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Welcome to Thriving in the Midst of Chaos! This show is about surviving parenthood while having a child with special needs, while attempting to keep your self and your sanity intact. We share our experiences and discuss how we survived, what worked for us, and what didn’t work for us. This is a nonjudgmental space, to realize that we all actually WILL live through this and to make thriving in parenthood an actual possibility. We will also be sharing fails, nails, and comical tales, as well a ...
 
The Spoonie Struggle is about the raw, honest look at living life with chronic illnesses and chronic pain conditions. Spoonies of all types are welcome to join us, but we will have a heavier focus on the lesser common, lesser understood, and difficult to diagnose conditions, such as Ehlers Danlos, Marfan’s, Ankylosing spondylitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, and endometriosis. In this show, we will discuss our own experiences of each aspect of life with ...
 
Support For This Podcast is the extremely popular interview show all of your on-trend friends are already listening to. With interviews led by an incredibly gifted and humble NPR-style journalist, Emily Amy Lauren Becca, SFTP features the brightest minds of today while they wrestle with the crucial issues of tomorrow and yesterday. It’s also an improvised satirical podcast. (“Improv”, for those unfamiliar, is a writing technique that is short for, “a great way to take credit for other people ...
 
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Episode 108: Learning An Instrument When One Has Special Needs With Guest Delwyn McKenzie In this episode, Delwyn McKenzie discusses the usefulness of learning an instrument for children with special needs. She grew up playing instruments, and made sure her children learned instruments, too. Early on in her childhood, her daughter was diagnosed wit…
 
Attitudes! merch announcement! on this week's show. Bryan gives us an Emmy's recap, and also speaks on trans prisoners rights and how a rural New York county has adopted one of the most progressive trans prison policies in the US. Erin speaks on recent sexual assault allegations at the University of Kansas and the subsequent days of protest outside…
 
Episode 36: Kim "Kid" Curry's Story of Living With Multiple Sclerosis In this episode, Kim "Kid" Curry discusses his experience with Multiple Sclerosis. Early on in his career, he started feeling stinging sensations in his legs, but he wrote it off as possibly being bitten by fire ants. Later, his eyes were an issue, he was having difficulty with m…
 
In 1995, a Memphis socialite was brutally murdered in her own home. Emily Fisher was a paragon of not only Memphis society and arts, but she was also heavily involved in charities for underprivileged youth. Ironically, her son Adrian, struggled socially. In his teens, he became heavily addicted to drugs. His parents were desperately trying to help …
 
Episode 107: Promoting Reading In Children With Learning Disabilities With Guest Dr. Maria Cleary In this episode, Dr. Maria Cleary discusses reading literacy and and the importance of continuing to read throughout childhood. Her daughter was showing learning delays when she was young and was found to have left-brain hemiatrophy. Her daughter did w…
 
On this week's ATTITUDES! Erin speaks on Jonathan Mitchell whom is responsible for Texas' new abortion law, Bryan follows up with AOC slamming Texas gov Greg Abbott for not understanding Dick Squiggly about this issue, and we all get a good laugh whenever Sarah Palin says any words that don't come from a teleprompter. All this plus real 911 stories…
 
Episode 35: Boronia Fallshaw's Story of Living With Vulvodynia In this episode, Boronia Fallshaw discusses her experience with vulvodynia. Beginning with her first experience with intercourse at age 18, Boronia began to experience vulvodynia. In this condition, every time a person has sex, it feels like they have razor blades inside them. The pain …
 
Episode 106: Using Summer To Create An Amazing School Year With Guest Dr. Laura Reber In this episode, guest Dr. Laura Reber discusses maximizing your summer to help your child with the school year. She discussed the importance of learning executive functioning skills. To help transition from school to summer, keep schedules similar (meals, sleep, …
 
This week, Bryan and Erin start off with a recap of Oprahs incredible speech and the unfortunate lack of male voices in support of Times Up at the Golden Globes. Then, Erin talks about Daphne Merkins insulting opinion piece about #MeToo and how she gets it so wrong. Bryan shares the development of the new trans inclusive show Pose and how creator R…
 
Episode 34: Health Coaching For Teens With Guest Denise Archilla, MSW In this episode, guest Denise Archilla discusses chronic illness coaching! Some struggles young folks with chronic illnesses face include unpredictability of age during a time of transition, trying to blend in with peers, social media, people being able to video tape mistakes, ac…
 
Episode 105: Bassie Shemtov's Experience Creating Inclusive Communities and Employment Opportunities In this episode, guest Bassie Shemtov discusses how to create friendship and inclusion in the community. She and her husband began their career by working in the addictions community. However, Bassie didn't feel as if they were offering everything t…
 
On this week's ATTITUDES! We announce the first of many high heel shoe chairs and sheets winners to come!! Erin speaks of American Idol alum Syesha Mercado having their son taken away by Florida CPS, and the implicit bias rooted into the child welfare system. Bryan discusses a bust of Marsha P. Johnson being erected in NYC by activists and artists …
 
Episode 33: Paul Forchione's Story of Living With Cerebral Palsy In this episode, Paul Forchione shares his story of living with Cerebral Palsy. He was diagbnosed with CP at 2-3 months old. The CP affects mostly his right side. He started physical therapy on a daily basis, which allowed him to learn to walk. Surgery on the tendon on the right side …
 
A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness…
 
After the brutal murder of Belinda Temple, an 8 month pregnant school teacher in 1999, the Harris County DA’s office took five years to finally charge her husband, David, with murder. They had an ace in the hole. They had star prosecutor Kelley Siegler. But David Temple’s family hired Dick DeGuerin, the guy who got Robert Durst off after he dismemb…
 
Episode 104: Alexa Bigwarfe's Experience of Twin-To-Twin Transfusion, Infant Loss, and Transformation Through Writing In this episode, Alexa Bigwarfe discusses her experience with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and child loss. During her third pregnancy, she should have been followed as a high risk pregnancy with a maternal fetal medicine doctor…
 
This week on ATTITUDES! high heel shoe chair updates and soon to be winners announcement! Bryan discusses the controversial blood ban for gay men as well as the HIV vaccine phase 1 trials beginning. Erin discusses the recent appeals court decision that upheld a Texas law that bans a common abortion procedure. If anyone would like to visit prolifewh…
 
Episode 32: Hannah Budde's Story of Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Mild TBI In this episode, guest Hannah Budde shares her story with mTBI and hypermobile EDS. She also has POTS, pelvic floor dysfunction and prolapse, interstitial cystitis, craniocervical instability, asthma, and thoracic outlet syndrome. She has experienced several head in…
 
In January of 1999, 30 year old Belinda Temple, who was eight months pregnant, was found shot to death in her closet in Katy, Texas. Her husband, David Temple, was the obvious first suspect. But there wasn’t much evidence to connect him to the murder and he was seen on store cameras during the suspected time of the murder. But he had the oldest mot…
 
Episode 103: Raising a Child with STXBP1 With Guest Chloe Weber In this we discuss rare genetic disorder called STXBP1. Guest Chloe Weber’s son Remy has a rare genetic disorder called STXBP1. This condition affects syntax and binding protein. For these individuals, their bodies don’t make enough of the protein,the protein is misfolded, and the prot…
 
On this week's ATTITUDES! High Heel inception and write-off options. Erin discusses the humanitarian catastrophe occurring in Afghanistan, and how this is affecting women and women's rights. Bryan speaks on an independent book store in Palmyra NY, that has experienced a strange turning around of queer themed books, and the subsequent influx of LGBT…
 
Episode 31: Dafne Wiswell's Story of Raising Children With Type 1 Diabetes and Ankylosing Spondylitis In this episode, Dafne Wiswell discusses her son’s experience with Diabetes Type 1 and her daughter’s experience with juvenile arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. Her son was diagnosed with Diabetes when he was 2. He started having accidents, dri…
 
A prominent southern family made their mark in Memphis, Tennessee and the tiny town of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas with descendents dating back to the Civil War. Known for their philanthropy as much as their prosperity, the Snowden family were pillars of their community. They were eccentric and fun-loving, but also duty bound to their family name and …
 
Episode 102: Spinal Muscular Atrophy And ADHD With Guest Trudy Citovic In this episode, guest Trudy Citovic discusses raising a child with spinal muscular atrophy. Her daughter, Alina, was diagnosed with SMA when she was 5 years old. She never lost any skills but started experiencing weakness and less stamina. She was about to lose skills when she …
 
This week a Patreon prize announcement for the 1000 subscriber mark, a shoe chair and sheet set!! Bryan discusses the Olympics team LGBTQ's many accomplishments, as well as speaking on Japan's lack of LGBTQ legal protections that violate an olympic charter. Erin touches on a new study that shows that people who support a ban on porn tend to hold mo…
 
Episode 30: Dafne Wiswell's Story of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis In this episode, Dafne Wiswell shares her story of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Through diet, spirituality/faith-based practices, setting boundaries, and practicing forgiveness, she was able to eliminate Rheumatoid Arthritis from her experi…
 
In 1960, 25 year old Irene Garza was raped and murdered in McAllen, Texas. The Mexican-American former beauty queen, was a devout catholic and a pillar of her community. She was last seen going to confession on Holy Saturday before Easter. The McAllen community was outraged and heartbroken and there was a massive investigation. And then the investi…
 
Episode 101: Raising A Micropreemie Who Uses A Feeding Tube With Guest Gaby Grinberg In this episode, guest Gaby Grinberg discusses prematurity, NICU stays, and feeding journeys. Her daughter Lana Rose was born at 24 weeks gestation, weight 11 ounces. There was no initial sign that she would go into labor early, as her pregnancy was pretty normal. …
 
This week on ATTITUDES! The new Patreon has launched, thank you everyone for the support! Erin discusses diapers and the "pink tax" exemption bill in Louisiana. Bryan dishes on Matt Damon learning from his daughter how to not use the 'f-slur', we celebrate another Olympic 1st with Canada's Quinn becoming the 1st openly transgender, non-binary athle…
 
Episode 29: Raising a Child With Marfan Syndrome With Guest Allison Pullins In this episode, Allison Pullins discusses her experience raising a child with Marfan Syndrome. James was diagnosed with this connective tissue disorder when he was 2 years old. He experiences an aortic aneurysm, is very nearsighted, has dislocated lenses in his eyes, and l…
 
Episode 100: Raising a Child With Spinal Muscular Atrophy With Guest Megan Fabrizi In this episode, guest Megan Fabrizi discusses raising children with spinal muscular atrophy. When Liam was born, he was having difficulty regulating his temperature. He wasn’t moving his body. At his 4 month visit, he was diagnosed with hypotonia. The pediatrician w…
 
NEW PATREON LAUNCHING this week! On this week's ATTITUDES! Bryan discusses more LGBTQ+ Olympic firsts as Tom Daley sends a heartfelt message to LGBTQ+ youths after winning gold, also J.D. Vance apologizes on Fox & Friends for opposing Trump. Erin speaks on the Olympics setting double standards with women and sexual assault allegations. All this plu…
 
Episode 28: David Einsohn's Story With Ankylosing Spondylitis In this episode, we discuss David Einsohn’s story with Ankylosing Spondylitis. David started experiencing problems with his legs and back when he was almost 10. He started having difficulty breathing, weakness in his legs, lower back pain, and stiff hips. Doctors initially suspected poli…
 
Episode 99: Raising a Child With Multiple Complex Medical Conditions With Guest Tammy Flynn In this episode, guest Tammy Flynn discusses raising children with complex medical conditions. Her son Marcus has numerous complex medical conditions, including Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Sherman’s kyphosis, EOE (eosinophilia of the esophagus), a bleeding disor…
 
80's film fantasy lives and the new Patreon Tiers on this week's Attitudes! Erin discusses Texas' new state laws empowering individuals to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion, and another bill that is to remove required lessons on civil rights movments from public schools curriculum. Bryan speaks on historical LGBTQ firsts, including Luke …
 
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