Women's Wednesday
MyNDTALK - Undeterred - Tracey Brame

Tracey Brame took an oath to serve the nation at the United States Military Academy. During her stay, Brame subsequently suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. She kept charging through her West Point duties oblivious of her condition. After serving her commission time, Brame took a job in her home state of Indiana where she expressed an interest in entering politics. The Ku Klux Klan, who did not want an educated African American woman to run for an Indiana office, targeted Brame for continued organized crime and harassment. She moved from Bloomington to Indianapolis, but the KKK pursuit -ordered by two grand dragons, a father/son duo - continued. 
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MyNDTALK - Song of the Plains - Linda Joy Myers

Song of the Plains is a weaving of family history that starts in the Oklahoma plains and spans over forty years as Myers combs through dusty archives, family stories, and genealogy online. She discovers the secrets that help to explain the fractures in her family, and the ways in which her mother and grandmother found a way not only to survive the great challenges of their eras, but to thrive despite mental illness and abuse. She discovers how decisions made long ago broke her family apart―and she makes it her life's work to change her family story from one of abuse and loss to one of finding and creating a new story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.
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MyNDTALK - A Joyful Life - Michelle Swiderski

Trapped in a cage of clinical depression and anxiety, Michele left her job and embarked on the grueling process of rebuilding her life by retraining her brain, re-energizing her soul, and reconnecting with Higher Spirit.

In "A Joyful Life: How to Use Your Creative Spirit to Manage Depression," Michele eagerly shares her hard-won wisdom to guide others who are mired in depression. Reconnect with your best self and take your first steps to a place of health, hope, and happiness.
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MyNDTALK - Girl Walks Out of a Bar -  Lisa F. Smith

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspired with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city's mclubs and summer weekends partying at the beach the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control. ... Beneath the faÇade of success lies the reality of addiction.
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MyNDTALK - Defiant  - Janine Shepherd

As I looked back over the landscape of my life, and the many setbacks I had endured, I saw that every loss also offered a gift, even if I didn't recognize it at the time. Whenever I was called upon to loosen my grip on some cherished part of my life, I was consequently given the opportunity to start again, to create anew something of value . . . every ending carried the seeds of possibility, a chance to start over." Janine Shepherd 
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MyNDTALK - A Tango with Cancer - Apryl Allen

Depicting the poignant complexities patients encounter, Apryl Allen takes us deep into the realities of the human side of the disease: the nerve-wracking undertakings of her quest to find multiple health specialists through the aftermath of medical bills. Apryl reminds us compassion is a vital element to the healing process. She also discusses how, in today's medical world, many health professionals have abandoned the practice of altruism." Everyone - anyone – who has been challenged by their experiences with the medical profession will appreciate this conversation. 
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MyNDTALK - The Perfect Husband - Maggie Kneip

After a fairy-tale courtship in 1980s New York City, Maggie's young marriage shatters when her "perfect" husband--a star editor at The  Wall Street Journal--is diagnosed with and dies of AIDS, leaving her with two young children in a city electrified by paranoia about the new epidemic. Devastated by his betrayal, Maggie struggles to protect  herself and her children from stigma, keeping the circumstances of her husband's death a secret for nearly twenty-five years. It is only when a journey of self-discovery aligns with her children's coming of age and a new world of sexual tolerance that she can finally embrace the truth and set herself free.
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MyNDTALK - I Know It in My Heart - Dr. Mary Plouffe

A three-week adventure becomes a tragic dilemma for a loving sister, a motherless child, and a terrified father facing unimaginable loss together and using their relationships with one another to survive. Dr. Plouffe explores the impact of early parental loss, the evolution of grief from toddler to teenager, and the devastation of adult sibling loss. For Mary, a grieving sister who is also a psychologist, this story is more than a memoir; it is an exploration of childhood and adult grief. This is a guide for families, therapists, and anyone else who wants to see loss through the eyes of a child and understand how those losses impact them as they grow.
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MyNDTALK - The Raging Boom - Mahagony B  

Mahagony B is the creator and director of The Raging Boom - a science fiction film that focuses on the lives of five, New York college students, who are assigned the task of evaluating human response to sound by their science professor. What begins as a class project, progresses into a catastrophic response ton the experiment and resounding realization that sound has the ability to leave a mental and emotional imprint on its listeners. Meet Mahagony, listen to her story - and be inspired to create your own!
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MyNDTALK - Little Known Facts About Parkinson's Disease - Renee Calvin

When former homicide detective Michael Calvin starting having hallucinations and delusions, no one thought that it might be Parkinson's disease. The stereotypical image of a PD patient, after all, is that of a slow-moving, shuffling man or woman.
It took Michael seeing icebergs floating in the warm Caribbean Sea and his grown children sitting on the couch when they were nowhere in sight, for his wife Renee, a registered nurse, to spring into action.
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