At the age of 25, Iomikoe Johnson Woods was diagnosed with vitiligo, an auto-immune disorder than turns darker skin white. After 12 years of struggling with her diagnosis and covering her skin with heavy make-up, Iomikoe tapped into her inner strength and turned her challenge into a body positive mission. She is now a sought-after model, actress, and book author. On this episode, she shares how she overcame the challenge of looking different in a world that is so outer-focused, and how she is working to change the definition of beauty. Links: Iomikoe on Instagram
Dr. Arabia Mollette was born and raised in the South Bronx, NYC and always wanted to be a doctor. But it wasn’t until she encountered tragic losses in her life that she realized what kind of doctor she wanted to be. Through hard work, determination, and inspiration from an author with a similar background, she completed her medical degree and now works as an ER Physician in Brooklyn, NY. On this episode, we hear Arabia’s triumphant story firsthand, and learn more about how she is giving back to the community that helped support her. Links from the show: Dr. Arabia Mollette’s podcast: The Visit
Andi Buchanan was living her busy life as a New York Times bestselling author and mom of two when her life took a dramatic turn. One bad cough turned into months of bad headaches and doctor’s visits with no answers. Finally, she discovered that she had been suffering from something called a Spontaneous Spinal CSF Leak. On this episode, Andi shares the story of her diagnosis and recovery, as well as how she coped with the daily challenges CSF Leak patients experience, all of which she turned into an award-winning memoir The Beginning of Everything.
Margit Detweiler was a busy media executive (President of Gyrate Media) and founder of TueNight.com, an online community of over-40 women, when she discovered she had ovarian cancer on a fluke. As she managed the shift from her on-the-go lifestyle, she documented her experience in a Webby-nominated column Ovarian Rhapsody as a way to process the experience, and give women like her a resource that she couldn’t find when she was looking. She shares the story of how she discovered her cancer, her journey through treatment, and the advice she has for women like her, and their friends and family. Links from our show: Gyrate Media Ovarian Rhapsody TueNight.com
Tammi Leader Fuller went from being an award-winning TV producer to following her passion at the young age of 53. Her experience at summer camp growing up stuck with her, so much so that she had always dreamed about starting an experience just like it, but for adults. That’s how Campowerment was born, and since its inception, she’s reached thousands of women with her message of support, inspiration and play. But then, just last year, tragedy hit when her business was devastated by the Malibu Fires. She’s now focused on rebuilding her business, and shares how she’s powered through the many challenges along the way, and what she has planned for the future of Campowerment. Links from our show: Campowerment
Pat San Pedro was a busy four-time Emmy-award winning television producer whose life came to a screeching halt when she heard the news: you have breast cancer. It was the same disease that took her mom 20 years earlier. However, from the moment of diagnosis, Pat saw her cancer as an opportunity…something that was brought to her life for a reason. She documented her journey, which became an award-winning documentary, wrote a book The Cancer Dancer, and founded Positively Pat, a health and wellness community, along with global cancer support group for women called "Link of Hope Sistas.” She encourages audiences to live a positive and purposeful life with a connection to Spirit, so it can bring forth happiness, balance, harmony and fulfillment at work and in their personal lives. Links from our show: The Cancer Dancer Positively Pat Link of Hope Sistas
When Shelly Fisher was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she fought it like a warrior. Quietly with strength. She let her closest friends know after she had surgery by writing them all an email. Eight years later, when Shelly was told she had a different cancer, she again kept it to herself. Why? Because she needed time to process the information alone. Working things out in her own mind even though she knew she had a great support system. One day when she felt down, an empowering mantra went through her head. So she went to a jeweler and had them make her a necklace with three words on it. One Tough Bitch. On this episode of the One Tough Bitch podcast, we talk to our founder Shelly Fisher, who has taken her own experience as a two-time cancer survivor and turned it into a lifestyle brand and online community movement to help other women access their own inner OTB. Links from our show: The necklace that inspired it all. Shelly’s book (along with co-author Jennifer Jones) Breaking Sad The OTB Sisterhood Facebook Group
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