#7. How it Feels to Beat Cancer, Part 2

Beth Fairchild and her Family   (photo: storyhalftold.com)

Beth Fairchild and her Family   (photo: storyhalftold.com)

"Just breathe. Just take it in. It's okay to have a bad day. It's okay to cry in the shower. It's okay to be scared.... Don't feel guilty for the days that you have to just take a day and feel sorry for yourself. Then, the next day get back up and own it. You have a lot of life to live until the disease takes you, so make the best of it." —Beth Fairchild
 

Are you a cancer warrior?
We want to hear from you!

We know how stressful it can be when it's time to get a blood test or scan to find out whether or not your
cancer is back. How do you deal with the emotions that come up? We'd love for you to share your experience so others can gain strength from it. 

  • Do you have a private ritual that keeps you grounded?
  • Is there a song you listen to on the way to your appointment?
  • Do you bring along a certain someone who knows how to keep you steady?

Send us a voice memo from your smartphone to Leslie@nomistakezone.com. And we may play it on a future episode. 

Meet Beth Fairchild, an artist, wife, mother, and cancer warrior. At 34, Beth was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and told she had two years to live. That was 2.5 years ago and she's had no evidence of active disease for more than 20 months.

In Part 1, Beth shared her incredible story of facing down metastatic cancer. This week, she reveals the results of her latest cancer scan, and what they mean for her treatment going forward. 

Next, Leslie has an in-depth conversation with Dr. William Audeh, the medical director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the medical director of Agendia, a breast cancer testing company. Dr. Audeh has specialized in breast cancer treatment and prevention for more than 20 years, and he has helpful insights for listeners about genetic testing, mammography, and the next steps after a diagnosis.


Dr. William Audeh

Dr. William Audeh

Leslie's Bottom Line

1.     If you have a family history of breast cancer, consult with a genetics counselor or an oncologist to determine whether you should get genetic testing.
2.    All women should be getting mammographies beginning at age 40, and if there is a family history of breast cancer, perhaps even earlier; consult with a specialist.
3.    If you’ve been newly diagnosed, visit the websites of the major breast cancer philanthropies, and educate yourself about your disease.
4.    Make sure you’re being treated by a team of physicians who are focused specifically on breast cancer, and ask your oncologist: “Does my cancer need further molecular analysis?”

Click on Episode 6 for more helpful resources for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Credits

Music is by PremiumBeat
The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is produced by Lisa Sweetingham. 
Post-production is by Shelli Gonshorowski and Sarah Lebowitz
Special Thanks to Susan Forbes

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