September 8th, 2021 | 49 mins 53 secs
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Aron Bender talks with cancer survivor, Fox 11 Los Angeles entertainment reporter and world pun champion Amanda Salas. In this episode we discuss how Amanda learned she had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2019 after being misdiagnosed several times, her fight against the blood cancer and for awareness -- especially since September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Amanda encourages donations to and support for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and City of Hope. Links below. During her recovery Amanda entered -- AND WON -- a global pun competition known as Punderdome. We also talk about the role her mom, grandma (Meema!) and Catholic faith played in her battle against lymphoma, going viral with The Rock promoting Disney's Jungle Cruise, and celebrity junkets in the Zoom age.
April 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 4 mins
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Aron Bender first talked with author and KTTV Fox 11 Good Day LA meteorologist Maria Quiban when he hosted Wake Up Call on KFI in Los Angeles. She had just returned from bereavement leave after her husband Sean died of glioblastoma (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer. In Maria's new book "You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After," she writes about the 18 months she, Sean and their son Gus spent from diagnosis to Sean's passing, how she and Gus handled Sean's death, and what they learned about themselves and each other. "You Can't Do It Alone" has been a big help in my life since my wife's passing 4+ months ago. Maria and I talk about watching our warrior partners power through pain, the toll it takes on us and our children, the importance of therapy and communication, how losing her own father when she was 7 helped her prepare for Sean's death, and how she and her son have bonded using TikTok. This is such a meaningful conversation, and I hope you are as moved by it as I was. Thank you for supporting The Aron Bender Podcast.