Scars and Lemonade

Scars and Lemonade

On Scars and Lemonade, we share everyday people’s stories of resilience and optimism in the face of challenging circumstances all with a healthy squeeze of laughter, games, and shenanigans sprinkled throughout. Because sometimes when life gives you scars, you've gotta make some lemonade! read less
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Episodes

Trading Hurt for Hope with Fatima C. Oliver
22-11-2022
Trading Hurt for Hope with Fatima C. Oliver
*Content Warning: This episode’s conversation includes mentions of childhood sexual and physical abuse, suicidal ideation, and the loss of a child.* We’re so excited for you to hear our Scars and Lemonade conversation with transformational speaker, author, consultant, survivor, and mother Fatima C. Oliver. This woman has truly led at least 9 lives! We talk with Fatima about her childhood, her parenting, mental health, and her career. Not to put too fine of a point on it but her journey has been full of scars and lemonade and we are so grateful that she chose to share her story with us. We talk about shame around mental health, the importance of expressing a spectrum of emotions and gifting yourself with the permission to feel whatever it is that you feel. We also discuss parenting kids using what we liked about how we were raised and what we want to do differently. Fatima shares how she reconciles her past with her present and who she wants to be in her future. She also shares the process that she uses in her own life to recognize, examine, and release hurt. Come for the conversation and insight into Fatima’s resilience and optimism, stay for the laughter and games! Please share this episode with your friends, your family, your local librarians, your mail carrier, everyone you meet! While you’re sharing, please feel free to get in touch to let us know what resilience and optimism look like for you in your day-to-day life. Fatima’s website: fatimac.com Follow Scars and Lemonade on Instagram: @scarsandlemonade Check out the podcast website: www.scarsandlemonade.com Email us: scarsandlemonade@gmail.com Scars and Lemonade music by: Evan Dysart (Dysaart on Spotify and Bandcamp)
Stronger Than You Know with Myrna Scales
08-11-2022
Stronger Than You Know with Myrna Scales
This week on Scars and Lemonade, Patrick and Abi sit down with Myrna Scales, a source of mental health and wellness support for mothers with chronically ill children and/or children with special needs. Myrna is a mother of two children, one of whom was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor as a baby. Myrna shares her parenting journey from receiving her child’s diagnosis throughout his treatment and into the present moment. She is generous with her candor and reminds us that even when you don’t think you have it in you to make it through an incredibly difficult situation, you are more capable and resilient than you know. She provides mental health management tips for people parenting children with a chronic illness that frankly are helpful for everyone, including encouraging us to learn about our own personalities so that we can learn what coping strategies work for each of us. We talk about boundaries, staying present, and how to share difficult news with loved ones. And of course, we wrap our conversation with a game (name, tbd). Patrick and Abi share their takeaways from their conversation with Myrna and would love for you to do the same. Get in touch through Instagram, email, or the Scars and Lemonade website! Remember to share this episode with anyone you think would benefit from the conversation. And get in touch to let us know what resilience and optimism look like in your own life. Myrna's website: myrnascales.com Myrna Scales YouTube Channel Follow Scars and Lemonade on Instagram: @scarsandlemonade Check out the podcast website: www.scarsandlemonade.com Email us: scarsandlemonade@gmail.com Scars and Lemonade music by: Evan Dysart (Dysaart on Spotify and Bandcamp)
Jane of All Trades with Sarah Simpson
25-10-2022
Jane of All Trades with Sarah Simpson
We’re back with another glass of Scars and Lemonade! Ew, that didn’t come out quite right. Our first guest episode is here and we could not be more excited for you to hear this conversation. Sarah Simpson is a globetrotter, Jane of all trades, one of Abi’s resiliency heroes and close friends, and a 5-time cancer survivor. Listen in as Sarah shares her scars to lemonade story with us, including what it’s like to go through the “mother of all surgeries” for a rare form of cancer (pseudomyxoma peritonei) while creating goals and learning new skills to fill her optimism reserves along the way. Sarah shares words of advice for acknowledging tough times while emphasizing joy, gaining comfort in having tough conversations, and what kind of self-care activities, teachings, and practices she’s picked up along the way. While the type of cancer that Sarah has survived is rare, her life journey is highly relatable. It will be hard to walk away without finding something to add to your own resiliency and optimism toolkits. Oh, and there are games! And the games have multiple names because we want you to help us choose which ones to use going forward. So, head on over to our Instagram or send us an email to let us know what we should name our word game and our name that pop culture content game. Please share this episode with your friends, family, coworkers, everyone! And get in touch to let us know what resilience and optimism look like in your own life. Follow Scars and Lemonade on Instagram: @scarsandlemonade Check out the podcast website: www.scarsandlemonade.com Email us: scarsandlemonade@gmail.com Scars and Lemonade music by Evan Dysart (Dysaart on Spotify and Bandcamp)