Thanks Cancer is a self-help podcast for people affected by cancer treatment hosted by Leanna House and Mimi Hall. In this podcast two friends share stories as a resource for cancer patients. The podcast has information on what happens during cancer treatment along with nifty hacks and ideas!
The diagnosis process is generally awful at work ** You don’t have to be open about cancer--if you are open, you can help the next generation of patients ** Tell fewer rather than more--you can ALWAYS tell more people, and you can’t tell FEWER people ** Working will (likely) be your main issue if you work through cancer treatment ** If you can ramp down your job to 20 hours a week, do that ** Be gentle with yourself ** Everyone should have disability insurance ** Disability doesn’t pay out at 100%--it pays out from 40% to 80% generally ** Know yourself and your job and communicate clearly to coworkers about that ** Don’t compare yourself to anyone else--your experience can be totally different ** There will (might) be guilt of shame, whatever choice you made about working ** You might cry all the time for awhile, working or not ** You don’t need to apologize--this is not your fault, and Thanks, Cancer! absolves you ** Resources online can help with the process or resume critique ** Use your newfound perspective (in job and in life) when you inevitably get through to the other side
We want to label “shoulds” to put people into boxes ** The “shoulds” come from fear ** You can figure out your own “shoulds”--and change your mind about it ** Explore the “coulds” ** Eliminate “should” from your vocabulary as much as you can ** Know where your own “shoulds” come from
You have more choices than you think you do. ** You can say no. Before you do, ask what the consequences are. Ask a lot of questions. ** Don’t check out on making choices--check IN! ** Try not to pop other people’s comforting bubbles. Go gently with information for others. ** Know how YOU want to get information. ** We are all lost in the woods and doing the best we can. ** Stay out of the “what might have been” as much as you can. Don’t build your house there, and make your vacations there SHORT. ** “I did the best I could with the information I had.” ** Be aware of any guilt or shame you might have about the choices you make. ** You have to be aware of your animal instincts to run. ** Choose to choose. ** Take time off if you can take time off.
Fertility is always a mindfuck. ** If you are going through hormone treatment, be aware of how hormones mess with you. ** Talk to someone before you leave them your eggs in a will. ** Google for fertility scholarships and resources. ** Having or not having kids is complicated--there are wonderful and horrible things about both lives. ** There are plenty of kids that need a parent if you need to be a parent.
** Look into intermittent Fasting for chemo. ** Find your cancer community. ** Carefix and Marenas have pretty great post surgical bras--you will feel better if you look better. ** Figure out how to talk to your doctor ** Plan before what you need to know ** Tell your doctor how you like to get information, and how much ** Prioritize your questions: three main ideas ** Take notes--write down your questions before ** What other team members should you involve? ** Get your blood tested--iron deficiency sucks. ** Google can’t answer your cancer questions--books and the cancer community are better resources.
** Raising money is a good way to help the next generation of patients and channel the “after” energy. ** Put the fun in fundraising. If it’s not fun, don’t do it! ** Use fundraising to build a community. ** Be clear about your goals. ** Be clear about what you are asking of others. ** Invite people to be a part of your journey. ** Make the ask. ** It’s not a competition. Every dollar helps.