Episode 190 | Sara’s Story- Telling your Child you have [repost in honor of breast cancer awareness month]

Podcast Show Notes

Breast cancer survivor, Sara Olsher, battles the disease as a single parent, using her experience to empower others and create resources for families facing cancer, in a moving and inspiring episode of the Child Life On Call podcast.

I am my daughter’s person…my number one thought was her. And I just thought, how are we going to handle this? – Sara Olsher

My special guest is Sara Olsher

Meet Sara Olsher, a resilient and tenacious woman who hails from Northern California’s picturesque wine country. Not only is she a loving mother navigating a blended family, but Sara also stands out as a survivor with a moving tale of resilience. Facing a breast cancer diagnosis in her mid-thirties and the painful treatment process, Sara managed to turn her struggle into a beacon for others. Her candid sharing of her emotional journey with family relationships, anxiety, and health struggles is a testament to her strength and courage.

This is Sara Olsher’s story:

Sara Olsher, a native of Northern California, found herself fighting an arduous battle against breast cancer at the age of 34. Having weathered a divorce and her daughter’s crippling anxiety, Sara was no stranger to adversity. Yet, nothing could prepare her for the diagnosis that shook her world. She vividly recalls the chilling moment laying alone on an ultrasound table, when the doctor confirmed her worst fears. Despite the overwhelming shock, Sara summoned the strength to navigate through the maze of medical procedures with grace. From advocating for early detection due to her family history of cancer to enduring the excruciating pain of tissue expanders during her double mastectomy, Sara’s journey is a testament to her indomitable spirit.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Explore Sara’s firsthand experiences from her breast cancer diagnosis to treatments, offering an inspiring narrative for those facing a similar situation.
  • Learn to simplify complex cancer terminologies into friendly conversation, developing a resourceful way to ease children into understanding the disease.
  • Comprehend the value of a strong community in fueling hope and resilience during cancer treatments.
  • Master the art of balancing the role of a single parent with the imperative of self-care during cancer treatment.
  • Understand the silent toll of cancer on children and strategies to alleviate their anxiety, making them feel safe and heard.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Listen to Child Life On Call podcast: Tune in to Episode 190 featuring Sara’s Story telling Your Child You Have Cancer repost in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Gain valuable insights and support from parents who have gone through similar experiences.
  • Share your story: If you have a child with a medical experience, diagnosis, or disease, consider sharing your story on Child Life On Call. Help other parents feel less alone and provide them with the power of shared experiences.
  • Seek emotional support: If you or someone you know is dealing with anxiety or any other mental health concerns, reach out to a mental health professional or counselor. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and support.
  • Become a confident advocate: Empower yourself to become a confident advocate for your child’s healthcare experiences. Listen to expert episodes on Child Life On Call that provide valuable content for both parents and professionals in the field of healthcare.
  • Explore early detection options: If you have a family history of cancer, advocate for early detection screenings and tests. Consult with healthcare professionals to ensure you receive the necessary screenings based on your family history.


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