You might know Heidi Ganahl as the founder of Camp Bow Wow, a $100 million dollar leader the pet and franchise industry. But what you might not know is that she overcame struggles early in her career that could have sent her path in a different direction. On this episode, Heidi shares her inspiring story, and gives advice to budding young entrepreneurs. Plus, get a sneak peek into SheFactor , her new book and app that’s aimed at empowering young women.
It’s been 7 years since Brittney Hogan’s husband Hunter was killed in Afghanistan in the line of duty. She struggled with the devastating loss, and turned to alcohol to cope. At the prompting of a friend, she started running, and realized that fitness became her therapy. She started designing inspiring t-shirts, then turned her passion into a 503(c) non-profit. When you purchase t-shirts and workout gear at Virago Fitness, the proceeds help provide free fitness therapy classes to people like her who were struggling and need it most.
What happens when you get to the ER, only to discover that what you’re suffering from is something no one in the hospital has ever encountered? That’s what happened to Aimee Haller Follis, wife and mother of 3, who nearly died from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a rare infection that is usually associated with tampon use. On this episode, Aimee shares the harrowing story of her TSS diagnosis and recovery, with the hopes to help spread awareness about this rare but deadly disease.
Jaime’s journey with migraine began as a toddler with abdominal migraine, then as a wife and mother with chronic intractable migraine. She’s learned to turn her pain into empowerment as the author of The Migraine Diva and a Migraine Patient Advocacy Coordinator with Global Healthy Living Foundation. Through her advocacy work and blog, Jaime’s mission is to make a very invisible disease visible to the rest of the world and validate the real pain of millions. On this episode, she shares how she turned her migraine pain into advocacy, and how she manages her daily life with this pervasive disease.
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