Not Your Grandma‘s Cancer Show

At Shine we get cancer as a young adult. We understand what you’re going through and offer support and tools which can help you through your diagnosis. Our podcast lets you hear from real people with real experiences as well as from experts in fertility, health, mindfulness and many more. We cover relatable topics for those in their 20s to 40s including the mindfield of sex and dating after and with cancer! Take a scroll through our podcasts, grab yourself a tea (or margherita) and have a listen. We will be bringing you a new podcast on the 1st Monday of every month! For more information on Shine and how you can be part of our community please head to our website:

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Monday Jun 19, 2023

In this podcast, we explore what it's like to be left infertile after cancer. Tatum talks to Amanda, Katy and Gemma about their experiences of cancer diagnoses, treatment, fertility preservation and adjusting to the thought of a life without children.
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:17 - Amanda's story
00:15:04 - Katy's story
00:31:42 - Gemma's story
- Breast, ovarian and womb cancer
- Cancer diagnosis
- Treatment
- Fertility preservation
- Life without children
- Living with infertility
- Coping strategies

Monday Jun 05, 2023

Tatum speaks to Dr. Cheryl Fitzgerald, a consultant gynaecologist in reproductive medicine in Manchester, and Shine volunteer Hannah, about the ways in which cancer and cancer treatment can affect fertility. They discuss the emotional impact of post-cancer (in)fertility and also provide some really useful tips for shaping discussions with healthcare practitioners. 

Exercise after cancer

Tuesday May 02, 2023

Tuesday May 02, 2023

May is Shine's Exercise after Cancer Month and on the podcast we've got two great guests: exercise specialist and breast cancer survivor Carolyn Garritt, author of Get Your Oomph Back, and size-inclusive personal trainer Gemma Saeger, who also lives with multiple myeloma. They discuss the ins and outs of exercise after cancer, including why it's important and where to get started if you're not feeling motivated. 

Monday Apr 03, 2023

This month we're talking about chronic cancer. Chronic cancer often can't be cured but it also may not need treatment immediately. Sometimes, they can be treated long-term, or they might require treatment every so often.  Myeloma, some lymphomas and leukaemias and even some ovarian cancers can fall into this category, but they're often not well understood by friends and family (or people in general!). Tatum talks to David, Lucy and Kerrie about their experiences. 

Thursday Feb 09, 2023

Just listening in for the first time? Need a reminder of everything we've covered in the podcast? Look no further! In this special episode, we've got a run down of some of topics we've covered previously and a few highlights of our favourite bits. Living with cancer as a young adult isn't easy, but we've got you covered. 

Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

In this episode, Tatum welcomes Clare from Shine to review some of the experiences that were shared at Shine's annual conference. They hear from Rime, who lives with bipolar disorder and experienced a severe mental health emergency after her diagnosis; Ben who has experienced anxiety and used alcohol to cope; and from Ciaran who was diagnosed with testicular cancer and then experienced suicidal thoughts. 
Warning: Please be aware that this episode contains descriptions of mental illness, suicide and alcohol abuse. 

Thursday Dec 08, 2022

If you missed our amazing Shine Connect 2022 young adult cancer conference fear not! In a special podcast episode, we bring you some highlights from our Dating after Cancer and Sex and Intimacy sessions. You'll hear some of the best bits but if you're hankering for more, check out our YouTube playlist for the full sessions. 

Friday Oct 28, 2022

In this mini-sode, Shine Cancer Support co-founder Emma Willis discusses her breast cancer diagnosis, aged 29 and how her experiences of isolation led to the creation of Shine. Tatum also chats about the upcoming Shine Connect 2022 conference for adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s with cancer. You can view the agenda and speakers (as well as register free) for the conference HERE.

Losing Friends with Cancer

Friday Oct 21, 2022

Friday Oct 21, 2022

Having a friend die is tough under any circumstance but when you're part of the cancer community it can hit you in a different way. Anxiety (could this happen to me?) and survivor's guilt can all be part of the complex web of feelings that we experience. In this podcast, Tatum, Hannah and Mari talk about how they've managed and why friendships with others who have cancer are so important.

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

In the third of our series about menopause after cancer, Tatum talks to Dr. Jane Davis, a GP and women's health specialist, about managing menopause when you can't take HRT. 


About this podcast

Hosted by Tatum de Roeck, this podcast covers the hot topics and issues that we know get talked about A LOT if you're a younger adult with cancer. Tatum, our host, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s.

Like what you hear? Or got an idea for the show? Get in touch and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

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