Episode 15: Samantha Harris (Breast Cancer at 40)

Samantha is an Emmy winning TV host and journalist, an author, a certified personal trainer, nutrition advocate, and a promoter of healthy living. She was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2014. After her diagnosis, she sought out ways to improve her overall health, leading her to write Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life. On today’s episode, Samantha shares her personal journey with her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, and provides practical advice on how to eat better, reduce toxins, and optimize and maximize your health, energy and happiness.

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What we discuss on this episode: 

Think Dirty App

Environmental Working Group

Samantha’s Recipes for The Kitchen Sink Smoothie, Lentil Chopped Salad, and Black Bean Burger

Related Episodes:

Episode 11: Dr. Tali Lando Aranoff (Breast Cancer at 36)

Episode 4: Pari Berk (Colon Cancer at 43)

Episode 5: Dr. Amy Smith-Morris (Ovarian Cancer at 30)

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Episode 14: Sarah Schillaci (Hodgkin Lymphoma at 34)

Sarah was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 34 right in the middle of training for the Boston Marathon. On today’s episode, she talks about her experience with fertility preservation before starting chemotherapy, the effect treatment had on her career (she is a high school English teacher!), her running and her identity, the incredible support she received during chemotherapy and finally, what life now looks like after completing treatment.

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Related Episodes:

  1. Episode 12: Laura Revzin
  2. Episode 7: Krista Campbell
  3. Episode 6: Amanda Blauvelt

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Episode 13: Bridget Hopkins (Breast Cancer at 35)

Bridget was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35 right in the middle of wedding planning. On today’s episode, she talks about her experience with mastectomy and reconstruction, what it was like finding out she was a BRCA2 mutation carrier, the implications of her diagnosis and genetics information on fertility plans, and what taking tamoxifen has been like for her.

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Related Episodes:

  1. Episode 1: Izabela Gardula
  2. Episode 11: Dr. Tali Lando Aranoff
  3. Episode 8: Tina Conrad

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Episode 12: Laura Revzin (Breast Cancer at 29)

Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29 and she had a two year old son at the time. On today’s episode, she talks about what it was like to be diagnosed and go through treatment, which included chemotherapy and surgery. She speaks a lot about decisions she made about fertility, the effect of chemotherapy on body image, the importance of taking care of yourself, breast reconstruction and nipple tattooing and finally, what dating is like in the aftermath of this diagnosis and treatment.

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Episode 11: Dr. Tali Lando Aranoff (Breast Cancer at 36)

Dr. Tali Lando Aranoff is a a full time pediatric ENT surgeon, a mom of 3 young girls and a breast cancer survivor. Her story began when she felt a lump in her breast the night before her father was due to have surgery for a malignant brain tumor. On today’s episode, she talks about the journey that ensued, how she decided on her course of treatment, her experience of being a wife, mother and physician while going through cancer treatment and the effects it had on her life both during and after treatment. Her book, Hell and Back: Wife & Mother, Doctor & Patient, Dragon Slayer, is a raw and honest account of what breast cancer treatment is really like. It will make you both laugh and cry. During our conversation, she discusses why she wrote the book and what the world of publishing is really like. Although there are so many incredible breast cancer books out there, go read hers– you won’t be disappointed!IMG_7601

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Episode 10: Kate Crawford (Breast Cancer at 28)

Kate Crawford was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (stage 4) when she was 28 years old. She was later found to have Li-Fraumeni syndrome which predisposed her to getting breast cancer. She is a mom to three children and when she was diagnosed, she created a “Mommy Bucket List” of all the things she wanted to do and experience with her children. She is a huge advocate for metastatic breast cancer research and through hosting lemonade stands, has raised nearly $80,000 for breast cancer research with her family. On today’s episode, we talk about the importance of advocating for yourself, how she is truly living (and not just existing) with metastatic breast cancer, her choice on undergoing mastectomy but not breast reconstruction, going through cancer treatment as a young mom and finally, the importance of giving yourself the grace to heal and recover without feeling guilty about it.

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What we talk about on today’s episode/great resources:

Lotsa Helping Hands

Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (rare, inherited disorder – also check out my episode with Ingrid Kolstoe, who was also diagnosed with a rare cancer- low grade ovarian serous carcinoma)

Gotta Make Lemonade

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Episode 9: Dr. Jennifer Driscoll (Breast Cancer at 39)

Dr. Jennifer Driscoll was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 39 years old. She had left medicine six months prior to her diagnosis to spend more time with her young children. She was taking her daughter out to lunch to celebrate the first day of kindergarten when she got the call telling her she had breast cancer and life changed forever. Jennifer is a writer and and on today’s episode, we talk about how she wrote one of her books during treatment, how writing was an outlet for her, and what she is working on next. We discuss so many important topics — how to tell your children you have been diagnosed with cancer, radiation fatigue, chemo brain, book publishing and the “warrior” mentality of breast cancer treatment. Finally, she talks about finding support, what it’s like being on the other side as a patient rather than a physician and how it is so important to never feel alone.

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What we talk about on today’s episode/great resources:

BRCA Mutations: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing

How to tell a child that a parent has cancer

Jennifer’s Books on Amazon

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Episode 8: Tina Conrad (Breast Cancer at 37)

“I think you have to be your own advocate and if something doesn’t feel right…you have to go find other options.” 

Tina Conrad is a 43 year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer when she was 37 years old and had just gotten married. She had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and is now on treatment with tamoxifen and Zoladex. She is a 5 year cancer survivor, a runner and a yogi, an incredible writer and so much more. She also started her own podcast called DJBreastCancer which is essentially A Girlfriend’s Guide to Breast Cancer. She shares her journey in hopes of helping others. On today’s episode, we talk about so many important topics including the benefits of movement and exercise during chemotherapy, working during treatment (and identifying who your advocate is), going through menopause at such a young age, how to heal and move forward and finally the incredible breast cancer community on social media.

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What we mention on this episode/great resources:

The benefits for ovarian suppression in premenopausal breast cancer

Yoga during breast cancer treatment

Working during cancer treatment

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Episode 7: Krista Campbell (Breast Cancer at 29)

“Chemo took a huge toll on my body. I just didn’t feel like me anymore…I felt and definitely looked like a completely different person.”

Krista Campbell is a 31 year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 2A estrogen receptor positive breast cancer when she was 29 years old. On this episode, we talk about the difficulties she had in obtaining a mammogram due to her young age, her decision to undergo a bilateral mastectomy, experiences with breast reconstruction, and the effect that her treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, anti hormone therapy with Lupron and letrozole) had on her relationships, body image, and family planning.

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What we mention on this episode/great resources:

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

LIVESTRONG Fertility Program

MonaLisa Touch

Breast reconstruction options

Pregnancy after breast cancer: the POSITIVE Study

Exercising during cancer treatment

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Episode 6: Amanda Blauvelt (Breast Cancer at 32)

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“Take it one step at a time. Get your team together. That includes your friends, family — who is going to be there.”

Amanda Blauvelt is a hairstylist who was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age of 32. She had chemotherapy, surgery and radiation and she thought she was in the clear until she was diagnosed with a second triple negative breast cancer. She talks about her experience with treatment the second time around, how she is thriving through chemotherapy, and her diagnosis of a BRCA gene mutation. She also shares some really helpful expert advice about how to take care of your scalp once hair falls out during chemotherapy.

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What we mention on this episode/great resources:

Valley Hospital Breast Center

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FDA approves atezolizumab for triple negative metastatic breast cancer

Information about BRCA 1/2 gene mutations

Zentangle Method

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