A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey with Osteopath, Author and Entrepreneur Helen Bullen | The Matt Feret Show Podcast | #037
Hellen Bullen’s life was all going to plan. She’d put in years as an Osteopathic Doctor, ran a successful large practice and had retired early. In 2021, she got a surprising wake-up call – an aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. Using a healthy dose of humor, humility and practicality, this is Helen’s journey. Her advice is based on her own experience and as you’ll hear, she very much hopes it brings support, hope, and some laughter to all who listen to it.
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00:00 The Matt Feret Show Intro
02:21 Helen’s background as an osteopathic doctor and entrepreneur.
03:38 Helen’s retirement and being a business mentor.
05:08 Helen’s two books, including Agnes, Bea, Cancer and Me!
06:08 Helen’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2021.
09:37 The diagnosis and the denial.
11:28 How Helen’s brain processed a Stage 3 cancer diagnosis and processing it.
14:30 Going from shock and tears to a bit of humor.
16:04 How humor helped Helen deal with treatment and outlook.
18:42 Self-care, positive podcasts and connecting with people.
21:14 The importance of a support structure.
24:10 “There’s no wrong way to handle cancer.”
26:04 How to help and empathize with a friend or acquaintance with cancer.
31:08 How Helen approached the dark days.
47:20 How Helen came up with the title of her latest book.
50:54 Writing as therapeutic outlet for Helen.
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