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June 14, 2022

Share Your Story: Rachel DeSpain

Share Your Story: Rachel DeSpain

Rachel DeSpain is a breast cancer survivor, author, global adventurer, and entrepreneur. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She wrote a book titled A Wild Ride: Reclaiming my Edge after Cancer to convey hope to survivors that it's possible to find joy after cancer.

  • 02:17: I have been to more than 40 countries.  
  • 03:41: Take us back to the beginning of your cancer journey.  
  • 05:15: I woke up and looked down and I had no breasts. 
  • 07:10: I felt this incredible, strong shooting pain from my left breast, something I had never felt before.  
  • 09:35: You know, no one told me anything.  
  • 11:57: I think I would have been okay with radiated reconstructed breasts.  
  • 14:21: There's no road map when you're finished with your treatment. 
  • 14:56: What was your worst moment? 
  • 17:40: How about your best moment? 
  • 19:34: We lived in Alaska for 10 years together, where we started and operated a zip line tour. 
  • 21:38: It's not an easy dream to pull off.  
  • 23:45: How old was your daughter when you were diagnosed, and how did that impact her?  
  • 25:30: What is the one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?  
  • 27:10: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why? 
  • 30:48: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  
  • 32:12: Aside from Cancer U, what's one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? 


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