AHN, iHeart Radio, Bonny Diver, Team for 'I Had Cancer' Podcast
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Cancer Survivor and Local Radio Personality Bonny Diver Shares Patients’ Stories on Allegheny Health Network’s new “I Had Cancer” Podcast
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh-area radio personality Bonny Diver starts the first episode of her new podcast with three simple words: “I had cancer.” Allegheny Health Network is partnering with iHeart Radio to present “I Had Cancer,” a podcast that aims to engage, educate and inspire cancer patients and survivors and their loved ones by telling the stories of some remarkable survivors.
A longtime local radio personality who is now a traffic reporter for iHeart Radio, Diver is a cancer survivor herself who was treated by AHN breast surgeon Mary Beth Malay, MD. In addition to her duties as a radio personality, Diver is active in the local survivors’ community and is the founder of Hair Peace Charities which helps women with cancer in the local area finance the purchase of wigs.
Each podcast features a personal and candid conversation between Diver and a cancer survivor who found exceptional cancer care at AHN hospitals and cancer treatment facilities. One of them is Gevony, who was pregnant when she found out she had a rare form of cancer called goblet cell carcinoid, which had already spread by the time she was diagnosed.
After doctors at West Penn Hospital successfully delivered Gevony’s baby, she was immediately transferred to Allegheny General Hospital to undergo surgery and an innovative treatment: Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC, a type of chemotherapy considered a “chemo bath,’ as the surgeon puts the chemo solution directly on the cancer in the abdomen. Gevony is now cancer-free and her son is now 2 years old.
Diver also interviews Craig, who was treated for an aggressive form of prostate cancer. After his diagnosis, Craig learned prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men. AHN doctors helped ease his mind so that he could concentrate on his health, and not this alarming statistic. In addition to traditional radiation, Craig had surgery to insert over fifty radiation pellets into his prostate, a newer treatment modality. Craig was able to have most of his treatments near his home, at AHN’s Peters Township Health + Wellness Pavilion, where, one day, he finally got to ring the bell signifying he was cancer-free.
To listen to these or other podcasts, visit ahn.org/IHadCancer or find it on through Apple Podcast or the iHeart Radio app. New episodes are added every Tuesday.
“Cancer treatment can be a long and difficult process, and it’s important that our patients know that they are not alone in their struggle” said David Parda, MD, Chair, AHN Cancer Institute. “We are grateful to our patients who are sharing their stories on the 'I Had Cancer' podcast, and believe they will provide hope and inspiration to their fellow patients as they progress through their individual cancer journeys.”
This podcasts offers a unique storytelling element which brings to life patients' stories and their time receiving treatment with AHN. “I Had Cancer” gives a view into the lives of those with cancer and how they have overcome it through medicine, attitude, and hope.
“I never expected I would hear the words: I'm sorry, you have cancer... But 16 years ago that was a call I will never forget. It's isolating and frightening,” Diver said. “I recruited my friends, family and treatment team for support. They saved my life and inspired me.
“The ‘I Had Cancer’ podcast tells stories of hope and courage. We can learn from our journey from ‘I have’ to ‘I had.’ I believe this podcast can be a powerful weapon against cancer, and I hope it shines a light for our neighbors who hear the words, ‘I am sorry, you have cancer,’” Diver said.