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.
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.