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The Rediscovery of Me: Life Stories Podcast
94 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
015: Pete Wallroth: How to Find Clarity in the Face of Tragedy
Pete Wallroth founded the charity Mummy’s Star in memory of his wife Mair who tragically died of breast cancer following the birth of her second child. Pete shares his story, of how he coped in the face of such tragedy, how he found clarity and the critical work done by Mummy’s Star.
62 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
014: Beckie Ramsay BEM: Making Sense of Grief and Loss
In this podcast you will learn about:Beckie’ story of grief and loss and how she has sought to make sense of Dylan’s death by educating othersWhat happened on the day of Dylan’s accidentBeckie’s water safety campaign – Doing it for DylanThe dangers associated with open water and cold-water shock and how 400 – 600 people die in the UK every year in water related incidentsBeckie’s education campaign and how she seeks to educate people across the UKWhat Beckie has achieved as a result of her workOpen water swimming and how to do this safelyThe awards Beckie has received and how they are “bittersweet”Beckie’s selfless determination to change the lives of othersBeckie’s experiences of grief and loss and how she has coped as a parentHow to talk to people who have experienced grief and lossHow not to take life for granted and why we sometimes need to let things slide.ConnectBeckie Ramsay BEM can be contacted using the following links:TwitterFacebook Page – Doing it for Dylan
58 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
013: Bonnie Haughton: Eating Disorders and How to Support Them
In this podcast you will learn about:What eating disorders are and the different eating disorders that people suffer withHow eating disorders can start in adult life, they are not just a condition of young peopleHow eating disorders affect both males and females‘Fussy’ eating in young children, what to look out for and how we need to normalise fussy eatingHow we don’t have to finish everything on our plates – how eating a sufficient amount is importantThe kinds of behaviours that adolescents might exhibit when struggling with their eatingThe importance of seeking medical advice if you are worried about your childHow not eating enough affects the brain and behaviours can changeThe importance of a supportive approach which does not focus on blameThe prevalence of guilt amongst parents and why parents should not feel guiltyHow control is a common factor in eating disordersThe role of blame and shame in eating disorders and the wider familyHow other mental health conditions can exist alongside eating disordersThe different professionals who will commonly be involved when a child is diagnosed with an eating disorderThe role of the family in supporting recoveryHow parents/careers can support their child not to blame themselvesHow families have to open the door to professionals.ConnectBonnie Haughton can be contacted using the following links:LinkedInWebsiteResourcesSamaritans 08457 90 90 90Childline 0800 11 11www.b-eat.co.uk Beat: UK charity for young people/familieswww.mengetedstoo.co.uk Men get EDs toowww.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk Anorexia and Bulimia Carewww.oagb.org.uk Overeaters Anonymouswww.nhs.uk NHS choices on eating disorders and treatments availablewww.eating-disorder.org.uk The National Centre for Eating Disorderswww.slam.nhs.uk Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustAbout BonnieBonnie is an experienced Art Therapist and Systemic Practitioner with many years’ experience in working with young people and families, with CAMHS and Education settings. She has recently completed her MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy at the University of Derby.DisclaimerThe Content on Our Site does not constitute advice on which you should rely. It is provided for general information purposes only. Professional or specialist advice should always be sought before taking any action relating to your mental or physical health.We make no representation, warranty, or guarantee that Our Site will meet your requirements, that it will not infringe the rights of third parties, that it will be compatible with all software and hardware, or that it will be secure.We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Content on Our Site is complete, accurate, and up-to-date. We do not, however, make any representations, warranties or guarantees (whether express or implied) that the Content is complete, accurate, or up-to-date.
52 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
012: Pete Buecker: Healing Childhood Trauma
In this episode you will learn about:What childhood trauma is and how no-one escapes childhood completely unscathedHow childhood trauma can make us feel isolated and different, and how it shapes us as we grow olderHow the effects of issues from our childhood can be present in our lives for yearsHow trauma is characterised by the presence of shame and shame-based thoughtsThe symptoms of early-life trauma and family dysfunctionHow your inner voice is a strong indicator of early-life trauma and how self-talk can reflect shame-based thoughtsHow many of us feel inadequate and intrinsically flawed deep within ourselves, but how we conversely believe that everyone else is adequate and absolutely fineHow understanding childhood trauma can shape us as parents so that we that we can help our kids feel comfortable in their own skinHow shame is present in many aspects of our livesHow we all deserve to be happy and how this can sometimes require facing our past experiences so that we can process them in order to be comfortable in our own skinHow being exposed to childhood trauma doesn’t make our families bad peopleThe importance of talking about childhood traumaHow trauma can be inheritedHow to let go of the legacy of childhood trauma.ConnectPete Buecker can be contacted using the following links:FacebookFacebook PageInstagramWebsiteResourcesThe following books are mentioned in the Podcast:Bradshaw, J. (1990). Home coming. [London]: PiatkusHarris, T. (1973). I’M OK – YOU’R OK. LONDON: PAN BooksDisclaimerThe Content on Our Site does not constitute advice on which you should rely. It is provided for general information purposes only. Professional or specialist advice should always be sought before taking any action relating to your mental or physical health.We make no representation, warranty, or guarantee that Our Site will meet your requirements, that it will not infringe the rights of third parties, that it will be compatible with all software and hardware, or that it will be secure.We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Content on Our Site is complete, accurate, and up-to-date. We do not, however, make any representations, warranties or guarantees (whether express or implied) that the Content is complete, accurate, or up-to-date.
45 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
011: Stewart Roberts & Jackie McColl: Helping Others to Help Ourselves - Haircuts 4 Homeless
Five years ago, hairdresser Stewart Roberts was visiting a centre for people with drug and alcohol problems, noticing a homeless man, and inspired by someone he’d seen giving makeovers on the street, the following week he decided to take the tools of his trade – his scissors. Word quickly spread and he was asked to take his scissors into shelters in Romford and other areas. Haircuts for the Homeless was born. On this episode he shares his incredible story of how a national charity was born. He is joined by Jackie McColl founder of multiple projects around the Manchester area. In this episode you will learn about:How working with those less fortunate than us can be a real antidote to feeling badHow homelessness affects a much wider range of people than we might at first realiseHow Haircuts 4 Homeless is about so much more than just cutting hair – it breaks barriers and allows people to connectHow many homeless people are often not spoken for days at a timeHow working at the homeless centre is often a great place to help those most in needHow the charity has grown over the last five yearsHow volunteering is all about action – and the power of being a nuisance!How volunteers also need to be protected so that they are able to do their role effectivelyThe importance of communication and how Haircuts 4 Homeless transcends barriersHow Lena Headey, from Game of Thrones, is now an ambassador for Haircuts 4 HomelessThe importance of boundaries – even in the charity sectorThe importance of teamwork and different skills that are needed to run a large charityHow helping others can make you happier and overcome our own personal strugglesHow we shouldn’t attach our happiness to money.ConnectHaircuts 4 Homeless can be contacted via the following links:FacebookInstagramTwitter
48 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
010: Andrew Cornner: Why Fitness is for All of us!
Andrew Cornner is a former member of HM Royal Navy and now a full-time personal trainer. In this episode he tells us about how to embed fitness practically into our lives, how fitness really is for ALL of us (regardless of age and fitness level) and how we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we can’t do it all! In this episode you will learn about:Andy’s story of how he discovered fitness and why it was important for him and his mental health.Why fitness really is for EVERYONE!How you don’t have to be ‘sporty’ to enjoy getting fitHow the most important thing is finding something that you like and are comfortable with initiallyThe importance of finding the right instructorWhat steps to take when you haven’t exercised for a long timeWhy you don’t need to spend a fortune on basic kit when starting outWhat to do when you initially struggle, and the need to begin slowlyHow it’s important to find an exercise regime that fits in with your life and commitmentsHow we ALL have time to exercise – it’s simply a matter of priorities!How any exercise needs to balanced with our life commitments in order to be sustainableHow you can exercise effectively without specialist equipmentHow people can exercise effectively at any ageThe impact of exercise on mental healthThe importance of building muscleThe ‘personal’ part of personal trainingREMEMBER! Consult your Doctor before beginning any exercise program.ConnectAndrew Cornner can be contacted using the following links:FacebookInstagramEmail: email@example.comBy Phone: 07960 454282DisclaimerThe Content on Our Site does not constitute advice on which you should rely. It is provided for general information purposes only. Professional or specialist advice should always be sought before taking any action relating to your mental or physical health.We make no representation, warranty, or guarantee that Our Site will meet your requirements, that it will not infringe the rights of third parties, that it will be compatible with all software and hardware, or that it will be secure.We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Content on Our Site is complete, accurate, and up-to-date. We do not, however, make any representations, warranties or guarantees (whether express or implied) that the Content is complete, accurate, or up-to-date.
53 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
009: Andrew Hankin: From Depression and Suicide to Helping Others
From the outside Andrew Hankin had it all - a successful career, a beautiful family and material success. However, on the inside the story was very different. In this episode Andrew shares his story of how he went from chronic depression and planning his own suicide to an incredible transformation back to full health and helping others. Today he run's Hero Transformations, working with people with a wide variety of mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, alcoholism, victims of sexual violence, suicidal thoughts and suicide survivors. This is his story. In this episode you will learn about:The impact of losing friends to suicide and the complex range of emotions this brings out in different people and how this is now more openly discussed in societyThe disproportionately high rates of male suicideThe different triggers of depression, and how these might not always be obviousHow depression and suicidal thoughts can manifest and how they appearReasons why comparing ourselves to others can lead to people to feel shame and inadequacyThe importance of individual identity and purposeThe wider impact of depression on the family unitAndrew’s decision to make a step-change and how he accomplished thisThe importance of having a personal ‘why’ which is greater than ourselvesThe importance of support networksThe role that exercise can play in recovering from mental health issuesHow actively taking control of your mindset, even hour by hour, can have incredible resultsThe importance of journaling and seeing how far we have comeHow recovery from serious mental health issues is a lifelong journey and demands commitmentHow social media ‘connectedness’ is actually false.ConnectAndrew Hankin can be contacted using the following links:Website: Hero TransformationsFacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagramBy Phone: 0800 3 20 20 60Further Resources as Discussed in the Podcast:Compound EffectTouching the VoidStart with Why – Simon SinekIkigaiAndy’s Man ClubIf You Have Been Affected By The Issues Discussed in This Podcast:Please tell someone immediately and seek immediate medical advice from a medical professional. Neither Andrew Hankin or The Rediscovery of Me are qualified medical professionals.Samaritans:Call 116 123 for Free in the UKEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgRead this article here from the NHS about Dealing with a Mental Health Crisis or EmergencyOutside of the UK please contact your medical professional or emergency services and seek their advice as a matter of urgency.DisclaimerThe Content on Our Site does not constitute advice on which you should rely. It is provided for general information purposes only. Professional or specialist advice should always be sought before taking any action relating to your mental or physical health.We make no representation, warranty, or guarantee that Our Site will meet your requirements, that it will not infringe the rights of third parties, that it will be compatible with all software and hardware, or that it will be secure.We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Content on Our Site is complete, accurate, and up-to-date. We do not, however, make any representations, warranties or guarantees (whether express or implied) that the Content is complete, accurate, or up-to-date.
53 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
008: Pete Lloyd: Taking Control of a Cancer Diagnosis
In this podcast you will learn about:Pete’s long journey which began with a seemingly innocuous fall at work, leading to metabolic bone disease that turned cancerous.How it feels to be given a bone cancer diagnosis and the process of what happens nextWhy so many of us are fearful of a cancer diagnosisHow emotions run high during treatment for cancer and how this affects a multitude of peopleThe complexities associated with a bone cancer diagnosis, and the relatively small amount of research in bone cancerThe importance of a strong support network and the need to be vulnerable with others at timesThe ramifications of cancer and the realities of how this can affect relationships and family lifeHow much being held to compassionately to account can make such a differenceHow a catalogue of injuries leads to one man making a totally resolute decision to change his life with no regretsHow a cancer story belongs to so many people.The importance of family and friends in providing a critical support networkThe importance of self-belief in making a big change in life, even against the odds.ConnectPete Lloyd can be contacted on Twitter and Facebook.Pete’s charity, Pushing for a Cure, can be found here.Finally, The Bone Cancer Research can be found here.
60 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
007: Wendy Bowers: Dealing with Burnout
In this Podcast you will learn about:How all families have their own truth that is often hidden from the world. What goes on behind closed doors is often deeply private. Appearances can be deceptive.How we are informed by our experiences as children, and how these experiences leaving an exacting imprint.How we can make our peace – even in the twilight years of someone’s life.The complexities of being a working parent and the struggle for balance. How we sometimes make decisions that we may later regret.The intoxicating power of being successful, the impact that this has on our ego and how this can drive our decision making in a different direction.How we are conditioned to measure things by material possessions and status, and how actually the true meaning of life can be measured in a very different way.The bravery needed to undergo a significant life change and the things that sometimes trigger this. How we can find the meaning in our lives and make small life changes that make a significant difference.Wendy’s experience of burnout and the struggle with being vulnerable. How it’s easy to lose perspective in times of acute stress and how this affects so many people.How the secret to contentment and fulfilment that we all crave is actually to be found within us, and not in material possessions.How stepping down and being the ‘authentic you” takes bravery and conviction.How making a change doesn’t have to take over your life, how small changes can make all the difference.Advice if you’re feeling trapped unfulfilled and overwhelmed.The importance of being quiet and the need to be thankful; practical steps on how to do this.ConnectMore information about Wendy can be found at the following places:Her Website – RoleTwitterLinkedIn As mentioned on the podcast more information about HeartMath can be found here.Information about Leadership Embodiment can be found here.Parker J Palmer’s book that Wendy refers to is A Hidden Wholeness – it can be purchased from Amazon here.Have you Been Affected by the Issues Raised in this Podcast?Find further information on the issues discussed.From The Rediscovery of MeWhat is Overwhelm? How Does it Feel?How to Take Decisive Action to Conquer OverwhelmHow to Conquer Overwhelm and Manage Your Time More Effectively From Across the WebHelpGuide.org: Burnout Prevention & Treatmentverywellmind.com: How to Tell You Have Reached the Point of Burnout
64 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
006: Barbara Morris: The Journey to Our Own Truth
About the PodcastThis podcast was an absolute joy to create. I am so thankful to Barbara for agreeing to come on the show to talk about her experiences. Barbara is a very private person but decided that she would like to share her story. As Barbara mentions on the podcast, many people who have worked alongside her for years have never even been aware of her ‘sight’.Regardless of your personal beliefs there is something for everyone in this podcast. This is one woman’s story of finding her own personal truth.In this podcast you will learn about:Barbara’s experiences as a child, and how she grew accustomed to her ‘sight’Barbara’s story of exploring her own spirituality, the uniqueness of spiritual experiences and what it’s like to grow up with an understanding that most people don’t haveThe realities of coming to terms with her heightened sense of spirituality and how Barbara continues to manage this every dayHow meditation opened a door to another world for BarbaraHow to cope when no one can answer your questionsWhat it’s like to be a medium spiritual healer and what happened when she attempted to ‘close the door’How Barbara coped with an episode of acute depression, and the support she received from her family and friendsThe joy with which Barbara talks about her experiences against a backdrop of daily lifeWhat it’s like to find out where you belong in the world by finding your own truth; how Barbara found her happiness within herself by accepting her journey as her ownAdvice on finding our own life purpose and how to be happyThe uniqueness of people as spiritual beings.ConnectIf you would like to connect with Barbara please do so via The Rediscovery of Me, all messages will be passed directly to Barbara: email@example.com.
55 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
005: Fay Evans: The Journey to Living Your Passion
During the episode you will learn about:What it’s really like to leave the ‘rat race’ and how it can be done practicallyWhy putting yourself ‘out there’ is sometimes the best course of actionThe art of tenacity, why we need to just keep going even when things may seem initially successful or, indeed, unsuccessfulThe power of networking, and how this can open doorsThe importance of dreaming big and setting ourselves big, scary goals!Why sometimes, things are just meant to be.ConnectYou can connect with Fay Evans at the following places:On her WebsiteOn TwitterOn InstagramOn FacebookOn LinkedInAs discussed on the podcast, more information about the Law of Attraction can be found at TheLawofAttraction.com.
59 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
004: Cris Cohen: The Journey to Self-Acceptance
During the episode you will learn about:The meaning and importance of creativity and how it is often viewed incorrectly as something that is only available to a selected fewThe role of creative thinking in entrepreneurshipHow childhood experiences shape us as adults – often quite negatively. For Cris, much of this was to do with his dyslexia; he shares how he overcame these difficulties in his educationThe journey to realising our passionsHow Cris’s struggles with his health led to a deep episode of clinical depression, how he battled within himself to overcome this and how he was able to see a way forwardHow he made the difficult decision to leave a stable career to pursue his passion, and how this has made him feelCris’s views on people and why it’s so important that we connect with one another, stopping and appreciating what we have in lifeHow a lack of self-esteem is now a thing of the past for Cris and how being ill has enabled his journey to self-acceptance, so that he can now embrace his fears and take risks.ConnectYou can connect with Cris Cohen at the following places:Feast with Friends WebsiteOn TwitterOn InstagramOn FacebookOn You TubeOn LinkedIn
54 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
003 Hazel Chaisty: Surviving a Life Changing Road Traffic Accident
In 2004, at the age of 31, Hazel Chaisty was on her way home from work in when she suffered a life-changing injury in a motorbike accident. She claims to be ‘just an ordinary girl from Manchester’, but today Hazel is an international athlete and a member of Team GB. She tells us her remarkable story. During this episode you will learn about:Hazel’s recollection of her motorbike accident and the incredible treatment she receivedThe journey to recovery in hospital and at home as a new wheelchair userHow Hazel adapted to her new existence and the challenges she continues to face every dayHazel’s struggle with depression and coming to terms with her injuriesThe practical aspects of what happens when someone is involved in a serious RTA and how to cope financiallyHow a chance post on Facebook led to a new chapter in Hazel’s lifeHer inspirational journey as an athlete for Team GBWhy we shouldn’t live in fear, but instead put our phones away and LIVE!ConnectThe amazing Hazel Chaisty can be found on her website at hchaisty.co.ukShe can also be found:Facebook – Hazel Chaisty Archer.The British Archery Team – Archery GBThe book referenced in the podcast is Choke, by Sian Beilock. She also has a fascinating TED Talk which can be found here.Carol Dwek can be easily found on Google, but her TED Talk is a great place to start if you’re not familiar with her work.Finally, I think that we should give a huge ‘shout out’ to The Mirror & Picture Factory in Stockport who were so supportive of Hazel when she had her accident. Great to hear of a company being so supportive of its employees!
56 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
001 Chris Fisher: Surviving Blindness
In 2008 at the age of 39, Chris Fisher went totally blind in a matter of weeks. In today’s episode, Chris tells us his inspirational story of how a regular guy deals with such adversity, and shares his journey to becoming the only blind professional woodturner in Britain.During the episode you will learn about:Chris’s story of how he went blind, totally out of the blue over a three week period, as a result of toxoplasmosisThe sudden and dramatic impact of going blind and the need for ‘considered action’ in every aspect of daily lifeChris’s experiences of rehabilitation and counselling and how he now views his loss of sightThe impact that going blind suddenly has on the brain, and how this impacts on memory and the other sensesThe importance of his beautiful guide dog Bamber and the special bond they shareHis struggles with anxiety as a result of such a dramatic change in his life, and the importance of personal relationships in overcoming thisChris’s experimentation with echolocationHow a love of horror films started a passion and gave him a renewed sense of purposeLearning advanced skills from scratch using You Tube, Chris’s journey to becoming a master craftsman and the products he now createsHow, as a blind man, he manages the dangers of his new professionHis work as a keynote speaker, teacher and trainer.ConnectYou can connect with Chris Fisher at the following places:The Blind Woodturner WebsiteThe Blind Woodturner on TwitterThe Blind Woodturner on InstagramThe Blind Woodturner of FacebookThe Blind Woodturner on You TubeAs discussed on the podcast, Chris takes commissions, teaches people the skills that they need to become a professional woodturner and is also available for public speaking opportunities.
56 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
002 Gilly Hallam: Surviving Stillbirth
On 9th of May 2014, Gilly Hallam gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby boy named Eliot. Tragically, Eliot was stillborn. In this episode, Gilly shares her story of how she and her husband Tommy coped with this tragedy, and their journey to having two more children.During the episode you will learn about:Gilly’s story of what happened when she gave birth to her son Eliot who was stillbornWhy it’s so important to give topics like stillbirth a voice, so that they are discussed openlyGilly’s experiences of grief and the different responses she received from family and friendsThe current rates of stillbirth in the UKGilly’s approach to dealing with her loss, and her inspirational attitude that helped her copeHow the decisions Gilly and Tommy made have played a critical role in furthering scientific understanding of the incidence of stillbirthThe incredible support she received from hospital staffHow Gilly went on to have two more beautiful children.ConnectFor more information following the podcast, please have a look at the following websites:Tommy’s – Together, for every baby The UK based charity who “fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. [They] believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. [They] want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and to take home happy, healthy babies.”Sandalwood Unit – Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UKRainbow Unit – St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, UK Should anyone wish to contact Gilly directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org marking the email for Gilly’s attention and it will be passed directly on to her. Remember, if you are worried about the health of your baby, please make sure you contact your Medical Professional, GP or Midwife immediately.
2 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
Welcome to the Rediscovery Of Me: Life Stories Podcast
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