Tuesday Brunch is a new, cool, and compelling web series talking about ovarian cancer in a new way. The hosts, Buck Dodson and Megan Silianoff, are best friends who both have a connection to ovarian cancer: Megan had ovarian cancer and it changed her life, and Buck’s mom had ovarian cancer and it changed his. Together, Buck and Megan are breaking boundaries with how cancer is viewed. To learn a little bit more about the series that is premiering this month, we sit down with founder, Buck Dodson.
Watch how Tuesday Brunch came together in this short video and read the interview with host Buck Dodson below:
How did you and Megan connect and what inspired Tuesday Brunch as a web series?
I met Megan when she was modeling back in Fall 2014. She was the cover girl for the SPB Foundation’s ‘Susan Scarf’ campaign, and we did an event together at Tootsies for ovarian cancer awareness month. Even though our initial connection was through ovarian cancer, we quickly realized we were kindred spirits in many ways, and now she can’t get rid of me. Tuesday Brunch was inspired through our friendship, our love of mimosas, and our experiences with ovarian cancer. We wanted to create a web series to show what it’s like to talk about cancer the way friends do – informally and in everyday life like brunch on Tuesday! Going through cancer yourself or going through it as a family member or friend is difficult enough, but ovarian cancer can often be isolating because it’s more rare. We hope that Tuesday Brunch will give anyone affected by ovarian cancer a chance to see that they’re not alone and there are others going through what they are. We also hope the series will share information and experiences in a personal way – rather than through a brochure in a doctor’s office – so someone who doesn’t know much about ovarian cancer might learn about the disease and take action for themselves or to help a friend or family member.
What type of conversations can we expect from Tuesday Brunch?
Honest, open, casual, and personal. These were unscripted conversations about the stories and experiences of our contributors.
Who are the contributors?
They’re our friends and people we know whose lives have been affected by ovarian cancer in some way. Some of the contributors are only connected to cancer through Megan or me which is great because we want everyone to be able to relate to the episodes, even if they’ve never heard of ovarian cancer. Others are survivors like Megan and some, like me, lost a parent to ovarian cancer.
Any kind of advice for someone who is dealing with a family member or friend that has been diagnosed with cancer?
First of all, don’t deny your own emotional health. Sometimes, caregivers, friends and family members need just as much emotional support as their loved one with cancer so learn to take care of yourself and you’ll be more able to support your friend or family member. Too often, people with cancer, especially women, end up taking care of their loved ones rather than the other way around so it’s important to get your own help if you need it. And, by the way, you’ll probably need it – just saying. Second, even though it’s uncomfortable and vulnerable, don’t avoid talking with your friend or family member about cancer. Often, people with cancer and those they love both want to talk about what they’re going through, but we just don’t know how. I’d suggest saying something like “I don’t know how to talk about this, but I want you to know I’d like to if and when you’re up for it.” Open the door and go from there.