Episode 41

Published on:

7th Mar 2019

041 Shelley's Battle with Cancer

On February 9th we celebrated our 1st year anniversary in podcasting!  Though we had a great first year in podcasting, 2018 proved to be full of more challenges than we expected.

In June of 2018 our show's host was diagnosed with breast cancer. That is about the time we took our short hiatus.  Ed quit his day job selling for Mermaid Vodka to get his real estate license. We moved our home and studio very quickly.  What may have seemed like random chaos was so we could prepare for Shelley's treatment.

In October she had a mastectomy to remove her left breast which had two fairly large tumors. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread beyond her breast and her lymph nodes were clear so she did not require chemotherapy or radiation treatment.  From October through mid-January we did our best balancing our show, Shelley's recovery from surgery, and managing what was left of her growing real estate business.  There is no way we could have made it through all of this without the love and support of our friends and family or the amazing staff at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

As of now Shelley is nearly back up to full speed and she is on pace to have a record sales year.  (Ed keeps joking that her surgeon slipped a nuclear reactor in her implant.)  Since Ed really is not the person you want helping buy or sell your home he is in the middle of a job search for something in marketing or web development.

We are publishing this episode because when Shelley got her diagnosis we limited telling people who were directly affected by her illness.  We didn't really even know her long term prognosis until 2 months after her surgery when she was cleared by the oncologist as being cancer free with an extremely low probability of recurrence. Now that she is through the worst of it we wanted to be sure everyone who knows us has the full story behind the chaos that was the last half of 2018.


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About the Podcast

Selling Sarasota
Welcome to Selling Sarasota Podcast! In every episode Shelley lays the smackdown on misinformation and delivers key insights into local real estate. Shelley Panas is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises in Sarasota, Florida.

About your hosts

Shelley Panas

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Living in Paradise! After running a successful company in Colorado Springs I decided that although mountains are beautiful, it was time for beaches. I relocated to Florida and joined the highly successful team at CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises -- the #1 C21 in Florida! I love it here! There is always something new to experience. At the end of the day, it is so nice to hop on my bike and head to the beach. The feel of sand squishing between my toes, listening to the waves crash on the shore while watching the sun paint the sky beautiful shades of gold, red and purple as it set is the perfect way to end my day. So I ask, why just come visit when you can stay?

I believe there is something profound in owning a home. This is your personal place to dream big dreams, relax in comfort, and be with the ones you love. I became a REALTOR® to help people have a better life.

We started our podcast in 2018 after Ed spent most of 2017 developing ideas for launching a podcast, only he didn't like any of the show topics he was testing. To test his audio gear he started "interviewing" me about my work in real estate. Needless to say, these test recording sessions became very silly very quickly and that's we realized we had our show. Ed brings his technical expertise in web development and digital marketing to complement my skills and experience in real estate to the show.

Edward Panas

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I have been a huge fan of podcasts since before they were even called "podcasts"! I remember listening to talk radio shows as far back when I was a kid through my college years. My frustration was always with getting a good signal or catching my favorite shows when they aired. When "Internet radio" shows started in the early 90's I used to listen to streaming shows from college & public radio stations, but connection speeds were limited. When podcasting started in 2004 I knew this was going to be a significant change in audio entertainment. As my weekly listening time increased over the years my interest in starting my own show grew as well.

I started kicking around the idea of starting a podcast shortly after moving to Florida in 2014, so in 2017 I joined Florida Podcaster Association in Tampa and learned how I could start my own show. As Shelley mentions in her bio, my ideas all sucked. (She says it much nicer than this.) I either lost interest very quickly or the ideas were just plain bad. She agreed to work with me testing out my new gear and audio production skills talking about her work in real estate. We were having so much fun doing these practice recordings we realized that this was our show. After a few months of learning about audio production and working out our content plan, we launched Selling Sarasota Podcast at PodFest Multimedia Expo on February 9th, 2018!