Down There Aware

Down There Aware

A podcast bringing awareness to gynecologic cancers, women's health, and patient advocacy.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Does it influence our medical decisions?
Jul 25 2022
SOCIAL MEDIA: Does it influence our medical decisions?
Alex and Mary discuss how social media affects our medical decisions, positively and negatively. They also share some of their favorite social media sites that have proven to be trustworthy, educational, and informative. #podcast #womenshealth #social media #tiktok #facebook #instagram #pinterest #todayshow Stay Connected Email Us: downthereaware@gmail.com Instagram:@downthereaware Facebook: Down There Aware Twitter: @downthereaware Pinterest: Down There Aware TikTok: Down There Aware Episode Research Links An Inside Look at Fake Online Reviews for Doctors and Dentists Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare - TMH - Home | Facebook @Merry_Jennifer @lennoxhillspine @it_started_with_a_cyst @belowthewaist_gyncancers @thewombtangclan @4hcmwarriors @justpeachywombcancer @gynecancerinitiative @drdlanger @amydeepharmd @todayshow Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:57] Heatwave! [1:03] I saw it on The Today Show! [1:46] Fake online medical reviews [1:57] The point of the podcast [3:15] How to spot a fake review [3:51] How does social media affect medical decisions [4:20] Global connections [4:54] From cable news to social media breaking news  [5:50] Does the good outweigh the bad?  [6:53] Online support groups [8:40] Think critically when online [9:35] Functioning without the Internet [10:46] Connecting with Morgan Gaynor [13:30] Positive influences [13:56] Dr. Mary Jennifer Markham [14:18] Doctors on Tik Tok [15:28] Time with doctors is limited [17:30] Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Facebook [18:06] TV hospitals are NOT reality [19:12] GoFundMe and Memorials [21:26] Connecting with former students [22:30] Caring Bridge [23:20] Alex’s 3rd year cancer diagnosis anniversary [24:12] We have control [24:40] Thanks for listening! [28:04] Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, social media, tik tok, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest --- Send in a voice message:
Interview with Morgan Gaynor: Ovarian Cancer Survivor and Advocate
Jul 11 2022
Interview with Morgan Gaynor: Ovarian Cancer Survivor and Advocate
Morgan Gaynor shares her unbelievable story, recounting how her desire to freeze her eggs at the age of 30 led to a cancer diagnosis. This Stage 4 cancer would, in all likelihood, not have been discovered otherwise. Morgan turned her experience into a positive by becoming actively involved in cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns. Morgan was honored as the American Cancer Society’s Tides of Change 2021 Survivor of the Year, in recognition of her advocacy for cancer awareness. Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:55]Welcome Morgan Gaynor! [0:59]Morgan’s story [1:20]Freezing eggs [1:50]Ultrasound findings [2:34]Endometriosis/PCOS [3:10]Memorial Sloan Kettering [3:35]Unrecognized symptoms [4:14]Age is a factor [7:00]Low-grade serous carcinoma  [7:20]Limitations of PAP smear [8:20]9-hour surgery [8:55]Advocacy [11:38]Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance [12:45]STAAR [13:10]Survival rate [18:10]Post-surgical treatment [18:40]Cancer anxiety [22:30]Surgical menopause [23:35]Support system [25:10]Breaking the news [27:25]What’s next for Morgan? [30:58]Talking to your doctor [33:20]Find your network [37:25]Dilation & Curettage [40:45]Doctor’s apology [42:30]Thank you, Morgan! [44:50]Thanks for listening! [46:45] Episode Research Links Connected Email Us: downthereaware@gmail.com Instagram:@downthereaware Facebook: Down There Aware Twitter: @downthereaware Pinterest: Down There Aware TikTok: Down There Aware --- Send in a voice message:
Die As You Lived: One Family's Experience with Terminal Illness and Preparing for Death
Mar 14 2022
Die As You Lived: One Family's Experience with Terminal Illness and Preparing for Death
This week Mary and Alex sit down with Dr. Randall Bradley, a dear friend who lost his wife of 36 years, Brenda, to stage four pancreatic cancer. Randall is transparent about the highs and lows of dealing with a shocking diagnosis and the deliberate decisions he and Brenda made together in order to allow her to “die as she lived.” Randall shares intimate details of their conversations, the choices they made in the midst of heartbreak, and the community that walked alongside them. Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:56]Dr. Randall Bradley intro [1:08]April 2019 [2:40]Constipation [3:30]Delays in diagnosis [4:10]Devastating diagnosis [4:48]Dim Prognosis [6:30]“We decided we needed more time.” [7:00]Open and honest sharing [8:40]“Determined to be positive.”  [9:15]“Die as she had lived” [11:20]“Not live in a vacuum” [11:30]One last trip to Kenya [12:55]A Few More Minutes: A Poetry Collection, by Brenda Livingston Bradley [14:40]Bradley Family Recipes: Bread for the Journey [15:19]Brenda Bradley Memorial Scholarship Fund at McLennan Community College [16:24]A premonition, of sorts [17:18]How am I going to die? [18:40]Getting finances in order [20:43]Funeral planning [21:45]Obituary [22:25]Notes to the children [23:13]Precious,2 helpful notes scattered about [24:00]Cleaning out personal items [24:20]Journal entries [25:17]Continue to live as you have lived [27:15]Continue to be who I fell in love with [29:00]I need time alone [29:40]Live life intentionally every day [31:10]Discuss death with family, proactively and periodically [35:00]CaringBridge [36:25]Transparency in sharing your journey[37:56]Living and dying in community [40:37]Take the opportunity to help others understand[41:45]Should we always do what the deceased person wanted? [42:32]It’s ok to laugh with people who are dying [45:10]No guilt in being ready to someone to die [46:04]Hospice [47:00]Responsibility and privilege to share [49:25]Thanks for listening! [50:23] Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, humor, pancreatic cancer, transparency, honesty, funeral planning, chemotherapy, CaringBridge, terminal diagnosis, death and dying --- Send in a voice message:
No Laughing Matter
Jan 24 2022
No Laughing Matter
Alex and Mary return on the 4th Monday and their new schedule. This week they discuss humor, as deflection and a coping mechanism when dealing with trials and tribulations. Alex shares some personal experiences with humor in times of tragedy. Part of their research involved viewing the 1998 film Patch Adams, with Robin Williams, as well as several peer-reviewed articles and various related websites. #Podcast #Spotify #Anchor #research #humor #darkhumor #cancer #thankscancer Episode Research Links Use of humor as a coping mechanism, psychological adjustment, and social interaction The Use of Humor in Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Laughing in the Face of Fear (of Disease Detection): Using Humor to Promote Cancer Self-Examination Behavior Laughing at cancer: Humour, empowerment, solidarity and coping online Hall House Productions (@thankscancer) • Instagram photos and videos Tumor Humor - My Perfect Prescription for Coping with Cancer How One Woman Used Humor to Help Her Cope with Her Cancer - OHC The impact of humor on patients with cancer Finding a Reason to Laugh | Cancer.Net Cancer is no laughing matter — or is it? Using Humor as a Coping Tool | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness Getting serious about funny: Psychologists see humor as a character strength Humor As Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, humor, deflection, coping skills, World Cancer Day, Patch Adams, Robin Williams, Chris Evert, ovarian cancer, therapeutic humor, inappropriate humor --- Send in a voice message:
New Year, New You?
Jan 10 2022
New Year, New You?
Alex and Mary are back with a new episode for 2022. They’re discussing the pros and cons of New Year’s resolutions, commercialism, succeeding and failing at keeping resolutions, and wondering if it really matters. They also give an update on their time away, including Alex’s surgery/recovery and they announce a new schedule for the podcast and reveal a new musical introduction, as they begin Season 3. Listen on our website, www.downthereaware.com/podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:31]Happy New Year! [0:36]Thanksgiving update [1:15]Christmas update [1:33]Surgery update [2:08]New podcast schedule [6:57]Mary’s lichen planus diagnosis [6:24]Please subscribe [7:42]New Year’s Resolutions [8:45]Success percentage rates [9:27]Gym memberships [11:07]Money spent on resolutions [11:48]Do you need a “new you?” [14:20]Health-related resolutions [15:20]Dry January [15:40]The “why” of each resolutions [16:25]Generational statistics [17:06]Regional statistics [18:16]Chris Terrell [19:30]Be careful what you wish for! [20:45]Commercialism [20:38]Test the practicality of resolutions[24:11]Coffee Trends [25:10]New Year, New You? [26:25]Thanks for listening! [28:36] Stay Connected Email Us: downthereaware@gmail.com Instagram:@downthereaware Facebook: Down There Aware Twitter: @downthereaware Pinterest: Down There Aware TikTok: Down There Aware Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, advanced imaging, diagnosis, knowledge, women, resolutions, commercialism, dry January, gym memberships --- Send in a voice message:
Weighing the Pros and Cons
Nov 15 2021
Weighing the Pros and Cons
In this week’s episode, Alex and Mary discuss their experiences with various medical diagnoses and the process of weighing the pros and cons in deciding on treatment options. They share how important it has been for them to do their own research in order to make an informed decision. Listen on our website, www.downthereaware.com/podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:39]A multi-generational perspective [1:05]Subscribe, rate, and review [1:45]Weighing pros and cons of new diagnosis [2:16]Multiple treatment options [3:05]Alex’s endometrial cancer diagnosis [3:57]Mary’s lichen planus diagnosis [6:24]Idiopathic conditions/diseases [8:55]Vaccines, medications, and injury [10:28]In the News [13:17]Alex’s hernia repair [18:48]Bowel strangulation [20:06]Shunt tubing [22:10]Papilledema [26:54]We are taking a break! [29:10]Season 3, January 2022 [30:15]TikTok [30:43]Thanks for listening! [31:05] Stay Connected Email Us: downthereaware@gmail.com Instagram:@downthereaware Facebook: Down There Aware Twitter: @downthereaware Pinterest: Down There Aware TikTok: Down There Aware Links Mentioned in the Episode Mayo Clinic Developing Blood Test That Can Spot More Than 50 Types of Cancer Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, advanced imaging, diagnosis, knowledge, women, fear, symptoms, awareness, incisional hernia, lichen planus, treatment options, pros and cons #Podcast #Spotify #Anchor #research #advocacy #advancedimaging #diagnosis #women #womenshealth #gynecology #health #mother #daughter #awareness #endometrialcancer #incisionalhernia #lichenplanus #prosandcons --- Send in a voice message:
Tips from Amateurs: Researching a New Diagnosis
Nov 8 2021
Tips from Amateurs: Researching a New Diagnosis
In this week’s episode, Alex and Mary discuss their research methods. They offer their best tips on finding credible resources and sifting through what pops up on Google. . . separating the wheat from the chaff, if you will. Listen on our website, www.downthereaware.com/podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:40]Thanks for your support! [0:50]Subscribe, rate, and review [1:18]Research [1:40]Google [2:23]Using the Internet [3:35]Discernment [4:12]Alex is a space nerd [5:00]Government websites [5:20]Dig a little deeper [6:38]Peer-reviewed documents [7:34]Google Scholar [8:45]Check publication dates on articles [10:14]Be open to multiple publications [11:28]Reputable websites [14:06]Recommends from physicians [15:35]Prep for doctor appointments [17:53]Approaching your physician [18:27]Updated medication list [21:03]Thanks for listening! [26:38] Stay Connected Email Us: downthereaware@gmail.com Instagram:@downthereaware Facebook: Down There Aware Twitter: @downthereaware Pinterest: Down There Aware TikTok: Down There Aware Links Mentioned in the Episode Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic Cleveland Clinic National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Turning Discovery Into Health Google Scholar Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, advanced imaging, diagnosis, knowledge, women, fear, symptoms, awareness, research, reputable sites, mayo clinic, cleveland clinic, national institute of health --- Send in a voice message:
How to Know Your Body
Oct 25 2021
How to Know Your Body
This week, Alex and Mary discuss exactly what it means to know your body, how we can be more aware of unusual signs and symptoms, and when it is important to investigate further. Listen on our website, www.downthereaware.com/podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode Highlights Welcome back! [0:40]Rate, Subscribe, and Review DTA [1:10]How to know your body [2:15]Always evolving [2:57]Alex’s 1st experience [3:20]Make a note of unusual symptoms [4:00]Speaking to your doctor [4:30]Pain is relative [5:15]Add situational details [6:35]True Crime shows [8:30]Textbook patients? [9:18]Dehydration [10:18]How much should we be drinking daily? [11:59]LaCroix [12:49]Apps for tracking health/activities [14:32]Period pain [16:28]Journaling vs Apps [17:38]Timing tasks [18:54]Physical signs of a medical issue [19:54]Trust your gut [21:05]Is there a pattern? [25:33]Listen to your body [24:45]What are your limitations? ]26:00]Changing providers [26:55]Thanks for listening! [28:13] Stay Connected Email Us: downthereaware@gmail.com Instagram:@downthereaware Facebook: Down There Aware Twitter: @downthereaware Pinterest: Down There Aware TikTok: Down There Aware Links Mentioned in the Episode Water: How much should you drink every day? The 9 Best Health Apps of 2021 Erin Condren Wellness Bundle Summary Keywords Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, advanced imaging, diagnosis, knowledge, women, fear, symptoms, trust your gut, journaling, health apps, aware, intune, patterns #Podcast #Spotify #Anchor #research #advocacy #advancedimaging #diagnosis #women #womenshealth #gynecology #health #mother #daughter #trustyourgut #journaling #healthapps #beaware #stayintune #patterns --- Send in a voice message: