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Our Cancer Journey Podcast

The Our Cancer Journey Podcast is a place for those impacted by Cancer, their caregivers, their loved ones and also those wishing to prevent illness. 

Our podcast is more than a program about cancer, it's a conversation about life and how we can make ours better.

Together we explore ways we can optimize our lives through the experiences of diagnosis, treatments and beyond into the future of Survivorship. 

We discuss ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience. It is more than a podcast about medicine, or even Cancer. It is about you, the Whole Person, and tips, ideas and strategies to possibly improve your cancer journey and make your life better.

Hosted by unique storyteller and unconventional creator Bruce Watkins, the Our Cancer Journey Podcast provides a unique voice to people in the cancer community that transcends the conventional medical and patient experience-based shows.

Please share this podcast with anyone you feel may benefit from our content, our outlook, our attitude, and especially our passionate advocacy for self-empowerment!

Learn More: https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/

Content Advisory Note:

The content of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins, our website, and of all other associated media forms is provided for informational, inspirational, and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. The information shared in our content and the views expressed by the hosts and guests of the program are their own. The Our Cancer Journey podcast with Bruce Watkins, its related media. and Fairlead Media do not suggest or intend that information or opinions shared in these media should or must replace the relationship you have with your chosen healthcare professional(s) and practitioner(s). The mention of any product, service, organization, activity or therapy on a podcast should not be construed as an endorsement. If paid or free promotional or awareness-building content is included during the podcast or within other media, such content will be separated into its own unique promotional spot or mention. 


#023 - From Caregiver, to Surviving Cancer, to Patient Support Advocate Part 2 - Joe Bullock
Show Details40min 21s
#022 - Learning About New Cancer Diagnosis - Recorded Live - Bruce Watkins
Show Details18min 34s
#021 - Cancer Returns - The Strength of Vulnerability - Bruce Watkins
Show Details33min 29s
#020 - Biostatistics & Informatics Part 2 - Prof. Levi Waldron
Show Details31min 23s
#019 - Biostatistics & Informatics -Part 1 - Prof. Levi Waldron
Show Details36min 38s
#018 - Lymphedema, How Lymphatics Work, and Effective Therapies- Part-2 - Dr. Paula Stewart
Show Details47min 29s
#017 - Lymphedema & Lymphatic System Intro - Part-1 - Dr. Paula Stewart
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About This Episode

If you've been diagnosed with a disease or had a major injury, you may have heard your Doctor talk about their focus on your “lymph nodes.” But do you know much about the lymphatic system, and how important the flow of lymphatic fluid is in your body?

Lymphedema is the disease that could affect cancer patients or anybody that has sustained an injury that could disrupt our bodies lymphatic system. Because this amazing fluid collection system in our body operates so effectively, it's only in times when our bodies are compromised and lymphatic fluids begin building up in affected areas that many of us we learn of its existence.

Dr. Paula Stewart, President of the Lymphology Association of North America, joins the Our Cancer Journey Podcast in this Part-1 of a two-part interview for the program. In this first episode Host Bruce Watkins and Dr. Stuart discuss how the lymphatic system was discovered, what it is and how it works, and the way the lymphatic system keeps our body healthy.

Problems with the flow of lymphatic fluids can cause serious harm to our body, and people that have had surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and possibly immunotherapy to address illness are at higher-risk of developing the disease of Lymphedema. This episode and it's Part-2 companion are important for all patients and their caregivers to hear, because the topic is difficult for medical professionals to explain, and it's often times misunderstood by patients. 

Patients knowing the signs of lymphedema and seeking early intervention is critical to preventing the more serious affects of this disease. Host Bruce and Dr. Paula make a point to breakdown this complicated topic into very accessible and easy to understand concepts so everyone can benefit from this information.

STAY TUNED for PART-2 of the interview with Dr. Stewart:

COMING SOON - #018 - Lymphedema & Effective Lymphatic Therapies - Part-2 - Dr. Paula Stewart


The improbably positive and up-beat 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 had to share just a few of the memorable moments with you in advance!! 

HEAR the Season 2 Trailer for the Our Cancer Journey Podcast Trailer by clicking here:


Have fun listening to the clips from the Trailer, this sonic ride, and don’t miss a new show by Following the Our Cancer Journey Podcast on your podcast apps, by following the show’s Official Facebook Page, or by visiting the Official Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website! 

References and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Lymphology Association of North America website: https://www.clt-lana.org/

Books by Dr. Paula Stewart:

100 Questions & Answers About Lymphedema

Lymphedema Wellness Manual: The Interactive Lymphedema Management System for Patients and Therapists

Episode Guest: Paula JB Stewart MD

Paula JB Stewart MD, MS CLT-LANA graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human

Biology and a Masters in Neurobiology. After graduating from Medical School at the University

of Minnesota in 1987, she completed her residency in PM&R at the Mayo Clinic in 1991. Dr. Stewart went on to established one of the largest lymphedema clinics on the Eastern seaboard in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation where she served as the Research Director for 10 years, and eventually contributed to the Institute winning designation as a Model System for TBI for CIR.

In 1999, along with Dr. Joseph Feldman, Dr. Stewart participated in the founding of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), where she served in multiple leadership roles including Vice-President and eventually President of the Association. She has written multiple articles, co-authored books and has spoken nationally and internationally on the topic of lymphedema. Throughout this advocacy work, she is also held positions as a treating physician at clinics and medical centers in various locations.  

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 into 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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Published Jun 20, 2022 at 8:57pm
#016 - How Loneliness, Cytokines, Inflammation are Linked to Chemo Brain (CRCI) — Part 2 - Dr. Arash Asher
Show Details26min 9s
#015 - What is Chemo Brain, Cytokines & Accelerated Aging - Part 1 - Dr. Arash Asher
Show Details30min 57s
#014 Season 2 Trailer for the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins
Show Details15min 47s
#013 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 2 - with Bruce Watkins
Show Details32min 33s
#012 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 1 - with Bruce Watkins
Show Details23min 59s
#011 - Lung Cancer Advocacy - Terri Ann DiJulio & The Gift Of Our Beautiful Lives
Show Details41min 24s
#010 - Motivation to Action, Just Say YES & OCJ is Back!! - with Bruce Watkins
Show Details18min 57s
#009 - From Caregiver, to Surviving Cancer, to Patient Support Advocate Part 1 - Joe Bullock
Show Details42min 24s
#008 - Ovarian Cancer, Giving Back and Australian’s AusLitTeal Awareness - Sirin Steele
Show Details49min 46s
#007 - Your Mindset and You - Part 2 - Stories - with Bruce Watkins
Show Details15min 41s
#006 - Your Mindset and You - Part 1 - with Bruce Watkins
Show Details18min 2s
#005 - Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Part 1 - Angela Lai, L.O.M.
Show Details39min 28s
#004 - BONUS - Show Launch Update and Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website & Facebook Page
Show Details11min 25s
#003 - Restorative Yoga Part 2 - Tips for Your First Oncology Yoga Class & Recovery - Kathleen Ross-Allee
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#002 - Restorative Yoga and Your Recovery - Kathleen Ross-Allee
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#001 - Introduction: About the Our Cancer Journey Podcast
Show Details13min 15s