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Welcome to the Here's Hope Project podcast where your story creates hope! Listen in as we delve into the affects that having a child with chronic illness has on a person's mental health. I will bring on guests to share their stories and experiences with topics such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, child loss, grief, self care and more. We will also be discussing various topics that go hand in hand with having a sick child and how to best go about navigating these challenges. These topics include things such as transitioning back to life after treatment, losing and finding a new identity through illness, navigating school and work, and finding purpose in the journey.
This podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Youtube. New episodes will be released on the first of every month. If you would like to hear about a specific topic, or if you would like to share your own journey please reach out to me by filling out the contact form
In this episode I speak with Shari Ann Almeida who is a cancer mom, advocate and author. Shari Ann's daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed with Leukemia in April 2019, and she is now 2 years cancer free. I talk with her mom about what life is like after treatment, how it has affected her relationship with her husband, and then we also talk about her new book titled, "I See You," which is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
In this episode I talk with Bella who is a 2x cancer warrior. She fought and beat cancer when she was 12yrs old and then again after relapsing at 16yrs. Diagnosed with brain and spinal tumors, Bella talks about what her experience was like when she was first diagnosed. She talks about how she dealt with her emotions, how cancer has affected her siblings and more.
In this episode I talk with Bree Ward who is the mom of a heart warrior named Kyleigh. Kyleigh is 8yrs old, has had 3 open heart surgeries and is diagnosed with heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and restrictive cardiomyopathy which requires a heart transplant. We talk about some difficult decisions Bree has had to make throughout her journey and how she went about preparing to make those decisions. We also discuss the importance of self-care and what Bree does to recharge.
In this episode I talk with Krissie Martinez who lost her son, Zyler after complications from open heart surgery. Krissie and I talk about what life is like after child loss, how it affects the siblings, how she and her family are getting through it all, and we also talk about what others should or maybe shouldn’t say to someone who is experiencing the loss of a child.