The Importance of Stories of Illness and Wellness
September 2, 2016
Hosted by Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA
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A physician and a mother of a child who had cancer, discovered a shared vision: bringing health care providers and patients together to better understand, appreciate and collaborate in health and illness through narrative-story. The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative's mission is to create a community and build skills in narrative competence: the ability to recognize, listen to and be moved to action by the stories of others.
Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio
Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Breast Friends helps women and families deal with the emotional upheaval of cancer. Our show offers advice and provides hope to the patients and survivors, while teaching their friends and family how to provide significant and helpful support to their loved ones.
Our show benefits the patients, as well as their friends and family members in several ways: Patients benefit because they find hope and inspiration in hearing stories of survival not only from the co-hosts, but also from our guests. Their friends and family members benefit by learning ways to support their loved ones and understand her journey a bit better. Each week we will introduce a different topic and provide resources that are sure to create interest and provide additional support to the patients and their families.
Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio can be heard live every Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.
Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA
The hosts met in 1991 in their corporate jobs at Dex Media. Both are breast cancer survivors and co-founders of Breast Friends, a national non-profit established in 2000. They have worked with thousands of patients over the last fifteen years and provide inspiration, hope, and practical guidance from point of diagnosis, through treatment and many years beyond. Both women received the Local Hero Award from BMW-North America and Susan G. Komen, and are Certified Navigators/Breast Advocates.
Sharon Henifin has been a breast cancer survivor since 1993. She left her job as a sales trainer in 2006 to work full-time for Breast Friends. She became a Certified Life Coach in 2008 and expanded Breast Friends Survivorship program using life-coaching technique. She created and facilitates the “Thriving Beyond Cancer,” workshops and retreats. She is a published author with chapters in two publications and is presently working on her first book.
Becky Olson is a three time breast cancer survivor. She left her job as a sales manager in 2005 to pursue her work with Breast Friends. Becky has been a professional speaker since 2003 and travels all over the country sharing her experience and inspiring women to find joy in adversity. She is a published author with chapters in two books and has also published her own book, “The Hat That Saved My Life,” published in 2004 with a second printing in 2007. Becky received the National Pink Power Mom Award in 2009, and the Bank of America Local Hero award in 2012.
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Cass Brown Capel, Ph.D., Health Psychologist
Dr. Capel has been facilitating breast cancer support groups for Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Organization (www.save-ourselves.org) since 1993. She was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer when she was 32 years old in 1987.
Dr. Capel is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Sacramento. Her areas of expertise, in addition to cancer, are ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, behavioral health and PTSD. She convenes monthly educational forums for Save Ourselves. Currently she conducts 84 breast cancer support groups annually for people who are just starting their journeys, for people with metastatic breast cancer, groups for women under 45, and a special 12 session survivorship series for those who are two or more years post-treatment. She and her husband had a baby girl nearly 13 years after breast cancer when she was over 45 years old, (no fertility help). View Guest page
Linda Adams is a 5 year breast cancer survivor and board member of Breast Friends. She is also the poster child for early detection, and stresses the importance of regular screenings. View Guest page
Marni Amsellem, Ph.D
Marni Amsellem, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology and psychosocial oncology. She has part-time private practices in the metropolitan NYC area and Fairfield County, CT, but also consults with hospitals, non-profit organizations, government agencies and related businesses. While consulting with the Cancer Support Community (Washington, DC), she has conducted research on many aspects of the patient and caregiver experience of cancer. Additionally, she writes on these and other patient-focused topics in numerous publications shared on her website www.smarthealthpsych.com .
Dr. Amsellem's specialty is working with individuals and groups who are adjusting to a medical diagnoses or health-related challenges, and/ or are looking to build their coping skills and resilience. One recurring topic she hears about from patients is their struggles with insomnia, which is why she wanted to address this today. View Guest page
Susan Barbara Apollon, PA Licensed Psychologist
Susan Apollon is a PA Licensed Psychologist, breast cancer survivor, author, educator, researcher of energy, healing, prayer, mind, and consciousness, - and has worked with those with cancer for 30 years. Her newest books, An Inside Job: A Psychologist Shares Healing Wisdom for Your Cancer Journey and its Companion to An Inside Job are born out of her clinical work with those diagnosed with cancer and her research dealing with remarkable healings and remissions. For years Susan has investigated the attributes of those who have “beaten the odds,” and passionately wishes to share these findings, along with the value of taking an integrative approach to healing. She is honored to co-lead a wonderful gynecological cancer support group. Happily married for 50 years, Susan experiences her greatest joy when with her family and especially her granddaughter. Her intention is to live with love and joy in the moment. View Guest page
Dr. Tracy Bender
Dr. Bender received her doctorate in occupational therapy at Creighton University in 2006. She is specialized in two emerging areas of practice, lymphedema therapy and cancer rehabilitation. She was certified in the Vodder method, as a lymphedema therapist through the Norton School of Lymphatics, and trained in breast cancer care through Klose training. She has completed the Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist training through the American Occupational Therapy Association. She started an LLC in 2015 called Resilience Rehabilitation to promote meditation, mindfulness, and a mind-body-soul approach to wellness, as many patients deal with many psychosocial and emotional effects following a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Bender also became board certified as a Mastectomy Fitter in 2016. She is a state advocate for the Lymphedema Treatment Act, and is actively seeking to improve awareness and reimbursement for patients with the condition of Lymphedema. View Guest page
Ken had been working on digital image profile analysis and identification since 1994. He originally began his research in an effort to track website graphics and their key features across the Internet.
In 2013, Ken and his business partner, Greg teamed up to use the technology for trademark searching and created TM Features which successfully searches millions of trademark images for specific key features of a target trademark.
In 2014 Greg and Ken began experimenting with the technology to recognize tumors (lesions) and chose to focus on mammography. The initial test proved encouraging and they created the Ldb3 database. Ken has been working on software development for more than 20 years. View Guest page
April Brenneman has resided with her husband in Tigard, OR. over 30 years where she home educated and raised her five children. With the diagnosis of cancer in her youngest child in 2004, she embarked on a personal and spiritual quest to understand the impact of her son’s medical journey on herself as well as her family. The trauma of childhood cancer, the chronic physical and emotional issues of survivorship led her to the process of writing, blogging and creating art with her son’s x-rays. Seeing the value of these practices she attended the 2014 Columbia University Narrative Medicine Workshop in New York. After returning home, she reached out to OHSU physician, writer and Director of Narrative Medicine, Elizabeth Lahti, to collaborate on creating a similar workshop in her beloved pacific northwest. Her work has been published in The Intima. View Guest page
In 2009, specialists predicted Heidi Bright would die in a matter of months from highly aggressive metastatic sarcoma. Remember thinking, when you or someone you love was diagnosed, “Cancer! It’s a death sentence!” Two years later, Heidi was told to get her affairs in order. Now she has enjoyed 5-½ years of radical remission, free of evidence of disease and free of cancer treatment. She received the 2014 Voices of Women Award for outstanding achievement in personal growth and transformation from Whole Living Journal. Her third traditionally published nonfiction book, Thriver Soup: A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer Journey, is surgeon-endorsed with 250 practical tips. She blogs weekly on her website, thriversoup.com. View Guest page
Marjorie Brook, International Educator, Therapist, Author and creator of the STRAIT Method™ is one of the most dynamic instructors in the manual therapy world today. Leaving the high-pressure, low fulfillment world of network television, Marjorie found her calling in health and wellness. Marjorie began blending some of the most proven and successful therapeutic techniques, eventually developing her own system for alleviating the trauma caused by scar tissue and fascial issues. Seeing a void in materials and information concerning proper stretching Marjorie released Flexibility First: A Fitness Approach for Life which provide easy user-friendly guides for stretching to achieve balance throughout the body. Included are protocols for working with major diseases and injuries. A sought-after speaker, consultant and practitioner, Marjorie's seminars have received glowing reviews from attendees of all experience levels. View Guest page
Dr. Elisa Burgess, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Elisa Burgess is a board certified plastic surgeon and general surgeon. She grew up in the Portland metro area. She attended OSU and is an avid Beaver fan! Her private office is located in Lake Oswego. Through her 17 years of being a plastic surgeon, Dr. Burgess has strived to help bring a sense of normalcy to women who have undergone breast cancer surgery through reconstruction. She brings awareness to the many options that can be offered, and with insurance involvement View Guest page
Craig Byrd has been helping clients with financial planning for 40 years. He has been with LPL Financial for over 12 years. LPL is the largest independent broker/dealer in the United States. He is also licensed to help clients with life, health, and disability insurance. Craig is licensed in 29 states. His primary focus is retirement planning. He has been recognized by Barron’s and has been selected to attend the Top Independent Advisors Summit. View Guest page
Chef Ryan Callahan
Chef Ryan and his wife Jessie offer their own show "Cooking for Chemo Live." Chef Ryan has experience guiding businesses to new heights with flavorful dishes, sales boosting service techniques, and streamlined operating procedures that helps businesses win and boost their bottom line. In a restaurant, experience always wins! View Guest page
Fabio Cappuccini, MD
Dr. Cappuccini treats all gynecologic cancers with a particular interest in ovarian cancer and Phase I and II clinical trials. Throughout his career, Dr. Cappuccini has delivered leading-edge care. He was a pioneer in early immunotherapy research for ovarian cancer and the treatment pathways of cervical cancer. He was also one of the first surgeons to employ advanced ovarian cancer debulking surgery incorporating the upper abdomen. View Guest page
Kristin Carroll has over 25 years of clinical experience as a licensed physical therapist with the last 10 years specializing in oncology rehabilitation. She has completed Oncology Nursing Society certified coursework in chemotherapy and radiation, Lymphedema training and oncology specialization courses through Julia Osborne. Kristin has been an educator at both the system and collegiate level. Kristin and Jillian are founders of Survivorship Solutions, LLC, an oncology survivorship consultancy company that focuses on cancer survivorship program development, planning & growth, data collection & analysis, mentorship, education, accreditation standard adherence and quality improvement. She is an expert in implementing process-driven strategies that ensure a seamless and consistent experience for each patient diagnosed with cancer within the healthcare systems she advises. Kristin is a constant patient advocate and has dedicated her career to ensure that no one gets left behind. View Guest page
Kalli Castille MS, RD, FAND, LD
Kalli Castille is Director of Integrative and Culinary Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) and strives to support patients' well-being throughout their cancer journey. Castille, a registered and licensed dietitian, earned master of science and bachelor of science degrees in nutritional sciences and healthcare administration from Oklahoma State University. At CTCA in Tulsa, Castille leads a team of experienced, registered and licensed dietitians, and oversees the mind-body medicine team as well. Castille and her team are dedicated to helping patients stay strong and nutritionally balanced so their conventional treatment is not interrupted. They follow each patient throughout their care and communicate regularly with patients’ oncologists and other members of their care team. View Guest page
Carrie Chaffee, SPRH, SHRM-SCP
Carrie Chafee serves as the Vice President of HR for Oregon State Credit Union, a state Chartered, billion dollar, multi-branch organization headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon.
She is a seasoned business professional with over 30 years of broad-based HR leadership and has specialized in the financial industry. Prior to Oregon State Credit Union, Ms. Chaffee was the Vice President of HR for two national insurance brokerages.
Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University where she volunteers her time mentoring business students as they finish their studies and begin their careers. She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and the SHRM-SPC designation.
A cancer survivor for over 9 years, Carrie volunteers her time and leadership skills to various boards and cancer related events. Since 2014, she has also served on the Oregon State Workforce Investment Board working to advise the Governor on workplace policy and spending. View Guest page
Victoria Porter Cramer
Victoria Porter Cramer is a mother of two, an amateur mountain bike racer, and a breast cancer survivor who lives life on her own terms. When not climbing mountains on her bike, she enjoys scuba diving, skiing, running, yoga, and travel. Cramer is the CEO of her own consulting/coaching company, VP Strategies, LLC, which she founded in 2012. Her mission is to help spectacular people achieve inspirational results. Her current mission spread the importance of mentoring millennials through their speed bumps and to donate $2 for every book sold in 2017 to an organization called Singleton Mom’s, which has been established to support single parents with young children at home while they battle stage 3 or 4 cancer. View Guest page
Lisa F. Crites is the award-winning inventor of The SHOWER SHIRT®, the first and only patented, water-resistant garment to protect chest surgery patients while showering. Following her breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy surgery in 2009, Lisa was reduced to showering in a plastic trash bag to protect her surgical drain sites. Subsequently, she designed, manufactured, and now distributes The SHOWER SHIRT® both nationally and internationally, to post-mastectomy and chest surgery patients. Lisa was awarded the 2015 InnovateHER winner for The SHOWER SHIRT ® for the Southeast Region of the US, and placed 2nd in Washington DC for the National InnovateHER series sponsored by the SBA, Washington Post, and Microsoft. Lisa received a 2015 Patient Innovation award from the University of Portugal, School of Business & Economics, and requested by Dubai ruler, King Sheik Mohammad, to present at the World Government Summit - Edge of Government exhibit in the United Arab Emirates. View Guest page
Denise Cunningham, BA, RPC
Denise is an inspirational speaker, best-selling author, registered professional counsellor, group facilitator, and an integrative energy healer. In life and in work, Denise leads with her heart in providing a compassionate healing space of safety, acceptance, and respect. She knows what it’s like to take the road less travelled. A breast cancer diagnosis at age 35 shattered the life she knew. She felt terrified, powerless, isolated in a world of unknowns, and seriously doubted she’d see her daughters (aged 5 & 2) grow up. That was 22 years ago, and Denise is very grateful to say that today she is healthy, loving her life, and living her purpose. She spent many years learning how to move from surviving to thriving. With this sacred gift of life, she considers it an honor and a privilege to be in service to others as they find their way through the breast cancer journey. View Guest page
David Dachinger, Composer
David Dachinger is the co-creator of Loving Meditations. David is a featured author and Grammy-nominated composer who has scored inspiring music for America's most celebrated sporting events and television shows. Over 1 billion people have heard his music on CBS broadcasts of the Super Bowl, The Masters and the NFL. David has survived head, neck and lymphatic stage-4 cancer. View Guest page
Paula Holland De Long
17-year breast cancer survivor, credentialed life coach, award-winning author, and inspirational speaker, Paula Holland De Long is an authority on how the lessons of survivorship can bring joy, passion and purpose to anyone's life. Her personal battle with cancer has evolved into passionate advocacy for the benefits of living what matters now rather than later.
Her life coaching work has given thousands of people the confidence and tools needed to take back control and live happier, healthier lives, and is proven to significantly increase clarity, confidence, and the ability to make choices and take action. Paula’s company, What’s Next For My Life? ™ Inc., offers self-guided cancer journals, workshops, and life coaching support for patients, survivors, and their loved ones. Her survivorship coaching work has been featured in CURE, Breast Cancer Wellness, Coping with Cancer and other magazines and media.
To learn more call 954-565-6894, email paula@WhatsNextForMyLife.com or visit WhatsNextForMyLife.com View Guest page
Kristen Dillon, PsyD
Kristen Dillon, PsyD specializes in Geropsychology and currently works as the Hospice and Palliative Care Psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VAMC). She obtained her doctoral degree from William James College and completed her residency in Gerospychology at the Bedford VA. Dr. Dillon helps Veterans and families navigate the difficult and complex stressors that accompany terminal illness.
She provides individual, family and group therapy focusing on coping with illness, adjustment, anticipatory grief and bereavement. She is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary care and was featured in the April 2016 edition of the APA Monitor on Psychology. Dr. Dillon also supervises practicum, intern, and resident level trainees in the Geropsychology Training Program. Her other interests include: existentialism, bereavement, anticipatory grief, caregiving, older adults, and Veterans. View Guest page
Dana Donofree is the Founder and CEO of AnaOno, an intimates line for women who’ve undergone surgery related to breast cancer. We’ll be talking to her today about being a young survivor and what that meant for her personally as well as emotionally, as well as her experience with the often hidden side effect of breast cancer ¬ body positivity issues and low self-esteem ¬ and how that shaped her life after cancer. View Guest page
Peg Doyle, M.Ed., Certified Holistic Health Coach
Peg Doyle is a nationally certified health coach and educator. She is passionate about the powerful link between food and health. She understands the power of the body to heal itself and is delighted to share what she has learned through her studies and experience. She has a special interest in techniques and lifestyle practices that support women in recovery from cancer. View Guest page
Mack Dryden is a world-class comedian and motivational speaker who has appeared on hundreds of TV shows and in several films, and delights and inspires thousands across the globe annually. A two-time cancer survivor, he has also survived a terrifying stay in an African prison, the sharks of showbiz “who stab you in the front," and one near-fatal marriage. Instead of brooding about his set-backs, he shares his goal-achieving secrets, effective techniques and hilarious, life-changing stories about the challenges he's overcome to reach his goals. View Guest page
Dr. Souzan El-Eid
Dr. Souzan El-Eid is a breast surgeon with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Medical Director of the Breast Care Center at Summerlin Hospital and current President of the Clark County Medical Society. Dr. El-Eid is also the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Cancer Program and co-chair of the Breast Tumor Board as well as Cancer Committee at Summerlin Hospital. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of General Surgery at Touro University Nevada and has served as principal investigator for several clinical research studies. Dr. El-Eid is an instructor at the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, teaching Breast Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. Additionally, Dr. El-Eid serves on various medical committees, co-authors numerous publications about breast cancer and breast diseases and frequently gives presentations and lecturers about breast cancer to the public and physicians. View Guest page
Tamika Felder is a 15-year cervical cancer survivor and internationally recognized patient advocate for cervical cancer prevention. She is a Cervivor (cervical cancer survivor + passionate advocate= Cervivor), and founder of Tamika & Friends, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to cervical cancer awareness through a network of survivors and their friends. After a diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer in 2001 at the age of 25, Tamika decided to use her experience and her voice to help educate other women about ways to prevent cervical cancer. By telling her story, Tamika inspired other women to start speaking about HPV and cervical cancer, which led to a network of survivors supporting each other and educating each other. From this network, the project, "Cervivor" was born. View Guest page
Cindy Fletcher sees giving back to the community as an important part of her life. She has been volunteering and/or managing volunteers since college, when she volunteered as a big sister to a little girl in her small college town of Morris, MN. After college, she moved to the Russian Far East, for three years, to teach English as a foreign language as a Peace Corps volunteer. When Cindy returned to the United States and moved to Portland, she began volunteering with immigrants, evenings, as an English as a second language teacher. She joined the board of the Portland-Khabarovsk Sister City Association and volunteered to help interpret at host-family dinners for Russian speakers visiting Portland through World Affairs Council of Oregon programs. Looking to learn more about Portland community organizations and to gain leadership skills, Cindy joined the Junior League of Portland, which, among other things, led to a volunteer opportunity with the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen. View Guest page
Bernie Fox, MD
Dr. Fox has spent more than 30 years studying how to use a patient’s immune system to fight cancer. He is an internationally recognized leader in immuno-oncology and co-founder and CEO of UbiVac. Dr. Fox holds the Harder Family Chair for Cancer Research, at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Health and Services and is on faculty at OHSU. Dr Fox is also a member of the Knight Cancer Institute and the Providence Cancer Center. His background in translational cancer immunotherapy developed from his tenure as a fellow in Dr. Steven Rosenberg’s lab at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Fox has participated in and led both preclinical and clinical studies of cancer immunotherapy. Building on the most recent advances in immunology and autophagy, Dr. Fox and colleagues are developing a next generation of clinical trials for patients with cancers of the lung, breast, prostate, colon, pancreatic, and head and neck cancer. View Guest page
Dr. Shani Fox, ND
Dr. Shani Fox helps cancer survivors get back in charge of their health and rebuild their confidence so they can make the most of their new chance at life. She encourages survivors not to settle for a “new normal”, but to create a “new extraordinary”. Creator of the leading-edge “Back in Charge!” medical model for survivor care, Dr. Shani is also the author of The Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit and a popular national speaker, radio guest and blogger for the Huffington Post and cancer survivor communities. View Guest page
Kristina spent most of her adult life in the world of oncology. Finally in 2014, she was faced with her own diagnosis, and was able to face cancer from the other side. She is a registered dietitian, is working on her yoga certification. She volunteers in the cancer community by teaching nutrition to survivors. Kristina, originally from Nebraska, now lives in the Portland area with her husband of 17 years. View Guest page
Marnie Freeman M.Ac.O.M., LAc.
Marnie Freeman received her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah. She received a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Marnie was a member of the OCOM faculty for eight years. She did extended studies at the Heilong Jiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China; with an internal medicine focus. Marnie has been in private practice for twenty years specializing in cancer related care and auto-immunity.
Marnie lives with her family in the Columbia River Gorge area, outside of Portland, OR. Marnie's clinic is in NE Portland. View Guest page
As “The Voice of Women’s Hair Loss,” Amy Gibson is the country's leading Hair Loss Consultant to women suffering with cancer, alopecia and other related conditions. She is an author, nationally recognized speaker, alopecia activist, Emmy nominated soap opera star and founder of Created Hair, a company established to offer women across the globe a solid resource for coping with the effects of hair loss, as well as for assisting those seeking to renew their appearance, self-esteem and radiant healthfulness.
Amy starred in “Love of Life,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “General Hospital.” As a highly sought-after female hair loss consultant, she has appeared in the national media on FOX Nightly News, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, CNN, The Today Show, The Insider, The Tyra Banks Show, Woman's Day and People Magazine.
Her book is Sex, Wigs, and Whispers. View Guest page
The topic of personal safety took on a new meaning for Dennis Golden in 2013 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While the early discovery played a critical role in his successful treatment, he was outraged to discover that fewer than 20% of men are aware of what a prostate is or how to protect themselves their partners and children from the impacts of this potentially deadly disease.
A professional speaker and author of What To Know, Do And Say To Be Safe, (A woman’s guide to personal safety) Dennis is the Past President of the National Speakers Association, CT and a member of the Global Speakers Federation. He travels throughout the United States and Canada speaking on the challenges men and women face at work at play and in life. View Guest page
Mary Gramling is a Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist working in the Portland area since 2004. She specializes in rehabilitation before, during, and after cancer treatment. Mary’s treatments consist of manual techniques including manual lymph drainage and Graston technique, exercise prescription, education, and activity specific work. She has experience treating people in a variety of settings including intensive care units, emergency rooms, acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. Her passion is helping people feel better so that life has fewer barriers and more adventures. View Guest page
Tamara Green, LCSW
Tamara is the is the co-creator of Loving Meditations. She is also an author, speaker and trainer, which Elle Magazine dubs as “The Soul-centered Psychotherapist and Meditation Facilitator.” Tamara combines her many years of professional training and life experience, such as caregiving, to create powerful guided meditations that have helped thousands to achieve peace, love and well-being. Together, this married couple have created a research-based, highly-effective mindfulness program that helps cancer patients and caregivers to dramatically reduce stress, anxiety, pain and discomfort throughout their cancer journey. Check out their website at http://lovingmeditations.com View Guest page
Sandra Gunn, Founder of Leslie's Week
LESLIE’S WEEK founder, Sandra Gunn, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013. A survivor herself, she understands what Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer women experience. Her vision is to gift Stage 4 women and their families’ vacations where they create Memories that Outlast Cancer. Sandra believes that leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality; that a leader is a dealer in HOPE. View Guest page
Saffron Gustafson - owner of Saffron's Specialized Medical - recognized the need for an exceptional specialty store and support services to assist everyone impacted by cancer, lymphedema, and other medical disorders. She opened the first Saffron’s Specialty Medical in Vancouver, Washington and since then she’s expanded to additional locations in Oregon and southwest Washington. Saffron's is Dedicated to fostering health, healing and hope View Guest page
Andrea Hamilton, MS, RD
Andrea completed her nutrition and food sciences degree at California State University, Chico and then underwent a combined dietetic internship and master’s program in health care policy and management at Stony Brook University in New York. As Compass’ first registered dietitian, Andrea assists our cancer survivors in health promotion and cancer prevention utilizing individualized nutrition and lifestyle behavior strategies. She is also dedicated to nutritional education, tackling the common fears and myths around certain foods that often cause unnecessary stress. When not at work Andrea enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and participating in physical activity like walking her dog, hiking, yoga or barre class. View Guest page
Stephanie Hansen is the show host on MYTalk 107.1’s – the “Weekly Dish” out of Minneapolis, MN. In addition to being a radio talk show host Stephanie is a small businessperson. She was named The National Association of Woman Business Owners small business person of the year in 2015.
February 2011, Stephanie was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy, 16 rounds of chemotherapy and 35 radiation treatments and is currently cancer free. In May of 2014 Stephanie was featured in a Redbook Magazine article that detailed her history with Heart Disease because of her Cancer treatment. Stephanie currently serves on the Children’s Cancer Research Board and is an advisor on the event Wellness Rocks which benefits Cancer Wellness Programs as well as Emcee of the Varsity Rally annual gala for the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. View Guest page
Melissa Hopkins is a registered nurse working in women’s healthcare for over 20 years. Her career started in OB-GYN and grew into breast care, diagnostics, cancer treatment and survivorship. She currently works at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Washington. Melissa also volunteers many hours in the pursuit of enhanced patient care through navigation and collaboration of the many departments and facilities all working toward the goal of easing a patient’s way through a very traumatic and life changing event such as cancer. She remains a volunteer at NCoBC, the National Consortium of Breast Centers, as an Executive Board member, currently Treasurer; Chair for 6 years on the Navigation Certification committee, and more currently as a member of the International Delegate Program in an international effort to bring navigation tools and techniques to all countries including growing countries. Throughout her life, career and experience, Melissa has maintained the need for compassion and the use of humor as an important part of the healing process. View Guest page
Rhonda Jolliffe, MSN, FNP-BC, CTNC
Rhonda Jolliffe, MSN, FNP-BC, CTNC has been a pioneer as a nurse practitioner entrepreneur in private practice in the state of North Dakota. After practicing as an RN for 12 years, she returned to college and received her Masters of Science Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 1997. She opened her private practice in 2000 and had a vision to treat people in a holistic manner of combining allopathic and natural medicine. She feels this is the “best medicine”. She attended the Institute of Functional Medicine course on Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice in 2002. She has a passion for learning and has added a Certified Nutritionist and Acupuncturist to her repertoire. She is an expert in women’s health and bio-identical hormone replacement. In addition to her private practice, she is a Clinical Instructor for the Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of North Dakota.She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and wisdom with her students and providers. View Guest page
Dr. Angela Kalisiak
Dr. Kalisiak is a medical oncologist and medical director of Compass CARES, an innovative program providing symptom management, resources and psychosocial support for cancer patients and their families, as well as end of life care.
After nearly 20 years of practice as a medical oncologist, Dr. Kalisiak transitioned full-time to palliative care. This subspecialization enables her to use her skill and knowledge to focus on what matters most to her patients whether it is relief of physical symptoms, emotional support or helping families understand moreabout their loved one’s care.
Dr. Kalisiak helps patients prioritize those things that improve quality of life and builds a supportive, holistic plan. She is pivotal in the team approach to care, regularly collaborating with all specialties within Compass.
In her spare time, she enjoys family, hiking and camping. View Guest page
In 2009, Maimah Karmo was awarded a L’Oreal Paris’ Woman of Worth award. In 2010, she received the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership in Advocacy Award, and the Running Start “Women to Watch Award”. She worked with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, and after its passage, in October 2011, Maimah was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a committee established by the Affordable Care Act, on which she works to develop initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer, for women under the age of 45 and those at heightened risk for developing the disease. She is a sought after speaker and media personality, regularly called upon to speak on Capitol Hill and other venues, as a health, leadership, advocacy and empowerment expert. View Guest page
Elizabeth Lahti, M.D
Elizabeth Lahti, M.D., is a Portland-area hospitalist and writer. Dr. Lahti is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Director of Narrative Medicine in the YourMD curriculum transformation at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. She designed and co-facilitates the first upper level interprofessional course through the Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiative at OHSU. She teaches narrative competence and reflective practice to students, residents and faculty with a particular interest in identity formation and resilience through story. Dr. Lahti is a member of the Full Frontal Writing Collective, a group of writers who meet weekly to practice and support each other in writing endeavors. Her writing has been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Elohi Gaduji Journal. View Guest page
Brad Lebowsky's personal mission statement is to develop the strengths of others and create strategic plans in order to improve a social condition involving underserved communities, youth, education, and health. Using his proven ability to build and maintain successful relationships, Brad is able to bring out the achievements of others and compel people to give to a worthwhile charity. Investing more than 20 years with local and national nonprofit organizations and over 30 years with national and international Fortune 250 companies, he has developed a specific skill set to bring success to organizations and ensure their mission statement is achieved over time. Using his education, experience, and ability to lead teams, Brad provides value to important nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. Brad says, " I am grateful to be able to dedicate my time and energy to growing missions and professionally developing hundreds of leaders, donors, employees, and volunteers." View Guest page
Tambre Leighn, MA, PCC, ELI-MP
Tambre Leighn, is a Certified Professional Coach, and Co-Founder of Well Beyond This, Founder of Well Beyond Ordinary
Tambre Leighn is a leading expert in coaching for cancer survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. She is also a published author, speaker, and outspoken health advocate. Her background as a professional athlete and her personal experience caregiving for her late husband inspired Tambre to become a coach and to create the Well Beyond This Care Plan program, a coaching based digital platform that helps people create greater wellbeing and live optimally, particularly when dealing with major challenges, chronic conditions, and times of crisis. Tambre is a grant review Stakeholder for American Cancer Society and an avid Argentine Tango dancer committed to helping others lead extraordinary lives. View Guest page
Courtney Lercara was a 2-time breast cancer survivor by the age of 35. She tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation in 1998. Her only biological daughter tested positive for the gene mutation at the age of 19. Courtney has been involved with FORCE (facing our risk of cancer empowered) for many years now. She has also been involved with Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, Revlon Run/Walk for Women's Cancers and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walks. As of 2015- she has completed 14 of the 60 mile breast cancer walks, raising over $500,000 for breast cancer research and education with her family, her team and heronline pink ribbon business, Pinkwings.com View Guest page
Shira Litwack, Medical Fitness Professional
Shira contributes regularly to 10 online health sites, is regularly interviewed by the media, and is author of the upcoming book “Living a Life to Prevent Cancer is the Healthiest Lifestyle of All”. She is an educator of health and fitness professionals, designs & provides corporate health programs and speaks regularly on the topic of cellular fitness. Focusing on our Cell-Being forces us to dig deeper - to understand those underlying saboteurs to our physiological, cognitive & emotional health. Amongst the key issues of our cell-being - is our redox state - our level of oxidative stress creating inflammation, which is at the root of our chronic modern day plagues: cancer, heart disease, depression, Alzheimers, mood disturbances, obesity, focus…….Our health & behaviour are dramatically altered by our cellular health. Shira is degreed in exercise (over 18 designations), holistic nutrition, addiction recovery, corporate health and has a BSc in Psychology & Chemistry. View Guest page
Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN
Anne is a critical care nurse, case manager, professional patient advocate, educator, editor in chief and most recently a patient and brain cancer survivor. Anne is author of Nurse Advocate, a nation blog providing information meant to empower patients, care givers and healthcare professionals to improve the delivery of care throughout the complex healthcare system. View Guest page
Mary Lucas R.T. (R)(M), CN-BI
Mammographer Mary Lucas was born and raised in Washington County, Oregon. Mary began her community involvement at an early age, volunteering at local animal shelters and the local fire brigade. She began working at Tuality Community Hospital in 1999 eventually working in the Mammography department as an Coordinator on the only Mobile Mammography program in the state of Oregon. This position sparked a desire to further her education in this field.
Mary then pursued a degree from Linn Benton Community College in Applied Sciences of Radiography and received further training in her specialty; Mammography and Breast Navigation.
Mary currently works as the Breast Health Manager for Tuality Healthcare, an OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) Partner, where she continues to help deliver quality care to her community.
Mary’s passion is to improve care and continue to lead the way for breast health imaging services by pursuing and providing proven technology advancements View Guest page
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC, is an art therapist and breast cancer survivor. She began Creative Transformations to help others who are healing from a life threatening illness or injury. Creative Transformations offers individual sessions, in person or via Skype, workshops, and a weekly blog about the process of healing the body, mind, spirit and self. View Guest page
Sunil currently heads Reachout as the CEO which he co-founded with his wife, Dr. Rashmi Jain, to reduce the healthcare costs in managing chronic diseases. He is focused on using technology to provide the right set of tools/resources in the hands of chronic disease patients to achieve higher medical adherence, reduced healthcare costs, and improved quality of life. Prior to Reachout, Sunil has successfully founded and managed technology startups for the past 20 years.
Sunil lives with his wife in Dallas, TX and spends time honing his tennis and golf swings over the weekends. View Guest page
Barbara Musser is an intimacy and sexuality speaker, educator, coach, facilitator and author. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989. She is the founder and CEO of Sexy After Cancer and author of Sexy After Cancer ~ Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey.
She is a member of AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and ISSWSH, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She writes the Sexy Saturdays blog, hosts the Inspire Program for Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine and writes for Breast Cancer Answers and Nou online magazine. Barbara is the contributing sexpert in Getting Things off My Chest and wrote chapters for 10 to Thrive ~ A Comprehensive, Easy-to-read Guide to Life After Cancer for Young Adults (Top Ten Tips for Getting Your Sexy and Mojo On) and to American Breast Care’s Faces of Inspiration (Finding Your Joy). View Guest page
Krista Nelson is an oncology social worker who works as Program Manager for Cancer Support Services with Providence Health and Services. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and her MSW from Portland State University. She has been a part of the Providence Health & Services oncology since 1997 providing psychosocial care to those with cancer and their families. She has specialized in many cancers over the years and is interested in the effect of cancer on the family.
Krista defines her role as providing support for people and their families throughout the cancer continuum, and sharing the expertise that she has learned from other patients with cancer. What she loves about working with those affected by cancer, “is being able to witness the grace, courage and life lessons of individuals dealing with cancer and the opportunity to be a part of their journey.” View Guest page
After retiring from Zell Bros with 30+ years in sales and management, Yvonne enjoys part time work at the Washington Square Brighton Store. When not working, she volunteers with Breast Friends.
Since her recovery she has been a spokesperson for Breast Friends at community events and has emceed our annual Survivor Luncheon for the last several years. She assists with fundraising activities and helps patients with phone support, and accompanies them to doctor appointments. Yvonne is also a member of the Breast Friends Board of Directors.
She is funny, intelligent and compassionate. She is sure to inspire, educate, and amuse you.
Yvonne will be in the studio this week as our co-host to fill in for Becky Olson who will be at a conference in California. View Guest page
David B Page, MD
David B. Page, MD is a medical oncologist with Providence Medical Group in Portland, OR. In addition to providing compassionate and individualized care for patients with cancer, Dr. Page’s mission is to improve the quality of that care by dedicating himself to clinical research and by reflecting upon the unique experiences of each of his patients. Dr. Page’s research investigates new cancer treatment approaches that harness the ability of an individual’s immune system to recognize, attack, and eliminate cancer. Dr. Page grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, and spent much of his childhood cooking at his family-owned restaurant. He did his fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y. View Guest page
Ann was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 1977 at age 33. She was given 4 months to live. Somehow, she made it through her 36 treatments over the course of the next year. Her goal was to survive one year at a time. Now 39 years later, she is cancer free. Ann started the Pink Ribbon Society in Indiana in 2002 and has been actively involved in her community supporting women ever since. She has been named Indiana’s Woman of the Year. View Guest page
Growing up in Eugene, Oregon (aka Tracktown USA), running was the logical choice of activity for Lisa Peters. Since the age of 12, she’s been a dedicated runner, completing four marathons, a dozen half marathons, and nine Hood to Coast relays. She’s also a Stage III breast cancer survivor who continued to run (a lot slower!) during chemotherapy and radiation. She’s passionate about sharing the benefits of exercise with cancer survivors. View Guest page
Nique Pichette MSN, RN
Nique was ﬁrst diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. After a total left sided mastectomy due to DCIS and estrogen positive invasive cancer combined, Nique’s breast cancer returned 18 months later in the form of a tumor under her left arm. After testing and discussion with her treatment team. Nique learned that she would have to undergo 16 weeks of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments and it was during this time that Nique learned of her allergies to traditional medicine. The antiemetics caused symptoms of akathisia, EPS and restless legs, and the hormone replacement therapy such as Tamoxifen brought Nique back to a world of severe depression and suicidality. That is when Nique decided to look further into the world of alternative therapy and with the help of Steven Placek, got her medical card and started to learn and work with cannabis as medicine. View Guest page
Sharon Purcell – Marketing and Brand Management
Sharon has had a 25-year career in sales, marketing, business development and operations, working for both Fortune 100 companies like GE, and start-ups. She has held leadership roles across multiple industries, and has a strong track record of driving business transformation and growth in highly competitive markets. Sharon has dedicated the past five years to consulting with healthcare start-ups, leading brand management, sales, marketing, and communications. Sharon was a founding member of the GE Women’s Network, a business organization that fosters professional women’s development to attract, advance and retain successful women throughout the company. Sharon believes that her work with women at GE was a vital stepping stone in using her voice to change women’s lives. She sees her work at Concure Oncology as a rewarding extension of that. Breast Microseed Treatment™ not only saves the lives of women with early-stage breast cancer, but it also preserves the quality of those lives. View Guest page
Susyn Reeve, M.Ed.
As a teen Susyn Reeve, M.Ed. asked, “What would the world be like if everyone loved themselves?”
During her 40 years of experience as a Coach, Corporate Consultant and InterFaith Minister this question has guided her work.
She’s the co-creator of Self Esteem Experts (http://www.Self-Esteem-Experts.com), author of the best-seller, The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind’s Capacity for Joy. Her new book, The Wholehearted Life: Big changes and Greater Happiness Week by Week.
Susyn has led groups for women in the midst of treatment for breast cancer at the Breast Health Program of Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. View Guest page
Mike Ribaudo, MD
Dr. Ribaudo has over 35 years’ experience as a board certified general and plastic surgeon with extensive exposure to breast cancer. He founded one of the first ambulatory surgical centers in 1983 and has developed and operated multiple facilities nationwide. He served as the CEO of Surgical Synergies. Dr Ribaudo has served on multiple boards of directors of healthcare companies. He has served as Executive Vice President of Surgical Health Corporation and HealthSouth Surgery Centers.
Dr Ribaudo graduated from Louisiana State Medical School with postgraduate training at Emory, Washington University, and New York University. Dr. Ribaudo received an Executive MBA from Stanford. He received postgraduate management training at Harvard Law School, Kellogg and Wharton Schools of Business. He served on the Board of Directors of Flow International a publicly traded serving as the Chairman of its Compensation and Search committees. View Guest page
Shanna Rivera, CTT
Shanna Rivera, CTT, is a member of Breast Thermography International (BTI) and the Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology (PACT). Owner of Flow Well.
After having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and given prescription medications to mask the issues, she thought there had to be a better way! Shanna read the book “The True You” by Erica Rock, and realized she wanted a career change that would include less stress, helping herself while helping others, and eventually reaching her goals of becoming a business owner. View Guest page
Mark Roby is an author, Naturopathic doctor and cancer survivor. His book, Lifelines to Cancer Survival: A New Approach to Personalized Care chronicles his cancer survival story.
Mark’s strong interest in the practice of medicine led him to become an undergraduate at Central Michigan University, where he worked as a lab assistant, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and his physician assistant degree from Touro College in New York City in 1981 with academic and clinical honors. In 2000, he obtained an advanced degree in Naturopathy and has lectured on integrated medicine for over 15 years.
Diagnosed in December 2002 with a rare form of liver cancer, Mark soon discovered that traditional medicine was not going to save his life especially after hearing multiple doctors tell him that it was time to give up and accept his fate. Using his medical knowledge combined with integrative medicine techniques, he became an obsessive researcher and his own best advocate. View Guest page
Holly Rose is the Founder and CEO of the local Non-Profit Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! She was part of the collaborative team for the Arizona Breast Cancer Resource Guide. She joined forces with national organizations to help push through the PALS Act (Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings) and is actively educating her community to End The Confusion regarding breast screening guidelines. She has been honored with the Arizona Foothills Magazine Women Who Move the Valley, 2017 Most Influential in Valley Non-profit, a MASK Unity Awards for Moms Making a Difference (2016) and a nomination for the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award (2014). She is also a self-published author of her memoir: Live and Give: Facebooking My Way Through Breast Cancer. View Guest page
Stephen Rose, MD
Dr. Rose is the Founder and President of Rose Imaging Specialists, P.A., the nation's largest group of breast imaging specialists. Dr. Rose is also the Chief Medical Officer of Solis Mammography. Dr. Rose is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. His residency in Diagnostic Radiology was completed at the University of Texas at Houston, including training at M.D. Anderson, Texas Children’s Hospital Memorial Hermann Health System and St. Joseph’s Hospital of Houston, Texas. He is a board-certified, nationally renowned breast radiologist, and has dedicated his practice to the diagnosis of early breast cancer for almost two decades.
Dr. Rose was on the forefront of the implementation of state-of-the-art breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsies. He has received the “Susan G. Komen & BMW Ultimate Drive Hero", and was featured in Smithsonian Magazine in 2000. Dr. Rose also received “Physician of the Year” from Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital View Guest page
Jillian Schmitt has been a physical therapist for 16+ years and has a multitude of experience practicing in various settings within multiple geographic regions. She has enjoyed working with many populations throughout her career, including oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics and corporate health. In addition to her clinical role she found success within the corporate environment, planning, opening, managing and growing onsite rehabilitation centers and as a oncology clinical consultant. Jillian has a firm grasp on effective organizational structuring and a robust business skills set that includes creating and submitting proposals, contract negotiation and facility operations. Jillian’s clinical and business experience, combined with the years working directly within the oncology rehabilitation arena have prepared her to take on the challenges of a start-up. View Guest page
Connie Sewing PhD
Connie Sewing received her doctorate in Human Development from U.C. Berkeley and taught at the College of Human Development at Pennsylvania State University. She is also trained as a life coach.
Diagnosed herself in 2011, she is a five year cancer survivor. After her own bout with cancer she changed her focus and has concentrated her work on living well and more meaningfully after cancer. She will share her expertise on the additional trauma of a a cancer diagnosis during the holidays. Dr. Sewing will be providing cancer support counseling for Breast Friends in the the beginning of 2017. View Guest page
Donna Shields, MS, RDN
Donna is co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Network, an online and holistic-focused cannabis education training platform for health professionals, caregivers and patients. As a registered dietitian nutritionist and a breast cancer thriver, she knows first-hand the multi-faceted approach one must take in cancer management.
She is a former faculty member at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, a cookbook author, and recipe developer. She has worked as a health communications advisor for numerous food brands both as a consultant and corporately. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, the epicenter of the cannabis movement, Donna has access to key researchers, clinicians, and cannabis industry experts. She is a contributor to the exquisitely photographed The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook. View Guest page
Our guest this week is Lillie D. Shockney. Lillie has been the administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center since 1997 and serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship programs in November 2011. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Lillie has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. She has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. Lillie is a published author and nationally recognized public speaker on the subject of cancer with a focus on cancer survivorship as well as metastatic breast cancer. She has written 14 books and more than 250 articles on cancer care. Lillie is also editor-in-chief of Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship. She is the founder and Director of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+). She is the consultant for breast cancer for national ABC News and Good Morning America, and is also consulted regularly by the Today Show and CNN. View Guest page
Harvey I Singer, Born Aug 2nd, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA. Now resides in the Rochester, NY area. BS in Journalism from Temple University 1976. Working as a National Account Director for Chef Works, Inc. world’s leading manufacturer of Culinary and Hospitality Uniforms for the Restaurant and Hotel Industry.
Diagnosed in October 2008 with Male Breast Cancer. Founded HIS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS in 2010 along with his sister, Vicki Wolf, to educate and inform on all topics Male Breast Cancer and BRCA Hereditary Cancer.
Authored the Book: "Sir, You have Breast Cancer!" Featured in the Academy Award nominated feature length documentary: Pink & Blue, Colors of Hereditary Cancer (2015). Works very closely with National Breast Cancer and Hereditary Cancer organizations including; The Basser Center for BRCA Research In Philadelphia PA and FORCE (Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered). View Guest page
Jennifer Steen-Reavis, RN, BSN, is a vital member of the Compass Oncology Breast Specialist team in Portland, OR. Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29, Jenner knows first-hand the difficult choices facing her patients and is dedicated to their emotional, physical and mental well-being. Her role as a breast cancer nurse navigator allows her to support patients at all stages of treatment, providing knowledge, inspiration and resources for their unique situation. Jennifer is a strong advocate for multidisciplinary care and encourages women to consult with all potential members of their treatment team prior to surgery.
In her spare time, Jennifer lives life to the fullest. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, music and reading.
Jennifer is also the recipient of the 2015 Breast Friends Compassion Award. View Guest page
With a background in couples and sex therapy and yoga, Sophia unites her passions to help women know and trust themselves so that they can experience genuine intimacy in all of their relationships. From this space, women can then live and lead from pleasure and joy. It is her mission for women to unbury their feminine power and to heal each other through community and honest communication that comes from love. She is creating a world-wide tribe of Radical Pleasurists who are putting forth their great creative bodies of work into the world from a place of love, joy, and pleasure. View Guest page
Patricia's career in sales, marketing and content development includes working with some of the finest publishing companies: The Economist Group, Hearst, Hachette, Time, Inc., Conde Nast, Rodale, Times-Mirror and Mariah Media, publishers of Outside Magazine.
Her love for the creative process, years of education and experience led her to "scribble and doodle" her way to discovering a teaching method that allows people to "get out of their heads and into their hearts," where the healing process begins. Her work is now being taught in over 800 domestic violence shelters around the world, through A Window between Worlds (awbw.org) and her signature Create to Heal (TM) program is being used in hospitals and cancer centers in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and East Coast.
Patricia is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard's Publishing Program, now being taught at Columbia School of Journalism. View Guest page
Kelli Mercurio & Vivian Vega
Breast Friends of Pennsylvania launched its affiliate in 2012 in Stroudsburg, PA. The Co-Directors are two friends and breast cancer survivors, Vivian Vega and Kelli Mercurio. Vivian was diagnosed in 2004, and Kelli was diagnosed in 2010. Prior to starting their affiliate, they worked together caring for children with special needs. Vivian's background is in Business and Education, and Kelli's is in Social Work. They supported each other through their cancer journeys, but after treatment they both realized that not all women are as fortunate. Many don’t have the level of support they each had and they began searching for a way to bring their passion and heart to help the many cancer patients in Pennsylvania. Since that time, they have provided hope and support for many women and families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Breast Friends of PA continues to grow each year. View Guest page
In 2006, Beverly Vote created the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. The magazine was the 2007 recipient of the Don Ranly Publishers Award for Best Issue in its category and a contender for Best Article for the article “Service, Strength, and Survival.”
Beverly was named 2007 Yoplait Champion, along with 24 other women and men from across the nation for their dedication in making a difference for breast cancer patients and survivors.
In 2012, she was awarded the Tigerlily Foundation's award for Transformational Leader, and in 2014, Sisters Network recognized her as a Pink Angel Honoree.
Beverly is the author of How We Became Breast Cancer Thrivers, and Faces of Inspiration, and a contributing writer for Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul, Dancing with Fear: Tips and Wisdom from Breast Cancer Survivors, and The Pink Prayer Book. Her therapeutic coloring book for breast cancer survivors will be released in 2017. View Guest page
Ken Weizer, ND
Ken Weizer, N.D. is a naturopathic physician with Providence Integrative Medicine. His practice focuses on gentle lifestyle interventions, good food, enjoyable exercise and personal happiness.
Dr. Weizer was a guest presenter at the Breast Friends Survivor Luncheon in Portland, OR. His audience LOVED his energy, his humor and his straight-forward approach to better health. View Guest page
Dr. Ben Wilkinson
A board-certified radiation oncologist, Dr. Ben Wilkinson is the medical director of the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center and a physician with Particle Therapy Medical Group in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Wilkinson came to Provision because of its reputation as an exceptional cancer treatment center as well as a developer of next-generation proton therapy equipment, the SC360 system. At Provision, Dr. Wilkinson's clinical focus includes treatment of prostate, breast, and lung cancers, as well as brain tumors and pediatric malignancies. Dr. Wilkinson is committed to community outreach and was named a More Than Pink Hero by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. He is a board member for Radiating Hope, a non-profit that provides radiation treatment equipment to developing countries including Panama, Senegal, and Nepal. View Guest page
Dave Williams, the Host of the "Find Your New Normal" live video broadcast and his own cancer story, started in March 2013. Like most of us learning that cancer had become our partner, Dave's journey began with shock and fear and quickly moved into anxiety and uncertainty along with constant high levels of stress.
However, he quickly discovered that much of his emotional reaction could have been minimized if he'd had access to more information about what to expect, including how "normal" isn't quite what it used to be.
Dave's goal is to use the live broadcast, blog and training program provided by a variety of cancer coaches, to offer content that provides practical tips and advice for patients and caregivers. View Guest page
Vicki Singer Wolf
Co-founder and working at LuckyVitamin an e-commerce health and wellness company selling over 37,000 natural and organic products. Executive Administrative Assistant and creator of Wellness @ Work (internal health and wellness program for staff). Married 38 years to Gary Wolf, I have 3 sons - Sam (35), identical twins Jeremy (32), Sean (32). Sam (VP&GM of LuckyVitamin) is married to Melissa and has one son Jamie (my grandson) (2.5) and they are expecting another child in July. My son Dr.Jeremy Wolf, N.D. -wife Melissa is also expecting in August and my third son Sean (Director of Merchandising at LuckyVitamin) will be married this May to Lynsey. All my children reside in the Philadelphia area and I work with my sons at LuckyVitamin. Co-founded HIS Breast Cancer Awareness, INC, in 2010 with my brother Harvey Singer – a fully accredited 501c3 non-profit organization. View Guest page
Matthew Zachary, Founder and CEO
Diagnosed with brain cancer at 21 and given a grim prognosis, concert pianist and ad agency veteran Matthew Zachary is the Founder and CEO at Stupid Cancer, the largest charity comprehensively addressing young adult cancer. As a healthcare disruptor and Chief Angry Officer of the young adult cancer movement, Matthew's acclaimed tirades can be found on US News and World Report, Huffington Post, PM360 Magazine, LinkedIn and Cure Magazine. He also serves as a strategic advisor to the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, the Oncofertility Consortium, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Klick Health, FCB Health, Walgreens and Spencer's Gifts.Matthew has a BA in Music, Computer Science and Sociology from Binghamton University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twins, Koby and Hannah. View Guest page