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Episode #49: Mood swings, menstrual cycles and my journey of going off the birth control pill | A Solo Episode

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On today’s episode I’m deep diving into the past year of navigating my body and hormones after going off the birth control pill.

This time last year, I remember sitting in a coffee shop with my friend Jen talking all about the birth control pill. She had decided to go off of it 6 months prior and was sharing her experience with me and it got me thinking ... "why have I been on the pill for so goddamn long?"

I mean OBVIOUSLY to not have a baby. But the reason I went on the pill in the first place? I was 15 years old and my doctor misdiagnosed me with PCOS and said "here, just take the pill. It'll help your symptoms." And she was right, it did. And I didn't question it (and hadn't questioned it for years).


But that conversation got me thinking about how I'd been putting synthetic hormones into my body for 12 years of my life without question ('cause ya know, everyone is on the pill, right?) and that I hadn't even thought to question it.  And after my 27th birthday, after all of the medical stuff going on with me at the time, and the incredible conversation I had with Claire Baker on episode 7 of the podcast and speaking with my doctor, I decided to officially go off of the pill. 

Now I want to preface this by saying this is in NO WAY a "you need to go off the pill" podcast. YOU are the only person that can make choices for YOUR body (and girlfriend, you 100% know what's best for YOU and where you're at in life), but this past year has given me SO much insight into my body and my hormonal health

So here is MY story based off of my personal findings, speaking with my trusted hormone experts, my doctor and MY BODY.

Things I cover in today’s episode:

  • My journey with the birth control pill

  • What is actually happening to your body when you’re on the pill

  • Why I decided to go off the pill and what path I decided to go with

  • The nitty gritty of what it's really like to get an IUD inserted

  • Embracing my body and learning to love myself via my menstrual cycle

  • The pressure to show up in a way that goes agains our bodies in a masculine focused world

  • Reframing cramps and our periods as positive and beautiful experiences

    *edit: the Paraguard lasts 10 years not 5!


Episode #44: What It's Like To Get a Double Mastectomy At the Age of 27 | A Solo Episode

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“I lost an entire six hours of my day. One minute I was holding my husbands finger and the next minute I was blinking half awake in the ICU saying I was nauseous.”


Happy season 2 my Live Your F*ck Yes Lifers!

Holy balls, it’s good to be back. I’ve missed you guys.

Season 2 is about to be incredible so hold onto your hats — the lineup of conversations are seriously so juicy and amazing and I can’t wait for you guys to hear them.

But before we get there, I thought it was only fitting to kick off the start of season 2 with the true tell all about my preventative double mastectomy and what it’s really been like.

So many of you have been asking about the nitty gritty deets so today, we get into all of that and more.


Things I cover in today’s episode.

  • Navigating trauma and facing your fears head on

  • Fears I had heading into surgery, body dysmorphia and sex

  • Breast cancer awareness, the BRCA gene, major surgery

  • What I did to prep for it

  • The nitty gritty of my personal choices

  • What recovery has really looked like


Episode #39: What you need to know about the BRCA gene

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“When you have a mutation of one of these genes, that’s when you have a significant risk of developing one of those cancers in your lifetime.”


I was so honored to share my full story about the BRCA gene and my decision to get a preventative double mastectomy later this year on my friend Jen Wille’s podcast a few weeks back and I knew I needed to share this conversation with all of you.

This is the most vulnerable I’ve felt all year. And I would not be me if I didn’t share that with you.

So here goes. Dig in, and if you have any questions about anything I talk about, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am always here for you.

Here are a few things we discuss in todays episode:

  • My one non negotiable to start my day every day

  • The power (and fear) attached to sharing stories while navigating it in real time

  • My intention word of 2018 and the irony of it all

  • The ins and outs of the BRCA gene and how it impacts women vs. men

  • Navigating the idea of having kids now

  • The options for reducing your risk when you have the gene

  • Facing things you’re absolutely terrified of head on

  • Talking about my BOOBS in detail

  • The exact surgery I’m getting


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE

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Episode 21: Having the courage to live life with intention, radical self care and growing up in foster care with Jen Wille

Previous podcast episodes where I touch on BRCA // Episode 10: Finding strength in unexpected places & Episode 6: Facing Fear Head On

Jen’s podcast First & Foremost

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Episode #19: The Power of Community and finding your Breast Friends with Paige MORE

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"I knew I didn't want to live like that for the rest of my life.  I wanted to be a warrior, not a worrier."

Paige is a three time Emmy award winning producer who describes herself as everybody’s new breast friend. In 2017, Paige had a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA 1 genetic mutation. After feeling alone during her entire decision making process, Paige decided to start sharing her story on Instagram to give other women the hope that they too could become warriors not worriers. After building a community online, Paige decided to start putting together free events for women who have been affected by cancer and The Breasties was born.

The Breasties is a 501(c)(3) organization that puts together free events and free weekend wellness retreats for young women who have been affected by cancer. Her along with the three other cofounders of The Breasties are helping women move mountains around the world. 

Here are some things we discuss in todays episode:

  • Her story of how she found out she had the BRCA 1 mutation and her journey since that moment.
  • The power of social media and finding your community
  • How our perspective shifts after going through something challenging in our lives
  • What you didn't know about BRCA
  • The path to making a difficult decision
  • Showing up as your authentic self

LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAYS EPISODE

Paige's Instagram | Website 

JUNE 2018 CHICAGO BREASTIE EVENT

My first solo episode of the pod

 

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Episode #6: Facing Fear Head On | Solo Episode

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"Some days you feel on top of the world and some days you feel like a hot a** mess. And sometimes you go through something in your life that completely knocks you off your feet -- in amazing ways and in terrifying ways -- and I'm facing the latter right now." 

This is the last thing I thought I'd be sharing with you on the podcast today.

On February 6th, 2018, two days after my 27th birthday, I got a call that changed everything. That shook me to my core and has left me processing and spinning and navigating this new found identity.

I almost didn't share this. 

But it's my mission to be transparent AF and share the mess and goddamn if this is not the messiest thing in my own life right now.

And I hope it brings some light to yours. That you feel just a little less alone. And that if you're going through something like this or know someone in your life that is, that this gives you the strength to know that whatever you are facing, you are STRONG enough to navigate it.

Feel the feels, take action and show up for your goddamn life.

Here are a few things I touch on in todays episode:

  • Why I'm in the midst of another "quarter life crisis"
  • The power of your gut
  • Why I chose the word UNAPOLOGETIC for 2018
  • The fear I'm facing every single freaking day
  • The power of a shower sob fest
  • Choosing to be a warrior, not a worrier

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