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Cancer U Thrivers

Share Your Story: Robert Wagner

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  • 35:06
  • May 17th 2022

Robert Andrew Wagner is a writer, teacher, and performer, teaching through stories, telling stories through songs as frontman and chief songwriter/lyricist for The Little Wretches. Wagner is a survivor of cancer, holds a master’s degree in Instruction and Learning, and teaches and counsels at-risk teens.

  • 02:20: The Little Wretches was the band I started when my survival was clear. 
  • 04:42: I find this little lump in my groin.  
  • 06:09: I had one positive lymph node. 
  • 08:35: We just found a lump the size of a walnut and on each of your lungs. 
  • 09:48: I did miss a few chemo sessions.  
  • 13:00: Did it have any impact on your ability to have kids?  
  • 15:00: I think the chemo affected my thinking. 
  • 18:56: It's like my life came back to me.  
  • 21:11: Were you alone in this hospital?  
  • 23:00: They kept on trying to tell him that he had AIDS.  
  • 25:14: What is the one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey? 
  • 27:03: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the US, what would it  
  • be and why?  
  • 28:15: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  
  • 31:13: Trust your doctors. 
  • 33:07: Where did the name of the band come from? 


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Andrea Wilson Woods

ANDREA WILSON WOODS is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards. Her bestselling and award-winning medical memoir Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days is about the seven years she raised her younger sister Adrienne until her death at age 15 from stage IV liver cancer.