Last week, the podcast episode I did with Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky, a New Jersey-based oncologist, went live! I was so honored when she reached out and wanted to share my thyroid cancer diagnosis on her Interlude podcast, which features stories of women who have been affected by cancer and offers them a platform as a way to provide support, inspiration, and hope to other newly diagnosed patients. You can tune in to listen to my podcast episode, here.
The word cancer is one that nobody wants to hear. Most of us have probably been affected by a cancer diagnosis in one way or another—either personally or through a loved one, neighbor, or co-worker who has been diagnosed. We know that it can completely disrupt a person’s life—their ability to work, the financial ramifications that come with a cancer diagnosis, and the physical side effects of treatment. But often, we don’t spend enough time discussing the emotional ramifications of the diagnosis itself. Part of that could be because most people don’t know just what to say to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer (for more on that topic, here’s a recent article from Well + Good that I was quoted in). The other part might be that we are unsure of what role we can play in their emotional healing. The Interlude podcast seeks to get to the bottom of the emotional side of cancer—the who, what, how, why, and when of the disease that often gets overlooked.
Dr. Teplinsky and I chatted about when and how I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, what it was like to be diagnosed with cancer in my mid-twenties, how I found a head and neck surgeon to perform my thyroidectomy and what the decision making process was like, and how my diagnosis led me to what I am doing now.
The almost hour-long podcast was a breeze to record with Dr. Teplinsky. I loved how conversational the episode turned out to be and how telling my story through a podcast format changed my narrative. Instead of focusing all about the diagnosis, we covered a lot of ground and got into why I started blogging, how my health coach studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition were going, and I even shared some of my top health and wellness tips.
I hope you will tune in to my episode and subscribe to Dr. Teplinsky’s Interlude podcast. I’ve been listening to it for a while now and have enjoyed getting to know some of the amazing cancer survivors she’s featured. My friends Marquina and Lauren also shared their inspiring survivor stories and are definitely worth listening to. If you like the Interlude podcast as much as I do, please leave a review on Apple for Dr. Teplinsky!