“I wanted to be the first cancer survivor in history to climb to the top of the world, and I wanted to utilize that as a platform to give other people touched by cancer hope.”

In this episode of True Grit and Grace, host Amberly interviews the incredible Sean Swarner, who is regarded as one of the most inspirational people in the world. Sean’s story is truly remarkable as he beat not just one, but two cancers. With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, and being in a medically-induced coma for a year, Sean Swarner is the first cancer survivor to stand on top of the world… Mt. Everest.

As the first cancer survivor to do so, Sean decided to continue climbing and has since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America, thus completing the “7-Summits”. Upon skiing to both the South and the North Poles, Sean completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam. With the completion of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Sean is the only person in history to accomplish these inhuman feats.

Sean has been interviewed by Steve Harvey, CBS Evening News, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Huffington Post, Outside the Lines, Sports Center, Washington Post, USA Today, Sports Center, and countless others. His numerous articles with thought leaders such as Sir Richard Branson and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu put him in a category by himself.

Amberly expresses her excitement about having Sean on the show and highlights his numerous accomplishments and media appearances. Tune in to hear Sean’s inspiring journey of resilience and determination.


1. Sean’s teenage cancer recovery journey (11:00)
2. Sean’s strategies for training his body for endurance events with one lung (15:20)
3. Techniques to ignore negativity and naysayers (21:55)
4. Overcoming challenges when a doctor deems something impossible (34:05)
5. A glimpse into an expedition with Sean (44:30)

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