ep 32 Surviving Breast Cancer

ep 32 Surviving Breast Cancer

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Affirm is rejoined by veteran guest host Tashira Halyard. Tashira originally joined AFFIRM during episode 2, “Self Care: Soul work for Survival” and now returns to share her story of breast cancer.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2017, Tashira has undergone chemo and radiation. She can now say that she is in remission but is far too aware that women of color are dying from the disease. While women of color have lower incidences of cancer compared to white women, Black women in particular have higher rates of mortality (death) and she’s sharing her story in hopes of motivating others to self-check and improve early detection. Take a listen…

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ep 29 Finding my identity after divorce

ep 29 Finding my identity after divorce

First comes love, then comes marriage... and sometimes... there's divorce.

Join special guest, Brittany Melton from Summerbrook Digital Agency as she shares her journey of healing from an abusive marriage. Learn how she used her artistry, faith, and therapy to cope with depression, PTSD, and regain a sense of her identity after divorce. Take a listen…

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Surviving the trauma of my family

Surviving the trauma of my family

I remember the day when one of my friends made the decision to stand up for me by telling his mom about my abuse. As a result, my adoptive mom called an emergency family meeting where they interrogated me as my grandfather sat directly across from me. They questioned why I never cried or screamed, as if that was the only way to prove the abuse I endured. When he denied it, everyone left... and I felt my stomach drop to the floor.

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How my daughter saved me from a mental health breakdown

How my daughter saved me from a mental health breakdown

But even with an amazing therapist… I still didn't feel "right." My heart would feel like it was going to burst, rendering me unable to catch my breath. Eventually, I lost interest in my studies and dropped out of school at age 15. I didn't care about anything, not school, my family, or my future. I didn't have anything or anyone to give me hope...until the birth of my daughter.

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