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Inspiration from a three-time cancer survivor

Brigitte Cutshall

Breast Cancer Survivor (2x), Rare Brain Tumor Survivor, Health Advocate, Speaker, Author, Podcast Host

In a recent episode of Navigating Cancer TOGETHER, I had the pleasure of talking with Brigitte Cutshall, a cancer thriver and advocate. Brigitte shared her inspiring journey of facing and overcoming three cancer diagnoses, including a rare primary brain tumor. Despite the challenges she faced, Brigitte's story is one of resilience, empowerment, and finding inner strength. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into Brigitte's experiences and the valuable lessons she learned along the way.

Three Cancer Diagnoses

Brigitte's cancer journey began in her early forties when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. This was followed by the discovery of a vestibular schwannoma, a slow-growing brain tumor, and later, melanoma. Each diagnosis presented its own set of challenges, but Brigitte faced them head-on with determination and a positive mindset.

Impact on Mental Health

Facing multiple cancer diagnoses can take a toll on one's mental health. Brigitte acknowledged the initial fear she felt, especially as a mother with young children. However, she chose to focus on being there for her family and sought support from her healthcare team, nurses, and loved ones. Brigitte also found solace in activities like running, writing, and spending time in nature, which helped her maintain a positive outlook and cope with the emotional challenges.

Navigating the Healthcare System

Brigitte's experience with the healthcare system was largely positive, thanks to her persistence and advocacy for her health. She emphasized the importance of finding doctors who listen to your questions and concerns and being connected with nurses who can provide valuable insights. She also highlighted the need for health insurance coverage and the challenges that can arise when insurance plans change. She encouraged others to research their doctors, ask questions, and be their own advocates within the healthcare system.

"A lot of people think it's woo woo and don't do that. But I thought I wouldn't be here if I wasn't listening to my body." - Brigitte Cutshall

Brigitte Cutshall is a three time cancer survivor, author, health advocate, and more!

Integrative Health and Wellness

Throughout her cancer journey, Brigitte incorporated integrative health practices into her life. She emphasized the importance of listening to one's body and understanding its unique needs. She focused on movement, nutrition, and rest as her three pillars of health. She found joy in activities like running, hiking, and practicing yoga. Brigitte also emphasized the significance of nutrition and how it played a role in her healing process. By incorporating these practices, Brigitte was able to support her overall well-being and find balance in her life.

Empowering Others

Brigitte's passion for empowering others shines through in her work as an author, speaker, and advocate. Her book, "Move For You: Empowering a Healthy, Happy Life Through Exercise," aims to inspire individuals who may not exercise regularly to find activities they enjoy and incorporate movement into their lives. Brigitte believes in keeping it simple and finding what brings happiness and fulfillment to each individual's unique journey.

Brigitte's story is a testament to the power of resilience, self-advocacy, and finding joy in the face of adversity. Through her experiences, she has learned the importance of listening to her body, incorporating integrative health practices, and being an advocate for her own health. Brigitte's journey serves as an inspiration to others facing cancer or any other challenges in life. By embracing movement, nutrition, and rest, we can all strive to live healthier, happier lives.

If you want to dive deeper into Brigitte's wisdom and hear about her incredible journey, make sure to listen to the full episode. Click the episode in the SmartPlayer below. You can also listen on Amazon Music or your favorite podcast app.

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