within 48 hours.  27:18: What was your best moment?  30:32: I'm 33, but all my hair is gone.  32:34: People have different reactions when they hear the word cancer.  33:16: What is the one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?  34:09: If you could only do one thing to improve healthcare in the U.S., what would it be and why? 36:19: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  39:32: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  Resources Dose of Joy Facebook pageDose of Joy Podcast on SpotifyEmail Joy  
September 20, 2022

Share Your Story: Matt Ode

At the age of 24, Matt Ode was diagnosed with Stage 3C Testicular Cancer. By the age of 25, he was led into a 2-week coma with multiple near-death experiences having to relearn to live his life over again. Fast forward 5 years, Matt is now a keynote motivational speaker and coach helping individuals transform their setbacks into their superpowers. 02:22: We have what's called scan anxiety.  04:10: I had to get rushed into the emergency surgery. 07:30: They found out I had the highest stage of testicular cancer.  09:11: There are so many ways of doing chemotherapy. 11:35: Your tumor is wrapped around what's called your inferior vena cava.  13:18: I was in the hospital for an entire week.  15:18: After 53 days I couldn't eat anything. 17:27: I was in a coma. 19:15: We offered um 40 hours of personal training for free to all our employees.  21:23: What was your worst moment?  22:58: Why did you stop doing physical therapy?  25:33: How did you propose? 27:23: What's one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning?  29:57: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  31:05: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  Resources Matt's websiteMatt on FacebookMatt on LinkedInMatt on InstagramMatt on YouTubeTesticular Cancer Foundation  
September 13, 2022

Share Your Story: Greg Ciola

In November 2019, Greg Ciola was diagnosed with stage 3 unresectable malignant metastatic melanoma. It spread to his brain as an egg-sized hemorrhaging stage 4 tumor that almost killed him. Going from feeling perfectly healthy to being in a battle for his life, Greg felt a spiritual call to start a support group to help people battling cancer. 02:37: I knew nothing about melanoma. 04:43: You have metastatic melanoma.06:12: How often do you have to have the infusion? 08:45: I had to do constant blood draws to see what was going on.  10:03: All the scans were clear up until October of 2020. 12:19: We see something in your brain.  14:41: It can show up anywhere.  16:40: Was your wife allowed to be with you in the beginning?  19:07: Did you only have to do the procedure one time?  22:55: If anything's off, they won't give you the immunotherapy.  25:31: Prior to cancer, you were into fitness wellness working out supplements.  27:05: Do you think this was harder for you to go through it as a patient or as a caregiver?  29:01: What has been your worst moment? 30:54: What about your best moment? 33:14: What's one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning?  33:50: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U.S., what would it be and why? 36:15: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  38:23: Aside from Cancer U, what's one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  Resources Crossing Jordan MinistriesGreg on LinkedIn
September 6, 2022

Share Your Story: Martha Tettenborn

Martha Tettenborn is a registered dietitian, low-carb health coach, and a recent ovarian cancer survivor. She used nutritional strategies to dramatically reduce her side effects from chemotherapy and Martha is on a mission to share this information with others facing chemo. 02:35: It was like I was laying on an egg or something.  04:54: The gynecologist that I was referred to was on a month's holiday.  07:19: The marker that would have indicated cancer was really low.  10:29: I had my tonsils out when I was five. 12:43: Did you have the hysterectomy prior to chemo? 14:48: There was no tumor to radiate.  16:50: If you don't get any recurrence in about five years you were in group A.  18:58: I feel incredibly blessed that this cyst was way too big for me to ignore. 21:40: I was terrified of chemotherapy. 23:19: I discovered that cancer has a different metabolism. 25:26: What does it mean to be ketogenic? 27:34: I wanted to keep the cancer from having a happy growth environment? 30:06: I went through six rounds of chemo. 32:34: What was your worst moment? 34:10: How has this changed your practice as a dietitian now that you've lived it as a patient? 36:02: I do wardrobe and backstage. 38:05: What is one thing that you wish you had known at the very beginning?  39:08: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in Canada, what would it be and why? 40:18: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  42:54: Aside from Cancer U, what's one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  Resources Martha's websiteMartha's Hacking Chemo Facebook pageMartha on LinkedInEmail MarthaMartha's book Hacking Chemo
August 30, 2022

Share Your Story: Savio Clemente

Savio P. Clemente coaches cancer survivors to overcome the confusion and gain the clarity needed to get busy living in mind, body, and spirit. Savio is a Board Certified wellness coach, #1 best-selling author, syndicated columnist, podcaster, stage 3 cancer survivor, and founder of The Human Resolve LLC. 02:18: I was someone who never even took aspirin. 04:17: I'm just someone who always did things on my own. 06:17: Did you tell friends at all? 08:45: I'm the only son.  11:40: If you feel like your heart's racing, please let us know. 13:11: I was always either researching or looking at things on the internet. 15:14: How old were you when you were diagnosed? 17:28: I also researched and looked up some passages in the Koran. 20:17: I created a Google alert for my cancer.  22:17: What was your worst moment during that time? 23:50: What was your best moment?  24:42: What do you wish you had known at the very beginning? 25:38: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U.S., what would it be and why?  28:20: I just focused like a laser beam on my health and well-being, 29:24: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  31:57: Aside from Cancer U, what's one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  Resources Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterSavio's website The Human ResolveSavio's book I Survived CancerSavio on LinkedInThe Human Resolve on Twitter & Instagram
August 26, 2022

Share Your Story: Judy Baker

Book Marketing Mentor Judy M. Baker helps business authors get more bang for their book, turning intellectual property into multiple streams of income with minimal effort. After conquering ovarian cancer in 2014, she became an author advocate and self-publishing evangelist. She plans to publish her memoir/guidebook in 2022. 01:42: We went out to lunch, and I couldn't eat it. 04:05: I don't need a colonoscopy. 06:46: I was like out of it, but the pain didn't stop.  09:29: At what point did they tell you it was cancer? 11:48: He never completely regained the use of his arm.  14:39: I couldn't breathe because it was pressing on my diaphragm. 16:07: Did you have any significant tumors on your ovaries?  18:24: I walked because you know that's what they tell you to do after hysterectomy.  23:02: There's no sort of playbook for how to break up with friends. 23:56: What is one thing that you wish you had known at the very beginning? 27:53: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U.S., what would it be and why?  29:46: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  33:14: Aside from Cancer U, what's one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? Resources  Deborah Myers WellnessJudy's websiteGet Growing With Your Book
August 23, 2022

Cancer U Thrivers Podcast

Host Andrea Wilson Woods interviews cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and providers about their cancer journeys.
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Andrea Wilson Woods, CEO, Co-founder

Andrea Wilson Woods, CEO, Co-founder

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 impact, 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 best-selling and award-winning book, Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, is a medical memoir about raising and losing her sister to liver cancer.

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