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October 10, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Receiving a Lung Cancer Diagnosis in 48 Hours
October 03, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Fighting Physician Bias Against Unmarried Patients With Cancer
September 26, 2019 – Tom Castles
Crowdfunding and the High Cost of Cancer
September 19, 2019 – Tom Castles
'Listen to Your Mother' and Protect Your Skin
September 12, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Navigating Life After Breast Cancer Brilliantly
September 05, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Earning Your Legacy: Cancer Has Nothing To Do With It
August 29, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
SupermanHPV: Fighting Against HPV-Related Cancers
August 22, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Human Connection After a Cancer Diagnosis
August 15, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
The Gift of Knowing Your Family Health History
August 08, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Cancer Caregivers Need Support, Too
August 01, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
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From Patient to Cancer Caregiver
July 11, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
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July 04, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
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June 27, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
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June 20, 2019 – Jessica Skarzynski
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June 13, 2019 – Katie Kosko
What You Need to Know About Genomics
June 06, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
The Basics of Bladder Cancer
May 30, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Firsthand Experience With CAR T-Cell Therapy
May 23, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Katie Couric: Advice to My Younger Self
May 16, 2019 – Katie Kosko and Kristie L. Kahl
Speaking Out About Breast Implant-Associated Cancer
May 09, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
One-On-One Support Among Cancer Fighters, Survivors and Caregivers
May 02, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Focusing on Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer
April 25, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Giuliana Rancic: This Too Shall Pass
April 18, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl and Beth Fand Incollingo
Addressing Nutritional Needs in Cancer
April 11, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Drumming Out Head and Neck Cancer with Rikki Rockett
April 07, 2019 – Jessica Skarzynski
Turning Cancer Into Comedy
April 04, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Ovarian Cancer Heroes Come in Many Forms
March 28, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl and Jessica Skarzynski
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March 21, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl and Jessica Skarzynski
The Pink Ribbon Connecting the Community
March 14, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
How One Survivor 'Keeps On Keeping On'
March 07, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Scott Foley Opens Up About Caregiving
February 28, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Believing Miracles Can Happen
February 21, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
At-Home Genetic Testing: Dispelling Fact vs Fiction
February 14, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
An Inside Look Into a Patient-Doctor Convo
February 07, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Comedian Finds Humor in Life's 'Cosmic Joke': Advanced Cancer
January 31, 2019 – Brielle Benyon
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January 24, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
MPN Heroes Make a Difference in the Rare Blood Cancer Space
January 17, 2019 – Brielle Benyon
Funding Research to Eliminate Childhood Cancer
January 10, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
Handing a Piece of Life Back
January 03, 2019 – Kristie L. Kahl
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December 20, 2018 – Brielle Benyon
A Long History of BRCA
December 13, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Tackling Cancer With Purpose
December 08, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Scott Hamilton: When Fear Flips
December 06, 2018 – Brielle Benyon
Mother-Daughter Advocacy Duo Navigates the Cancer Journey
November 29, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Seeing Cancer as a Motivation, Not a Destination
November 21, 2018 – Jessica Skarzynski
The Ins and Outs of Cancer Caregiving
November 15, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
Advice for Caregivers: It's Okay to Not be Okay Sometimes
November 08, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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November 01, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Tiki Barber on Tackling Cancer
October 27, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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October 25, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Illuminating Ovarian Cancer
October 18, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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October 13, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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October 11, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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October 04, 2018 – Jessica Skarzynski
Knowing Your Hereditary Risk
September 30, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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September 27, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
The Basics of Head and Neck Cancer
September 20, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
A Survivor and Her Running Shoes
September 13, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
From Cancer to Capitol Hill
September 06, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Let's Start a Conversation
August 30, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Jim Kelly: Never Give Up
August 24, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
The Political Patient
August 23, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
Running the Marathon Called Cancer
August 16, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Saved by the TV Screen
August 09, 2018 – Katie Kosko
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August 02, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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July 26, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Support Groups: A Saving Grace
July 19, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
A 'Common Sense' Bill to Help Young Cancer Survivors
July 12, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
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June 07, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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Real Talk About Genetic Testing
May 10, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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April 26, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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April 19, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
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April 12, 2018 – Katie Kosko
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April 05, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Shining a Spotlight on Prostate Cancer
March 29, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
Love Over Fear
March 22, 2018 – Kristie L. Kahl
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March 15, 2018 – Brielle Urciuoli
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The Grateful Patient

In this week’s episode of the “CURE Talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with ex-NFL kicker Rolf Benirschke about being a grateful patient and how one can choose to be the victim or the victor in their diagnosis.
BY Kristie L. Kahl
PUBLISHED July 25, 2019
Rolf Benirschke was a placekicker for the San Diego Chargers when he was faced with a life-threatening challenge off the field: battling ulcerative colitis. Returning to the NFL, he went on to not only be the first NFL player ever to wear an ostomy appliance, but also a grateful patient.

Since, Rolf has dedicated his life to patient advocacy and supporting the research and innovation that leads to new therapies for all diseases. He co-founded a patient engagement company as well as the Grateful Patient Project to continue to improve patient outcomes.

In this week’s episode, we spoke with Rolf about his work to improve patient engagement and his advice on how individuals facing their own diagnosis can choose to become the victim or the victor in fighting their disease.

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