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Have you walked through miscarriage? This episode is dedicated to you. As I share my story I hope to encourage and empower you, whether it's giving yourself permission to grieve or supporting someone who is. Click to listen to this episode of The Wellness Crossing!

What I Want You to Know About Miscarriage

Today’s episode of The Wellness Crossing is dedicated to Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month.

Two years ago my husband and I found ourselves with a surprise on our hands: we were pregnant.

It wasn’t planned and it wasn’t the best timing, but we were thrilled.

And for those few weeks that we knew we were pregnant we felt so much happiness and joy and excitement. Because in a season where my health felt anything but good, this news of a baby was a gift of light.

But as the title of this post prepared you, we didn’t have a happy ending to our pregnancy. Around 9-10 weeks our baby stopped developing and I miscarried during week 12.

It was an experience I’d seen others walk through. One I ached to not be a part of my own story. Yet there I was, losing my baby.

Miscarriage, like any loss, is a pain you only know if you’ve been there. And there are a lot of misconceptions about what it’s like and how to be there for someone who’s navigating this experience.

So today I decided I’d open up about my story. It’s raw, honest, and deeply personal. Yet I felt it was important to talk about this topic that so many would rather skim over.

Because it’s often in the telling of our stories that change happens. Perhaps more people become softer when comforting someone who’s lost their baby. Or another mother feels less alone in their grief.

None of us are exempt from feeling pain. So today as you listen to my story, may you be reminded that, yes: our experiences are altogether unique. But they are also what can bring us together and remind us we are never alone.

Listen…

To listen in on my story of healing after miscarriage, just hit PLAY below. Or visit The Wellness Crossing on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!

Have you experienced miscarriage?

I welcome you to leave a comment below with the name or due date of your sweet one so we can all remember the little ones that made us mamas.  <3

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month & today I want to talk about some of the things I learned about miscarriage from my own experience. And I'm sharing some things you need to know if you're trying to support someone who's experienced this loss. Because you CAN help someone, but you need to know a few things first. Click to listen in!

These are 5 things you should know about miscarriage: what it's like to lose an unborn child and some of the ways you can support someone you love as they grieve. Click to listen to this epsioe!

Have you walked through miscarriage? This episode is dedicated to you. As I share my story I hope to encourage and empower you, whether it's giving yourself permission to grieve or supporting someone who is. Click to listen to this episode of The Wellness Crossing!

Walking through the grief that comes with miscarriage can often feel like a lonely road. Today I'm sharing some of the things I've learned through my own loss and some of the ways to support someone who's gone through miscarriage. Click here to listen in!

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What's it like being diagnosed with Painful Bladder Syndrome (Or IC) when you're much younger than the average patient? What alternative treatments are out there? Join me on the Wellness Crossing to hear Stephanie Mora's story of inspiration and bravery. Click here to listen!

Living with IC & Thinking Outside of the Box for Treatment

You never know what random connections or interactions will ignite an unexpected friendship do ya? I am living proof of that.

Some of the friends in my life have come from meeting in college, my small hometown connections, or church gatherings. But there’s been this growing group of friends that I’ve connected with in the land of the internet. Where many of the bonds have been formed from behind screens, but with much heart.

And today’s podcast guest is one of those beautiful souls.

A couple of years ago I’d entered a beauty giveaway Stephanie Mora was holding on her blog, Stephie Estie. And somehow the stars aligned and I WON! (I’m pretty sure it was the first time I’d won a blog giveaway. And this girl was wide eyed and giddy.)

But anywho, since that giveaway Stephanie and I have become dear friends. Over the last two years we’ve bonded over blogging and navigating our lives with chronic illness. And I’ve love how we encourage each other on our paths to living our best life in spite of symptoms.

Today I’m just so incredibly happy and honored to have her sharing her story on the podcast! She’s talking all about what it’s been like to be one of the young ones living with Interstitial Cystitis, her journey to diagnosis, and the unexpected form of treatment she began earlier this year.

This is the kind of chat I believe reminds us of our own humanity. How unnerving it can be to search for a diagnosis when you’re certain something isn’t quite right in your body. The lengthy process that is learning more about your specific condition. And finding treatment, hope and community to help you along the way.

Grab your favorite drink my friends and join Steph and I on the Wellness Crossing couch! To listen, simply hit PLAY below or find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play!

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Interstitial Cystitis Solution: A Holistic Plan for Healing Painful Symptoms, Resolving Bladder and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Taking Back Your Life (<—-affiliate link)

More about Stephanie…

Stephanie Mora is a southern California girl who fancies herself a Nancy Drew of skincare with a generous dose of compassion sprinkled in.  She was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis at the age of 20, which altered and helped shape her path later in life.  After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she decided to pursue her passion in skincare and became a licensed esthetician.  Fusing her love for both writing and beauty, she created her blog, Stephie Estie, where she writes about makeup, skincare, health and cosmetic chemistry.  

She is also now a proud owner of her own skincare practice in Hermosa Beach.  As someone who deals with chronic illness, Stephanie knows the importance of taking time to decompress from life’s daily demands and strives to bring a calming essence to her clients.  When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading, kickboxing, taking as many dance classes as she can and adding to her ever expanding lipstick collection.
Connect with Steph on Facebook | Instagram

Stephanie Mora: Thinking Outside the Box with Interstitial Cystitis Treatment

Living with interstitial cystitis at the young age of 30 undoubtedly has its challenges, but if you listen in to hear Stephanie's heart you are sure to leave inspired to rise above whatever circumstances you're facing. Join me to hear her story on the Wellness Crossing! Just click to listen.

Learn how an unexpected treatment is giving my friend Stephanie hope in her healing journey with interstitial cystitis (also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome). She's not about to let a diagnosis keep her from living her best life possible and her strength is something to aspire for! Click to tune in to this episode of the Wellness Crossing.

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Have you ever tried Reiki before? I recently had my first session and I'm talking with my Reiki healer today on the podcast! Tune in to hear Melani Schweder's healing story and how Reiki plays a role in her overall wellness.

Reiki: Pursuing Wellness of Body, Mind & Spirit

When you think of “wellness”, what first comes to mind?

Is it the food you eat? A practice of self care? Taking vitamins?

I know there was a time when wellness to me simply meant feeling healthy. I didn’t think much about what I ate, how I intentionally cared for my body, or the type of exercise I did. And I certainly didn’t think much about the role my emotional or spiritual health played into my overall wellness.

Well, let’s get one thing right: much has changed for me in this department.

I fully believe that the well being of my emotions, spirit, mind and body ALL play their part in my wellness. In helping me be the best version of me there is.

And on my personal exploration and discovery of what wellness truly means to me, I’ve opened my eyes and heart to a variety or healing modalities. From drastic diet changes that honor my specific needs to making intentional time for rest. I’ve experimented with exercise appropriate for my body and neuroplasticity practices for supporting brain health.

But more recently, I had my very first experience with Reiki energy healing. Reiki is something I had heard about and considered exploring for some time but kept putting it off. It’s a Japanese healing technique that was developed in in the 1920s. It’s a natural approach to healing on a spiritual, emotional and physical level and the more I read about it the more fascinated I became.

So I scheduled my first appointment for a distance Reiki session with Melani Schweder and had such a great first experience I scheduled a second. Today she’s joining me on the podcast to talk about her own healing journey, how Reiki has played a role in her wellness and how we can pursue wellness of body, mind & spirit.

To tune in, click below or visit the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play!

 

About Melani:

Melani Schweder is a Certified Health Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, and writer based in Denver, Colorado. She calls herself a chronic wellness advocate because she believes that even those with complex illnesses can live a life of joy and purpose. Her own healing adventures in Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome helped her realize the importance of nutrition, mindfulness, and self-care, and she uses her own experiences to help others unlock their own innate healing potential. When she’s not working with clients, she’s usually playing with her dog River, whipping up something in the kitchen, or spending too much time on Instagram. You can see what she’s been up to at: www.abrighterwild.com

Connect with Melani on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Have you ever tried (or want to try) Reiki? Let me know in the comments!

eiki Healing- Pursuing wellness of body mind & spirit.Melani Schweder: Pusuing Wellness of the body, mind & spirit through Reiki energy healing. Click to tune in to The Wellness Crossing podcast and hear this episode!

Have you ever tried Reiki? In this podcast episode I'm chatting with Melani Schweder, a Reiki Master/Teacher who has seen the tangible benefits of Reiki in her own healing journey from Lyme disease. Click to listen in!

Melani is Reiki Master/Teacher and Primal Health coach specializing in helping people with complex illnesses. With her own personal experience of healing from Lyme disease, Melani talks about the unique approach she offers through her own experience and sensitivity to the complex nature of healing from chronic illness. Click to listen in on this podcast episode!

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Anyone else wish their patient experience with chronic illness could be valued the same as work experience? Well, WEGO Health is changing the game and recognizing the value that patients have to offer. Listen in as Natalie Hayden and I talk about her experience finding work through the WEGO Health Expert Platform and how YOU can too! Click here to tune into the podcast.

Putting Your Patient Experience to Work with WEGO Health: A Podcast Episode with Natalie Hayden

Did you know that your patient experience could be valued the same as work experience? Sound too good to be true?

Well, my friends, it’s time to believe it.

Today, Natalie Hayden and I are talking all about how she’s been putting her patient experience to work through the WEGO Health Expert Platform. And after living with Crohn’s for over a decade, this platform is now giving her a chance to put all of that experience to work!

And in this episode of The Wellness Crossing, she’s sharing how it can help YOU, too. So come join us over on the show to learn all about how you can share your experience – and get paid for it – through this new, exciting platform!

She’ll be unpacking how WEGO Health is giving her an outlet to support her family from home. As a wife and mother navigating the symptoms of Crohns, she understands the value that working from home brings!

Just click below to listen in on our chat!

 

 

Natalie Hayden: Lights, Camera, Crohns

A little more about Natalie:

Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden, 33, is a former TV news anchor with Crohn’s living in St. Louis. Her mission in life is to be an advocate for those battling inflammatory bowel disease and to show that a chronic illness doesn’t have to dull your sparkle. Natalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2005. Through the years she’s endured several hospitalizations, countless medications and flare ups. In August 2015, she underwent bowel resection surgery that involved the removal of 18 inches of her intestine. While it was a difficult chapter in her disease battle, it truly gave her a fresh start and enabled her to reach remission and have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Natalie and her husband welcomed their first child in March 2017.  Her blog, “Lights, Camera, Crohn’s: An Unobstructed View” covers everything from overcoming struggles to celebrating small victories. Natalie’s focus is to inspire others and connect with those battling IBD in an honest and transparent way. As a passionate health advocate and journalist, she strives to show that there is more to life than your diagnosis and illness.

Connect with Natalie Hayden:

Blog

Instagram

Resources mentioned:

 

What jobs have you found that offer you to work from home while healing from illness? Will you be checking out WEGO health’s Expert Platform?

 

Learn how the WEGO Health Patient Expert Platform can help you put your patient experience to work! Click to listen in to my chat with Natalie Hayden.
Interested in putting your patient experience to work? Check out the WEGO Health Expert Platform, which we're talking about on the Wellness Crossing Podcast today! Natalie Hayden is sharing her personal experience and tips on how to land yourself an assignment to work from home. Click to listen!Natalie Hayden is sharing all about the WEGO Health Expert Platform. How it's giving her a way to work from home AND use her years of patient experience in the process. Click to learn more!

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Tune in to hear Matt's story of how neuroplasticity brought hope into his healing journey from child abuse and anxiety. His authenticity and openness is sure to encourage and inspire you that healing is possible for you, too! Click here to listen now.

Neuroplasticity & Hope For Survivors: A Podcast Episode with Matt Pappas

If there’s one thing that’s been made clear on my healing journey, it’s this: there’s no one way to heal.

Why?

Because healing comes in many different forms, paths, treatment protocols and timelines. Our bodies, emotions, even our brains – they’re all individually ours.

Which is why it’s my aim with this blog and podcast to share real stories and inspiration from a variety of people. From different perspectives, walks of life, and approaches to healing.

Because whether we’re healing from something physical, emotional, neurological or even spiritual – all of us are on our own unique path to healing. And will need a healing plan that caters to our own personal situation.

Which brings me to our guest for today’s episode on The Wellness Crossing: my friend and fellow healing advocate, Matt Pappas from Surviving My Past.

He and I have been cheering each other on ever since we connected last year through the Chronic Illness Bloggers community. One of my favorite thing that has come from starting this blog has been the connections that I’ve made. Especially the ones that feel like real friendships, where you know the other person has got your back. Matt’s one of those friends.

I always leave a conversation with Matt feeling encouraged and am so happy to have him on the podcast today!

Today we’re talking about his experience with neuroplasticity and the profound ways it’s brought hope to his healing journey. He’ll be sharing what it looks like to incorporate neuroplasticity techniques into his everyday and several resources he’s found helpful.

Since I’ve been exploring the land of retraining neural pathways, what Matt had to share was really exciting. Because while his healing journey may look different then mine, we’ve both seen the powerful effects that neuroplasticity can have on healing.

So tune in to be inspired and encouraged that you, too, can find hope. And that healing is possible.

 

Books on Neuroplasticity & Healing From Trauma:

(If you click on the images below they’ll take you over to Amazon so you can check them out. These are affiliate links.)

 

        

 

Other resources mentioned in today’s episode:

Rachel Grant Coaching – http://rachelgrantcoaching.com/

Connect with Matt:

Blog | Podcast | Twitter

Did something Matt shared resonate with you? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Tune in to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!

 

Matt Pappas is unpacking how neuroplasticity has been a game changer for him in his recovery from child abuse, bringing hope and healing to what can otherwise feel like a hopeless situation. His story is sure to inspire! Click to tune in to the episode.Neuroplasticity has been shown to help those recovering from emotional trauma. Matt Pappas is sharing his story in this episode of The Wellness Crossing and it's sure to inspire you! Click to listen.

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Feel like overwhelm has become your baseline? That used to be me, too. But I now have tools that help support me back to a state of calm. And I'm sharing them on the podcast today! Click to listen in :)

Reducing Overwhelm and Creating Calm: A Podcast Episode

I have a long history with overwhelm. Starting as a young child I remember my thoughts running wild with worry. As I grew, I went through life carrying a high level of responsibility and near-constant knots in my stomach.

And as often as those outside of me would recognize that I was “stressed” or “overwhelmed”, the most commonly-passed-on advice was the following:

“Don’t be stressed.”

Yeah…thanks. (But not really).

It really wasn’t until the last few years that I started pursuing what change could look like. I wondered what it could feel like to have tools that I reached for, and that actually…you know…worked?!

Flash forward to this year and I finally feel empowered with tools that have helped me engage with calm in moments where overwhelm used to be inevitable. And there’s something so wonderful about not feeling like I’m spiraling downward without a life raft!

It’s been through my recent exploration of neuroplasticity and the brain’s natural role in healing that I’ve recognized that calm doesn’t just happen. It’s created. And WE can create it.

Tune in to today’s episode of The Wellness Crossing, where I’m diving into the tools I use to support calm. These are the tools that help me bring my mind (and body) into a state I can feel both comfortable in and empowered by. And you can, too!

Related books I’ve read:

(Affiliate links below)

The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton

Have you tried any of the tools mentioned on the podcast today? If you’re looking for a resource to help you incorporate some calm-supporting practices into your daily routine, you can download my free resource: Brain Vibes!

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Learn 6 tools I use to reduce feelings of overwhelm and bring my mind (and body) back to a state of calm in this episode of The Wellness Crossing Podcast. Click to listen in!In this episode, we're talking all about overwhelm and how we can bring our minds back to a state of calm. Tune in to hear about my journey through overwhelm and the tools I've learned that help me create more calm when I'm feeling stressed. Click to listen in!

For far too long I lived without tools to bring calm in moments of overwhelm. Be it symptoms, too much on my plate, or challenging relationships, I felt helpless when stress settled in. But this year I've been learning to embrace tools that actually help me create calm! And I believe you can, too. Click here to listen!

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Learn more about neuroplasticity and the way it can help you reclaim your health. I'm sharing a few of the tools I've been learning to implement and how they can make an impact for you, too! Click to listen in!

The Wellness Crossing: NEW Podcast launch!

I’ve been planning and dreaming about launching a new podcast for a couple of months now. And today, I’m excited to say: it’s happening. Or rather, it’s HAPPENED!

Introducing: The Wellness Crossing Podcast.

(Cue radio announcer voice: now available on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!)

This podcast is designed to be a space where we can talk all things healing. A space to feel empowered and inspired to be our best advocate when it comes to wellness. As well as learn about new approaches to treatment, alternative therapies, and even the role the brain and energy plays into our health.

Each week we’ll dive into a new conversation related to wellness, healing or inspiration for rising above the challenges or hangups we may be facing. And I’ll be inviting various guests on to lend their insight and tools for how they pursue and prioritize healing.

Which brings us to today and the very first episode!

So if you’ve been following along here on the blog, you may have hear about the new treatment program I’ve been following. Now, it’s not a traditional treatment, in that it’s entirely done from home. And the responsibility lies entirely on the patient to implement.

Now, most treatments have at least some, if not a large reliance on the patience doing their part. But this treatment approach puts the full control on the one doing it because it involves retraining one’s neural pathways.

Weirded out yet? Stick with me….

The techniques center around the research of neuroplasticity, which basically means that “the brain can change itself.” Each technique and daily practice that you follow is designed to help you do just that.

And I’m living proof that it does, in fact, make a difference. Because quite literally, it’s been giving me back my life after years of living with a debilitating chronic illness.

So in this first episode of my new podcast launch, I’m sharing more about my experience with the Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS). I’m unpacking how I went from total skeptic to setting up camp in the land of Neuro Plastic City.

Healing is a journey that has been far from linear for me, but as I’ve seen huge shifts begin to unfold in my health I feel compelled to share what I’m learning. And it’s my hope that it helps support you on your own exploration of how to tap into the brain’s ability to heal.

So listen in to hear the whole story and learn how YOU can start to learn and implement neuroplasticity tools into your everyday, too!

 

Resources to check out:

(The following list includes affiliate links.)

Books by:

Norman Doidge
Joe Dispenza
Bruce Lipton

Neuroplasticity Tools:
Dynamic Neural Retraining System / DNRS
Brain Vibes – a FREE resource on my blog!

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Have you ever tried incorporating neuroplasticity techniques into your routine?

Learn what it means to "retrain the brain" and how it's been helping me heal from chronic illness! Listen in as I share some of the tools I personally have been using to reclaim my health and how you can begin to implement them, too. Click to listen in!Implementing tools based in neuroplasticity has quite literally been changing my life. After years of living with chronic illness, I've been reclaiming my health and living a fuller life! Join me on the podcast as I share more of my journey and some resources for you to explore. Click here to listen.

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Marriage is hard work to begin with, let alone throwing in a curve ball like chronic illness. Join Kami & Trevin Lingren as they discuss the challenges Lyme disease has brought into marriage and hear answers to some of the Living Grace readers' questions.

Podcast Episode: Navigating Marriage in Chronic Illness

Over the summer I ran a survey here on the blog, asking you readers what sort of things you were hoping to see. Topics you were interested in, ways to connect more here on the blog and social media and a variety of other ideas. Your responses were so helpful in shaping this blog space and today I’m introducing the Grit & Grace Podcast!

In today’s first episode, I’m integrating some of the questions from my Q/A corner on the topic of marriage in chronic illness. I’ve received a bunch of questions over the last few months so I envision this being a series we revisit to work through some of the common themes.

Marriage in chronic illness is tough. And there’s no way to sugarcoat it, it just IS.

So I’ve invited my husband on the podcast today to offer his unique perspective as the spouse of someone fighting chronic illness. Because, if you’ve been fighting illness for more than a minute you KNOW that this battle affects them, too.

So pour yourself a warm fall drink (or an icy beverage if you’re still in summer’s unending heat) and hit play to join our conversation!

Episode 1: Navigating Marriage in Chronic Illness


Listen in as husband and wife discuss some of the challenges that come with marriage in chronic illness, ways they are learning to navigate the grit of this life, and answers to some of readers' questions.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:
(Disclosure: This is an affiliate link, which means I may receive a portion of your sale at no extra cost to you).

How We Love Book by Milan & Kay Yerkovich

To email Trevin: trevin@livinggraceblog.com

We’d love to continue the conversation with you in the comments below, whether you’re in a relationship or wishing you were. Your story matters.

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