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Wendy Chioji Returns to Orlando as Documentary Film Debuts in Florida

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Wendy Chioji, a former anchor at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, is back in Central Florida this week for the debut of a documentary, “Conquering Kilimanjaro,” which focuses on a climb that Chioji made with a group of fellow cancer survivors.

The film, produced by another former WESH anchor, Marc Middleton, premieres Wednesday at Full Sail University in Winter Park. Chioji talked about the film–and her ongoing battle against cancer–with Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG Tuesday. In the interview, which will air on the station’s weekend public affairs program “Flashpoint”, Chioji said she is awaiting the start of treatment in a new clinical trial. Her cancer returned earlier this summer.

Watch part of her interview, after the jump: Read more

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Former Orlando Anchor Wendy Chioji Enters Clinical Trials at National Cancer Institute

orl-chioji_announcement_20101010063735In August, Wendy Chioji, a former anchor at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, announced the cancer she’d been fighting “was back.” She said at the time she hoped to enter clinical trials in a bid to beat it.

The Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports Chioji has, in fact, made it into clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute, where she is remaining upbeat and hopeful:

“First, let me say that my two days at the NCI were great,” she wrote. “Every single person we came into contact with was nice and helpful. Every appointment was right on time. It’s not really what I expected, with the NCI being a government facility, but I was comfortable there, even though it was a fairly stressful time. I could tell I was in a place full of really smart and compassionate people who have devoted their lives to curing cancer.”

She writes that she has her choice of two trials, and that she doesn’t have to choose which one right away. Chioji, who has been a warrior in her personal battles, was looking to the future.

“My beautiful fall plans are coming back into focus and I have some racing to do,” she wrote.

Former Orlando Anchor Wendy Chioji Reveals ‘The Cancer is Back’

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 9.55.35 AMFormer WESH anchor Wendy Chioji says “The Beast” she’s been fighting for years has “come roaring back.” Chioji first shared her battle with breast cancer while working at Orlando’s NBC affiliate in 2001, and underwent treatment again last fall for a fast-growing cancer of the thymus gland. She writes on her blog there’s a new threat, and “it just got more dramatic”:

As it did last fall, my MRI detected something suspicious. Small, but big enough for Dr. Shroff to pick up the phone. Yesterday’s CT scan confirmed: The cancer is back. Or maybe it never left. Maybe despite my miserable winter with radiation and chemo, The Beast was just lurking there, waiting for me to gain some traction in my life so it could come roaring back out.

There are 4-5 small tumors in my chest wall (could be worse… could be in my lungs. How ironic would that be, for me, ME, to get lung cancer?) that weren’t there in April. I only half-heard him say it then, but now, I vividly remember my Huntsman oncology quarterback, Dr Akerley telling me in October that if the radiation/chemo didn’t kill this cancer, that’s all he had up his sleeve. We were hoping the ghastly treatment would buy me more time, but it didn’t.

Three weeks ago, everything was fine. Today, I’m looking for a Hail Mary pass. I’d say this is a fairly graphic illustration of the fact that you have to live EVERY day like it could be your last.

Former WESH Anchor Wendy Chioji Talks About Latest Cancer Battle

Wendy Chioji, who left the news business in 2008, has recently completed her chemotherapy and radiation treatments after being diagnosed with thymic carcinoma earlier this fall.

The two-time cancer survivor and former news anchor for Orlando NBC station WESH spoke with Growing Bolder, co-producer of her show “Surviving & Thriving,” about her cancer treatment and her plans to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in February. “I will do everything I can to make it to the top,” said Chioji. “It’s amazingly important.”

The die-hard triathlete first shared her 2001 battle with breast cancer while working at WESH.

She said the latest fight may have slowed her down, but it hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her passion,”I already signed up for an Ironman next year,” said Chioji. “So I’m moving forward. Cancer slowed me down a little bit. It changed my path a little bit like it does. It changed it more last time. But I’m still going forward.”

Chioji’s special “Surviving & Thriving” airs on Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG next Friday.

[Orlando Sentinel]

Former WESH Anchor Wendy Chioji Poses for Sexy New Calendar

Former WESH anchor, and breast cancer survivor, Wendy Chioji is set to be featured in a sexy, new calendar that raises money for cancer research and treatment (behind-the-scenes video of her photo shoot above).

Chioji is now working as a reporter for Growing Bolder, an Orlando-based media company that produces and distributes lifestyle content with the mantra “It’s Not About Age, It’s About Attitude.”

Chioji, 48, agreed to be a part of the Calendar for Conquering Cancer to show that life can look and feel great no matter how old you are or what you’ve endured.

“Those of us who get to come out alive on the other side of cancer treatment owe it to ourselves and to everyone else to live our second chance to the fullest,” Chioji says. “And getting to do this in my 40s feels great. I think I’m better–inward and outward–as the years go by.” Read more