U.S. Army Veteran & cancer survivor Brandi Benson on her mission to “defeat with purpose”

Today's episode features a conversation with Brandi Benson, U.S. Army veteran and author of the book "The Enemy Within: A Young Soldier's Unexpected Battle with Cancer." Brandi, a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, cancer survivor, and outspoken mental health advocate, was only twenty-four and a few months into her first deployment when she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, possibly due to toxic exposure while she was deployed. Dr. Ron Hirschberg speaks with Brandi about her beginnings in the military and being forced to return home from war only to have to continue fighting, this time the "enemy within," cancer. Today, Brandi is an inspiring and outspoken cancer survivor and tireless advocate of mental health and wellness. 

For information on Brandi, please visit www.brandilbenson.com. You can purchase her book here

The HunterSeven Foundation's mission is to research military exposures and their impact on the health of the veteran population, with the intention of sharing the data with the veteran and healthcare communities through education to increase awareness of exposures and the impact on veteran health. For more information on the HunterSeven Foundation and their work, please visit their website www.hunterseven.org.


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Theme music for Home Base Nation: "Rolling the tree" by The Butler Frogs

Additional music in today's episode composed by Lucy Little. 

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The Home Base Nation Team is Steve Monaco, Maureen Roderick, Laurie Gallagher, Karianne Kraus, Lucy Little, Taylor Orlando, with COO Michael Allard, Brigadier General Jack Hammond, and Peter Smyth

Producer and Host: Dr. Ron Hirschberg
Producer, Sound, Editor: Lucy Little
Chairman, Home Base Media Lab: Peter Smyth

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