Cancer survivors share stories on Allegheny Health Network podcast
Allegheny Health Network has launched a podcast aimed at sharing stories from area cancer survivors.
The weekly podcast “I Had Cancer” is a partnership between AHN and iHeart Radio that “aims to engage, educate and inspire cancer patients and survivors and their loved ones by telling the stories of some remarkable survivors,” according to an AHN news release.
Each episode features a conversation between the show’s host, Bonny Diver, and an AHN cancer survivor.
Diver is a breast cancer survivor, traffic reporter for iHeart Radio and founder of Hair Peace Charities — a nonprofit that offers financial support to those in need of wigs.
Diver, 62, of Avalon said, “I Had Cancer” is an important listen for anyone.
“We’ve had people call in wanting to share their stories,” she said. “Someone called us from Vancouver once. I think it’s healing for people to be able to tell their story so it’s good for everybody.”
As a journalist, Diver likes to include facts about certain cancers, what some symptoms look like and various pieces of information in hopes that listeners who might suspect they have cancer will get checked.
“It’s important for people to know they’re not alone. They’re not the only person in the world to have this (cancer),” she said.
So far, “I Had Cancer” has been downloaded over 1,500 times and is slated to publish weekly podcasts through October. At that point, Diver said, the producers will evaluate with AHN on whether to continue.
Stephanie Waite, an AHN spokeswoman, said the podcast is the health network’s first and the health network is pleased the audience continues to grow each week.
The podcast is available to download on AHN’s website, Apple Podcast or on iHeart Radio’s mobile app.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .