#021 - Cancer Returns - The Strength of Vulnerability - Bruce Watkins

33m | Aug 26, 2022

About This Episode:

Over a recent several-week period, Our Cancer Journey Podcast Host Bruce Watkins underwent a handful of routine exams and a few additional tests for some small nominal health issues. The surprising results from one of those tests reported that cancer had returned to Bruce’s life. 

The episode that immediately follows this podcast ( Episode #022 ), contains a live recording of the moments immediately after Bruce learned of one of two potential new cancer diagnoses. In this recording, Bruce discusses his reactions and revelations to the news in a raw and unguarded way never heard on this program before.

This episode, #021, tells of the time leading up to this new cancer diagnosis. This story, however, is not about cancer. In this episode, Bruce shares how he, like many of us, lived a life that was guarded and not open in ways that affected many aspects of his life. He held back information about himself and his personal story, and he resisted asking for help and support from others. At the encouragement of many supporters, and at the urging of his own heart, Bruce finally found the courage to reach for the strength of vulnerability.

In this highly-personal episode, Bruce shares how he finally broke down and asked for help, and the story of the “Push” he received that helped him to risk the change. A thunderstorm rolls in during the recording as if to add emphasis to the story, and to reinforce that a Push can happen for us all. 

LISTEN to the Follow-Up Episode of this Podcast:

#022 – Learning About New Cancer Diagnosis – Recorded Live – Bruce Watkins


The improbably positive and upbeat podcast that explores ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience, IS BACK for its 2nd Season! We are so excited about the engaging guests, insightful topics and fun banter in our upcoming line-up that we want to share just a few of the memorable moments with you in advance!! 

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Episode Host: Bruce Watkins

A Father, Cancer survivor, producer, podcaster, writer & content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed in

to an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 

After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind and began traveling, writing, volunteering, and giving-back.

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