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The 100+ Podcast

A podcast bringing together stories of people affected by cancer. 1 in 2 people born after 1965 in the United Kingdom will develop cancer in their lifetime. This means the majority of the population will either be directly or indirectly affected by it. In each episode Helena Traill will introduce a new guest who has been affected by cancer. Discussions will include why open conversation is so important, how social media has enabled or disabled these conversations and why cancer is still perceived as a taboo subject. Find out more at


Bumper Episode: Helena Traill explains why and how she started 100 Stories
Welcome to the 20th Episode of the 100+ Podcast, a podcast which brings together stories of people affected by cancer. This is the final episode of Season 1, in which we have had 19 amazing guests and over 1000 downloads. So thank you to everyone! Sashia Palmqvist (founder of A Friendly Movement and guest on episode 12 of this podcast) interviews Helena Traill (founder of 100 Stories) in this bumper 1 hour episode. They talk about why and how Helena created the 100 Stories Book and 100+ Podcast.
55:27 7/21/20
Claudia Knowles and founder of Black Women Rising, Leanne Pero: The Power of Narrative
For episode 19 of the 100 Plus podcast, the penultimate episode of season one, I interviewed not one, but two guests: Claudia Knowles and founder of Black Women Rising Leanne Pero. They both shared their cancer stories and then we discussed Claudia’s current project for her Masters of Research in Health and Design at Imperial College London. She is creating a breast cancer journal which shows how the power of narrative and expression can be extremely useful to any large event in life. This journal is aimed at women who have finished active primary breast cancer treatment within the last 3 to 12 months. Leanne was on the co-design group, so it was great to chat to both of them about an exciting up and coming resource that I am sure will help many women! If you would like to get involved with testing of the journal, you can find Claudia on twitter @ClaudRKnowles
25:19 7/14/20
Radiotherapy in a Pandemic with Nicheless Dey
Today’s guest is Nicheless Dey. Nic was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. He had ignored his lumps for three to five years and so now is very vocal about his diagnosis to make sure no one else makes the same mistake. Nic is story number 98 in 100 Stories Book and in the first paragraph wrote ‘please, please don’t be an idiot like me. Go get yourself check out’.For this episode Nic shares with us his experience of going through a round of radiotherapy during a pandemic. He recorded sound bites over the 15 fractions. So the podcast starts with this 5 minute sound bite, then followed by an interview!
29:44 7/7/20
Brain Tumour Charity Special with High Profile Supporter Hal Cruttenden
Episode 17 of the 100+ Podcast, a podcast which brings together stories of people affected by cancer is a Brain Tumour Charity Special! Helena Traill, founder of the 100 Stories Book, interviews Hal Cruttenden who is a High Profile Supporter of the charity. Helena and Hal chat about The Brain Tumour Charity, the 100 Stories Book, open conversation surrounding cancer and why English people don’t like talking about death (it's a funny episode, I promise!). Hal’s mum died of a glioblastoma (a type of brain tumour) in 2013, so since then he has raised loads of money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
32:28 6/30/20
Putting you in control of your cancer care with Paul Landau
For this episode of the 100+ Podcast, Helena Traill is joined by founder of Careology Health Paul Landau. Careology is an app which helps cancer patients manage their treatment plan and symptoms. It can help you track how you are feeling, keeps your notes, manages your medication with reminders of which drugs to take. And then everything is viewable in a very simple calendar which can be shared with your loved ones of oncology team.
20:38 6/23/20
Ellen Bisci: the Late Affects of Cancer
This week, 100+ Podcast host Helena is going by Ellen Bisci. Ellen had a rare form of Leukaemia when she was 9 and then relapsed when she was 12, causing multiple strokes. The treatment Ellen had has left her with multiple late effects and so she is making it her mission to raise awareness and build a community for others who are also living with late effects. 
21:02 6/16/20
Delightfully Depressing with Emma Louise McAuley
For episode 14 of the 100+ Podcast we are joined by Emma Louise McAuley. Emma Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks after her mum died from the same disease. I chat with her about her cancer story, fundraising for Trekstock and a group of badass babes!
29:05 6/9/20
Blogging and Wellness with Nikki Bednall
Today we are joined by Nikki Bednall who is a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and blogger at a well as a guest writer for other bloggers in the community. Nikki is a systems analyst at a leading UK university and continues to support people who have received a cancer diagnosis through her voluntary work at Breast Cancer Now. Nikki is a wellness advocate for lifestyle after cancer and advocates for World Cancer Research Fund where she has been a guest speaker.
18:33 6/2/20
Mental Health and Starting 'A Friendly Movement' with Sashia Palmqvist
For anyone who might be going through difficulties at the moment, I believe that this 100+ podcast episode could be of help and provide much needed positivity during lockdown. I learnt loads in this 20 minute conversation with Sashia Palmqvist, age 24, about mental health and how to support friends affected by cancer. Sashia is also the founder of a new instagram page 'A Friendly Movement', which shares positive real stories – performing good deeds & promoting good people!
21:42 5/26/20
Jolene Dyke: Living with Melanoma
Jolene Dyke was diagnosed with melanoma in 2004 at the age of 18 after she had a 1.5mm mole removed from her neck. She was diagnosed Stage 4 melanoma in 2010 at the age of 23 and has been living with cancer ever since. We chat about her diagnosis and how she found her tribe online, plus a bit about the charity Trekstock!
16:03 5/19/20
Bald Boobless and Beautiful with Laura Middleton-Hughs
Laura Middleton-Hughes, also known on Instagram as @baldbooblessandbeautiful, is 32 years old and lives with incurable breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in February of 2014 at the age of 25 with stage 3, ER+, HER2+, breast cancer – after discovering a small lump in her left breast. She had the full works of treatment: chemotherapy, mastectomy, radiotherapy, hormonal tablets and Herceptin injections which she finally finished in June 2015.Only a year later a pain developed in her right shoulder which she assumed was a gym injury but after several months and a few physio sessions it got worse. Unfortunately in October 2016, aged only 28 Laura was told her cancer had returned to her bones.Laura blogs and is active on Instagram where she shares her story to help others. She is part of the duo @Secondary.Sisters with Nicky Newman.
24:09 5/12/20
Finding Like-minded Friends Online with Ella Jane Dawson
Ella was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in August 2019. Since then she underwent 4 rounds of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, during which Ella went into remission and relapsed. Ella was due to have a bone marrow transplant which has since been cancelled due to the relapse and is now awaiting Car-T therapy. Since the beginning of Ella’s treatment she kept a blog, discussing topics surrounding a cancer diagnosis and her thoughts and feelings about everything along the way.Ella is currently selling her art work, with 25% of sales going to Blood Cancer UK
20:42 5/5/20
Childhood Bone Cancer with Sophie Hartley
BUY THE 100 STORIES BOOK, with £1.50 of every sale going to Cancer On Board here On today's episode our guest is Sophie Hartley. Sophie is 23 years old, and in her 14th year of remission from Ewing’s Sarcoma (a type of bone cancer) in her right femur. She now lives in Bristol working for a children’s cancer charity after graduating university.
22:57 4/28/20
Katie Ruane: Living with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia
This week on the 100+ Podcast, Helena is joined by Katie Ruane. Katie was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia on the 19th January when she was 22 years old. Since then she has trained as a Naturopath, helped set up Cancer On Board, and a load more! As she is a chronic and lifelong cancer patient, Katie decided she would live with cancer, not have cancer and life. 
25:12 4/21/20
Pugs, Jaffacakes and Cancer with Georgie Swallow
Fancy listening to Georgie Swallow and I chat for half an hour? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The latest episode of the 100+ podcast is just that. Georgie spoke about her cancer story, being a young adult ambassador for Trekstock and why her Instagram community helps her loads, plus PUGS & jaffacakes (of course). A little bit about Georgie... Georgie Swallow, 27, was diagnosed in September 2018 with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma. Undergoing 12 rounds of chemotherapy she reached remission, however relapsed a few months later. She has recently finished more chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant and is thankfully in remission again.
26:20 4/13/20
Fler Wright: Starting The WOLO Foundation after Breast Cancer
Today on the 100+ Podcast, Helena chats to Fler Wright. Fler is a breast cancer survivor and co-founder of The WOLO (We Only Live Once) Foundation, which helps families through cancer. 
21:37 4/11/20
Embracing Body Positivity with Grace Latter
For this episode I am joined by Grace Latter. Grace was diagnosed in 2014 (just before she turned 21) with Pilocytic Astrocytoma, which is a type of brain tumour, and has since been active online. Grace uses her social media platforms and blog to make a difference by being an advocate for body positivity.
25:19 4/7/20
Juliet FitzPatrick: Living Flat after Breast Cancer
A podcast bringing together stories of people affected by cancer. In episode 3, Helena Traill is joined by Juliet FitzPatrick, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016. Juliet now lives flat and campaigns for more awareness surrounding the matter and shares her story on her blog
27:23 4/4/20
Open Conversation and Language with Jen Taylor
Today I am joined on the 100+ Podcast by Jen Taylor. Jen has been an active part of the cancer conversation through her blog, which details her experiences with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her upper jaw. She is passionate about opening up the conversation around cancer to eliminate any associated shame factors, as well as transforming the way we talk about cancer.
24:23 3/31/20
James McNaught: Founder of Cancer On Board
James McNaught, founder of Cancer On Board, is my first guest on the 100+ Podcast! James was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in 2014 and had intensive radiotherapy. When travelling across London on the tube every day of the week, to treatment, he made a joke to a friend about wearing one of the Transport For London ‘Baby On Board’ badges so he would be offered a seat. He then realised this was actually a really good idea, and printed 100 copies of the TFL badge, but swapping ‘Baby’ for ‘Cancer’. Cancer On Board. He handed these out. Then TFL got in touch, and said as long as they weren’t being sold, that was okay. But this tied the idea to London. So they rebranded the badge and launched it as a charity. Since meeting James in almost a year ago now, I have used his symbol throughout the 100 Stories Book. A symbol which might one day symbolise cancer. Follow @canceronboard and go to to get hold of a badge.
19:34 3/28/20
Helena Traill introduces The 100+ Podcast: bringing together people affected by cancer
As you may know, 1 in 2 people born after 1965 in the United Kingdom will develop cancer in their lifetime. This means the majority of the population will either be directly or indirectly affected by it. My father has been living with two brain tumours since I was 3 years old, which is about 19 years, and recently my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. During my degree at Central Saint Martins, in February of 2019, I started 100 Stories (originally The Cancer Chapter). I wanted to tackle the ‘big-c’ head on, so as a designer I decided to narrate other people’s stories to make the subject less scary. I want to explore ways in which storytelling can reach my audience and make a difference. Initially it was through the creation of the 100 Stories Book and a short animated film and now, to reach a wider audience, I have created this podcast: The 100+ Podcast. So welcome to season one!
02:01 3/25/20