Women's Wednesday
MyNDTALK - Homeostasis - Penelope Rodriguez

Penelope Rodriguez takes us on the challenging roller-coaster ride of a parent attempting to understand her son's erratic behavior, get an accurate diagnosis, help her son navigate his mental illness, help herself navigate the legal 'protections' put in place to assist her son in maintaining his confidentiality - while keeping the family unaware - securing and maintaining positive mental healthcare services and so much more.
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MyNDTALK - Michele Swiderski - A Joyful Life

Over the course of a decade, Michele 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. As she discusses "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. She wishes for us all to reconnect with our best selves and take first steps to a place of health, hope, and happiness.
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MyNDTALK - I Have a Purpose - Carmen Ashe

Carmen fought to escape the control of her dominating father, carried the secret of an abusive family member, and was beaten by a boyfriend who would rather see her dead than let her go. All that changed when she meets Tony. But when a confrontation with a family friend sent Tony to prison, Carmen was forced to make a difficult choice. Should she give up the love of her life, or risk everything to save her marriage?
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MyNDTALK - Homeostasis - Penelope Rodriguez

Penelope tells the story of her and her family's experiences with her son, Donald, as manic depression took its toll on his and their lives, initially, without their awareness. It was difficult to get an accurate diagnosis or the medication or the treatment that would be helpful - but today - their lives are so much better.
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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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