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Talking Blood Cancer: Mother-Daughter Cancer Warriors

Theresa Webb and Summer’s Inspiring Battle with Lymphoma and Leukaemia

In this episode of the Talking Blood Cancer podcast, Kate Arkadieff invites Theresa Webb to share her deeply personal journey with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and her daughter’s battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Kate begins the conversation by acknowledging the tough reality faced by patients and their families.

Theresa opens up about the complexities of managing her own health alongside her role as a mother and business owner after being diagnosed with blood cancer. The discussion sheds light on the immense pressure she faced advocating for her daughter’s health, how she had to streamline her life to cope with the demands of treatment, and the financial and emotional strain it placed on her. Despite these challenges, Theresa speaks to the resilience and strength displayed by both her and her daughter Summer, transitioning from paediatric to adult medical care and overcoming significant obstacles.

Highlighting the often-overlooked aspects of life after cancer treatment, Theresa discusses her post-treatment physical and emotional struggles, including her physical shutdown and the subsequent formation of her mental management business. She also reflects on the changes in her own identity post-diagnosis and the importance of self-care. Through her story, Theresa provides invaluable insights into the importance of appreciating the small things in life and the supportive role played by her father and daughters during the most challenging times.

Kate and Theresa converse about the intricate details of their treatment experiences, the impact on family dynamics, and the necessity of support networks. They also delve into the lessons learned and the wisdom gained through their cancer journeys.

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Last updated on May 17th, 2024

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