Special Encore Presentation: Beating Leukemia: Bad to the Bone: the True Story of David Tuccaro, Jr on Navigating the Cancer Maze

May 23, 2014
Hosted by Grace Gawler

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Episode Description

Today’s guest is a true Survivor: Seven years ago, David Tuccaro, Jr. was facing a death sentence. Only 25 years old, the Mikisew Cree First Nation man from Fort McMurray Canada was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer that originates in bone marrow. Today, after years of hospital procedures and a life saving bone marrow transplant, David Tuccaro Jr is a leukemia survivor with a recently published tale recounting his harrowing journey. The book, titled Bad to the Bone: the true story of David Tuccaro, Jr., was released late last year and is written by award-winning author Marala Scott through a series of interviews with David. An Award-winning Author Marala Scott; Oprah’s Ambassador of Hope, takes you inside the horrific battle of a young man with Leukemia and shares the unique perspective of his bone marrow donor. For information about the book, David’s story and becoming a bone marrow donor, check out www.davidtuccaro.com/ Learn more at gracegawlermedia.com

Navigating the Cancer Maze

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Navigating the Cancer Maze aims to share time-proven strategies in a “Let’s talk about it” atmosphere with the aim of making the journey through cancer more easeful through knowledge. The program is solutions focused for patients at all stages of cancer. Acknowledging and dealing with fear and trauma surrounding cancer is essential for any Health Restoration Plan as is pre-planning for any setbacks that are likely to be met along the way. Although we hear a lot about cancer in the news, for many patients cancer remains a personal, silent and deeply unexpressed grief. It is important to acknowledge the reality of a cancer diagnosis, while being authentic about process and keeping possibilities open. The best outcomes are experienced when the best of conventional medicine is paired with the best of complementary supported by an empowered patient.

Grace Gawler

For almost 4 decades Grace Gawler has been the “rock” for thousands of cancer patients who seek her guidance and strategies. Grace has also assisted those who struggle to manage adversity and uninvited changes that life challenging or life threatening illness can bring. At 21, Grace became a full-time care-giver to her boyfriend. She married him, a cancer amputee with a poor prognosis. He survived and they established a non-profit organization to support people going through the trauma of cancer and other life challenging illness. She created Australia’s first breast cancer support group and residential program which led to authoring Women of Silence: the emotional healing of breast cancer, a 1994 best seller which remains a bible for women with breast cancer. Grace has worked in Government creating a new Women’s Health Plan. She was awarded the prestigious inaugural Rotary International Jean Harris Award for Services to Women in Society. In 1997, Grace experienced not only the collapse of her marriage but was soon hospitalized. Complications from a routine surgery created a major health crisis. After 20 surgical procedures over 13 years, she faced death many times. A bionic surgical procedure in the Netherlands gave her back life and vitality. Grace has survived and thrived and is passionate about helping others to walk in the field of all possibilities and navigate the cancer maze. She has her own cancer charity and consults to Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany.

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