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You, Me and the Big C: Putting the can in cancer

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The coolest club you never want to be a part of… A candid look at cancer, with Rachael Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon. They are you…but with dodgier cells!

The coolest club you never want to be a part of… A candid look at cancer, with Rachael Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon. They are you…but with dodgier cells!
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United Kingdom

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BBC

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The coolest club you never want to be a part of… A candid look at cancer, with Rachael Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon. They are you…but with dodgier cells!

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English


Episodes

About The Loss

11/13/2018
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Steve Bland joins Deborah and Lauren to talk publicly for the first time about the loss of Rachael. A year after the sudden tragic death of his wife Gemma, Simon Thomas shares some of his experiences and the impact on his family. Specialist bereavement counsellor and founder of Grief Encounter, Shelley Gilbert, also joins Deborah, Lauren and Steve to share some advice about processing grief.

Duration:01:49:13

About The New Normal

9/13/2018
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In Rachael’s final podcast with Deborah and Lauren they discuss the 'new normal'. This term is commonly used by doctors and cancer communities when people are finding a sense of normality in their lives after diagnosis and treatment. Dr Liz O'Riordan, who has recurrent breast cancer, joins the #YouMeBigC girls to talk about her experiences. This podcast was released at the request of Rachael and her husband Steve.

Duration:01:13:16

About Our Rachael

9/6/2018
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Deborah James AKA Bowelbabe, Lauren Mahon AKA Girl vs Cancer, producers Mike Holt AKA 'The Bear' and Al Entwistle AKA 'Vid Skills' talk about Rachael’s final days, the podcast and what our very special friend meant to us. This podcast also includes clips of tributes on BBC 5 Live after Rachael’s death on Tuesday 5th September 2018.

Duration:01:06:06

About The Pain

8/30/2018
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Rachael, Deborah and Lauren talk about dealing with the pain caused by cancer. Plus Dr Matthew Brown, a consultant in pain medicine and anaesthetics from the Royal Marsden Hospital, joins the girls to share his experiences of treating the discomfort cancer patients can suffer.

Duration:01:00:27

About Dating and Intimacy

8/22/2018
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The girls discuss how cancer has had an impact on dating and intimacy with their partners. They speak to author Annie Belasco who wrote a book on her experiences of dating. Then Gynae Cancer Nurse Specialist Tracie Miles from the Eve Appeal answers some of your questions about the impact of cancer on a sex life.

Duration:01:12:25

About Death

8/15/2018
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Why do some people have such a problem talking about death? Rachael, Deborah and Lauren are joined by the actor Greg Wise, who took care of his dying sister, to discuss some of the hang ups people have around the subject. They also give us an update on their current health situations after taking a short break from podcasting.

Duration:01:35:13

About The Future

5/31/2018
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The girls look into the future of cancer care. They talk to Dr Fiona Thistlethwaite from The Christie who is looking after Rachael’s current drug trial. They also speak to Professor David Cunningham from the Royal Marsden who over sees Deborah’s medical team about his thoughts on where cancer treatment is heading.

Duration:01:35:33

About The Friends

5/24/2018
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Rachael talks about receiving some bad news. The #YouMeBigC team discuss the different reactions they've had from friends and the public about going public with their cancer. Plus, Kelly Smith, a 29 year old online friend with bowel cancer, meets the girls for the first time.

Duration:01:20:36

About The Alternatives

5/3/2018
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Jules Peters, the wife of The Alarm frontman Mike Peters, and Jean Slocombe, a Cancer Research UK specialist information nurse, join #YouMeBigC to talk about alternative and complimentary therapies.

Duration:01:18:03

About The Doctors

4/26/2018
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Former Arsenal and Celtic footballer John Hartson and Rachael’s surgeon Richard joins #YouMeBigC as we look at the relationships between cancer patients and their medical teams.

Duration:01:16:29

About the Nearest and Dearest

4/18/2018
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Emma & Jonathan Agnew join #youmebigc The girls leave Rachael’s husband, Lauren's brother, Deborah’s father and Aggers to talk openly about the impact of their loved ones cancer.

Duration:01:34:15

About The Money

4/11/2018
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A Macmillan expert shares tips on dealing with the financial pressures of cancer, plus Hollyoaks and The Bill star Ben Richards talks about acting while fighting bowel cancer.

Duration:01:22:39

About The Body

4/5/2018
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Rachael, Deborah and Lauren talk about the effects of cancer on the body. Claire Paxman joins the girls to talk about scalp cooling during chemo and gives her expert tips.

Duration:01:20:18

About The Kids

3/29/2018
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Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry joins Rachael, Deborah and Lauren as they talk about fertility issues around cancer. They also discuss the effects on their children and speak to Sarah Pickles who successfully had a second child after going through treatment.

Duration:01:01:13

About The Positives

3/22/2018
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Linda Nolan joins Rachael, Deborah and Lauren to discuss a few of the positives they've found with cancer, including; friendship, dating, presents and playing their cancer cards.

Duration:01:01:06

About The Chemo

3/14/2018
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The #youmebigc team, Rachael, Deborah and Lauren give you their personal guide to all things chemo. They are joined by chemotherapy nurse Kate Lewis from The Royal Marsden who shares her advice and expertise.

Duration:01:09:21

About The Head

3/7/2018
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The #youmebigc team, Rachael, Deborah and Lauren discuss how battling cancer can impact mental health. Event rider Ben Hobday shares how he maintained a positive attitude.

Duration:01:08:43

About Us

3/7/2018
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Meet the #youmebigc team. Rachael, Deborah and Lauren have or have had cancer. They are your candid guide to all the high and lows of cancer, with some laughs along the way.

Duration:01:07:00

#YouMeBigC: Rachael’s story

3/7/2018
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"I had this weird soreness... it wasn't even in my breast" : Rachael Bland, aka Big C, Little Me, talks waiting rooms and breast cancer diagnosis with Deborah and Lauren.

Duration:00:02:04

#YouMeBigC: Deborah’s story

3/7/2018
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“I have the poo cancer... There's nothing pink about my cancer, it's just brown!” : Deborah James, aka Bowel Babe, talks about her stage four bowel cancer diagnosis with Rachael and Lauren.

Duration:00:02:43