But Seriously: The Cancer Podcast
Season Two Coming Soon!

Season Two Coming Soon!

November 13, 2020

Wow! That was way more work than I had anticipated. Fortunately I love, love, love doing it and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Season Two coming in December!

Daniel Delacruz - Survivor of Meningeal Tumor

Daniel Delacruz - Survivor of Meningeal Tumor

November 6, 2020

DeLa is

A husband 

A father 

A musician 

A brain tumor survivor and 

A believer!

He is the saxophonist for the band slightly stoopid and also leads his own band Dela & steady rock easy.


0:00:00 Bringing awareness to others

0:05:08 Symptoms preceding diagnosis

0:09:25 Tunnel vision

0:13:15 Tumor doubles in size

0:16:13 Tumor responds to the threat

0:17:39 Brief synopsis of Bert’s cancer journey

0:24:18 Scott Palmer

0:29:54 When it all hit home

0:33:35 Full frontal bilateral craniotomy

0:39:37 Anesthesia or local anesthetic

0:42: 31 Dela wakes up completely blind

0:45:46 From the O.R. to the Stage

0:50:13 Radiation therapy

0:58:20 The power of music

1:03:19 Nurses our heroes

1:13:21 Dela’s eyesight returns 

1:16:08 The blessing of it all

1:21:21 Living fully/On Kilimanjaro

1:28:42 We go it alone

1:37:29 Radiation breakdown

1:43:40 Ringing the bell

1:48:33 Post-treatment follow-up




Socials @delasaxmusic

Maria Honeker: Survivor of Stage III Bowel Cancer

Maria Honeker: Survivor of Stage III Bowel Cancer

October 30, 2020

Maria is a food creator, a Wellness Mentor, a mother and wife. She has been cancer-free for over two years.

Follow Maria on Instagram @holisticlivingwithmaria


0:00:00 How the cancer was discovered

0:14:16 Scan confirms no metastasis

0:18:51 Chemotherapy recommended

0:25:30 Self-advocacy

0:30:36 Being positive verses being authentic

0:33:50 Giving back to the cancer community

0:40:05 Penny Brohn Cancer Center

0:47:10 Recurrence

0:50:59 England’s National Health Service

0:58:05 Holistic medicine

1:09:45 Long-lasting effects of chemotherapy

1:13:30 Possibility of a colostomy

1:14:56 Chemotherapy and neuropathy

1:18:19 Doctor’s making lifespan predictions

1:26:15 Where does cancer come from?

1:32:45 Follow up tests


Instagram @holisticlivingwithmaria

- recorded 06/19/2020

Jason Hungerford - Survivor of Stage IIA Rectal Cancer

Jason Hungerford - Survivor of Stage IIA Rectal Cancer

October 23, 2020

Jason is the Vice-President for the Board of Directors of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and the co-founder of the Colorectal Support Group as well as the Young Adult Support Group, now named "Beth's Group" in memory of his co-founder, Beth Brunelle. Jason has been cancer-free for ten years.

0:00:00 Surgery and life with a shortened colon

0:08:30 Struggles with radiation

0:12:12 "No thanks" to elective surgeries

0:16:48 Life doesn't just "go on"

0:24:47 Medical procedure anxiety

0:26:14 How a shortened colon effects diet

0:29:55 Prolapse of the stoma

0:33:10 Avoiding public places

0:38:37 Returning to the regular world

0:43:56 Dating with a colostomy

0:55:04 A life of gratitude

1:05:48 Cancer prepared me for the death of my husband

1:11:58 Cancer and covid

1:14:37 The gift of tears

1:19:14 It wasn't all gratitude

1:27:15 Oral chemo verses intravenous

1:35:50 Surgery reveals a change in diagnosis

1:43:20 Masculinity and treatment 

Sara Ferguson - Survivor of Stage II Breast Cancer - Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

Sara Ferguson - Survivor of Stage II Breast Cancer - Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

October 16, 2020

Sara has worked as a professional book editor, a dishwasher, a philosophy professor, a ballet instructor, a waiter, and an English teacher in Slovakia and Lithuania. She’s ordained clergy, an astrologer, and lives in Ithaca, New York, with her beautiful husband, brilliant son, and a slightly above-average pit bull. Sarah has been cancer-free for eight years.

0:00:00 How the breast cancer was discovered

0:07:30 Breast feeding

0:12:18 Surrounding yourself with strong advocates

0:16:02 Loved ones who don’t show up

26:39 Doctors working in tandem

29:00 Chemotherapy

38:30 Eating through treatment!

42:51 Marijuana to manage side-effects 

46:44 Chemo-brain and recovery from anesthesia 

50:21 Post-treatment elective surgeries 

56:26 Misdiagnosed 4x

58:09 Mastectomies and reconstruction 

1:03:15 The body and societal norms

1:10:31 Caregivers

1:18:34 Cancer coaches and therapists 

1:21:17 Cultural expectations of men & women

1:24:13 Positive thinking or just lucky?

1:28:19 Finding freedom in my diagnosis 

1:35:29 Cancer woke me up!

1:42:13 Cancer as a gift?


-recorded 3/06/2020


Rosemary Lang - Survivor of Stage III Rectal Cancer

Rosemary Lang - Survivor of Stage III Rectal Cancer

October 9, 2020

Today’s guest is Rosemary Lang. Rosemary lives in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State and enjoys hiking and riding motorcycles with her husband and best friend. Rosemary is an inquiry, discovering what it is to live life beyond cancer. Rosemary has been cancer-free for 2 1/2 years.


0:00:00 Clinical Trial to postpone surgery 

0:10:50 Recurrence/Ileostomy

0:14:20 Community Support 

0:17:00 Human touch

0:22:55 Nasogastric Tube

0:25:30 Change in treatment plan

0:30:14 Acceptance

0:43:20 Grief and Shame

0:52:40 Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

0:59:10 Long-term Survivorship

1:11:21 Allowing the sadness to be

1:17:20 Physically expressing our emotions 

1:23:06 Sex after cancer

1:27:41 Self-love

1:35:17 The Hero’s Journey


- recorded 2/22/202

Eamonn Murphy - Survivor of Prostate Cancer

Eamonn Murphy - Survivor of Prostate Cancer

October 2, 2020

Eamonn is married to Marilee Murphy and she is the Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, and they have two sons. Eamonn is the owner and sole practitioner at Finger Lakes Acupuncture in Ithaca. Eamonn has been cancer-free for three years.


0:00:00 The biopsy

0:05:10 Being empowered in your diagnosis

0:08:15 Determining your treatment

0:15:05 Prostate education and support

0:17:55 Surgery & anesthesia

0:23:15 Vulnerability and uncertainty

0:30:39 Coming to terms with cancer

0:36:00 Fulfilled while facing your mortality

0:43:25 Evolving awareness

0:49:15 Cracked open

0:56:12 Post-surgery

1:04:03 Catheters

1:11:04 Laparoscopic surgery

1:14:45 Quality of life

1:17:38 Follow-up testing

1:26:33 Scanxiety


- recorded 4/14/2020


Carrie Ann Kemp - Survivor of Mucinous Carcinoma of the Breast

Carrie Ann Kemp - Survivor of Mucinous Carcinoma of the Breast

September 25, 2020

Carrie Ann teaches Maturation to elementary and middle school kids. Her passion is to help everyone love and accept their unique individual body and for Carrie Anne this starts with teaching our youth that puberty is not to be feared but to be embraced.


0:00:00 How the cancer was discovered

0:08:35 Port-a cath

0:15:28 Six weeks to live

0:22:00 Telling her children

0:30:10 A gift of awareness

0:35:15 Uterus, ovaries, cervix & breasts removed

0:42:35 Self-love

0:46:04 Navigating chemotherapy

0:51:47 Still alive at Christmas

0:57:35 Cancer-versary

1:07:15 Radiation

1:12:20 Masculinity

1:17:00 Cancer as a curriculum

1:33:45 Mentors

1:38:29 Living freely with cancer

1:49:50 The support of others

1:53:51 Dating after cancer

2:08:45 Funeral and wake considerations

2:14:15 Being the observer of our own thinking

2:19:39 Living in gratitude


- recorded 2/28/2020

Shera Delia - Survivor of Breast Cancer HR+/HER2-

Shera Delia - Survivor of Breast Cancer HR+/HER2-

September 18, 2020

Shera is a mixed-media artist and painter. She’s a flat-closure advocate and activist - often using her art and social media platforms to share and connect. Shera has been cancer-free for eight years.

  • 00:00:00 Cancer almost not discovered
  • 00:13:59  Self-advocacy and multiple opinions
  • 00:23:35 Community support and masculinity
  • 00:28:09 Keeping cancer private
  • 00:32:35  Strength and vulnerability
  • 00:40:50 Navigating chemotherapy
  • 00:44:15 Mastectomy and reconstruction
  • 00:49:10 Second breast misdiagnosed
  • 00:57:00 When it all seems like too much
  • 01:05:35 Breast implants
  • 01:07:08 Colorectal resection
  • 01:11:41 Second breast misdiagnosed
  • 01:14:35 Very first infusion caused menopause
  • 01:21:35 Unseen struggles with cancer
  • 01:26:18 Breast implant illness
  • 01:37:03 Life without breasts
  • 01:44:40 Post-surgery intimacy
  • 01:51:40 Oncology phone calls
  • 02:02:34 Post-cancer limitations
  • 02:10:53 Committing to self-care

- recorded 1/03/2020

Joe Schill - Survivor of Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Joe Schill - Survivor of Soft Tissue Sarcoma

September 17, 2020

Joe is an archivist at the Corning Museum of Glass and he lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, his two kids, and their dog Hamilton. Joe has been cancer-free for five years.

  • 00:00:00 How the cancer was discovered
  • 00:05:40 The physical discomfort of a tumor
  • 00:09:20 Informing friends
  • 00:20:40 Only one leg
  • 00:25:30 Accountability Partners
  • 00:33:15 Connecting with fellow survivors
  • 00:34:30 Standing infection & open wound
  • 00:36:25 Infected titanium rod
  • 00:47:44 Recovery from anesthesia
  • 00:50:50 Whether or not to keep the leg
  • 00:58:00 Immobility
  • 01:03:07 Radiation & chemo
  • 01:08:05 Aggressive surgery
  • 01:12:00 Two months of radiation
  • 01:18:30 Ask more questions
  • 01:24:20 Prosthetics or second surgery
  • 01:32:25 Creating stability
  • 01:36:00 There’s no single approach
  • 01:39:40 Life after treatment
  • 01:41:48 Chronic pain
  • 01:48:36 Post-treatment checkups

- recorded 2/14/2020

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