For the last 10 years, Twist Out Cancer has had the opportunity to work with extraordinary artists and courageous individuals who have been touched by cancer and artists. Here are some of their stories- now available on all major platforms.
10 Year Anniversary Podcasts
Jenna Benn Shersher and Dr. David Shersher
Jenna had the idea for Twist Out Cancer in the middle of her own journey with cancer! While in treatment she had a vision for an organization that would focus on the people. A place where families touched by cancer could find connection and emotional support, not just treatment for the cancer itself. 10 years later, she's done that and so much more!
Art therapists Callie Cullinan and Jackie Carmody discuss their involvement with Twist Out Cancer and the Twistshop program, the impact of the program, and their hopes for the future of Twist out Cancer.
Brushes with Cancer Featured Podcasts
Mahwish Syed and Sheryl Ann Noday
Mahwish and Sheryl have so many similarities, it seems they were destined to meet. These two natural storytellers share a love of ancient cultures, genuine connection and a fascination with the divine feminine. A willingness to lean in to deep conversations and a bravery to be vulnerable and fully share their truth has brought these two women together in a strong connection that will no doubt result in powerful work of art!
rittany and Chris had an immediate connection that has only deepened during this collaboration. Brittany's openness and willingness to share not only her stories, but her journal entries from her time during treatment, has been matched by Chris's commitment to the project and interest in reading Brittany's entire journal archive.
As an 11 year cancer survivor, Maria says what stands out the most from her cancer journey are the moments of kindness and connection she experienced with the people in her life. From her family to her students, her memories from that time are far more positive than painful. The collaboration with Xia has continued in that tradition of forming connection amid such a disruptive event.
In this conversation, we get a unique glimpse at the inner workings of the Brushes with Cancer program. As returning participants, Kenny and Kristin give us some insights into what compels people to participate, sometimes even in different capacities, year after year!
This collaboration brought a cross generational connection that both artist and inspiration are finding profound. The fact that Jemma is sharing her story to Peri, who is not only the same age as Jemma's son but also the exact age Jemma was when she was first diagnosed with cancer has had a special resonance.
In this special glimpse at the early stages of the creation process, Rebecca and Marie let us into the way a piece begins to form. At just a year cancer free, Marie still has access to a lot of the difficult and surprising emotions that often come from living with cancer. As a Twist Out Cancer vet, Rebecca is insightful and the perfect person to accompany Marie in this creative process.
In this episode of Brushes With Cancer Spotlights, artist Shefali Khanna and her inspiration Soraya Fata talk about their path together over these months— from building a relationship, telling Soraya’s story through art, and what they will continue to carry with them from their experience. 17 minutes.
Inspiration Andrea Ludlow is a two-time cancer survivor of Melanoma and Breast Cancer. She lives in Portland, and enjoyed the very collaborative process with her artist, Linda Roberts, who lives in Montana. In this episode, Linda shares how Andrea's journey informed her art and how she incorporated it into the creation process. 25 minutes.
In this episode of Brushes With Cancer Spotlights, artist Magdalena Cuevas and and her inspiration Martha Acosta talk about their path together over these months— from building a relationship, telling Martha’s story through art, and what they will continue to carry with them from their experience. 24 Minutes
Artist Christan Seidle and her inspiration Heather Russell both live in the Austin area. They were able to get together in person as Heather shared details on her journey with cancer with Christan. In this episode, Christan offers an artist's perspective on her experience - how participating in the Brushes With Cancer program differed from other commissions she worked on. Heather was so inspired by her experience that she is taking on more personal art projects herself! In this episode, Christan and Heather talk about building a relationship, telling Heather’s story through art, and what they will continue to carry with them from their experience.15 Minutes
In this episode of Brushes With Cancer Spotlights, artist Amy Morris and and her inspiration Angi Taylor about their path together over these months— from building a relationship, telling Angi’s story through art, and what they will continue to carry with them from their experience. 13 Minutes
In this episode of Brushes With Cancer Spotlights, artist Erin Greganti and and her inspiration Jennifer King about their path together over these months— from building a relationship, telling Jennifer’s story through art, and what they will continue to carry with them from their experience. 18 Minutes
n this episode, learn about how, despite being on different sides of the world - Inspiration Rena Williams in Northern Illinois and Artist Murielle Cohen in Israel - they formed an unbreakable connection and an everlasting bond. They talk about their path together, from building a relationship, telling Rena’s story through art, and what they will continue to carry with them from their experience.23 Minutes
Artist Karen Hidalgo and her Inspiration Michael Holtz became fast friends through the Brushes With Cancer program - they are both silly and sarcastic and enjoyed each other's company. Not only is Karen an artist in the Southern BWC program, she is a former Inspiration. Learn how this helped her understand Michael's journey with cancer and turn it into a unique piece of artwork. 15 Minutes
Sarah and Judy discuss creating a bond as they connected and created art. They share their discoveries and revelations about living with cancer, making a new friend, and the creative process. 18 Minutes
Artist Sheryl Ann Noday and her inspiration, Peter Beck, talk about their path together over these months—building a relationship, telling Peter’s story through art, and what they continue to carry with them from their experience together. 14 Minutes
Artist Tayler Shannon and her inspiration Kristie Teal shared how they became involved in the Brushes with Cancer program, how their relationship blossomed, and the experience of creating art together. 18 minutes.
Artist Kara Thomas and her inspiration, Diona Brzezinski, talk about their experience in the Brushes with Cancer program, including the beautiful piece of art that resulted from it, and how their participation helped them both to grow and heal.
Michelle discusses how art helped her through her "cancer adventure" and the importance of finding support, whether it's a support group, a workshop, or just someone who understands what you're going through. 16 minutes.
These two have a genuine connection. Bobbie talks about how cancer made her have to reimagine her relationship with her body and Valley has a somewhat unique experience of being an artist who is also a cancer survivor.