Season 6

Season 6, Episode 5: A Portal to Gratitude

Healing looks different for everyone. Often, the expressive arts can create an outlet to understand and process difficult emotional experiences - this includes creative writing, music, crafting, painting, etc. This episode takes a deeper dive into the different tools that can be used to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Listen in as Chris speaks with her oncology social worker, Sara, about the challenges she has faced throughout her cancer experience. Chris is no stranger to gratitude and her story is one that many can relate to- in Chris’ words, “Just know you can ride these waves, but you will find your feet on the shore again - it’s always possible.”

Season 6, Episode 4: Learning to Pivot

A cancer diagnosis is incredibly disruptive and unpredictable. At the time her 32-year-old husband was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer, Whitney was starting a doctoral program while building her private therapy practice. Whitney is no stranger to the world of chronic illness as she has managed her own for many years. With her husband’s diagnosis, she learned to take on a different role all together. Join us as Whitney shares her experience as a young adult caregiver and what it has been like to navigate the emotional rollercoaster of the past 16 months.

Season 6, Episode 3: A Light in the Dark

Meet Kris, a stage III chondrosarcoma survivor, avid golfer and skier, father, and husband. In this episode, Kris speaks with his social worker Nikki about how he navigated his diagnosis and hemipelvectomy. This surgery resulted in removing his left pelvis, hip, and leg. Kris has experienced many ups, downs, and in-betweens. Throughout it all, he remains determined, focusing on living life moment by moment and filling his days with joy and love. Listen in as Kris finds light shining through in the darkest of places.

Season 6, Episode 2: It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint

Just before Lindsay’s 40th birthday, she was diagnosed with a rare, advanced cancer. Pre-diagnosis, Lindsay was a marathon runner, an avid traveler and a bit of a workaholic. Listen in as Lindsay shares with host Sarah Paul how she advocated for answers, underwent a life-changing surgery and is now learning to navigate survivorship.

Season 6, Episode 1: Cancer Is Not Just a Six Letter Word

In the opening episode of Season 6, we meet Kouichi. A passionate father, environmental activist, editor and a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. Listen in as Kouichi speaks with his oncology social worker, Cassie, about navigating his cancer experience. Kouichi shares a passionate story of hope, survivorship and the power of fatherhood.

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 8: Why Oncology Social Work?

For the final episode of Season 5, we asked our social work team, “why oncology social work?” While many of our social workers have been personally touched by cancer in some way, they all have unique reasons for choosing this very meaningful work. Listen in as a handful of CancerCare's social workers share where their compassion stems from and why the work they do is so important. Cancer Out Loud will return later this fall for Season 6.

Season 5, Episode 7: Fun in the Sun: UV Safety Awareness

July is UV Safety Awareness Month; skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. In this informational episode, Sarah Paul, CancerCare's Director of Clinical Programs, discusses the importance of practicing sun safety and various risk factors for developing skin cancer. Listen in as she shares the most effective ways to protect yourself from harmful UV rays and how to start performing skin self-checks at home. For more information or to learn more about skin cancer, visit our website or the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Season 5, Episode 6: Overcoming Barriers: LGBTQ+ Cancer

Listen in as Marlee Kiel, CancerCare's Young Adult Program Manager, and Sarah Paul, CancerCare’s Director of Clinical Programs discuss the unique barriers faced by the LGBTQ+ population when navigating a cancer diagnosis. We recognize the need to continue conversations that increase access to equitable healthcare and promote cultural competency. For more LGBTQ+ educational materials, information and resources, visit our website.
Additional resources:
- National LGBT Cancer Network
- National LGBT Cancer Project
- The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Cancer in Our Lives

Season 5, Episode 5: A Dose of Joy

June is National Cancer Survivor Month. In this episode, we meet Joy, a 13 year stage IV cancer survivor, an author, podcast host and all around renaissance woman. Listen in as Joy shares how she was able to take the fear out of her cancer experience while embracing realistic optimism to ultimately find joy. You can find Joy on Twitter or Facebook.

Season 5, Episode 4: The Power of Hope

In July 2003, Shannan was diagnosed with a grade 2 glioma at the age of 31. In recognition of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, listen in as Shannan shares how she navigated multiple surgeries and a number of treatments since diagnosis. Approaching her 19 year "cancerversary," Shannan speaks with Charlotte Ference, a CancerCare oncology social worker, about how she found support, coped with treatment side effects, raised her daughter and ultimately found hope.

Season 5, Episode 3: Mental Health Means Being Human

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. At CancerCare, we understand the importance of taking care of your mental health, especially if you have been affected by cancer. Listen in as Sarah Paul, the Director of Clinical Programs, and Marissa Fors, the Director of Specialized Programs, discuss mental health awareness, the stigma of seeking support, navigating barriers to care and finding the courage to reach out and ask for help. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health - it's never too late to get support.

Season 5, Episode 2: It's the Little Things

Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness and author of “Happiness Through Hardship,” joins us this week to share her experience as a two-time breast cancer survivor, currently navigating stage IV disease. In a conversation with CancerCare oncology social worker, Allison Moskowitz, LCSW, Caryn speaks openly and candidly about finding joy and gratitude in the little things, despite hardship. Learn more about Caryn here:

Season 5, Episode 1: Get Screened: It Can Save Your Life

Our Cancer Out Loud podcast returns with season five. In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Joe Bullock speaks with Sarah Paul, LCSW, CancerCare’s Director of Clinical Programs, about his diagnosis of colorectal cancer, the community support network he has helped to grow and how he’s channeled his voice to encourage more men to get screened for cancer.

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