Intriguing Individuals: Katelyn Burrell discusses overcoming miscarriage, breast cancer

In this episode, Garrick Hoffman interviews a breast cancer survivor as she becomes a mother and entrepreneur.

by | July 17, 2022

Editor’s Note: The Maine Monitor has partnered with digital storyteller Garrick Hoffman to syndicate his Intriguing Individuals Podcast.

The Intriguing Individuals Podcast seeks to illuminate fascinating stories of intriguing people that may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed, whether it’s a military veteran-turned-bodybuilding competitor; a “Triple Crown” hiker of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails; or a breast cancer survivor set to become a mom and business owner.

These stories are not only intriguing, but they inspire. By extracting out the stories of the many diverse guests on the podcast, we as listeners can learn more about the myriad walks of life that surround us — and maybe find hope.

Katelyn Burrell

On this episode, Garrick introduces Katelyn Burrell, a breast cancer survivor and aspiring business owner.

She and her husband Sam have endured terribly agonizing trials in the last two years: in 2019, after a pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, Katelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was followed by chemotherapy — which resulted in hair loss, among other side effects — and ultimately a double mastectomy.

However, Katelyn and Sam can finally see light at the end of the tunnel: not only is Katelyn now cancer-free, but after freezing fertilized eggs and then a successful search for a surrogate in 2021, they are now expecting twins in 2022.

In addition to listening to the episode below, the episode can viewed on YouTube and be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and iHeart Radio.

Garrick Hoffman

Garrick Hoffman

A Maine native, Garrick Hoffman has been doing photography professionally since 2017, beginning his career in photojournalism for a variety of southern Maine weeklies. He has since branched out in landscapes, portraits, professional headshots, products, events, and behind-the-scenes photography. In 2021 he won his first award for photography: Third Place in the 2021 Appalachian Mountain Club Photo Contest for his photo, “Ice Fisherman by Shawnee Peak.” A year later, he won First Place in the Outdoors Close to Home category of the same photo contest for his photo, "Coastal Mood." In addition to photography, Garrick is also a writer, graphic artist, and podcast host who enjoys playing drums for his church, long bike rides and hikes, and experiencing the wealth of natural beauty of Maine and beyond.