Women's Wednesday
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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MyNDTALK - Quilt of Souls - Phyllis Lawson

 ...four-year-old Phyllis is plucked off her front porch, ripped away from the only family she knows, and sent to live with her grandmother Lula on an Alabama farm with no electricity, plumbing, or running water.

Heartbroken by her mother's abandonment, Phyllis struggles to acclimate to her new surroundings. Thanks to the unconditional love of Grandma Lula and the healing powers of an old, tattered quilt, she is finally able to adjust to her new life. In Quilt of Souls, Lawson documents her childhood growing up with the incredible woman who raised her and the powerful family heirloom that served as the cloth that would forever stitch their lives together.
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MyNDTALK - Cry into the Wind - Othello Bach

This a story of triumph over incredible tragedy, and an inspirational guide for those struggling to overcome the effects of abuse. Abject poverty, a house fire that claimed her mother's life, the loneliness of an orphanage where she was separated from her siblings... and so much more ... yet nothing was able to break Othello Bach's spirit. She couldn't read until the eighth grade, yet sold her first novel to Avon Books at the age of 27. She is the author of 17 published books and has 35 recorded songs by Broadway, TV, and Hollywood stars.
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MyNDTALK - A Song In Her Heart - Maryanne Fiorentino

Adopted at an early age, moved to a new country, and experiencing significant mental health challenges, today Maryanne talks about her challenges, her joys and her singing career. You will be touched by her strength of spirit and the beauty of her voice!
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MyNDTALK - A Joyful Life - Michele Swiderski

Feeling "trapped in a cage of clinical depression and anxiety, MichÈle felt forced to leave her job and embark on the process of rebuilding her life by retraining her brain, re-energizing her soul, and reconnecting with her experience of Higher Spirit.

Over the course of a decade, MichÈle fought her way through mental illness by weaving together her passion for creativity with her belief in the creative power of Spirit. Through simple practices such as journaling, meditation, and crafting, she rediscovered the power of the creative spirit to rebuild her life.

MichÈle eagerly shares her hard-won wisdom and now works to share her joyful life and guide you to yours!
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