Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
info_outline 183 Dr. Veronica Slaughter 03/15/2021
183 Dr. Veronica Slaughter When Veronica was 8, she and her 3 siblings were abducted by their American father from her homeland of the Philippines. As an older sibling, she played the role of caretaker to her younger siblings. After 4 years, Veronica's mother was able to find her children and move them out. Even though her mom struggled to raise 4 children on her own, she taught Veronica to be a warrior, express kindness and never lose hope.
info_outline 182 Sharon Dukett 03/08/2021
182 Sharon Dukett Growing up, Sharon felt she had no future, because girls were discouraged from attending college. Her future felt pointless. Sharon ran away from home with her older sister at the age of 16. At first, the hippie movement in California was wonderful, but she realized that it wasn't what she thought it would be. Sharon was very depressed and felt suicidal. Then, she read a book, which helped her envision a place where there's love and caring for one another.
info_outline 181 Tina Siemens 03/01/2021
181 Tina Siemens Tina shares a story of her family's difficult migration to the US to ultimately become US Citizens. She realizes that none of this would be possible without compassionate Americans stepping outside their comfort zones to help them. Tina feels so proud and thankful to be considered a part of the American fabric.
info_outline 180 Dr. David Reiter 02/22/2021
180 Dr. David Reiter David found himself to be motherless within seconds of birth. He went to an orphanage, foster care and was eventually adopted. David was open to possibilities as he was trying to 'find his way' through life. He went on a journey of self-discovery and identity. Initially, David was reluctant to search for reunion with his biological family. However, the search and writing enabled him to reflect on who he was.
info_outline 179 Mary Jane Black 02/15/2021
179 Mary Jane Black Mary Jane escaped from her emotionally and physically abusive spouse. She remarried, but unfortunately she lost her second spouse to pancreatic cancer. Mary Jane felt moments of despair, but by asking for help and using her inner tools, she began to rebuild herself back up.
info_outline 178 Elena Schwolsky 02/08/2021
178 Elena Schwolsky Elena's spouse was diagnosed with AIDS and died of complications. Also, she was a pediatric nurse at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Elena felt burnt out, washed out, wiped out and was drowning. She was looking for a way to renew her own energy and find new connections. Elena returned to a place she visited 20 years earlier, filled with positive energy and spirit. This enabled her to share her experience and expertise.
info_outline 177 Dr. Tyra Manning 02/01/2021
177 Dr. Tyra Manning Tyra's father passed away, when she was 9. Her spouse died in Vietnam and she was left with a 2 year old daughter. Tyra was diagnosed with clinical depression. She got the help she needed and found a supportive community. Tyra never forgets the sensitivity and love that was shown to her. Today, she makes a difference in the lives of others by telling her stories.
info_outline 176 Sande Boritz Berger 01/25/2021
176 Sande Boritz Berger As a mother to two young children, Sande went through a divorce. She felt disconnect. Sande sought help from a community of like-minded people. She knew she had to change herself and become strong. Sande noticed that a new part of her life was beginning. She felt fulfilled while reconnecting with her creativity, poetry and art work.
info_outline Message to Dad - Unconditional Love 01/22/2021
Message to Dad - Unconditional Love This is a special episode of “Message to Dad” about integrity. My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I’ve been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.
info_outline 175 Akshay Nanavati 01/18/2021
175 Akshay Nanavati As a former US Marine tasked with locating explosive devices, Akshay experienced Post Traumatic Stress, depression and drug/alcohol addiction. He studied neuroscience as he was fascinated by it. Akshay learned that he is not defined by a disorder and refuses to accept it. His divorce caused him to break his sobriety. He decided to go 'within' on inward journey.
info_outline Message to Dad - Integrity 01/15/2021
Message to Dad - Integrity This is a special episode of "Message to Dad" about integrity. My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I've been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.
info_outline Message to Dad - Intro 01/08/2021
Message to Dad - Intro This is a special episode of "Message to Dad". My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I've been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.
info_outline 173 Karen Stefano 01/04/2021
173 Karen Stefano While walking back to her university dorm building, Karen was assaulted at knife point. She managed to escape, physically unharmed. However, the assault traumatized Karen. She experienced periods of peace and power, but her life unravelled again, when her marriage was dying, she experienced financial loss and her mother was slipping into dementia. These additional sources of trauma caused her to slip back into anxiety and PTSD. Writing about it required her to excavate and evaluate her feelings.
info_outline 171 Charlene Jones 12/21/2020
171 Charlene Jones As a child, Charlene experienced PTSD from an unhealthy home environment. She ran away from home and was attracted to the 'dark side'. Her life took a positive turn, when she began following in the footsteps of a meditation teacher. Today, she helps people understand there are powerful ways to heal, empowers those that are stuck and teaches meditation.