Episode Archive

37 episodes of Breast Cancer Stories since the first episode, which aired on September 30th, 2021.

  • Day 77: Did the Tumor Shrink?

    November 4th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 35 secs
    anxiety, chemotherapy, flushing the port, mri, neuropathy, oncology, tumor

    After 11 long weeks of chemotherapy we’re at the clinic to see Dr. Ali, the oncologist. Kristen is hopeful because she can see her tumor and it appears on the surface like it’s getting smaller. But the only true measure of whether the tumor has grown is the MRI, and Dr. Ali delivers the news

  • Day 60: Strange Chemo Side Effects That Nobody Tells You About

    October 28th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 59 secs
    booties, itching, mittens, taxol

    Kristen adjusts to Taxol, the drug used in the second phase of chemotherapy, which brings bizarre side effects requiring special booties and mittens to prevent permanent nerve damage in her hands and feet. Being single, having cancer, and wondering if you’re going to die alone is scary. As the days go by, it becomes clear who’s really in her corner for the long haul.

  • Day 28: This Might Be What Kills Me

    October 21st, 2021  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 13 secs
    anemia, chemo, hair loss, insurance, nonprofit organizations, steroids, weight gain, wigs

    4 weeks after starting chemo, the “new normal” is here. Kristen describes what it feels like to have no hair and as the physical effects of chemo present new challenges, she realizes that breast cancer could be what ends her life.

  • Day 13: Why I Cut All My Hair Off 3 Days Before it Fell Out

    October 7th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 29 secs
    hair loss, haircut, infusion center, lael annmarie, port flush, side effects, smart port, wall calendar

    At the end of the day following Kristen’s 2nd chemo treatment, she recalls her dream the previous night and describes how her hair hurts.

    Between the first and second chemo treatments, several surprise infections appeared along with disappointment over how quickly her formerly iron-clad immune system failed.

    While adjusting to all these strange happenings within her body, she decides to cut her hair before it has a chance to fall out, resulting in the comical realization that with short hair she looks like her son and a surprise boost of self-confidence.

    When a deeply meaningful gift from a dear friend (and two-time breast cancer survivor) arrives in the mail, the pink ribbon logo takes on a new and different meaning.

    Settling into the treatment routine, Kristen shifts her focus to the future by buying a beautiful new wall-sized garden calendar from Etsy to chronicle the journey that’s about to unfold.

  • Day 1: How My Doctor Missed My Breast Cancer Symptoms

    September 30th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 18 secs
    anuradha koka, breast cancer, chemotherapy, flower child, kenneth shimizu, louis rivera, md anderson cancer center, salvatore pacella, scripps, sonia ali

    When she noticed her nipple felt different, Kristen's first thought was "what the F is this?" Her second thought was that her life was about to change. So she did what everyone does in this situation... she jumped out of the shower, went to Google, and diagnosed herself with a rare form of breast cancer called Paget’s Disease. But Google’s never right about these things, so a few days later when the radiologist suggested a biopsy for Paget’s, shit got real.