PPP042: Thriving Through Cancer with Dr Jodie Fleming

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Welcome back to the Potential Psychology Podcast.

My guest today once specialised in psycho-oncology, the human side of cancer. In 2010 at the age of 37 she received the terrifying news that she had not one but two primary breast cancers. This became a frightening opportunity to practice what she preaches. The practitioner became the patient.

Dr Jodie Fleming has recounted her story in a touching memoir, 'A Hole in My Genes' published in February 2019.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Her book (it made me cry - and laugh!)

  • Death anxiety and survivor guilt

  • What she has learnt about living with a cancer diagnosis as a psychologist, a survivor, a partner, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sibling and a friend

  • How to reframe even life's toughest moments and thrive through cancer

  • Jodie's tips for supporting someone through cancer


Rarely have I met someone so positive, so resilient and so open as Jodie. This is a wonderful conversation and an opportunity for us all to learn about an experience that touches so many. Join me to hear Jodie’s story.

Jodie’s tips on how to help someone with cancer


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