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Cancer Interviews

Sharing the Journey

Episode 1 - Cancer Interviews Trailer

SHOW NOTES:

Jim Foster: Welcome to the Cancer Interviews podcast. If this is your first time joining us, we’d like to say that you and what you are going through is the sole purpose of this podcast. We look forward to bringing you interviews with amazing people who have experienced cancer in their own lives and we look forward to sharing the cancer journey together. Being able to give back to others facing cancer has been a dream of mine for many years, after battling Hodgkin lymphoma cancer twice. I soon realized I needed help from others to make this dream come true. That’s why I invited Bruce Morton, prostate cancer survivor and longtime friend of mine, to join me, along with my wife, Suzanne Foster, who was my caregiver during my second cancer journey. Thank you both for being here today, and Suzanne, why don’t you tell a little about yourself prior to becoming a caregiver.


Suzanne Foster: Hi, I am Suzanne Foster, and I currently live in Golden, Colorado, with Jim. I was born in Denver, Colorado, lived for a short while in New Mexico as a child and learned to love to ride horses at that point in time. I came back to Colorado, where we still enjoy horses and we go to our land in Wyoming, kind of a recreational activity. I work for Jefferson County as a paralegal, and in the past, I was in social work for ten years. Now I am going to introduce our next team member, Bruce Morton.


Bruce Morton: Hi, my name is Bruce Morton. I am a native of Castro Valley, California, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area. In pursuit of a radio career, I have lived all over the country, was living in Hackensack, New Jersey and working in New York City in the year 2000, when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2001, I moved to Denver, Colorado, where I have lived ever since. Now it’s my pleasure to bring on the founder of Cancer Interviews, Jim Foster.


JF: Thanks, Bruce. And now we want to share a little bit of our backgrounds, and how we ended being on the Cancer Interviews podcast. My journey began in 1995, after rafting the Grand Canyon with my friend, Jim Murrell. Shortly after returning to Denver, I fell down at work face first, ending me up in the hospital and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I spent time in several hospitals, even flew to a well-known clinic in Minnesota, where I still wasn’t properly diagnosed until 14 months later, when a doctor who was working weekends, saw my eyes dilate unusually and called for some additional tests that I had never had before. The original diagnosis was Stiff Person’s Syndrome, which is extremely rare and it was unknown at that time what the possible cause of that might be. Fourteen months later, a biopsy revealed a lymph node in my neck and it was determined that I had Hodgkin lymphoma cancer, Stage 3-B. At that point, I became a cancer patient and underwent six months of chemotherapy. After that, scans showed that my cancer was clear, and I was determined to be in remission. I was very thankful at that point, and went on with my life. Later that year, I met Suzanne, and we got married in 1999. In early 2002, she became pregnant and we were really excited about having a baby. A couple months after that, a lump appeared on my neck, and I went in to have it biopsied and it came back that my cancer had returned. At that time I went through additional chemotherapy and an altologos stem cell transplant and high dose chemotherapy regimen, and prior to our daughter being born, I was found to be in remission again, and have been ever since 2002. So it’s been a long time coming, but ever since the first cancer journey, and the second cancer journey, I really wanted to find a way to give back to others who were going through a cancer diagnosis, and their families to help them in some way. So I am very grateful to have the opportunity now with my friend, Bruce, and my wife, Suzanne, to bring valuable information and informative information to you that may, in some small way, help you with your cancer journey. So, without any further adieu, I will turn it over to my co-host, Bruce Morton, and, thank you.


BM: Thanks, Jim. As mentioned earlier, my days in radio took me on quite an odyssey. I went from Reno, Nevada to Reidsville, North Carolina to Newport, Vermont to Berlin, New Hampshire to Boise, Idaho to Eugene, Oregon, and then in 1984, I got my big break when I got a job with the ABC Radio Network, working as a producer and reporter for ABC Radio Sports. When I was in New York, I was pretty healthy, I was a competitive runner, I was averaging six and a half minutes a mile and thought I was in good health, but in the year 2000, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. That was in December. In February of 2001, I underwent brachytherapy and am happy to report I have been cancer free ever since. But I’ve gotta tell ya, I would have loved a site like Cancer Interviews at the time I was diagnosed. I sought expertise from multiple health care professionals, but I would have loved to have heard the story of people’s cancer journeys, just regular people talking in regular terms. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why I want to be a part of Cancer Interviews.

JF: Thanks, Bruce, and we’re sure excited to have you as part of the team. Suzanne, what’s your story as to why you are excited to be part of the Cancer Interviews team?


SF: Well, I want to be part of the team to share my journey as being a caretaker. Some of the situations I went through and what I have to offer other people, whether it’s advice or support. I just have to say anytime you can end up being a caretaker for somebody. I can say it was kind of a long road for me, and thank goodness we’re okay now, but I was pregnant at the time when Jim became sick with cancer the second time. It was a long journey, for sure. I just know there is a lot of assistance out there, whether it’s emotionally, physically, through the health care system and places you can go. I like to tap into resources and share resources, and I hope that someway, somehow, I can be of help to somebody who has gone through the same situation that I have gone through. Back to you, Jim.


JF: Thank you, Suzanne, and we’re excited to have you part of the team. On behalf of Bruce and Suzanne, thank you for joining us. We look forward to bringing many informative and interesting interviews in the future, and the opportunity to share the journey with you. Please remember you are not alone. We are all a part of a team, and Together Everyone Achieves More. We wish you the best possible outcome with your cancer journey, and until next time, take care and we’ll see you down the road.

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