#59 – Making Cancer Fun with Tara Geraghty

Punam SaxenaUncategorized2 Comments


23 February 2020

We never want to see our children suffer. It hurts us to the core because we want our child’s life to be pain-free, perfect, happy.

But when they face medical challenges, it is heartbreaking and devastating. When Em was 3.5 years, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma and was given a short time to live. Fast forward, she is now 14 years old. Yay!

Her mom, Tara Geraghty, joins me in the studio this week to share how she made the journey fun for both of them. It’s not easy to make such a diagnosis fun, but Tara and Em made it enjoyable for everyone around them. It was their coping mechanism, but also tremendously healing in the face of fear.

Tara will inspire and remind you to enjoy the small things in life, and laugh along the way.

Tara has spent over 23+ years in leadership development leading a team of women across the nation. She holds a degree in theater, has a background in improvisation and is both Counseling Practitioner and REBT certified. Tara is a sought after Top 5 TEDx speaker, the Author of Making Cancer Fun: A Parents Guide (Amazon #1 New Release), and has been featured on MSNBC, GMA, 5280 & Reader’s Digest to name a few. She is a contributing author on Every Entrepreneur’s Guide to Running your Own Business, a contributor to Conquer Magazine: The Patient’s Voice, and can be heard on podcasts worldwide. She volunteers her time as a member of the JLMC and the NJ State & Public Affairs Committee. Tara lives in NJ with her miracle kid daughter Emily Grace. You can find Tara at www.taragonline.com

Time Stamps:

1:05 – Intro
3:40 – Cancer Diagnosis
8:00 – Em wants a bikini
9:03 – Tumor Stomping party
11:30 – Radiologist’s encouraging words
14:57 – TEDX and how happiness helps scientifically
18:25 – Tara’s not the expert 🙂
24:10 – PTSD
28:13 – Em’s positivity about COVID
32:52 – Tara’s meltdown
35:10 – Self-care v. Selfish
38:23 – Focus on me
40:08 – Parting words of wisdom

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2 Comments on “#59 – Making Cancer Fun with Tara Geraghty”

  1. I’m Ford’s grandmother and I know when Effie may be at the Margarita section of "Target" when I’m watching him – and I totally support that chore! Besides, that means I get to be with the world’s happiest kiddo and his adorable sister!! Ole Targerita!

    1. Oh my goodness, Mariana! You made my day with this! May every parent have a support system like you!

      I’m cheering you all on! Hugs, Punam

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