One out of every 2 adult Americans lives with at least 1 chronic illness (often called hidden illnesses or disabilities). The disability community is the largest minority in the world, yet, instead of feeling inclusive and wrapped in camaraderie, most of us feel alone, unvalued, and unworthy. We need doctors who understand us, colleagues and family members who believe us when we tell them something about our health. Just knowing the simple fact that we are not alone and still have much to offer can be life-changing. In this podcast, we share tips and strategies, knowledge and support -- in other words, hope -- for those who are looking for resources to help them maintain a thriving, successful life or business, while managing their own hidden disability.
S3 EP7: How Women Manage and Mismanage Their Health
39:55As a woman, do you feel like you're in charge of your healthcare? As a woman, do you feel like you're informed about your own health? Are you confidently managing or are you unknowingly mismanaging your health? In this episode, Host Nancy Becher and guest Susan Salenger answers these questions. Susan is the Author of SIDELINED: How Women Manage & Mismanage Their Health, and examines the many ways in which women manage and sometimes mismanage their healthcare. Researcher and Author, Susan Salenger, describes how women, the medical gatekeepers for their families, are extremely conscientious about taking care of themselves. They choose their doctors carefully, visit them more frequently than men, and stay on top of all health information. Yet, women tend to inadvertently undermine their own health. They’re so focused on taking care of their families that they sometimes fail to stop and ask doctors the necessary questions when it comes to their own healthcare. As a result, they may end up with inaccurate treatments and unnecessary procedures. Learn more about Susan and her work at: https://www.susansalenger.com/ Follow Susan on IG Follow Susan on FB Follow Susan on Learn more about Nancy and the Invisible Warriors non-profit at www.InvisibleWarriors.org
S3 EP6: The Science Behind Chronic Pain with Melissa Farmer
45:40Did you know that you can be diagnosed without a scan or other tests revealing anything to be wrong? Did you know that there's science available to determine the diagnosis without symptoms that can be tested? I know that's a huge statement, but there are times where doctors diagnose patients with "diagnosis of exclusion." Take IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Symptoms may present as one diagnosis, but after rigorous testing, the only diagnosis left would be IBS. Happens all the time. Did you know there are diagnosis that one of 10,000 or 50,000 people would have? Melissa Farmer joins the show to talk about this and other chronic illnesses and how they present themselves in different patients. She is the Co-Founder of Aivo Health where their mission is to eradicate chronic pain by empowering people with science. In this episode, you will hear valuable information and insight into the science behind the diagnosis and what people can do to still live very productive lives while living with chronic pain or illness, not suffering from it. DISCLAIMER: "This episode is no way diagnosing or giving medical advice. Please consult or Physician and Doctor for your personal medical care. This episode is intended to be a dialogue only." For more information, go to www.AivoHealth.com To learn more about Nancy and the mission of Invisible Warriors, go to www.InvisibleWarriors.org.
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S3 EP5: The Blessings and Sadness of Chronic Illness with Erica Johansen
33:32Do you have small children fighting for their life? Do you struggle with health complications, or do your children struggle with health complications? Have you ever felt helpless in pain, suffered in silence, and wished you'd wake up from a bad dream? This is Erica Johansen's reality. Her infant son had brain cancer and has had 3 surgeries just to repair the damage from cancer and strokes. There are other complications she is faced with as well and she dives deep into what her family deals with every day. In this episode, Host Nancy Becher and her guest, Erica Johansen, talk about stigma and discrimination, caregiver fatigue, and patient and care advocacy. This heartfelt episode will pull on your heart strings as you hear about a little boy facing so many complications and a mother's fight to keep her world together. As a recognized speaker for national events such as HCIC and HIMSS conferences, Erica covers topics including patient engagement, patient experience, caregiver support, and how to leverage social media as a thought leader. She has also served as a board member for organizations including DFW HIMSS and Social Media Dallas. Additionally, Erica is a dedicated philanthropist and community leader. She completed the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program through the Communities Texas Foundation in 2019, maintains her partnership with Social Venture Partners Dallas, and recently launched a non-profit, August's Artists, to provide hospitalized children and their families with access to coloring materials and artwork that inspires healing. Don't suffer in silence! Contact Nancy today at invisiblewarriors.org. Website: http://augustsartists.org
S3 EP 4: Finding Beauty In Chronic Illness with Dr. Carly Hudson
38:23How does someone with a chronic illness make themselves feel beautiful or feel positive about themselves? How does someone who suffers in silence with chronic pain push themselves to put on a smile all day long? Are you tired of feeling like a victim or made to feel like one? In this episode, Dr. Carly Hudson talks about her journey and how she pushes past the pain to feel better. After everything she has been through, her mission to help others dodge the landmines that she stepped on while navigating her difficult chronic pain journey. Dr. Carly Hudson, D.C. attended University of the Western States and is a successful chiropractor who has been in practice for over six years. With additional certifications in massage, yoga, and exercise therapy, she helps hundreds of patients recover from injuries, illness, and chronic pain. Dr. Carly speaks of important philosophical shifts in self care, including what it takes to move from a focus on disease management to true health care and the practical things we can do for ourselves instead of the constant search for the silver bullet. As an infant, Dr. Carly suffered a life-threatening illness. She was left with “invisible disabilities” including balance disorders, muscle spasticity, and hearing loss. She had to begin again to learn how her body worked and so began her path of life-long learning and healing. With the gift of this injury, Dr. Carly has spent her life exploring how deliberate self care impacts our mind, body, and spirit. Listeners can sign up for Dr. Carly’s e-newsletter at healinggroundmovement.com and receive a free Guide to Rest, Recovery and Rejuvenation. Hear her podcast, Healing Ground Movement, at healinggroundmovement.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Connect with Healing Ground Movement on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Get exclusive content like her "Movement Moments" on the Healing Ground Movement YouTube channel. Facebook Instagram LinkedIn LinkedIn Podcast Blog E-newsletter sign up YouTube Pinterest Learn more about Nancy's mission at https://invisiblewarriors.org
S3 EP 3: Why Nutrition May Be The Answer You’re Dying For with Whitney Coupland
31:44Did you know that by simply changing what you eat, you can negatively or positively impact your body? Did you know that by simply eating differently that autoimmune diseases, autism, and other disorders have been scientifically proven to lower the effects? Are you ready to feel differently, live differently, and regain your life? In this episode, Nancy Becher and Whitney Coupland discuss the effects that food has on all different kinds of diseases and disorders. There is no fluff in this episode! Everything talked about here is backed up by science and years of research studies. It's not just about eliminating sugars and sweets, your health depends on what YOUR body tolerates and at what frequency. Whitney Coupland helps people with autoimmune disease reclaim their health & confidence, and create a lifestyle that makes them feel good, for the long term. As someone who was diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome as a young teen, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in her early 30’s, Whitney has walked in your shoes. She has been bombarded with information from natural practitioners, had questions and ideas totally disregarded by medical doctors, and spent what seems like endless time and money trying to “fix” her body, with little success. Even as a certified nutritionist, Whitney was not seeing the results she wanted to see in her health, because it’s not about knowing what you should be doing , it’s about being able to follow through, and that's what Whitney's superpower is. Learn more at https://www.whitneycoupland.com/about Learn more about Nancy's mission at Invisible Warriors
S3 EP 2: Breathing Through Migraines with Christine McInnis
41:11Do YOU get migraines? Do you get pounding headaches? Migraines affect an estimated more than 10% of people worldwide, occurs most often among people age 20 to 50 years old, and is about 3 times more common women than in men. 17% of women and 5% of men report migraine symptoms. In this episode, Christine McInnis talks about how to breathe through the migraines and how she has dealt with chronic migraines for many years. She found a way to stop her migraines for 4 years, but then when she was sick recently, they came back and she now has to start back at square one. Christine McInnis is a Reflexology Therapist, Holistic Healer, and Fertility Coach with a special interest in supporting those with hormonal migraines or chronic reproductive health conditions. As the owner of Willow Therapies, she has offered wellness solutions for years both online and in studio to support healthy hormone function and relief from chronic pain. Website IG FB This podcast was brought to you by https://invisiblewarriors.org
S3 EP 1: Osteoarthritis Is A Pain...Everywhere with Valerie Bachinsky
35:00How does inflammation contribute to Osteoarthritis (OA is not just "wear and tear')? How does living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle help you live your best life with Osteoarthritis. How do you maintain a positive mindset with OA? All these questions and more are answered in the first episode of 2023. Welcome to Season 3!! This episode is the 114th episode of the show and the first of the new year which is why it is so important to cover how to live with this condition. Valerie Bachinsky is this episode's guest and she talks about how an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce OA symptoms, factors other than diet that affect inflammation, and putting your health first. Valerie Bachinsky is an Arthritis Wellness Specialist who serves women seeking to reduce joint pain and inflammation so they can live their best life. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education. She is a Certified Health Coach and has practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. Faced with her own diagnosis of arthritis at the age of 27, Valerie has spent many years researching ways to lessen arthritis symptoms and slow its progression. A recent escalation of her own symptoms brought on by the additional occupational stress that accompanied the pandemic taught her to explore the ways in which psychosocial factors and past trauma contribute to arthritis symptoms and the ability to make healthy choices. Through it all, she has been able to maintain her active lifestyle and pursue the activities she is passionate about, mainly rock climbing and hiking. Valerie now shares her accumulated knowledge and expertise coaching other women with arthritis to develop the habits needed to live their best life. She passionately believes that no woman should have to throw away her dreams because of joint pain or a diagnosis of arthritis. Website FB Group IG FB Page This podcast was brought to you by https://invisiblewarriors.org
S2, EP 13: Balance, Breakthrough, and Achieve with Simone G.
44:59Have you ever had to give up everything you worked towards? The unknown is already scary, but adding on to that is starting over and recreating a new way of life for yourself, that's very scary. That's what Simone was faced with. While at work, she couldn't even make it down the stairs to get herself a cup of coffee. That realization made possible by her husband marked the end of her corporate career. How many people do you know that would have easily made that decision, putting their health first? In this episode, Nancy Becher and Simone G discuss the balance and breakthrough that's possible even though all you've known is pain, illness, and struggle. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review the show on your favorite podcast platform so that others who are suffering from chronic illness and pain may find comfort. Website: https://www.simoneg.net/ Learn more about our mission here at https://invisiblewarriors.org
S2, EP12: Value Yourself with Amanda Ferrat
43:24Amanda Ferrat, Founder of Value Yourself Counseling, is a certified Advanced EFT Practitioner and Emotional Wellness Counselor that uses her compassion, empathy, intuition, and skills to help women break barriers and limitations to build new thought patterns and beliefs that allow them to embody their inner "Badass" and obtain emotional freedom. She pursued her entrepreneurial path after a long and complicated journey with grief, trauma, and physical and mental health struggles. Amanda's healing journey has not been easy, however, she actively works to create a world where it is safe to your authentic self 100% of the time. In this episode, Amanda and Nancy talk about how to manage life, business, and chronic illnesses, why Amanda pursued an entrepreneurial path to honor her health needs, and giving yourself grace and compassion when balancing work and health. Website IG FB FB Group To learn more about this show and the work Nancy Becher is doing within the Chronic Illness Community, go to https://invisiblewarriors.org.
S2, EP 11: Burnout ISN’T Necessary with Tara Wagner
32:11In this episode, Tara Wagner teaches how NOT to run your business, your relationships, and your health into the ground. Time Freedom? Financial Freedom? Learn how to achieve that and MORE in this NEW Episode! Connect with Guest: https://xotara.us [email protected] youtube.com/tarawagner facebook.com/groups/xotarawagner Connect with Nancy: The Gathering: A Business Mastermind has openings for October! Join us to see your business SOAR HIGHER! Need help to get your business moving? Set up a Curious Call with Nancy to discuss how she can help! http://www.businesssuccessunlimited.com Want to be featured on an upcoming podcast? Let’s talk!