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Nov. 26, 2021

Share Your Story: Joy Clausen Soto

Share Your Story: Joy Clausen Soto

Joy Clausen Soto is the founder of the annual Dolphin Interaction Program for patients from Rady Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Joy is a Stage 2 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor, a dolphin trainer, TEDx speaker, and the director and subject of the documentary Just One Year –A story of triumph over cancer.

  • 01:46: I had this cough, and the cough wouldn't go away, kept getting worse and worse instead of better.
  • 03:45: We went to urgent care which is right around the corner from where he lived.
  • 05:10: The next week I was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin's lymphoma and my diagnosis ended up changing.
  • 07:50: What did the doctor tell you about the diagnosis and what were your expectations about it?
  • 09:27: That's one of the things I would tell people to do is to make sure you get someone else to check out your slides to make sure it is what it is.
  • 11:07: Did you have to go down to Children's Hospital Los Angeles?
  • 13:03: What happened with film school?
  • 17:06: He was there for me for every single chemotherapy treatment, every blood transfusion.
  • 19:32: Did you go back to film school?
  • 22:12: You have to be selfish and that's what I did.
  • 24:09: What was your worst moment?
  • 26:20: What was your best moment?
  • 27:47: What is one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 28:36: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 30:11: Are you ready for the Thriver Rapid Fire questions?
  • 32:16: Aside from Cancer U, what would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?


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