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Author: Susan G. Komen

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Real Pink, a podcast by Susan G. Komen, is taking real conversations about breast cancer from the doctor's office to your living room. Hosted by Adam Walker, episodes feature candid conversations with survivors, researchers, physicians, and more. Find answers to your toughest questions and clear, actionable steps to live a better life, longer. At Real Pink, compassionate storytelling meets real inspiration and real support.
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The support of family, friends and others can be helpful as you go through diagnosis, treatment and beyond, but many cancer patients and survivors will tell you that despite that support, cancer can be a lonely journey. Sarah Sanders shares her perspective in this episode of the Real Pink podcast. Sarah is a 35-year-old marketing/public relations professional currently living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She's originally from Chicago, IL and is a huge Chicago Bears fan. Proud of her Lebanese heritage, Sarah loves the comfort of middle eastern foods and coffee, coffee, coffee. In her spare time these days, she loves to read, watch The Bachelor and Morning Joe, and HouseParty with her friends and family. Special Guest: Sarah Sanders.
Each patient’s experiences, perspectives and diagnoses are uniquely personal. Understanding this can help empower breast cancer patients to educate themselves and ask questions in order to equip themselves for conversations with their doctors about treatment plans.
Breast cancer is not one type of disease but many. The type of breast cancer affects prognosis and care options. TNBC is an aggressive type of breast cancer and Dr. Erika Hamilton (from Sarah Cannon) will clarify misconceptions about TNBC and address key questions, like who is at greatest risk for TNBC and what are current care options. Special Guest: Dr. Erika Hamilton.
On the morning of October 21, 2014, everything changed for the Thompson family. At the ages of 15 (Taylor), 13 (Kyla) and 10 (Katelyn), these kids no longer had their mom, Maureen. Gary no longer had his wife of 25 years. 11 years earlier Maureen had been diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with their youngest, Katelyn. Kyla and Gary join us to talk about what Father’s Day means to them now. Special Guests: Gary Thompson and Kyla Thompson.
When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s scary for them and everyone around them. The emotions involved can seem even more heightened to a child who has to watch their parent go through a diagnosis or treatment. Raphael Alejandro joins the podcast to share his family's story. Raphael brings his comedic timing portraying Matteo, a leading role on the Disney Channel series "Bunk'd," which was just nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Raphael kicked off his acting career landing, at the young age of 5, his first television role as ‘Roland,' Robin Hood’s son, on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” He'll also be seen as 'Zaqueu' in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” (July 2021) alongside Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Special Guest: Raphael Alejandro.
As a parent, your initial instinct may be to protect them from the realities of your diagnosis and treatment, but sharing age-appropriate information can be helpful and healing and can allow you to support each other through the experience. Here to share her story and the lessons that she learned about talking to your kids about breast cancer is Commander Caprice Massey. Special Guest: Caprice Massey.
Today on Real Pink, we have the honor of Susie Christianson sharing her story. Special Guest: Susie Christianson.
Emmy-winning TV host, author, certified health coach & trainer, cancer survivor & thriver, healthy living advocate and unstoppable optimist Samantha Harris is here to help guide us through the best ways to achieve overall health and some tips to stay positive and hopeful throughout this pandemic. Special Guest: Samantha Harris.
Kristin is dedicated to ending breast cancer - in memory of her beloved mother, in salute of the heroes like her dad and brother who walk by our sides, and in honor of her precious niece, in hope that she and others will one day know a world without breast cancer. Special Guest: Kristin Harris.
Breast cancer is rare in young women – fewer than 5 percent of breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. occur in women under 40. But when they are, they often add complexity surrounding fertility and starting or growing families. Here to share the story of how she is trying to expand her family following breast cancer treatment is Tammy Myers. Special Guest: Tammy Myers.
Researchers are working to develop new, more effective treatments for breast cancer. Dr. Adam Soloff joins the podcast to share his work on vaccines, including research funded by Susan G. Komen. This is part two of Dr. Soloff's interview. Special Guest: Dr. Adam Soloff.
What actually is a virus? What should people know about viruses? What about mutations? And how do vaccines work? There has been a lot of speculation surrounding these questions especially in regards to COVID-19. Dr. Adam Soloff joins the podcast to shed light on these topics and share his perspective as a Susan G. Komen career catalyst researcher with a background in viral immunology and emerging infectious diseases. For more on Dr. Soloff, including a video and transcript of this episode visit: https://realpink.komen.org/demystifying-the-world-of-viruses-and-vaccines-with-adam-soloff/ Special Guest: Dr. Adam Soloff.
Komen’s Breast Care Helpline can help provide information, social support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. Here to share some of the most common questions and concerns across the breast cancer community is Marissa Fors, Director of the Komen Breast Care Helpline. To reach the Komen helpline call (1-877-465-6636) or email at helpline@komen.org. Special Guest: Marissa Fors.
We must do everything we can to save lives. Now. Special Guest: Leslie Mullins .
During this time of social isolation, clearing ourselves of mental toxicities for better mental attitude, health and wellness is important. Today's guest shares her story and perspective on physical and mental health. Summer Watson, a classical crossover artist who has great insights on positive attitude and mental health. Summer has performed around the world including Buckingham Palace and a Chinese audience of over 1.3 billion TV viewers. Special Guest: Summer Watson.
During this time of uncertainty, it is important for breast care patients and survivors to minimize risk of COVID-19. Oncology nurse Susan Brown offers tips on how to prioritize safety and protect physical and mental health. Special Guest: Susan Brown.
Dana Manciagli is a three-time breast cancer survivor and currently living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Her identical twin sister, Tracy, also battled breast cancer three times and cancer took her life in 2014. As a result of Dana’s experience as a patient, survivor, advocate, and caregiver, she is profoundly passionate about early detection, research advances, government funding and inspiring everyone touched with any type of cancer. Special Guest: Dana Manciagli.
In this special episode of More Than Pink, Nancy Brinker shares her story. “It’s going to be more than a race. It’s going to be an event for survivorship. It’s going to be an event where people can talk to one another openly and without shame and embarrassment. Share their journey’s. That’s really what it’s going to be.” - Nancy Brinker, describing the very first Race for the Cure Special Guest: Nancy Brinker.
When a person exhibits symptoms of breast cancer or receives a diagnosis, it can feel overwhelming and scary. In some cases, they may even struggle to grasp, accept or acknowledge what is happening for a variety of reasons. When that person is someone that you care deeply about, it might be necessary to intervene to make sure your loved one gets the best possible care. Here today to tell us her family’s story is Earlina Green. Special Guest: Earlina Green.
Talking openly with your doctor is one of the best ways to feel good about your breast cancer treatment decisions. But, sometimes, talking with a doctor can be overwhelming, confusing and create more questions than answers. Do you understand the information you're getting from your doctor? Do you know what questions to ask? Cheryl Jernigan, CPA, F.A.C.H.E., joins the podcast today. She is a 20-year breast cancer "thriver," cancer research advocate, and was previously CEO of the Kansas City Area Hospital Association, and has over 20 years of experience in health policy, advocacy and community. Special Guest: Cheryl Jernigan.
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