Women's Wednesday
Penelope Rodriguez takes the listener the often roller-coaster ride of having a son with a mental illness and being unable to access services for him in a timely and useful manner. At one point, her son Donald was prescribed Adderall to focus and Trazodone to sleep, and the antidepressant Prozac because his doctor thought he had situational depression.  In short order, Donald was abusing prescription drugs and scaring the people who loved him most. When he was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1, he had to ease his life into a place of balance and his family had to do the same.
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Ilse Anderson was on the cusp of her new life, traveling the world, growing as an artist, and exploring new avenues of spirituality. She was soaring into a bright, cloudless future, and then, on May 22, 2015, her doctor informed her she had stage four oral cancer. One month later, she underwent a three-quarter glossectomy and a tracheotomy. The ten-hour surgery involved cutting out most of her tongue and fashioning a new one from the tissue of her forearm. Cancerous lymph nodes were removed via an incision in her neck. She awoke from the surgery unable to swallow, speak, or move. And that was just the beginning.
MyNDTALK - Say Yes to Life - Ilse Anderson

Ilse Anderson was on the cusp of her new life, traveling the world, growing as an artist, and exploring new avenues of spirituality. She was soaring into a bright, cloudless future, and then, on May 22, 2015, her doctor informed her she had stage four oral cancer. One month later, she underwent a three-quarter glossectomy and a tracheotomy. The ten-hour surgery involved cutting out most of her tongue and fashioning a new one from the tissue of her forearm. Cancerous lymph nodes were removed via an incision in her neck. She awoke from the surgery unable to swallow, speak, or move. And that was just the beginning.
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MyNDTALK - How to Build a Piano Bench - Ruthi Postow Birch

Get an education, get off Petain Street, and amount to something.” These are the words that Ruthi Postow Birch’s father said to her when she was a little girl living on a red-dirt road in Pritchard, Alabama, a town that straddled the poverty line. And that is exactly what she did. How to Build a Piano Bench is Ruthi’s humorous and heart-warming story about growing up in southern Alabama, the life lessons she learned there, and how she applied that knowledge to build a successful business in Washington, DC. Full of anecdotes and advice on how to make both your strengths and weaknesses work to your advantage, Ruth's story will inspire and delight anyone who has ever had a dream to be something bigger than what they are.
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MyNDTALK – Missions Accomplished - Beverly Wilmore

Beverly Wilmore is a wife, mother, mother, servant leader and inspirer. Her background includes over 35 years in the Media Industry in the areas of Broadcast TV, Radio, Public Broadcast, Cable Television and Multi Screen Media. Her affiliations and awards include: Advisor of Women in Cable Telecommunications Northern California Chapter, Guest Lecturer of National Association of Broadcasters Media Sales Institute Program in Washington DC, Guest Lecturer at Heald Business College Professional Development Program, Founder of The Remarkable Men Leadership Conference, Host and Creator of Motivate!, a web-based motivational program and TV Producer of Entrepreneur Exchange, a talk show which showcased entrepreneurs in Northern California's Silicon Valley. Beverly has made it a lifelong commitment to inspire, move and teach others to discover their talent while helping connect people to their passion and purpose and realize their personal and professional greatness.
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Have you ever wondered, 'When will I be good enough?' Like millions of other women, educator/author Barbara Jaffe was faced with that question, but for her, as a 'replacement child,' the barriers to acceptability were higher than for most of us. Barbara, like many others, was born to fill the vacancy left by her little brother, who died at the age of two.

Barbara speaks to the 'replacement children' for many reasons, that they, too, can find hope and healing, as did Barbara." Join Dr. Jaffe as she shares her beautifully, powerfully, poignantly written discussion of life as a replacement child. 
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MyNDTALK - The New Dance Card - Ann Reichardt

Annie was initially confused about what went wrong in her 30-year marriage. Completely unexpectedly, her husband walked out. Annie thought she was alone and unique but soon found out she was wrong.  After re-entering the dating world Anna discovered there were many lonely hearts out there “looking for love” again.  After a time, Ann jumped into the online dating pool. Her most recent experiences are chronicled in her second book “The New Dance Card”  Ann's story speaks to the human psyche regarding relationships. It is a story of self-discovery and self-redefinition.  It is a story of determination, the human spirit, and proof that you can't keep a courageous woman down!
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MyNDTALK - Strange Beauty - Eliza Factor

Eliza Factor's intimate, no-holds barred memoir shares her family's experiences with a child who is both autistic and physically disabled. It is a story of infectious laughter, blood on the floor, intense physical conflict, and of two little girls growing up in the shadow of their charming and fitful brother. And it is the story of a mother and writer and the illuminating effect of imagining the world through the eyes of her beautiful, charismatic, and nonverbal son, Felix. Felix and his sisters inspire Eliza to start Extreme Kids, a community center that connects families with children with disabilities through the arts and play, and transform how she saw herself and the world. She speaks of the joy this project brings her, as well as the disconnect of being lauded for helping others at the same time that she cannot help her own son. ...
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MyNDTALK - Dirty Wars and Polished Silver - Lynda Schuster

Growing up in 1970 s Detroit, Lynda Schuster felt certain life was happening elsewhere. And as soon as she graduated from high school, she set out to find it. Lynda discusses Dirty Wars and Polished Silver, the story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries, and, later, as the wife of a U.S. Ambassador. It chronicles her time working on a kibbutz in Israel, reporting on uprisings in Central America and a financial crisis in Mexico, dodging rocket fire in Lebanon, and grieving the loss of her first husband, a fellow reporter, who was killed only ten months after their wedding. But even after her second marriage, to a U.S. diplomat, all the black-tie parties and personal staff and genteel Ambassatrix School" grooming in the world could not protect her from the violence of war.
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MyNDTALK - Grief and Recovery - Candyce Ossefort Russell

Loss is brutal. Grief is agonizing.
And when you're grieving, everyone has an opinion about how you're supposed to make your way through the experience of loss. Even you might have ideas about how your grief process ought to go. Almost everyone thinks there's a correct way to grieve. But that's simply not true. What is true is that our society is death-phobic, and our collective fear of facing death and loss perpetuates some hurtful falsehoods about grief, like "grief takes a certain amount of time," or you need to do specific "grief work" to be okay." Candyce shares her personal journey and professional experiences during this conversation on MyNDTALK.
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