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219 Phil Goldstein

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 11/22/2021

230 Dr. Stacee Reicherzer show art 230 Dr. Stacee Reicherzer

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Dr. Stacee began her transition into a transgender woman at 19 years old. Growing up, she was humiliated, was treated as 'other' and felt 'less than'. Dr. Stacee's 'family of choice' supported her as she persevered. Now, she lives out and identifies herself as transgender and helps others move through their own experiences. Dr. Stacee shares these nuggets of life wisdom: - let go of your past - live your life in an authentic way - free yourself from roles defined by others - notice when those things come back up, but we are resilient - our own experiences of being cast out seeded our...

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229 Poonam Bhuchar (Special) show art 229 Poonam Bhuchar (Special)

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Poonam is a survivor of sexual assault, abuse and the aftermath and cultural humiliation of divorce. Writing about her experiences was one of the hardest things she's ever done. Today, she helps others overcome trauma, to enable them to feel lighter and better.

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228 Terry Sue Harms show art 228 Terry Sue Harms

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When Terry Sue's alcoholic mother passed away, she embarked on a 40 year journey to search for her absent biological father. She realized she just simply wanted a sincere apology from him. Another challenge that Terry Sue faced was functional illiteracy. She feels a debt of gratitude for having escaped alcoholism and illiteracy, to where she is today, as a published author.

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227 Robert Steven Goldstein (Special) show art 227 Robert Steven Goldstein (Special)

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Growing up, Robert realized that his spirituality and sexuality was not consistent with the models that are formed by others. Those views did not resonate with him. Robert felt a hollowness and emptiness. He moved and fortunately found kindred spirits. This enabled him to have a fulfilled experience and a spiritual illumination.

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226 Jean Walters show art 226 Jean Walters

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Growing up, Jean realized that her mother's negative outlook was not working for her. So, she sought to live her life in a different way in light and higher energy. Today, Jean brings people to the light.

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225 Isolde Fair show art 225 Isolde Fair

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Isolde (a singer, song writer and musician) shares the challenges of her mother in the music industry. As a child, she may not have fully understood her mom's struggles as a female music composer. However, as Isolde matured, she was able to witness her mother's fight for equality in the music composition industry. She is very grateful for her mother's sacrifices and guidance.

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Rikki, who was not an athlete, decided to join a gym in her 60s and practice kickboxing. The illness of her mother drove a wedge between her and her sister. They no longer spoke to one another. When Rikki found out that her sister had terminal tumors and had only a few months to live, she knew she wanted to be a stem cell transplant donor. Rikki's meditation and prayer became a symbol of stamina and hope for her family in that trying time.

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223 Pamela Gay show art 223 Pamela Gay

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Pamela shares her family's story of being disrupted by her father's mental illness. When her parents dropped her off at college, she felt abandoned and her trauma escalated. Pamela's repressed memories were stuck in her body, but after many years 'wanted out'. Her trauma therapist helped her release the feelings of abandonment and she felt like an observer of her life rather than a participant.

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222 Cindy Rasicot show art 222 Cindy Rasicot

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Cindy's relationship with her mother was challenging. She felt fractured growing up and had a yearning to heal her broken self. Cindy sought sanctuary, that sacred place of belonging that she calls home. She moved to Thailand, where she met a Thai Buddhist nun, who led her on a spiritual and healing journey.

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221 Mark Desa show art 221 Mark Desa

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Mark's passion and mission is to raise global awareness on ataxia, a neurological/movement disorder which affects the nervous system. When he was in his 30s, he noticed that he slurred his words, had brain fog and was losing his balance. Mark was diagnosed with ataxia. Initially, he was severely depressed and wanted to stay in bed. Later, Mark felt this presented him with a challenge with two options.

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Phil is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. When he was between 10-12 years old, his older brother molested him, then the abuse stopped. Phil pretended it didn't happen, didn't tell anyone, carried it deep down and masked the pain. With the help of therapist, he told his fiance and his parents, who believed him. Phil decided to go public about the abuse, which is helping him to work through the trauma. He hopes that his book can serve as a healing tool for others and shows them that there's someone who understands their experience. Phil shares the following nuggets of life wisdom:
- it's ok to speak out
- you can heal
- allow you to live your true, authentic self
- silence about abuse only perpetuates more abuse
- it's an act of bravery to speak up
- there's so many different facets to trauma
- forgive yourself for not speaking up
- find a trauma informed therapist
- you are not alone
- it's nothing to be ashamed of
- it's ok to tell someone you trust

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