Natasha Curry is a palliative care nurse practitioner at San Francisco General Hospital.
September 22nd, 2022 | Season 2 | 32 mins 41 secs
dating with cancer, dexamethasone, promethazine
Natasha attempts a somewhat normal life by continuing to work and dating someone new. But behind the scenes, things are unraveling. She receives news about the alarming masses on her liver and thyroid. After her second chemo, unusual and disturbing side effects lead her to wonder how many other unexpected surprises are headed her way.
September 15th, 2022 | Season 2 | 36 mins 13 secs
acid reflux, chemotherapy, esophageal cancer, medical marijuana, protonix
Horrific acid reflux is keeping Natasha up at night. None of the remedies recommended by her doctors make a difference, except for handy dandy marijuana. Radiology detects spots on her liver and thyroid and calls her in for an emergency MRI. If she actually has stage four, her chemo treatment is completely wrong.
September 8th, 2022 | Season 2 | 35 mins 1 sec
carboplatin, dignicap, her2-positive, herceptin, oncologist, port placement, taxotere
On the eve of her first chemotherapy infusion, Natasha hauls a pile of new prescriptions home and questions why so much harm must be done to be “healthy” again.
September 1st, 2022 | Season 2 | 40 mins 19 secs
adenocarcinoma, mammogram, mri, pathologist, pet scan, radiologist, san francisco general hospital
As a nurse, it was easy for Natasha to think of all the things the almond-sized lump in her armpit could be other than cancer, so she moved along with her busy life. When she realized it was not going away, her doctor sent her for a mammogram.
August 25th, 2022 | Season 2 | 24 mins 47 secs
clinical psychology, journalism, nurse practitioner, san francisco general
While leading a Doctors Without Borders mission in Malawi, Natasha’s husband of 25 years blindsided her by ending their marriage in a text message. She returned home, fell into bed for a few weeks, and eventually with the help of her friends she pulled herself together and went back to work.
A few months later when she discovered an almond-sized lump in her armpit, she did everything she tells her patients not to do and dismissed it, or wrote it off as a “fat lump."
June 30th, 2022 | Season 1 | 40 mins 4 secs
backtable, chemotherapy, interventional radiologist, mediport, port placement procedures, ports
The list of things to do before starting chemo includes the seemingly ordinary task of getting a “port” or “medi-port.” Get your blood work, pick up groceries, wash the car, get a port… But port placement is actually surgery and being unprepared for the procedure can result in some pretty unpleasant surprises and unexpected pain. Interventional Radiologist Dr. Aaron Fritts explains the procedure and answers our questions.
June 15th, 2022 | Season 1 | 37 mins 46 secs
book review, mammography, nurses, nursing, tamoxifen, ultrasound
As a nurse, you never truly understand the level of terror your patients are experiencing until you become one yourself. New York Times best-selling author Theresa Brown, RN, shares her breast cancer treatment journey along with details about her new book, “Healing.”
June 13th, 2022 | Season 2 | 6 mins 12 secs
biopsy, lumpectomy, mammogram, san francisco general hospital, ultrasound
Natasha Curry is not your everyday average nurse. As a palliative care nurse practitioner at San Francisco General Hospital, she cares for the poorest and most vulnerable. When she discovered an almond-sized lump in her armpit, she did everything she tells her patients not to do and dismissed it. One painful biopsy later, Natasha found out she had cancer; in one life-changing moment, the nurse became the patient. This is Natasha’s breast cancer story, told in real time.