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Breast cancer is more than the pink ribbon that symbolizes the disease; it is not pink nor is it pretty. It can be a messy, devastating, life-altering, and lonely journey. The women and men represented by the pink ribbon may have the same disease, but everyone’s story is different. Behind the Pink Ribbon is a weekly podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of breast cancer survivors to uncover the reality of what lies behind the pink ribbon. We bring on experts in oncology, genetics, plastic surgery, nutrition, and more to provide information on topics specific to breast cancer. We also bring on organizations that offer resources, services, and support to breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. This podcast will bring you stories of inspiration and hope, and a reminder that you are not alone in this journey. It will provide you with information and resources to be your own best advocate as you navigate through your journey of breast cancer. Hosted by Melissa Adams. Produced by American Creative Consulting. Mixed and mastered at Riverview Podcasting Studios. ©2019 American Creative Consulting, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Breast cancer is more than the pink ribbon that symbolizes the disease; it is not pink nor is it pretty. It can be a messy, devastating, life-altering, and lonely journey. The women and men represented by the pink ribbon may have the same disease, but everyone’s story is different. Behind the Pink Ribbon is a weekly podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of breast cancer survivors to uncover the reality of what lies behind the pink ribbon. We bring on experts in oncology, genetics, plastic surgery, nutrition, and more to provide information on topics specific to breast cancer. We also bring on organizations that offer resources, services, and support to breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. This podcast will bring you stories of inspiration and hope, and a reminder that you are not alone in this journey. It will provide you with information and resources to be your own best advocate as you navigate through your journey of breast cancer. Hosted by Melissa Adams. Produced by American Creative Consulting. Mixed and mastered at Riverview Podcasting Studios. ©2019 American Creative Consulting, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Breast cancer is more than the pink ribbon that symbolizes the disease; it is not pink nor is it pretty. It can be a messy, devastating, life-altering, and lonely journey. The women and men represented by the pink ribbon may have the same disease, but everyone’s story is different. Behind the Pink Ribbon is a weekly podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of breast cancer survivors to uncover the reality of what lies behind the pink ribbon. We bring on experts in oncology, genetics, plastic surgery, nutrition, and more to provide information on topics specific to breast cancer. We also bring on organizations that offer resources, services, and support to breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. This podcast will bring you stories of inspiration and hope, and a reminder that you are not alone in this journey. It will provide you with information and resources to be your own best advocate as you navigate through your journey of breast cancer. Hosted by Melissa Adams. Produced by American Creative Consulting. Mixed and mastered at Riverview Podcasting Studios. ©2019 American Creative Consulting, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Episodes

Shanna Geigle | A Grain of Salt

11/19/2019
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Shanna Geigle joined us on the podcast today. She shared her story of finding a lump while soaping her armpit. While she didn't necessarily think that it was breast cancer, she knew that it was a possibility. Shanna shares her experience of going through breast cancer, finding support through her husband, family, and friends, and creating new friendships during chemo. Shanna talks about how she uses her experience to help others in her career as a Nurse Practitioner. For complete show...

Duration:00:31:45

Candace Wright | Negative Reaction to Implants

11/12/2019
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My paternal cousin, Candace, joined us on this episode today. She shared her story of being diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer following a routine mammogram, undergoing a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy within 6 months of each other, and then having to be explanted 11 months after her mastectomy due to a negative reaction. For complete show notes, please visit www.behindthepinkribbon.com. New episodes of Behind the Pink Ribbon are release every Tuesday at noon Mountain Standard...

Duration:00:24:07

Christine McCoy | The Universe Aligns

11/5/2019
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My friend, Christine McCoy, joined us on the podcast today. She shared her story of finding her lump during a self-breast exam. Christine contacted her doctor and was dismissed because she was too young and didn't have any risk factors. She saw her PCP the next day and was told it was likely not cancer, but was sent for diagnostic testing. It was in fact cancer! She shared her course of treatment and the importance of having someone that can help with keeping track of information at...

Duration:00:36:11

Kim Nolder | Off with Their Heads

10/29/2019
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Kim Nolder, a Pittsburgh native residing in North Carolina, joined us on the podcast today. She shares her story of finding her breast cancer on her baseline mammogram. Kim's mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away when she was 60 years old. As a result, Kim has always been on top of her overall and breast health. She shares her course of treatment and talks about the importance of being healthy for her boys.

Duration:00:29:37

Nikki Nims | Angel Surrogate Baby

10/22/2019
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Nikki Nims, my friend, and fellow SCAR Project model joined us on the podcast today. She shares her story of being 33-weeks pregnant with a surrogate baby when she found her lump while showering. She talked about the diagnostic screenings, getting the diagnosis while at a routine visit with her OB, going into survival mode, and her course of treatment. Nikki discusses her regrets with not being more particular with the plastic surgeon and looking at all of the reconstructive options. She...

Duration:00:31:40

Kimberly Bowles | Protect Your Decision

10/15/2019
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Kimberly Bowles was 35 years old and had 2 young children- ages 3 and 10 months, when she was diagnosed with Stage 3A breast cancer at the end of 2016. Kimberly joined us on the podcast today to share her journey with breast cancer. Kimberly had the standard course of screenings and diagnostic testing, despite the fact that her OBGyn had told her that she had a clogged duct. Her cancer was found to be HER2+. She underwent chemotherapy, double mastectomy, and radiation, and is currently on...

Duration:00:43:06

Desire'e Hardge | Don't Be a Chump, Check for a Lump

10/8/2019
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On this episode, Desire'e Hardge, VP of Development at Don't Be a Chump, Check for a Lump, joined us in the podcast studio. She shared founder, Holly Rose's story with breast cancer and why she was inspired to start the organization. Desire'e shared the three tiers within the organization to include prevention and education, mammogram and diagnostic screening vouchers, and the wig program available to Phoenix residents. She talked about the annual events hosted by the organization, as well...

Duration:00:31:06

Lynn Wegrzynek | Comforting Meatloaf

10/1/2019
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Lynn Wegryznek, a 22-year breast cancer survivor, joined us on today. She was diagnosed at the age of 44 years with Stage 1 breast cancer. She went in for a regular mammogram after a trip to Vegas was canceled and within a week and a half, she was diagnosed with cancer. Lynn underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and 5 years of Tamoxifen. She shared her experience and side effects from the treatments. The hardest and most valuable lesson she learned was how to let others help her.

Duration:00:26:43

Diana Napper | A Glimmer of Hope Foundation: Symbol of the Cure

9/24/2019
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Diana Napper from Pittsburgh, PA joined us today to talk about the foundation she founded in honor of her friend, A Glimmer of Hope: Symbol of the Cure. Diana shared that her friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 49 and passed away 11 months later. Her friend asked Diana to open up a hospice in her name but Diana does not have hospice in her vocabulary for young women with breast cancer. Instead, she created integrated oncology centers at the local hospitals called Home for...

Duration:00:25:51

Laura Rasmussen | Frozen Pea in My Boob

9/17/2019
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Laura Rasmussen, a 17-year breast cancer survivor, was in the podcast studio today to talk about her experience with breast cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 2, type 2 breast cancer at the age of 41 years. Laura had a clean mammogram in January but in August that year, she recalls crossing her arms and finding what she described as a "frozen pea". Laura underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. Laura talked about the struggles she experienced during her treatments with...

Duration:00:31:43

Amber Edens | Finding Love in the Middle of Cancer

9/10/2019
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Amber Edens, a 4-year breast cancer survivor, stopped by the show today to share her breast cancer story. Amber was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 33 years. Amber underwent chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, and radiation. Following radiation, the doctors discovered Amber's cancer had metastasized to her bones and she underwent radiation to treat the breast cancer in her bones. She also underwent a hysterectomy and oophorectomy due to...

Duration:00:27:40

Donna Blau | No Nipple!

9/3/2019
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Donna Blau, 27 year and 2-time breast cancer survivor, stopped by the studio today to share her breast cancer story. She was initially diagnosed with DCIS in 1992 at the age of 40 years old. Donna underwent a single mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. At that time, no other therapies were recommended and she was not tested for a possible genetic mutation. Seventeen years later, Donna was diagnosed with mucinous carcinoma in the same breast. She underwent explant surgery and had an...

Duration:00:38:21

Dr. Michael Gimbel | Plastic Surgery Options

8/27/2019
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In this episode, Melissa talks to Dr. Michael Gimbel, her plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Gimbel addresses the different options available for reconstruction for women diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as the possible advantages and disadvantages. He addresses the current concern related to breast implants. Dr. Gimbel shares his preferred sequence of treatment when other therapies are needed for a patient. He discusses the different options available for nipple reconstruction when...

Duration:00:47:32

Jolie Sakata Panyon | Not What I Expected

8/20/2019
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Jolie Sakata Panyon, an 8-year breast cancer survivor, stopped by the show to share her breast cancer journey. She was diagnosed at the age of 43 with stage 2A invasive ductal carcinoma. Diagnostic assessments prior to surgery indicated an earlier stage of cancer with no lymph node involvement but at surgery, the surgeon discovered the tumor had grown and spread to three lymph nodes. Jolie talks about her diagnosis, treatments, and side effects. She talks about the resiliency of her children...

Duration:00:33:04

Jennifer Craig | Unsupportive Partner, Divorce, & Becoming a Single Mom

8/13/2019
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Jennifer Craig, a 7-year breast cancer survivor, joined us on the podcast to share her breast cancer journey. She was diagnosed at the age of 33 years with ductal carcinoma in-situ with micro invasion. Jennifer went to her doctor looking to get some diet pills, which led to a series of tests. When prescribed a prolactin test, she began lactating green discharge from her nipples. She knew that something was not right. Despite being told that there was no need for a mammogram, Jennifer...

Duration:00:33:28

Maria Balestrieri | Should I Have Done More?

8/8/2019
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Maria Balestrieri, an 11-year breast cancer survivor, and an endometrial cancer survivor, joined us in the studio today to share her story through breast and endometrial cancers. Her first cancer diagnosis was at the age of 40 years; 18 months later, she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Maria shares her diagnosis, course of treatment, recovery, and her experience with discovering self-love in the process. Thanks for sharing your story, Maria!

Duration:00:30:11

Lisa Hoppe | Ice Cream with Chocolate Syrup

8/8/2019
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Lisa Hoppe, a 3 years breast cancer survivor and 8 year thyroid cancer survivor, stopped by the studio to share her story through breast cancer. At the age of 54 years, Lisa was diagnosed with Stage 0, Grade 3 noninvasive ductal carcinoma. She was experiencing bloody nipple discharge that she ignored for several weeks and thought it may have been chocolate ice cream stains. Lisa had gone in 6 months prior for her mammogram and the results indicated no concerns. Lisa shares how her experience...

Duration:00:26:04

Ann Alexander | Kidney Stones to Cancer

7/31/2019
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Ann Alexander, a 2-year breast cancer survivor, stopped by the show to share her story through breast cancer. She was diagnosed at the age of 57 with invasive lobular carcinoma. Ann had a CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis for possible kidney stones and during the scan, the tech caught a glimpse of something abnormal at her chest wall that had not been picked up on a traditional mammogram 10 months earlier. Ann talks about her diagnosis, course of treatment, and recovery. She shares how yoga...

Duration:00:22:49