Thirty-six year old accountant and mother, Christi grew up on a farm in Alabama. Her family is comprised of previous cancer survivors – her mother suffering of kidney cancer and her father of throat cancer. In fact, her “whole life has been a life of drama and interesting things.” Formerly having nicknames such as “God” and “no-toe”, she is Christian by religion and lost her toe in an accident as a child. When she was small, she used to be scared of everything. However, after her breast cancer, she “wears her heart on her sleeve” and notes that “I’m no longer scared of everything like I used to be, or else I wouldn’t have been able to make it through my cancer battle.”
William McKay and his sister (and bone marrow donor) Misha, talk about his battle scars, writing poetry, their favorite superheros and real life heros, dogs and Minecraft. If you listen close, you'll even hear William sing for a bit.
Together, William and Misha have started The Pull Your Pants Up Foundation, to provide toys, games, movie and sporting events tickets, and other fun experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families.
Their mottos? "Never give up." and "Don't let anyone deter you from your goals."
Daniel, diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma at age 21, and his mom, Lori, interview each other about living with cancer and staying positive. They describe how he's handled treatments and stem cell/bone marrow harvest, and express their gratitude for each other, for family and friends, and especially for the doctors and staff at Montefiore Children's Hospital in the Bronx, NY.
Michelle Eisenberg and her mother Janet (or are they sisters?) share their stories about surviving Michelle's brain tumor and then cover every possible topic through a really funny interview and conversation.
They extol the therapeutic benefits of cuddling with cats, world travel (Antarctica!), eating out ("We didn't get this big by not enjoying our food"), Celtic music, what they'd do with their lottery winnings (give it all to charity), Winnie the Pooh and Gumby, being creative, their most hated household chores, the NBTS ("We are so grateful that we found the National Brain Tumor Society"), and their wonderful, close extended family relationships and friendships.
Recorded November 5th at the National Brain Tumor Society 2011 Summit. Philadelphia, PA. braintumor.org
Brock tells the story of his two sons, now 20 and 22 years old, both of whom were diagnosed and had surgery for Oligodendroglioma brain tumors within the past three years.
He speaks very honestly about how he, as their father, struggles to figure out how to help them, and has some choice words for the doctors who advised, "Really all you can do is make sure they get their medicine."
He discusses alternative wellness treatments, raising money for research, his own therapy, friendship challenges, fear and isolation, his son's positive attitudes, finding gratitude, facing reality and hoping for a happy ending.
Recorded November 5th at the National Brain Tumor Society 2011 Summit.