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Author: Joey Braun & Avery Chatman

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This podcast is a platform for people to tell their stories and for those stories to be heard all around the world. These aren't stories about winning. These are stories about pain, struggle and vulnerability. Guest story topics include: burn survivor, rape victim, coma survivor, autoimmune diseases, paralyzed, refugees, miscarriage and more. These stories are very real which means episodes will contain life sensitive content. Our listeners discretion is advised.
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My Battle With Cancer

My Battle With Cancer

2020-06-3034:42

Markus Hogg is 17 years old and is from Toronto, Canada. When he was 15 years old Markus noticed that he had an abnormal pain in his hamstring. After a couple doctor visits he ended up getting an MRI. The results of the MRI would change his life. The MRI showed that Markus had a large tumor growing in his spine. He was later diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Over the past couple years Markus has been undergoing chemotherapy and has been in and out of the hospital. He has had multiple surgeries including one that left him paralyzed from the knees down. Markus is now waiting to have another surgery in hopes to remove the tumor completely.  Take 30 minutes to listen to his incredible story, you wont regret it!
Shelby Villatoro is 26 years old and lives in Orlando, FL. A couple of years ago she decided that she needed to make a change. After consulting with her doctor for a couple months she decided that she was going to get Gastric Bypass Surgery. At her heaviest she was at 411 pounds and now she is down to 201 pounds. Shelby comes on to talk about her life before and after the surgery. Her goal is to break the stereotypes surrounding Gastric Bypass surgery. 
All Black Lives Matter

All Black Lives Matter

2020-06-1638:04

On this weeks episode we decided to take a break and talk about an extremely important topic that has been the focus of the world over the past couple of weeks. After the death of George Floyd there have been protests all over the world calling for systemic change and an end to racism. In this episode Avery and Joey discuss this topic.
Andrea Ybarra is 16 years old. She has a very rare disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). Through it all she has remained positive with an outlook on life that is unbelievably inspiring. Her insight and wisdom is beyond her youth. This 16 year old is very inspiring and everyone could definitely benefit from taking a listen. 
Marius Woodward is 21 years old and is originally from Romania. When he was 8 years old he was in a house fire. 75 percent of his body was burned. During his recovery 2 girls from the United States came to visit him everyday. The ended up getting Marius to the United States and getting him medical treatment. One of those girls families would later adopt Marius and welcome him with open arms. In this episode Marius talks about what happened the night of the house fire, his recovery and what his life is like now. This by far the most heart breaking and inspiring story we have ever heard. 
Marius Woodward is 21 years old and is originally from Romania. When he was 8 years old he was in a house fire. 75 percent of his body was burned. During his recovery 2 girls from the United States came to visit him everyday. The ended up getting Marius to the United States and getting him medical treatment. One of those girls families would later adopt Marius and welcome him with open arms. In this episode Marius talks about what happened the night of the house fire, his recovery and what his life is like now. This by far the most heart breaking and inspiring story we have ever heard. This is Part 1. Part 2 will be released next week.
To Grow Up Quick

To Grow Up Quick

2020-05-1928:23

Phalon Cannarella is a 21 year old who didn't experience the typical American upbringing. She takes us through what it's like to grow up without parents and how it affected her.Phalon, gives a lot of great insight and inspiration about pushing forward. This is an episode you won't want to miss!
4 Months In a Coma

4 Months In a Coma

2020-05-1219:001

Hailey Bekos is 20 years old and is from Doylestown, PA. Out of no where when she was going into 8th grade a crazy life event happened. One day she passed out and slipped into a 4 month long coma. She was later diagnosed with Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is a disease occurring when antibodies produced by the body's own immune system attack NMDA receptors in the brain. Hailey talks about her experience and how everything that happened is still kind of just a blur. She is now healthy and tells her story in full.
Coming Out Over Text

Coming Out Over Text

2020-05-0527:181

Alex Stechschulte is a successful entrepreneur. He's also an extraordinary photographer which has taken him around the world. Alex talks to us about his businesses and also coming out to his family. He explains what it's like to be gay and what he's gone through. Don't miss out on this episode! 
Claire Bevec is 19 years old. She is from Lafayette, Indiana. At a young age Claire was diagnosed with Autosomal Polycystic Kidney Disease/Congenital Hipatic Fibrosis. A disease that affects around 200,000 people in the world. Every case and symptoms are unique so some people have it worse than others. Claire has had over 29 surgeries in her life. Which means she spends a lot of her time getting treatments. Claire tells her story and goes into detail on her disease, her treatments, her daily life, her parents and more. "We are rare but we are there" - Claire Bevec
Never Asking For It

Never Asking For It

2020-04-2127:121

*YOUR DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED* Our anonymous guest (Cat) gives a vivid account of when she was raped at the age of 15. We thank her for sharing her story and being extremely vulnerable with us. This episode is very powerful. 
Kevin Harris is a 55 year old man from Ohio. It all started in the beginning of March when he felt a tickle in his throat. The next day he woke with what he thought was the flu. The doctors prescribed him medicine but over the next few days his condition got worse. Eventually he made the decision to go to the hospital. At the hospital after a day of testing he was told by the doctors that he had COVID-19. The doctors told him that there was little they could do to help him. One doctor told him that he most likely wasn't going to make it. Kevin ended up surviving thanks to some drugs doctors were testing that had worked in Europe. Kevin tells his story from about the pain he endured and the things he dealt with while having COVID-19.
Andrew is 18 and is from Midland, Michigan. He is the brother of Avery Chatman, our own co-host. He is currently a senior in high school. Andrew comes on to talk about how his life and the life of his classmates have been effected by the virus that is going around. With the possibility of missing out on once in a life time moments like prom and graduating in person for high school. These moments seem small but they are life defining moments and future memories. Andrew talks about what all this has been like for him and whats next for his life.
Half Paralyzed

Half Paralyzed

2020-03-3124:432

Patrick DeCrescenzo is 20 years old and is from Brooklyn, New York. He suffered a stroke at birth with left him with a condition called Hemiplegia, which is the paralysis of one side of the body. Growing up he always wanted to be an athlete and throughout school learned that because of his condition that he would have to find the right sport for him. One day he started snowboarding and he fell in love with it. In the episode Patrick shares his journey which is full of ups and downs. He just fell short of qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic games and is now on a journey to qualify for the 2022 Paralympic Games. 
Type One

Type One

2020-03-2429:341

Dean Schwarz is 24 and from New Jersey. He attended college at Towson University where Joey (on of our hosts) and him became friends. Dean is a normal guy but for most of his life he has been living with Type 1 diabetes. Dean tells his story on what his life was like growing up with diabetes. He tells some funny and also some scary stories. He also breaks down the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. This episode is a must listen. Deans story is inspiring and also teaches us a lot of lessons that we can use in our daily lives.
Taylen is 20 years old and is from Benton, Kentucky. Taylen was a senior in high school when a tragic event happened that would change her life. She was in her high school when a school shooting happened. Taylen tells the story in depth from her perspective. She talks about what happened, how she felt in the moment, what she did and how it affected her and her classmates. We all have heard about school shootings and see them on the news. In this episode Taylen give us a personal story that will open our minds to the reality of being involved in such a tragic event.
Iranian Refugee (Part 2)

Iranian Refugee (Part 2)

2020-03-1025:454

Ali Khazanbeik is 25 and lives in Germany. Ali is from Iran and at a young age his family left the country due to political persecution. Him and his family became refugees traveling from country to country to seek refuge. Ali breaks down what his childhood was like as a refugee. The story doesn't stop there though. Ali found his passion at the age of 14. He became passionate about golf after playing an online game on his computer. After years of practice and dedication he was invited by Iran to play for the Iranian National Team. Ali's story is not only remarkable but it allows us to see life from a different perspective.
Iranian Refugee (Part 1)

Iranian Refugee (Part 1)

2020-03-0329:045

Ali Khazanbeik is 25 and lives in Germany. Ali is from Iran and at a young age his family left the country due to political persecution. Him and his family became refugees traveling from country to country to seek refuge. Ali breaks down what his childhood was like as a refugee. The story doesn't stop there though. Ali found his passion at the age of 14. He became passionate about golf after playing an online game on his computer. After years of practice and dedication he was invited by Iran to play for the Iranian National Team. Ali's story is not only remarkable but it allows us to see life from a different perspective. Part 2 will be released next week.
Alcohol Was My Life

Alcohol Was My Life

2020-02-2529:433

Merrick G. Stein is 27 years old and is from Annandale NJ. Joey met Merrick at a Rutgers Toastmasters meeting. They quickly became friends and Merrick shared his story. Merrick suffered from alcoholism. He attended University of Miami. One of biggest party schools. In 2014 he decided to give up on alcohol and become sober. Till this day he still hasn’t drank. In this episode he goes into detail about his journey. 
Six Feet Apart

Six Feet Apart

2020-02-1824:493

Kelsey Richardson is 25 years old and from Madison, North Carolina. Kelsey went to college at Towson University in Maryland. Kelsey was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was 5 months old. In this episode Kelsey takes us into her personal life and what living with CF has been like for her. You will not only learn her story but you will learn a lot about the reality of CF. Kelsey is a ball of energy and her positivity is contagious. We can all learn something from her. You will be glad you took 25 minutes out of your day to listen to her incredible story.
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Студент Большой

Too much "you know" thing.

Apr 8th
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Студент Большой

The music at the beginning is WRLD - Triumph

Apr 8th
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Narges

He is a Hero

Mar 22nd
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nazanin jafarabadi

this is really great, to be honest at first it was a little bit sleepy for me but then it turned out to be really powerful and effective, I just wanted to say thanks a lot and keep going, you've mentioned some really serious things.

Mar 19th
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Jaloliddin Khurramov

That was SUPER INSPIRING, HILARIOUS, ADORABLE podcast... Great thanks to Mind Shape Community. Wish you success!!!

Mar 12th
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Cheyenne S.

I've never listened to your podcasts, until today. Listening to the story I tuned into, I really enjoyed how smoothly the conversation went. You consistently kept things moving. Your voices were very soft, allowing the listener to actually enjoy the story and conversation. I will definitely be tuning in more often!

Mar 9th
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Myrah Frohlich

Just found this podcast and I love it! Thank you for sharing these stories!

Feb 11th
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Evan Heim

Love the messages and stories you're sharing! Keep up the hard work!

Jan 24th
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This's Maxine

your voice is awesome

Oct 17th
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