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Cancer U Thrivers

Share Your Story: Terry Tucker

  • E26
  • 38:46
  • September 24th 2021

Terry Tucker has been an NCAA Division I college basketball player, a business executive, a police officer, a basketball coach, a motivational speaker, an author, and most recently, a cancer warrior. He and his wife have lived all over the United States and currently reside in Colorado.

  • 02:00: He took an X-ray and he said, you know, I think you have a little cyst.
  • 04:29: In 2018, I had my left foot amputated.
  • 06:02: Now, your left leg has been amputated at the knee.
  • 09:05: I was fortunate to be in Texas and be able to be treated at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
  • 12:05: I'm not real hung up on dying either.
  • 15:42: Even if you have the same cancer, you're going to react differently to a drug.
  • 18:05: I mean I shake very bad but it's not painful.
  • 21:45: It's been nine-plus years that I've been dealing with this.
  • 23:24: Maybe that data will help somebody ten years from now when they perfect this drug.
  • 25:40: What has been your worst moment?
  • 26:20: What about your best moment?
  • 28:00: What is one thing you wish you'd known at the beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 29:06: If you could only do one thing to improve healthcare in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 32:26: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 33:38: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? 


Cancer U Thrivers

Cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and providers share inspiring stories to teach you how to navigate our complex healthcare system. On the Cancer U Thrivers Podcast, real people share true stories.

Host Andrea Wilson Woods is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and patient advocate. She founded the nonprofit Blue Faery after losing her sister Adrienne, whom she raised, to stage IV liver cancer at age 15. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, an online platform for cancer patients and caregivers.

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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.