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Season 3 Episode 12 – Ruth

On this week’s episode, I sit down that Ruth Barry.

This was one of the most eye-opening sit down’s I have ever had.

Ruth wears her story well, no longer in active addiction, Ruth has encountered more tragedies than bears thinking.

When she was just 11 years of age Ruth’s sister, her idol, dies in a horrific incident that rocked Ruth’s family and started her on her journey of self-destruction and addiction.

Ruth faced tragedy after tragedy through her years in addiction and it was while in prison that Ruth made the decision to get clean and threw herself into every opportunity prison life gave her to get sober.

Ruth’s story is as heartbreaking as it is powerful, the woman in front of me fought her way out of addiction and saved herself with the tools prison gave her, She continues to save herself every day with the help of good people, running, and Reiki but above all the love of her children.

Season 3 Episode 6 – Katie

On this week’s episode I sit down with Katie Keyes. This is Katie’s first time to sit down to talk about April story and her nervous laughter come through as a coping mechanism as she articulates April’s journey.

Just before April’s third birthday, she is diagnosed with neuroblastoma. 

The treatment plan resulted in April been cancer free in the January, only to relapse in the match and 14 days after her seventh birthday April suffered a massive stroke on Friday the 13th 2019.

Katie was extremely nervous going into this and it took a lot for her to sit down with me but she handled it with so much strength and courage. 

Stay strong Katie, I will always keep you, April and Graham in my thoughts and prayers.

Season 3 Episode 5 – Julie aka Twins & Me

On this week’s episode I sit down with Julie Haynes also known as Twins And Me. Julie is one of Instagram‘s biggest personalities but behind this persona has been the hardest three years of Julie‘s life, her hopes of a new life with her partner and babies dashed because of a Visa issue and when her partner decides to go and leave, Julie is left homeless and heartbroken.

Episode 7 – Elaine

On this week’s episode I sit down with Elaine Healy, Elaine is one of the most tenacious  mothers I have ever had the privilege to chat with. I came across her Instagram a few months ago and instantly fell in love with her two beautiful children.

Elaine is an autism mom of two, we talk candidly  about the hurdles and heartbreak, the blame, guilt and judgement that come with each diagnosis.

I hear about the invaluable support of her family and her indestructible marriage to her rock Brian. Elaine is open and honest as we chat through the day to day life of an autism mom.

We talk about why she started her blog Life upside down and how she doesn’t want any other mammy to feel so alone.

We talk about Brian’s recent diagnosis and how him coming out is helping so many others. We chat through her fears and hopes for the future, the importance of support and the family service dog Milo.

Elaine is fierce, genuine devoted and inspirational, there is no sugar-coating with Elaine what you see is what you get and those babies happiness and safety come first in her house. 

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