Lee is the creator and host of WE Have Cancer, the longest running, regularly produced podcast that allows cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to share stories of hope and inspiration. Diagnosed in 2011 with Stage IV Colon Cancer, Lee continues to be very active in both the colon cancer and podcast communities.
Stage 4 colon cancer warrior and host of the WE have cancer podcast Lee Silverstein shares his own cancer journey and what led him to create the WE have cancer podcast.   Check out Lee's podcast at www.wehavecancershow.com and on iTunes, Stitcher, Google podcasts and Spotify    Follow Lee on IG and FB @wehavecancerpod
Guest Lee Silverstein Lee Silverstein is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor and the host of the WE Have Cancer podcast. WE Have Cancer On today’s episode of Causecasts we are so happy and honored to have Lee Silverstein, host of the WE Have Cancer Podcast, as our guest. Lee created this podcast a few years ago as a way to inspire hope and connection within the community of people affected by cancer. Lee’s positive and realistic outlook has directed the tone and reach of his work, which now has a humble yet committed and engaged following, and for Lee, there is nothing that he would rather be putting his time into. During our interview, he even shares that the years since his diagnosis have been the best of his life. After being diagnosed about 6 years ago, a fateful encounter with a friend and an emerging podcast community led to a clear realization of his path, one that he has followed with passion and dedication since. Our conversation includes this origin story of how WE Have Cancer was born; as well as some meditation on what it means to host a podcast with guests whose life expectancy is generally uncertain. Lee sees his work sharing these stories as the ultimate way to honor and provide grace for both guests and listeners, and has experienced the profound effect of this process himself. Lee also explains why he sees podcasting as such a powerful medium for the message he is broadcasting. He acknowledges the direct line it provides to the human voice and how it is something he has come to cherish greatly. As you might expect with a conversation such as this, it is both hopeful and sad, beautiful yet tragic, and this bittersweet atmosphere is touching on many levels. For a truly heartfelt and deeply inspiring discussion be sure to tune in to hear what Lee has to say. Key Topics: • How Lee wound up hosting a podcast dealing with cancer. (01:25) • Lee’s surprise at the lifespan and reach of his podcast. (03:37) • Hope and inspiration as the main reasons for Lee’s work. (04:55) • How Lee manages the emotional and physical toll of dealing with cancer as a topic. (06:57) • Lee’s connection to the podcast format and the uniqueness of his product. (09:07) • Audio and the human voice as an effective means of connection. (11:20) • A particularly meaningful relationship Lee had with an interviewee. (12:27) • Lee’s belief in serving and honoring those who have or will pass on. (15:29) • Advice from Lee to anyone thinking about starting a podcast with a cause. (17:41) • Why it is okay to get something out of a selfless service. (19:57) • Where Lee is at with his own personal journey and health. (22:22) • The difficulties that arise even with such an inspiring outlook. (24:34) • And much more! Support WE Have Cancer See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causepods.org/podcast/lee-silverstein Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causepods.org. Stay up-to-date on Causepods by followng Mathew Passy on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ Facebook Group if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one. And if you would like to be a guest on Causecasts, please fill out this form.
Lee Silverstein is a survivor of childhood cancer and was later diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2011 after undergoing a routine colonoscopy. When he attended a podcasters meet-up in 2014 he was inspired to start his own podcast, the Colon Cancer Podcast, where he provides people the hope and support they need when they are told they have cancer. By providing cancer survivors and caretakers a platform to share their stories, Lee is a constant inspiration for the many people who have been affected by colon cancer. 06:57 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary 08:55 - How he felt about seeing himself on the “big screen” 09:34 - His colon cancer diagnosis 11:17 - How his idea for the Colon Cancer Podcast started 15:12 - How his community of supporters has helped provide the fuel for his podcast 16:55 - The first time he realized his podcast was making an impact on people’s lives 21:36 - A.G.E. and how spending time at the gym has helped him deal with his cancer 23:07 - How having a positive attitude has helped him battle cancer 27:16 - The factors that impacted his self-confidence growing up 28:46 - My older sister who passed away from leukemia 30:01 - What he remembers about having cancer as a child 31:00 - His fondest TV show memory 32:07 - The story of his connection with Greg Trout 34:44 - Determining who he wants on the podcast and finding topics for the show 36:38 - How having his podcast has helped him expand his own knowledge of cancer 38:23 - Podcasting as a cancer patient 42:46 - How he landed his first sponsor 45:17 - How his confidence has grown as a podcaster 47:49 - The events and communities of Chris Krimitsos 53:03 - His next podcast goals 55:48 - The tutelage of Glen the Geek 57:01 - What he’s changed his mind about recently 59:15 - The one most misunderstood thing about him Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/lee-silverstein-interview/★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Lee Silverstein supports people dealing with cancer, and he's an all round connector of individuals. He has a podcast called The Colon Cancer Podcast which he created in 2015, after being diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2011. Since then, Lee has created The Cancer Radio Network. Lee has helped countless numbers of people through his show and his all around caring personality. Contact Info Website: www.TheCancerRadioNetwork.com Twitter: @Lee_Silverstein / @CancerRadioNet Podcast: The Colon Cancer Podcast Most Influential Person My youngest sister, Margie. Effect on Emotions It's helped keep me centered and it's helped me enjoy the little things that are in front of us every day. In our society, you hear phrases like, thank god it's Friday, or the weekend's coming. I just don't subscribe to that because you're ignoring what could be right in front of you today on Monday. Monday could be an amazing day. And Tuesday could be an amazing day. Why do we have to look forward to something in the future to find that happiness? You can touch someone and have an impact on someone's life or something special could be right in front of you if you just take the time to look. Thoughts on Breathing I watched a video a couple of years ago by Dr. Andrew Weil who shared a calming, breathing practice. Perhaps many of Mindful Tribe have heard this. It's the 4 - 7 - 8 breathing cadence. You slowly inhale for the count of 4. You hold your breath for the count of 7. You exhale for the count of 8. You do that four times. It brings you centered, it slows your heart rate and brings you calmness. It's a nice thing to do if you're having a little trouble trying to fall asleep. When you first lay down, do four of those and it calms you, keeps you centered and really helps you take on a mindfulness mode. Suggested Resources Book: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruis App: Reminder App on my phone Bullying Story I grew up in a very close family. I have two younger sisters. I'm very close with my sisters, my parents, all of my cousins. But we moved around fairly frequently all through grade school. Dad was fortunate in that new and better jobs seemed to come his way fairly often which meant I didn't spend more than two years in the same school from kindergarten up until ninth grade. Being the new kid in school is not most student's favorite role to be in. That resulted in quite a bit of bullying until high school. In high school that was not an issue. There's a lot of not great memories of being bullied, for being the new kid, for not being the most athletic kid. All the same reasons unfortunately that kids like to pick on other children. I do have some fairly vivid memories about that.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Sep 9th, 1960
Location
Auburndale, FL, USA
Episode Count
12
Podcast Count
7
Total Airtime
7 hours, 31 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 845962