A Taxi With Dyslexia?
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by Lynn Greenberg, Jonathan Greenberg, Carole Blueweiss
1M ago
Episode Summary In this episode, Lynn Greenberg and her son Jonathan, co-authors of Robby the Dyslexic Taxi and the Airport Adventure, share insights into Jon's journey with dyslexia. Emphasizing the transformative impact of education post-diagnosis, they discuss the power of creativity and the hidden gifts of neurodiversity. Jon, who views dyslexia as a superpower, aims, along with his mother, to inspire and empower neurodiverse children through their storytelling. This episode is a valuable resource for parents and teachers, offering insights and guidance for a more inclusive and understandi ..read more
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The Covid That Wasn't: Surviving Toxic Shock Syndrome
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by Lizzie Nichols, Carole Blueweiss, Amy Nichols
2M ago
Episode Summary Join me as I welcome back Amy and her daughter, Lizzie, for an insightful discussion. In this episode, we delve into Lizzie's harrowing encounter with toxic shock syndrome (TSS), exploring the severe implications and her journey to recovery. Amy shares the critical moments that led to her life-saving discovery of Lizzie's condition and her quick response. We also discuss Lizzie's candid reflections on managing her menstrual health post-TSS, the challenges she faced during her recovery, and the significant changes in her life post-illness, including the recommendation to avoid t ..read more
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The Dye-lemma: Autism, Behavior, and Food
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by Carole Blueweiss, Amy Nichols, Lizzie Nichols
3M ago
Episode Summary Join us in a touching conversation with Amy and her daughter Lizzie as they share their experiences with 18-year-old Mathew, who was diagnosed with autism. Amy discusses the challenges of raising Mathew, including how eliminating certain food dyes helped reduce his aggressive behavior. Lizzie shares insights on being an older sister to a sibling with autism, highlighting the unique bond they share. This episode offers a candid look into a family's journey with autism, filled with challenges, love, and resilience. For the visually-minded who prefer to listen and read or for thos ..read more
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Tough Love: A Blind Man Tells His Story (Replay)
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by Carole Blueweiss, Josh Burch, Julie Burch
4M ago
EPISODE SUMMARY This is a  replay of a previously released episode, for Blindness Awareness Month. In this episode, we meet Josh Burch, a 48-year-old man who was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. Josh talks about the challenges of growing up blind and shares how he navigates a world built for sighted people with the help of technology and his guide dog, Lou. We also hear more from Josh's stepmother, Julie Burch, and learn how they inspired and learned from each other, and how their relationship has changed over time.  Some learning gems from this episode: Don't pet a guide dog, (he o ..read more
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Blind from Birth: A Stepmother Shares (Replay)
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by Julie Burch, Josh Burch, Carole Blueweiss
4M ago
EPISODE SUMMARY This is a  replay of a previously released episode, for Blindness Awareness Month. Julie Burch is an accomplished author (pen name: Juliet Brilee) and stepmother to Josh, who was born blind. Now 48 years old, he lives independently with his seeing-eye dog, Lou. In this episode, Julie shares what it was like to raise a blind child. She introduces us to how she helped Josh spatially map his environment,  and talks about how the brain's map differs for people who have vision versus people with no vision. Julie is a mindfulness coach, and she emphasizes the importance of ..read more
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FBI Stories From Retired Agent
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by Carole Blueweiss, Aaron Weeter
5M ago
Episode Summary In part 2 of my conversation with retired FBI Special Agent Aaron Weeter, we learn more about life as an FBI agent. Aaron explains how he got started, what it was like to work on high-profile cases like 9/11, the DC Sniper, and January 6th, and how he ultimately specialized in drug-related crimes for most of his career. It was fascinating to learn about how Aaron and his colleagues used informants and undercover officers to take down doctors in the opioid epidemic. Be sure to listen to the previous episode with Aaron to learn how the opioid epidemic of the 90s spread to become ..read more
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Overdose Awareness Day: A Sister's Tribute
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by Carole Blueweiss, Anne Pratt
6M ago
Episode Summary Since 1999, more than one million people have died from a drug overdose in the United States. On International Overdose Awareness Day, we reflect on these senseless preventable deaths. Today, we hear from previous Wisdom Shared guest Anne Pratt on the loss of her brother Daniel from an accidental overdose. May this powerful personal story help spread awareness and compassion for all those affected by the devastating impact of today's out of control epidemic. Resources How to use Narcan training video: https://www.anonymoussister.com/resources Find Naloxone near you Fentanyl Tes ..read more
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Retired FBI Agent Reflects On Opioid Crisis
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by Aaron Weeter, Carole Blueweiss
7M ago
Episode Summary Our last episode explored addiction from the perspective of loved ones. In this episode, we are looking at the opioid crisis from the point of view of a retired FBI agent, Aaron Weeter, who spent 25 years specializing in drug-related crimes. From his frontline perspective, we learn how the opioid epidemic of the 90s spread to become the fentanyl epidemic we have today.  For the visually-minded who prefer to listen and read or for those who need closed captioning, watch the transcript video here: https://youtu.be/oXq6XJ_z-HI About Aaron Weeter Beginning in 1998, Aaron serve ..read more
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Anonymous Sister
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by Carole Blueweiss, Jamie Boyle, Julie Stampler
9M ago
Episode Summary In this episode, I'm joined by two special guests, harm reduction activist Julie Stampler and award-winning documentary filmmaker Jamie Boyle.  We discuss the opioid epidemic through the frame of the incredible documentary Anonymous Sister, directed by Jamie Boyle, produced by Marilyn Ness, and executive produced by Julie Stampler. This is the story of one American family, but what happened to them could happen to any family.  We learn about Julie's brother, Jonathan,  who died from a heroin overdose, and how his death led Julie into her life of activism and harm ..read more
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Addiction to Sobriety: A Mother's Journey
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by Carole Blueweiss, Melissa Conrey
11M ago
Episode Summary Melissa Conrey shares her story of living with drug and alcohol addiction and now, sobriety. A single mom of two, she worries about her children who have been exposed to so much. She went back to school to earn her degrees and is now a registered dietician. Melissa speaks openly about her challenges and her victories.  For the visually-minded who prefer to listen and read or for those who need closed captioning, watch the transcript video here: https://youtu.be/yTUuE_L-L8g From This Episode A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous): https://www.aa.org/ Al-Anon: https://al-anon.org/ Mel ..read more
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