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Episode 57: What a Cancer Mom Wants Anti-Vaxxers to Know featuring Diane Windsor

For Diane Windsor and her son, the anti-vaxx movement represents the difference between life and death. In June 2018, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and needed immediate treatment. He and Diane had had a strained relationship because of his ongoing battle with addiction, but they found common ground as they battled for his survival.

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He endured multiple rounds of Chemo, a round of Car-T Cell Therapy, and full-body radiation, which wiped out all the childhood vaccinations he once had and left him extraordinarily immunocompromised and vulnerable to diseases to which he had previously been immune. Diane had never entirely understood the anti-vaxx movement, but with her son’s health now under threat, her anger grew. He went into remission, and Diane wrote the YA novel Stuck, which tells the story of two best friends, Angie, who is immuno-compromised due to leukemia, and Cassidy, who is unvaccinated. 

Now two years later, Diane and her family are still fighting to keep her son healthy and mend their relationship. She hopes that writing Stuck and sharing her family’s story helps others realize the truth about how crucial vaccines are to the immuno-compromised.

Diane Windsor is an independent publisher whose company, Motina Books, specializes in publishing books by and for mothers. She has taken her life-long love of reading and put it to use by helping women tell their stories, and get them out into the world. The publishing industry is changing, and it isn’t ruled by a few large companies anymore. Diane knows that there are many wonderful writers who wouldn’t be able to publish with one of the “big guys,” but whose work is still valuable, and needs to be read. In 2018 Diane’s family’s whole world was turned upside down when her youngest son was diagnosed with leukemia. She is passionate about raising awareness for childhood cancer, which is the topic of her recent YA novel, Stuck.

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I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
 
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
 
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
 
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