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Episode 60: The Family Jewels with Nancy Balin

 

April's here, and you know what that means – Testicular Cancer Awareness month!

So, for our latest episode of The Heartful Parent we're diving deep into a story that'll hit you right in the feels.

I had the privilege of chatting with Nancy Balin, who wears two hats: she's the Executive Director of The Family Jewels Foundation and, lucky for me, a good friend. Together, we unpacked her stepson Jamieson’s journey through Testicular Cancer—and trust me, it's a rollercoaster.

Nancy doesn't hold back – she gets real about the importance of catching this stuff early. We're talking about missed diagnoses, delayed treatment, and how it all made a difference for Jamieson's prognosis. And hey, we mix in a bit of gallows humor because life's too short not to laugh, right?

But in all seriousness, we're sending out a vital message: talk about this stuff! With your kids, your pals, or anyone with a pair of jewels. Early detection saves lives, plain and simple.

So, grab your tissues (you'll need 'em), and let's talk about the family jewels with Nancy Balin.

-Christy

Resources:

For more information on Testicular Cancer or the Family Jewels Foundation, click here

Transcript:

Episode 60

 

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Christy Keating is a certified parent coach,  positive discipline educator, and motivational speaker. She is the founder and CEO of The Heartful Parent Collective, which includes Heartful Parent Coaching, Savvy Parents Safe Kids, and Heartful Parent Academy.

The mother of two amazing daughters, Christy strives to build a happier, healthier world - one child, one parent, and one family at a time.