A lot of you who listen to the show regularly already know Susan Randall. She’s a private investigator and an old friend and I interview her now and then for the show. A couple months ago Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s important to say right off that I think Susan’s going to be fine. The cancer hasn’t spread. She doesn’t need chemotherapy, and she’s almost done with her radiation therapy. But the diagnosis has made her think differently about her life. We got together at the hospital and talked about parenting, about aging, and mortality.
Thank you to the great people at Radiation Oncology at The University of Vermont–Kate and Lena, Heather and Dr. Nelson. Also thanks to the University of Vermont Breast Care Center and to Michael Carrese and Annie Mackin. To read more about Susan’s private investigation business, go to vtprivateye.com. And for more shows with Susan on Rumble Strip, just go to the episodes listed below.
Susan’s private investigation business is called VTPrivateye
Music: Ticket to Ride, by the Carpenters.
She nailed it. 100%.
Thanks, you two. For your honesty, courage and humour. Great listening.
Or the “some old guy” might not have a clue as to what cancer the woman in the robe across from him has, and he might just be thinking ‘I hope this beautiful young woman doesn’t have anything that can’t be treated successfully.’ The “some old guy” might just be the one praying for the woman he sees every day at radiation even before he prays for himself and worries about where he will find anyone to care for and love his dog as much as he does if his cancer gets into his bones and kills him. The ‘some old guy’ might be someone who is relieved to hear the woman is winning the battle against cancer. He might be the one who thinks Susan and Erica are rock stars for doing what they do.
This interview is a gift to all of us who hear it. Thank you both.
Susan amazing job, thanks for sharing your viewpoint.
You were an inspiration the way you moved thru the process.
Wow…this is such incredible work. You two have such fluid and fascinating conversations. Thank you for this fine work.
I’ve just been through the same thing, at the Breast Care Center and with 4 weeks of radiation. I concur – the people at the BCC and radiation oncology are amazing tour guides through this whole new world. Kindness abounded. And it does change your own part of the world. Great interview. Good luck to us all.
The scary subject pulled back to show the real person and experience beneath