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There are many episodes on BRAVE JOURNEYS where I have cried, but not today.  Today is about celebrating life, love & finding unbridled gratitude & joy in the ordinary.If I told you that my next guest is terminally ill with Stage 4 cancer & has also been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, it would be reasonable to assume this is a deeply sad episode of BRAVE JOURNEYS.  But its anything but!!!  In fact, I’ll be amazed if you walk away after listening to this beautiful conversation with former radio executive & all-round legend of a human being, the magnificent Mel Dzelde, & not choose life & also choose to make every second count with delight, festivity & wonder.  Mel certainly does!!!  She’s inspiring & empowering & I’m so honoured & thrilled to share this platform with a woman who’s a beacon of goodness, happiness & appreciation, even when she knows there may not be much time… which if you think about it, is our actual truth every day.  We don’t know what’s around the corner, but at least we can be shown by the MASTER how to revel in what we have, while we have it.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Mel hereFind Mel on TwitterFollow Mel on Facebook hereFollow Mel on InstaFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi Faraday With thanks to my special guest: Mel DzeldeAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula FergusonBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
What would you do if your worst private heartache was on the front page of every newspaper around the world?  Kate Nason knows…Seven years into her marriage, Kate discovers her husband was cheating on her with multiple women. Then, the unimaginable happens. It’s January of 1998 & Kate wakes to the news that one of her husband’s mistresses was having an affair with none other than US President, Bill Clinton. The press surround Kate’s home, clamouring for details about her husband’s affair with a White House Intern, transforming Kate’s private heartbreak into public mortification.Kate’s new memoir, “Everything is Perfect”, uncovers the little-known side of one of the world’s biggest scandals, unveiling a cautionary tale about the ways we deceive ourselves, when we allow ourselves to be deceived by those we love.  It’s also an intimate look at the impacts of infidelity, the fallout of gaslighting, and a deep insight into the silent, stoic wife at the press conference. Confession time beloved BRAVE JOURNEYS family, I’ve always felt inordinate compassion for Monica Lewinsky and the way her life was all but decimated after her affair with President Clinton.  He walked away relatively unscathed.  She was brutalised, derided and the butt of late-night talk shows ever since.  It was never OK.  And her work in the anti-bullying space is to be commended.  No-one is simply their worst mistake.  But as you’ll realise from this astonishing episode of BRAVE JOURNEYS, Kate was also collateral damage and her life was literally blown up through no fault of her own… BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Kate hereFind Kate on TwitterFollow Kate on InstaFind Kate’s incredible Audiobook memoir, “Everything is Perfect” hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS: Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi Faraday With thanks to my special guest: Kate NasonAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula FergusonBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
My next guest, Kenneth Feinberg, literally stopped me in my tracks.  Ken is a prominent attorney, a world-renowned MEDIATOR and the one time chief of staff of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.  But when we all stood still on 9/11 after one of the most horrific terrorist attacks the world has ever seen, Ken stood up and wanted – indeed asked - to be counted.Ken was appointed as the Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund just a few weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.  In this role, Ken met with nearly every family who was a victim of 9/11 at the absolute height of their grief.  He listened.  He empathised.  He held space for their sorrow.  He travelled the length and breadth of the country to make it easier for families to meet with him.  He enlisted the support of others, including clergy, when victims’ families were simply too broken to apply for their share of the Fund.  He even offered to fill in the forms on behalf of the victims.  Whilst Ken could never return a father to a grieving child, or a son to an inconsolable mother, or a husband to a pregnant wife, what he could do was ensure that some of victims’ dreams would continue in their absence and that financial hardship would not be another challenge for these all, but shattered, families.  Ken presided over this unprecedented Fund that ultimately awarded over $7.1 billion DOLLARS of public taxpayer money to the families of 2,983 killed and approximately 2,400 physically injured and maimed, in the most devastating of ways on 9/11.The administration of this Fund took 33 months.  Ken Feinberg was never paid a cent for his efforts, insisting he take on the role on a pro bono basis.  His epic story, now memorialised in his memoir – WHAT IS LIFE WORTH – has inspired the extraordinary Netflix film WORTH starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci.On a more personal note, from the first instance I had the pleasure of coming across Ken, I have been overwhelmed by his warmth, generosity and his impeccable character.  His Solomonic efforts in fighting for fair for every single claimant is just incredible.So it is with immense humility and gratitude that I welcome Kenneth R Feinberg to the BRAVE JOURNEYS family.This is Ken’s story…. BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Ken hereFind Ken’s books hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaDefinition of "mensch" -a person of integrity and honour.Follow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS: Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi Faraday With thanks to my special guest: Kenneth R FeinbergAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula FergusonBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and
Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms.  One of them, without any shadow of a doubt, is my next guest, the truly inspirational Rebecca Faye Smith Galli.  Just nine days after her divorce was finalised, Becky, a then 38-year-old mother of four, two of whom with special needs, wakes up at 2am with strange, shooting sensations in her legs.  By 9pm, she’s paralysed from the waist down from a condition called transverse myelitis, a rare spinal cord inflammation.  But this isn’t the first time Becky needed to rethink what’s possible.Becky’s life until that point includes a journey through losses that would have brought anyone else to their knees, including the tragic death of her seventeen-year-old brother; two miscarriages; her daughter Maddison’s autism diagnosis; her son Matthew’s ultimately fatal degenerative disease; the sad demise of her marriage and the devastating loss of both her parents in quick succession.  Despite such unspeakably cruel blows, Becky always maintained her belief in family, in faith, in unconditional love, and in learning to not only accept, but to also embrace a life that had veered down a path far different to the one she had planned – as captured in her astonishing memoir – Rethinking Possible. Becky’s journey is ultimately about the power of love over loss and the choices we all make that shape our lives & our perspectives —especially when forced to confront the unimaginable.Tissues are strongly advised.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Beck hereFind Becky on TwitterFollow Becky on InstaFollow Becky on Facebook hereBuy Becky’s remarkable Memoir, “Rethinking Possible” hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS: Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi Faraday With thanks to my special guest: Rebecca Faye Smith GalliAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula FergusonBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
By her own account, Carolyn Moor had it all. She & her architect husband Chad, had two gorgeous little girls, their own business & a house they designed & built in Orlando. On Valentine’s Day 2000, they talked over a romantic dinner & fantasized about what dreams would come next.  While they were driving home, a car struck theirs. Chad tragically died from his injuries. And Carolyn was left a 37 year old widow, with two little girls to keep afloat.Dazed, heartbroken, terrified of what the future would hold & grief-stricken, Carolyn struggled to find the mentors & resources she needed to model the healing & growth she desperately sought. This lack for her, ultimately led to the establishment of the Modern Widows Club in Carolyn’s very own living room in 2011.Apart from being the President, Founder & Development Director of the Modern Widows Club, Carolyn is also an award-winning interior designer, interfaith minister, TEDx speaker & widows health consultant. Carolyn’s participated in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Global Leadership Network & has been featured as an exemplar of resilience in the Wall Street Journal & on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Carolyn’s also the host of the Healthy Widow Healthy Woman Podcast, & was a consultant on NBC’s breakout hit, New Amsterdam.  Her tireless work & advocacy on behalf of widows has been recognised globally.This is Carolyn’s story….BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Carolyn hereFind Carolyn on TwitterFollow Carolyn on InstaFollow Carolyn on Facebook hereWatch Carolyn’s incredible Ted Talk hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Carolyn MoorAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
TRIGGER WARNING!!!Leslie Morgan Steiner is a New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, consultant and thought leader on women’s leadership, work-life balance, inspirational parenting, overcoming adversity and surviving violence against women.  She is a graduate of Harvard and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Her corporate experience includes The Washington Post, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Burnett and Seventeen Magazine. She’s also the survivor of intimate partner violence and terror that almost cost her, her life as captured in her 2009 New York Times bestselling book, Crazy Love and her extraordinary Ted Talk that has been seen by more than 6 and a half million people.Leslie recently completed her fourth nonfiction work, The Naked Truth, a memoir which explores female aging and sexuality after motherhood and divorce.  From surviving domestic violence and devoting much of her life to helping others who face a similar hell to the emancipation and sexual awakening she experienced after the end of her second marriage – it’s unlikely that we’ll run out of things to chat about.This is Leslie’s story…Please note that this episode of Brave Journeys talks graphically about coercive control and domestic violence and isn’t remotely suitable for little ears.If anything you hear during this episode is triggering in any way, please reach out to someone who can keep you safe.  And please remember if you’re in Australia, you can phone Lifeline at any time on 13 11 14. And for sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services please call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 phone services.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Leslie hereFind Leslie on TwitterFollow Leslie on InstaFollow Leslie on Facebook hereWatch Leslie’s incredible Ted Talk hereFind Leslie’s books hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode here NEED MORE INSPIRATION? Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes here CREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Leslie Morgan SteinerAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula FergusonBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect
My next guest, Dr Lucy Hone is a global authority and celebrated Ted Speaker in the area of resilience.Lucy is an Adjunct Senior Professor at the University of Canterbury, a co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a published academic researcher and best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today.Having been trained at the University of Pennsylvania, Lucy went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland and now assists organisations - from government departments, to leading law firms and schools - to design and implement wellbeing and resilience initiatives that create sustained and meaningful change.But in 2014, Lucy's life was turned upside down, when her beautiful 12-year-old daughter, Abi, was killed in a freak car accident. In the blink of an eye, one of the world’s leading resilience experts found herself flung to the other side of the equation, waking up with a whole new identity. Instead of being the resilience expert, she was suddenly thrust into the heinous and unfamiliar world of being the grieving mother whose life had been smashed to smithereens. Lucy’s best-selling book “Resilient Grieving” which was originally titled, “What Abi Taught Us” has helped countless people get through their darkest days and her TED talk, The Three Secrets of Resilient People, has had over 3 million views and been recognised globally as one of the top 20 TED Talks of 2020.She is the living example that it’s possible to grieve and live at the same time.This is Lucy’s story…BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Lucy hereFollow Lucy on Twitter hereFollow Lucy on Insta hereWatch Lucy’s remarkable Ted Talk hereBuy a copy of “Resilient Grieving” hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on Insta Join the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS: Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Dr Lucy HoneAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula FergusonBRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 
TRIGGER WARNING!!!Proud Gunaikurnai woman, Veronica Gorrie, had spent a lifetime in fear of the police… and with good reason.  Ronnie's grandmother, Linda, was stolen from her family as an eight-year-old in 1941, along with her three siblings.  And Veronica’s beloved father John was forcibly taken at birth from his then 16-year-old mother Linda & placed in an orphanage.After watching her friends and family suffer under an inherently racist law-enforcement system, Veronica bravely signed up for training to become one of a handful of Aboriginal police officers in Australia, with the hope of creating a sense of safety and trust for Aboriginal communities, and for her three children.In this incredibly powerful episode of BRAVE JOURNEYS, Veronica speaks frankly about a childhood replete with brutality, alcoholism and sexual assault, the impact of intergenerational trauma, her lived experience of systemic racism & intimate partner violence & the torment of making her way in the white, male-dominated police force, as captured in her book, Black & Blue: A Memoir of Racism & Resilience.In the era of Black Lives Matter, as policing & deaths in custody in Australia come again under the microscope, it’s time to dispense with platitudes and focus on an honest, transparent journey of enlightenment. No more tokenism, no more box ticking. We must all commit to learning and become educated about the shameful history and egregious injustices the Traditional Custodians of our nation have endured. We must listen and we absolutely must do better. It is such an honour that Veronica agreed to join me on BRAVE JOURNEYS.This is Ronnie’s story…Please note that this vitally important episode of BRAVE JOURNEYS talks graphically about the stolen generation, sexual abuse and domestic violence and isn’t remotely suitable for little ears.Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples should please be aware that this episode may contain the names of people who have passed away.If anything you hear during this episode is triggering in any way, please reach out to someone who can keep you safe.  And please remember if you’re in Australia, you can phone Lifeline at any time on 13 11 14.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Follow Ronnie on Twitter hereBuy Ronnie’s incredible book, Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism & Resilience hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes here CREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Veronica GorrieAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg, Ursula Ferguson.And a special shout out to the beautiful Zandy Alter.BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal a
TRIGGER WARNING!!!My next guest, Stephanie Giese is a mother of five, a celebrated writer, a prolific blogger - recognised as one of HuffPost’s most viral bloggers of the decade & was named a BlogHer Voice of The Year - a former teacher and a tireless advocate for children and families living with mental illness. Stephanie and her husband Eddie are foster, adoptive and biological parents.  They adopted their first child Nicholas at 13 months. When Nicholas turned three, he started blaming an imaginary friend he called The Other Nicholas for terrifying things he did that he couldn't remember or explain. By the time Nicholas turned seven, professionals were starting to use words like "psychotic break" and "crisis unit." And by the age of twelve, he’d been admitted to paediatric psychiatric hospitals on four occasions.Stephanie’s just published memoir, All I Never Knowed, which has been launched to critical acclaim, is the true story of the Giese family and the fight for Nicholas as he struggles with severe mental illness. Written at Nicholas' behest and told from the perspective of his extraordinary mother, Stephanie intimately shares the years & the enormous toll of navigating her child’s mental health crisis.  It’s also the story of the unbreakable love between a mother and her son, as well as a husband and his wife.  And it’s a love letter to each family struggling through mental illness; each child battling the scars of trauma; and each parent questioning their worth.This is not an episode that any parent or prospective parent can afford to miss!!!This is Stephanie and Nicholas’ story…BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find more about Stephanie hereFollow Stephanie on Facebook hereFollow Stephanie on on Twitter hereFollow Stephanie on Insta hereBuy Stephanie’s remarkable book, All I Ever Knowed hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Stephanie GieseAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula Ferguson.BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Stephen Jon Thompson is a distinguished leader and Tech Executive whose job it is to find the most elite talent in artificial intelligence for the world’s most cutting-edge technology & consumer companies - Including; Nike, Amazon, LinkedIn, Apple & Google.So, it might be reasonable to assume Stephen was born into a beautiful family, with a silver spoon in his mouth, had an IVY league education & that his stratospheric career trajectory was written in the stars.  But this is BRAVE JOURNEYS  my friends & we all know by now that that’s not how this extraordinary man’s life began.You see, at nine years of age, Stephen was abandoned with his four younger siblings in a Nevada motel by his drug-addicted mother.  His childhood was filled with abuse, violence, a revolving door of men, neglect, foster homes, Juvenile Hall, & a poverty so extreme, its seriously remarkable he survived.  And yet, he has done so much more than just that.Today, apart from being a giant in the tech recruitment space, Stephen is a board member of Students Rising Above a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to the cultivation & development of extraordinary youth who are low-income, 1st generation college students who’ve demonstrated a deep commitment to education & strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness & neglect. This is Stephen’s story…BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Stephen hereFollow Stephen on Facebook hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Stephen Jon ThompsonAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg and Ursula Ferguson.BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Laura Cathcart Robbins is an acclaimed culture writer, storyteller extraordinaire & now beloved host of The Only One in the Room Podcast.Laura’s survived post-natal depression; struggled through debilitating addiction and divorced her high-profile, Hollywood juggernaut, ex-husband.  And when life felt very much rock bottom, Laura met her long-time love and collaborator Scot, in rehab… as you do… & has been sober now for 13 years.   Laura’s also a 2018 LA Moth StorySlam winner and sits on the advisory board for the San Diego Writer’s Festival, the Outliers HQ podcast Festival, as well as being the founding member of Moving Forewords, the first American memoirist collective of its kind.   Laura’s articles in The Huffington Post and The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide praise.  Laura’s gorgeous in every way, she’s as honest as the day is long and I’m absolutely thrilled she’s here.  Did I mention her voice is mellifluous?  Ok, OK, a little bit of a girl crush is clearly going on… This is Laura’s story…BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Laura hereFollow The Only One in the Room Podcast hereFind Laura on TwitterFollow Laura on InstaFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Laura Cathcart RobbinsAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg & Ursula Ferguson.BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING!!!From the age of eight, Dr Michelle Stevens was brutally tortured and enslaved, raped, and pimped out to countless men by a sadistic paedophile; a man who passed himself off as her father.After suffering more than ten years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, Michelle escaped and with superhuman strength, Michelle chose not to give into despair and vowed - that no matter what - she was going to fight for a good, decent, normal life.  But the journey to that “good life” was paved with agony and heartache including psychological breakdowns, suicide attempts and the disorienting onset of Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder).Michelle went on to study writing at New York University and earned her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, where her thesis was honoured as the “Dissertation of Distinction.” Michelle has presented her research to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where she also received an award for Outstanding Research and her writing about trauma has appeared in the New York Times, Time, People, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, and The Hollywood Reporter.Michelle has penned a remarkable memoir - Scared Selfless: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving and she’s also the Founder and Executive Director of Post-Traumatic Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and inspiration of those affected by psychological trauma. It is with immense awe and gratitude that I have the honour of welcoming Dr Michelle Stevens to the BRAVE JOURNEYS family… and in case you had any doubts, she is a living miracle… Please note that this incredibly powerful and important episode of Brave Journeys talks graphically about sexual abuse and suicide and isn’t remotely suitable for little ears.If anything you hear during this episode is triggering in any way, please reach out to someone who can keep you safe.  And please remember if you’re in Australia, you can phone Lifeline at any time on 13 11 14.And for sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services please call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 phone services.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find Michelle on Twitter hereFollow Michelle on Insta hereFollow Michelle on Facebook hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Dr Michelle StevensAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Abo
Are you in for a treat BRAVE JOURNEYS family? Today’s guest is a bona fide superstar.  But that’s not why I love him.  And I really do love him.36 hours after Jono Lancaster was born with Treacher Collins syndrome - a rare genetic disorder that effects the development of the cheek bones, jaw, chin and ears -  his parents abandoned him in the hospital, claiming they were “horrified by Jono’s physical appearance” …and they never looked back.If you’ve read the book or seen the incredible film Wonder starring Julia Roberts & Mandy Patinkin, you will know that the principal character Auggie - played by the extraordinary actor - Jacob Tremblay - was born with the same condition.But Jono’s tragic start to life doesn’t define him; it’s been the making of him.Today at 36, Jono and I discuss, well, absolutely everything from parental rejection to being put in the foster system at two weeks old and formally adopted at age 5 by his magical mum, Jean.  We talk about bullying, finding self-love, falling in love and becoming a global ambassador for the LOVE ME, LOVE MY FACE FOUNDATION that supports children and their families with Treacher Collins.Jono is adored the world over for his optimism, wicked sense of humour, humility, remarkable sense of gratitude, and what he teaches us about making the world a more compassionate place.Put it like this - If you don’t feel like pumping your fists in the air, being extra kind today and thankful for all your blessings, then I’m sending Jono round to your place… NOW.This is Jono’s story …BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Jono hereFollow Jono on Facebook hereFind Jono on Twitter hereFollow Jono on Insta hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Jono LancasterAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg.BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Doctor Mark Cross has worked in psychiatry for three decades and specialises in treating young people, complex PTSD, women’s mental health & anxiety disorders.Mark’s also a senior Lecturer at the University of NSW & a conjoint lecturer at Western Sydney University.  He sits on the Board of SANE AUSTRALIA - whose mission is to improve the health of those living with complex mental health issues, as well as reducing stigma & in 2015, Mark received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists NSW Branch Meritorious Service Award for his “significant contribution” to psychiatry.And if that’s not enough of a professional pedigree, Mark was the lead psychiatrist on the ground-breaking series Changing Minds for the ABC - that followed patients in the locked ward of the Mental Health Unit of Liverpool Hospital.Mark’s fundamental message is that mental illness is exactly that, an illness, not a character defect. He wants us all to be unafraid to speak about how we are REALLY doing. Oh, and did I forget to mention – he’s also lived with anxiety all his life and refers to himself as the “anxious shrink”.  How could he NOT be a guest on Brave Journeys???  Free therapy for me!!!  Woo Hoo!!!This is Mark’s story…BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Mark hereFind out where to buy Mark's incredible memoir, "Anxiety: Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who’s Lived with it All His Life" hereFollow Mark on FacebookWatch Mark's incredible weekly community vodcast, The Anxious Shrink, hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Dr Mark CrossAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg.BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
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Susan Burton is the one-time producer & now editor of the Pulitzer Prize winning weekly public radio show and podcast - This American Life - heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations across America; with another 2.5 million people downloading the podcast each week.  Susan’s radio documentaries have won numerous awards, including an Overseas Press Club citation, & The film Unaccompanied Minors, which was directed by Freaks & Geeks creator Paul Feig, is based on one of her personal essays. And Susan’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, & she’s a former editor of Harper's. Susan graduated from Yale in 1995.  So as far as professional pedigree goes, she’s incredibly inspiring.And yet, despite all the successes & achievements, Susan has silently lived with anorexia & binge eating disorder since she was 13 years old.  Now in her 40s, Susan bravely shares with me - as she has in her incredible memoir EMPTY - that food’s been the source of her anxieties for as long as she can remember.And whilst Susan’s working towards recovery, she’s the first to admit, she’s still a work in progress.This is Susan’s story …BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Susan hereFind out where to buy Susan’s incredible memoir, "Empty", hereListen to This American Life hereFollow Susan on Find out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Susan BurtonAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Eilene Zimmerman noticed that the man who’d loomed large in her life for nearly 30 years - her ex-husband and father of her two children – PETER – seemed increasingly out of sorts.  He’d been looking progressively thin, seemingly preoccupied, couldn’t shake flu like symptoms and was becoming a more and more unreliable parent to their kids.Eilene assumed Peter’s appearance and erratic behaviour was due to stress and overwork.  As a senior partner at a prominent law firm, he’d been working more than 60 hours a week for more than 20 years. But putting that aside, Peter seemed to have it all: a high-flying legal career; an exquisite waterfront property; luxurious cars, and other largesse that came with his affluent uber-successful life. But when their son Ethan returned from a few days at Peter’s beach home, he shared with his mum, Eilene, that his dad was very sick, but despite desperate pleas, Peter refused point blank to go to hospital.After two days of trying to reach Peter, Eilene drove to his house and made a shocking discovery.The man she knew and loved for almost three decades had been living a secret life; one that started with pills and ended with opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine.  You see, Peter was prosperous and powerful in the eyes of everyone else – but at the end of the day he was a man with demons and a lethal addiction that ultimately cost him his life. And Eilene, Peter’s ex-wife, was left to pick up the pieces; all the pieces.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Eilene hereFollow Eilene on InstaFollow Eilene on FacebookFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Eilene Zimmerman Audio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Never before in the history of humankind has it been possible for a woman to give birth to an infant who is genetically unrelated to her.  Never before has it been possible for a woman to be the genetic parent of children to whom she has not given birth.  Never before has it been possible to bring children into the world in more than 30 ways.  Never before has it been possible that a child born can have more than two genetically related parents.  Never before has the issue of choice had such kaleidoscopic implications – particularly for the children born of these advancements in medical science.So with that in mind let me paint a picture for you – it’s the 1960s in South Africa, when my next guest, Fiona Darroch’s parents - sought the assistance of gynaecologist/obstetrician, Dr Norman Walker, to start a family.  Dr Walker assured Fiona’s parents that by mixing sperm samples, it would help Fiona’s dad’s sperm to fertilise her mum’s eggs.  But before you vigorously shake your heads with disbelief - remember, we’re talking about the 60’s, when Drs - let alone specialists - were Godlike… and their advice was gospel.  Dr Walker then told Fiona’s parents to go home, make love and forget it ever happened.  And that’s exactly what they did.37 years later, Fiona uncovered the truth about her conception.  Not only was the man who raised her not her biological father, but she also discovered that she and potentially HUNDREDS, yes HUNDREDS, of her siblings, were the outcome of what is known as fertility fraud.Today, Fiona is a clinical psychologist who works with many adults who, like her, were Donor Conceived & are struggling through the avalanche of heartache & unanswered questions when they discover that the families who raised them are not the people who gave them life.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Fiona hereWatch Fiona on SBS’s Insight Program hereFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Fiona DarrochAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respe
When Joe Hyman left his parents at the airport for a year away at a religious seminary, he was carrying so much more baggage than just his suitcase.  His then hidden gay identity, dragged behind him wherever he went.  A few months before leaving for his gap year abroad, Joe found what’s known as a conversion therapist online, falsely peddling a so-called cure to same sex attraction.  And as time went on, it became clear that this quackery that includes humiliation, degradation and the vilification of his parents, wasn’t going to change who Joe was.In this episode Joe and I speak about growing up in an Orthodox world; the horrific abuse that is conversion therapy; and the irreparable damage it causes.  We also chat about Joe’s quest to find a space where his sexual identity as well as his love for his faith, could both find their home.It’s important that I preface this episode by saying that this incredibly vital conversation is not about besmirching any religious community – because Joe’s story, like so many others, can be found in virtually any and every faith community - but rather, to shed some genuine light and gain some profound understanding, of how people, irrespective of religious affiliation, find their place when they are LGBTQ+.  As always, I come to this conversation from a place of compassion, love, respect and authentic curiosity and it’s in that spirit that I am so thrilled to introduce Joe.  BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Joe hereFollow Joe on TwitterFollow Joe on Find out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Joe Audio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
What happens when the love of your life — your husband, your best friend, the father of your 3 week old baby - who’s gorgeous, funny, tall, exotic, and wonderfully attentive; the person you’ve basically banked your whole life on, turns out to be a psychopath? This was the agonising question facing my next guest - JEN WAITE – as captured flawlessly in her international best-selling memoir, A Beautiful Terrible Thing.  In today’s episode, Jen and I chat about her heartbreaking discoveries, every life-destroying lie, and what happens to a human being once they discover that the person they've built their entire life around, never really existed.Jen’s is a shocking tale of betrayal, brokenness and rebuilding when the rug has been completely pulled out from under you.This is Jen’s story …BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Jen hereFind out where to buy Jen’s incredible memoir, "A Beautiful Terrible Thing", hereFollow Jen on TwitterFollow Jen on InstaFind out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Jen WaiteAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
If you’re a parent, pulling your proverbial hair out at the life force that is social media – you really don’t want to go anywhere for the next hour.  My next guest, Kirra Pendergast, will tell you exactly like it is; she won’t pull any punches; she won’t sugar coat a thing; but she also won’t make you feel like a lousy, negligent parent for not knowing more than your kids do.  And believe me, when it comes to the world of social media, they know more than you ever will.  So now the “why”?  Where does Kirra’s wisdom come from?  Is it because she once was a high-flying cyber-security expert at the top of her game?  Well sure.  But that’s not the whole story.  Because being a cyber expert didn’t stop Kirra from being cyber bullied so malevolently by an ex-business associate that it very nearly cost her, her life. After a two-and half-year smear campaign, Kirra reached breaking point.  She found herself sitting in her car, having the “worst kind of thoughts you could possibly have.”Kirra’s attempt to seek justice against her abuser all but wiped out her bank accounts and by the time she found herself alone in that car thinking the gravest thoughts, she had $68 to her name.  But it’s what she did with that $68 that might just spare our children from not only the horrors she’s endured, but will empower parents to protect their kids in a way that actually works.Kirra’s the oh so cool, straight talking auntie your kids need to keep them safe on social.BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Kirra hereFind out more about the Safe on Social Toolkit for schools & parents hereFollow Kirra on TwitterFollow Kirra on InstaResource for parents from the eSafety Commissioner about having “hard to have conversations” with kids here Find out more about Tam hereFollow Tam on InstaFollow BRAVE JOURNEYS on InstaJoin the conversation and chat about the episode hereNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes hereCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Kirra PendergastAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg. BRAVE JOURNEYS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we record this podcast on, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are part of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
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