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Author: Erin Cummings

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Welcome to Kappa Kappa Cancer, hosted by Erin Cummings. This podcast was created by a cancer survivor for cancer survivors and cancer patients. She dives deep into what it's really like to go through treatment and isn't afraid to discuss what others won't tell you.
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Erin's first breast friend, Suzanne Asherson, has been dubbed the "Cancer Concierge," helping other breast cancer patients by sharing her experience being BRCA+, how to use cold caps and the joy and power of giving back with Cancer Free Generation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The increasing legalization of cannabis in countries around the globe has sparked renewed interest in the medicinal effects of this often misunderstood and stigmatized plant. Susan Marks, RN, BSN, PHN is a cannabis nurse and member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and uses cannabis herself to manage her chronic condition. Nurse Susan explains how to read a label at the dispensary, what kinds of conditions cannabis can be used to treat and how patients can use cannabis as an essential tool in managing the side effects of traditional cancer treatment. Learn more about Nurse Susan and the how cannabis can help you at her web site: DearNurseSusan.comLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kappa Kappa Cancer Hostess Erin Cummings flies solo in this episode to share her personal story of diagnosis - what motivated her early mammogram, how she found out that she had cancer and her surprising reaction to the news. She also dives into how she decided to share the news with the world and why this podcast isn’t just about healing others, but about healing herself as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why can’t I have sushi or manicures while on chemo? Erin’s lifeline for meds and frantic midnight emails during her treatment, her Nurse Practitioner Maddie Kuiper, visits the studio to walk us through a typical chemo session, how chemo meds vary and when you should/shouldn’t freak out and call your nurse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Three weeks after her bilateral mastectomy, Erin began physical therapy with Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Physical Therapist and Founder of #OurTribe, Jennifer Nicolla Rai. Jenni’s experience in the world of breast cancer as a physical therapist led her to create Hashtag Our Tribe, a space for young women with breast cancer. Kappa Kappa Cancer and #OurTribe work hand in hand to reach as many people as possible and help guide them through the scary and foreign world of breast cancer treatment, while also providing the emotional support that is difficult to find. Visit KappaKappaCancer.com/Blog for more in-depth show notes on this and other episodesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Erin welcomes two of her 'Breast Friends:" lawyer & mom of three Kaye Steinsapir and wife and artist Jennifer Lee Snowden to discuss their winding roads to diagnosis, their surgical decisions and what might happen in the ladies room during their lunch dates with one another. "Some of My 'Breast Friends' Have Cancer" episodes intend to welcome listeners into the conversation of cancer with real patients in order to open the community, offer personalized anecdotes and remind everyone that sometimes, it's okay to laugh at cancer. Visit KappaKappaCancer.com/Episodes for more in-depth show notes on this and other episodes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Erin’s 2016 mid-chemo blog about the rude, insensitive, careless or just plain incorrect things people said to her upon hearing of her diagnosis inspired this first episode. Her longtime friend, film pundit and host of The John Campea Show, John Campea, joined Erin to break down what not to say, as well as a few things you should say, when someone shares their bad news. Visit KappaKappaCancer.com/Episodes for more in-depth show notes on this and other episodes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to Kappa Kappa Cancer

Welcome to Kappa Kappa Cancer

2018-12-1700:05:4916

Coming January 2019, actress and and breast cancer warrior Erin Cummings takes a raw and refreshing look at what it's really like to get a cancer diagnosis - especially for young women who are looking for answers to the burning questions like, "do cold caps actually work to save my hair?" and "if the cancer is in my breast, what's happening to my vagina right now?" This five-minute teaser gives listeners an insight into what to expect from future episodes. From how to respond to the stupid things people say when you have cancer to when it's a safe time to do a downward dog after surgery, Erin welcomes her favorite medical professionals and "breast friends" for advice, personal stories and laughs at the often absurd world of cancer treatment.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (22)

D'Aun Maestas

OMG when I started listening, I just wanted to know what stupid shit not to say to someone with cancer and a week later I found a lump... now I'm 31 with a breast cancer diagnosis and I feel a little less lost. So many things I didn't think of, would never have known! Finding this podcast was great timing in my life.

Apr 13th
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D'Aun Maestas

D'Aun Maestas but also please hurry and put more episodes, I need to know everything! haha

Apr 13th
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Cheryl Cummings

This is such an informative and fun to listen to podcast. As a nurse I wish this podcast would be suggested to newly diagnosed breast cancer pt's by their Dr. It would also be helpful to pt's with other types of cancer. thanks Erin for thinking and implenting this podcast.

Apr 6th
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Alica Reppert

I was diagnosed on March 1st with HER2+ Breast Cancer. The last couple of months have been a roller coaster of emotions and for me, finding this station and listening to your voice and saying the things that have gone through my mind so far have been very empowering and it calms my anxiety a tiny bit. Thank you for sharing your journey and I’m excited to continue listening.

Apr 5th
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Occult Owl

I myself survived cancer in 2012 🌺👍

Mar 7th
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Aurelio G

Just like you, this is raw, real, uninhibited, yet classy as fuck! Awesome approach. I love this and you! More power to you and much success with this podcast! #warriorforlife

Feb 20th
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Cheryl Cummings

Oh MY!!! I wish I knew this information a long time ago to be able to be of more support for you during your Cancer journey. I sincerely hope many people find your podcast. It is so uplifting and I love hearing the laughter in all your voices, but I also hear the lingering concerns. Thank all of you for being so open and sharing your experiences.

Feb 18th
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Thomas Davis

FYI, Lupron is also prescribed for men undergoing prostate cancer treatment (dries up testosterone production)

Feb 18th
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Charlie Newhart

I appreciate your transparency with your journey. I'm a grateful Cancer Survivor as well and I heard tons of stupid S*%&. I'm a black male and I didn't lose my hair while on chemo but it got really straight. Like I had a perm. People literally asked me, what kind of chemo I was on. "Why aren't you bald Charlie?" So while I was on chemo everyone thought I was either Puerto Rican or lying about chemo. So I got all the stupid questions that go along with that...haha....but overall I've been Cancer free for 25 years and I'm grateful.

Feb 13th
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Cheryl Cummings

Loved this episode and hope you have John C on the show again. Very insightful information and your suggestions will help all those who have friends and family diagnosed with Cancer and don't know what to say or do. Great show

Feb 10th
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Steven Moyo

This is the first podcast I am subscribing to.. You're an inspiration, a force and a straight up G!

Feb 7th
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Jennifer Crouch

I would like to know, how your dealing with the lack of sensation in your breasts? I had a bilateral mastectomy in February 2018, I opted for reconstruction surgery, but my nipples could not be saved. So I pretty much hate looking at myself and my boobs hurt all the time. Implants are uncomfortable, but I don't know if it's psychological or truly physical? I don't like letting my husband touch them or even see them.. Please lend some advice or even the support that I am not crazy and this happens.. thanks so much for your podcasts!!

Feb 7th
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Mike Green

Is there anything you can’t do? Actress, philanthropist, rockstar warrior superhero, smoke show, podcaster. Best of luck with this but you won’t need it, it’s brilliant and important.

Feb 7th
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Emily Fitz Seymour

THIS IS AWESOME!!! You totally rock. What an awesome way to connect with other women. You are a brave rockstar “warrior” I am proud to know you! Thanks for being so brave in sharing your story ❤️❤️❤️

Feb 6th
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Allison Fitz Clark

This is fantastic Erin! You are a warrior. PS this also reminded me that I'm overdue for my mammogram...Calling right now!

Feb 6th
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Heather Mann

I cant wait to hear this!! 2x survivor by age 42 and I tell everyone like it is. No reason to hold back on bad, good, or indifferent. Thank you for making this podcast!

Feb 6th
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America Campbell

Erin is amazing. So brave, so inspirational. So personal and yet so relatable. She effortlessly brings levity to this heavy subject, while also providing valuable information and invaluable emotional support. With her, we’re learning and laughing, through the toughest of challenges. Loving this warrior!

Feb 6th
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Jennifer Crouch

Got diagnosed with stage 2 her 2 positive breast cancer, in 2017.. I was only 33 year's old. I could have used this podcast to help me. I love it! people don't understand that it's not going through the motions of cancer treatment it's the aftermath that I struggle with every day!! I struggle with while I am now and how much my body has been though.. I am not the same.. please keep going!! I love having someone to listen to that hits home

Feb 6th
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Jonathan Clark

As a 'survivor' of having Grade 4 Brain Cancer, this episode and ultimately this podcast is great for someone like me to hear. It's great to hear from someone else who has gone through the same amount of ordeals as myself and countless others. Thank you once again for putting out this podcast.

Feb 5th
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Myr Leake

Good luck! I am a 50 year survivor. Radical in '68. Your podcast sounds wonderful. I was a sales rep and a mastectomy fitter after my surgery . I loved every minute of my job bringing laughter and hope. Thanks for bringing your joy of life to others.

Feb 5th
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Kelly DuBose

Brilliantly entertaining and very informative! An absolute must listen for cancer warriors as well as those affected by the big C otherwise.

Feb 3rd
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