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Neurodiversity & Me: We Have ADHD ( 0:46:5)       
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Continuing the conversation on neurodiversity and navigating cancer diagnosis, Alissa Harris discusses her late diagnosis of ADHD. A cancer survivor, Alissa underwent treatment for thyroid cancer 15-years-ago. Drawn to high-pace, dopamine-inducing industries, she found herself in a continual cycle of burn-out, and when the pandemic hit in 2020 she found herself at home with to-do lists she never got through. After decades of being busy, the slowness of lockdown uncovered a hidden part of herself
Published: 20/06/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Neurodiversity & me: Autism, ADHD, and a Cancer Diagnosis ( 0:47:15)       
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Denise Carter-Bennett (Ngāpuhi; Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei; Ngāti Hine) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was eleven. Denise is autistic and has ADHD and has faced a lot of medical issues in the past few decades! Her cancer diagnosis at such a young age had a big impact on her, now in her 30s she still grapples with side effects. Denise shares how she has learned to advocate for herself with doctors and how she has learned to appreciate her body for all it has been through.
Published: 6/06/2022 1:30:00 p.m.
Cancer in the family( 0:40:50)       
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Having watched her sister go through leukemia twice, April was determined to play an active, informed role in her own treatment, after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2018 . She used science-backed research in making decisions about her cancer treatment and care, and after just two months, her tumors disappeared. Then, in 2021, April’s soulmate, Chris, died suddenly of lung cancer. He was misdiagnosed, which added to the shock of his death. These experiences led April to create Remission for Life.
Published: 23/05/2022 12:04:00 p.m.
The Breast Surgeon who got Breast Cancer( 0:47:29)       
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Dr Liz O'Riordan was working as a consultant breast surgeon in 2015 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. After decades of treating people with breast cancer, the doctor was now the patient and Liz realised how little she knew about the treatments and experience for breast cancer. Three years later cancer returned on her chest wall. She had both breasts removed which meant she couldn't move her left shoulder and was forced to retire.
Published: 9/05/2022 12:35:35 p.m.
Cancer during a pandemic( 0:26:9)       
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Helen is joined by Amanda Wallace from deep in the US mid-west, Idaho. Amanda was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019 after experiencing flu-like symptoms. At the time she was working at her local movie theatre, and once she was diagnosed treatment happened almost instantly. Amanda had a recurrence in 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic. Going through cancer treatment is one thing, but going through it during a global pandemic? No one prepares you for that situation.
Published: 18/04/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Jessica Licata: Cancer, Covid and Children( 0:36:6)       
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Cancer, Covid, and children are three C’s you never hope to experience at the same time. In this episode, Jessica Licata shares her experience of having a beautiful baby and being diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during the pandemic. Accessing healthcare as Covid ripped through Chicago was challenging, Jessica shares the lengths she went to in order to get a diagnosis. And why it’s important to learn how to advocate for yourself.
Published: 4/04/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
The C Word 27-03-2022( 0:42:14)       
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Produced at Planet FM 104.6, community access media in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
Published: 28/03/2022 4:12:23 p.m.
Humor Beats Cancer with Olivia Clarke( 0:40:49)       
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Cancer can be a traumatic experience in both mind and body. Once treatment ends many of us fear recurrence. So what if happens when you discover that your cancer has returned? Olivia Clarke was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. At the end of 2021, her cancer returned. Despite the challenges she faced, she found humour in her own little ways, and eventually formed an online community helping people undergoing cancer treatment by raising money and awareness with her blog Humor Beats Cancer.
Published: 21/03/2022 12:15:00 p.m.
Cancer is the Worst Birthday Present with Jonny Puglia ( 0:46:6)       
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What's the worst birthday present you've ever had? For New Yorker Jonny Puglia a shock diagnosis of Stage 4 colon cancer was not the gift he was expecting on his 30th birthday. Fortunately, Jonny decided not to dwell on it and decided to face it with humour. After battling stage IV colorectal cancer for years, beating cancer not once but twice, he has now used his experience to help adults who are also affected by cancer with his blog Thrivr.
Published: 7/03/2022 12:30:00 p.m.
Gautami( 0:24:55)       
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The C Word revisits an interview with New South Wales based Kiwi Gautami Motupally. At 13,Gautami thought she was just bloated when doctors discovered she had ovarian cancer. She joined Helen to talk about how her experience has impacted her mental health and body image.
Published: 28/02/2022 10:15:00 a.m.

WTF does young cancer survivorship mean? If you got cancer and all you got was a darker sense of humor and PTSD join host, Helen King, and regular guests, for raw and at times inappropriate conversations about life after a cancer diagnosis.


Host: Planet FM
Produced By: Planet FM
Language: English
Category: Health
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