Need to Get Something Off My Chest features unscripted conversations about the host's breast cancer journey and her best friend's experience from 22 years ago. Two survivor friends talk openly, and even laugh together, as they share their stories of courage.
Guest: Susanne Fischer
Stepping Up is about three inspiring women who share their overlapping stories of survival and the wonderful ways in which they are helping others.
Guests: Joanne Ehrlich, Lori Villa and Jill Fader
Joanne Ehrlich is a 22 year cancer survivor, who started a Foundation called Heel the Soul to help women going through serious illness treatment on their own. Last year it was expanded to include men. She and other volunteers sit with patients and provide comfort bags with items such as blankets, slippers, wellness services, meal deliveries, house cleaning, transportation and more. They provide more than 1000 comfort bags to patients a year.
Lori Villa is Program Manager of Patient and Family Engagement at Englewood Health. where she has worked for 21 years. She met Joanne while waiting for radiation after being diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She was a recipient of one of the comfort bags and is now an integral part of helping support other patients. Lori helped launch the first annual Walk for Awareness in 1999 with our third guest, Jill Fader.
Jill Fader is a 22 year breast cancer survivor. She and her husband, Paul Fader organized the very first "Walk for Awareness” in 1999 as a gesture of thanks for the care Jill received upon discovering that she had breast cancer. The Englewood Health Foundation’s annual Walk for Awareness mobilizes hundreds of participants each year and raises funds to provide uninsured women in the community with access to a range of healthcare services including mammograms, genetic testing and other screening and diagnostic testing at The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center.
Rebuilding Lives features an interview with award winning Stanley Richards, a previously incarcerated man who has transformed his life and helps thousands of others rebuild theirs every year. We talk about how he turned his life around along with other inspiring stories.
Guest: Stanley Richards
Stanley Richards is the Executive Vice President of The Fortune Society, a service and advocacy non-profit organization in New York City, founded by David Rothenberg in 1967. The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration. Stanley is a formerly incarcerated man with decades of experience in the criminal justice field. In 2014, Stanley was recognized by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change for his commitment to helping individuals impacted by the justice system. He also became the first formerly incarcerated person to be appointed to the NYC Board of Correction. As Vice Chair of the Board of Correction, Stanley was appointed to lead the Working Group to End Punitive Segregation (Solitary Confinement). His other appointments include the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, which released a blueprint for the future of criminal justice in NYC; the Working Group on Design, a subcommittee of the Implementation Task Force, to ensure effective implementation of the “Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island” initiative; and other task forces on criminal justice issues.
Stress Management is part of a series called The Road to Healing, featuring hopeful, life-enhancing stories, techniques and interviews with integrative medicine specialists.
Guest: Jennifer Graf LCSW
Jennifer Graf is a licensed clinical social worker psychotherapist who specializes in stress management and couples counseling.
In 2015 she helped initiate the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Health, providing acupuncture, Reiki, yoga, holistic nutritional counseling, meditation and other stress management modalities.
Jennifer has certifications in; Mind Body Medicine; Positive Psychology; Lifeforce Yoga; and Imago Couples Counseling. She is a Reiki Master and Yoga teacher. Jennifer is the mother of two teenage young women and cares for her 88 year old mother.
Guest: Brent Baum
The Road to Healing Trauma Episode features internationally recognized author, lecturer, trainer and trauma resolution specialist Brent Baum and his pioneering approach used with over 30,000 trauma survivors including veterans, rescue personnel of the Oklahoma City bombing, Senior Staff of TWA Flight 800, and many affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His emotional reframing technique incorporates the latest breakthroughs in neurophysiology. He has a private practice and works with guests at the Miraval Resort in Arizona.
Guest: Michele Gannon, Founder of Mary’s Place by the Sea.
The Road to Healing Series features Mary’s Place by the Sea, a special place where women with cancer or recovering post treatment go to focus on their own healing with complementary services such as massage, Reiki, guided meditation, nutrition education, individual counseling, and yoga. They provide this respite at no charge to their guests thanks to donations. Michele's story is inspiring. The work she is doing is extraordinary.
There are so many women who could be helped by this wonderful place and may not know about it. 🙏
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Guests: Dr. Nance Roy and Braden Renke
Dr. Roy serves as the Chief Clinical Office of the Jed Foundation and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry. She has over 20 years of experience as a psychologist working in college mental health. She served as the Assistant Dean of Health and Wellness at Sarah Lawrence College and most recently was the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness at Rhode Island School of Design.
She is a senior advisor for the National College Depression Partnership and publications have focused on effective strategies for treatment and management of at-risk students on college campuses. Dr. Roy has been actively involved in college strategic planning initiatives focusing on a holistic approach to education, crisis management and a public health model for delivery of care on college campuses. Through her work with The Jed Foundation, Dr. Roy has worked on mental health initiatives with the former Surgeon General, the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance, the Department of Defense, The Veteran’s Administration, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and college and university systems across the country.
She earned a BS degree from the University of Rhode Island, an MS from the University of North Carolina and an Ed.D. from Harvard University
Braden Renke is a student athlete at Franklin and Marshall College pursuing her degree in Psychology. She lost her father to suicide as a freshman. Braden created The Pizza Project, a student run organization, on campus to break the stigma around mental health and to raise awareness of the resources available to students.
This Episode focuses on the mental health of college students and the extraordinary story of how one student, Braden Renke, channeled her struggle into purpose and hope by helping others. Important information links shared in Episode 7 are included below:
The Jed Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/
The 24/7 Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 in the US & Canada. In the UK Text: 85258 and in Ireland: Text: 50808
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1800-273-TALK (8255)
The Pizza Project Instagram: @thepizzaproject.fandm
The National Alliance on Mental Health: https://nami.org/Home