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Joy In The Journey is a podcast dedicated to supporting families with critically ill kids. Life brings unexpected circumstances, but choosing joy makes all the difference.

Your host, Jamie Freedlund, knows this better than anyone. Her world changed when her daughter, Mattea Joy, was born with several severe medical complications.

Jamie and her husband were given a very small chance that Mattea would survive at birth, but were able to share nine and a half wonderful months with her that they didn't expect to have. This experience led to a deep level of gratitude, shifting Jamie’s life as a result, and allowing her to discover joy in every day—even the tough ones.

Most of Mattea’s life was spent in the hospital. It was there that Jamie came to understand what it means to be a parent of a critically ill child and the challenges that go with it. Through this podcast, she hopes to help other families going through similar struggles. Join us on a journey of connection and learning through beautiful stories, expert content, and finding more joy in the everyday!

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Joy In The Journey is a podcast dedicated to supporting families with critically ill kids. Life brings unexpected circumstances, but choosing joy makes all the difference.

Your host, Jamie Freedlund, knows this better than anyone. Her world changed when her daughter, Mattea Joy, was born with several severe medical complications.

Jamie and her husband were given a very small chance that Mattea would survive at birth, but were able to share nine and a half wonderful months with her that they didn't expect to have. This experience led to a deep level of gratitude, shifting Jamie’s life as a result, and allowing her to discover joy in every day—even the tough ones.

Most of Mattea’s life was spent in the hospital. It was there that Jamie came to understand what it means to be a parent of a critically ill child and the challenges that go with it. Through this podcast, she hopes to help other families going through similar struggles. Join us on a journey of connection and learning through beautiful stories, expert content, and finding more joy in the everyday!

    Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Times of Grief with Sara Ward

    Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Times of Grief with Sara Ward

    After losing someone close to us we are usually told about the five stages of grief and how each of them will show up. But grief often shows up differently for everyone, skipping and cycling through stages in unique ways.
    My guest today is Sara Ward, and she knows a thing or two about grieving. After unexpectedly losing her father to a heart problem as a teenager, her 9-month-old adopted son was diagnosed with a rare and terminal disease and given a very short time to live. 
    Instead of choosing to focus only on the hardships of grief, Sara committed to looking for unexpected gifts in her journey. Since then, she’s written a book titled, Made for Hope: Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Brokenness, which is aimed at helping others navigate their grief journey. She's sharing her story on how community, faith, hope, and gratitude got her through some of the hardest challenges of life. 
    This episode is perfect for anyone who’s in the thick of their grief journey or knows someone who is to feel less alone in this very difficult season of life. 
    Key Takeaways with Sara Ward
    Processing grief as a child or teenager Dealing with a sudden and unexpected loss  How the stages of grief are unique for everyone  The anticipatory grief that comes with terminal illnesses Seeking help through grief groups  The importance of rest for caregivers  Leaning on faith & community When parents have different coping mechanisms  Feeling guilt after the loss of a child  Focusing on the blessings in the midst of pain  Show Notes:
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    • 40 min
    The Glimpses of Joy You’ll Find When You Look For Them with Gina Prosch

    The Glimpses of Joy You’ll Find When You Look For Them with Gina Prosch

    We’ve all experienced those days where it feels like we catch every red light on a busy commute and nothing seems to be going right. But what happens when we’re intentional about stopping to look for the small glimmers of joy, even in those heavier days? Allow me to introduce you to today’s guest to answer that question.
    Gina Prosch is a writer and teacher who has made it her mission to help children and adults find joy in even the most difficult days. Her childrens books are perfect for little ones who may be experiencing a harder season of life, and provide parents with inspiring ways to keep hope alive. 
    In our conversation, you’ll hear a few ways you can train and reframe your mind to look for the joy around you, reflect on your past experiences, and tools to guide children through failures and tough challenges. 
    Key Takeaways with Gina Prosch
    Finding hope during a tough time  Establishing healthy gratitude and accountability habits Training and reframing your brain to look for joy  Tips to navigate a harder season of life with optimism  Helping children grow through mistakes and failures  The difference between positive and negative instruction  Shifting your mentality from “I have to” to “I get to” Show Notes:
    Get Full Access to the Show Notes by visiting: MatteasJoy.org/79.
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    • 23 min
    Offering Hope, Dignity and Holistic Care in Kenyan Hospice with Juli Boit

    Offering Hope, Dignity and Holistic Care in Kenyan Hospice with Juli Boit

    Juli Boit is no stranger to helping those in need. She’s an author, family nurse practitioner, and international non-profit director of Living Room International, dedicated to providing palliative care services to adults and children in western Kenya. 
    After going through an adoption journey with her son Ryan, whose parents had recently passed, and consequently adopting his siblings, she found herself needing some help of her own when two of her kids required transplants far from their Kenyan home. 
    These transformative experiences made Juli see her work through a different lens: that joy can be found in both giving and receiving and that without the pain, we cannot experience joy. 
    Today, Juli is sharing her experience in the hopes of making someone else’s journey of navigating children’s treatments, ICU admissions, and surgeries feel a little more manageable. 
    Key Takeaways with Juli Boit
    Navigating an international adoption process How motherhood changes your perspective on helping others The importance of community & the feeling of belonging  Creating community in a new phase of life Asking for help when you feel vulnerable or scared Guiding others through shared experience  Making room for grief to experience joy  Practices to help you feel present and grounded Navigating a transplant and ICU journey  How traumatic experiences affect your faith  Welcoming people who feel like they’ve never been welcome anywhere Show Notes:
    Get Full Access to the Show Notes by visiting: MatteasJoy.org/78.
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    • 36 min
    Trauma & Anxiety: Going From “Why Me?” to “What Now?” with Sarah Falk

    Trauma & Anxiety: Going From “Why Me?” to “What Now?” with Sarah Falk

    Sarah Falk has received more than a few extremely scary cancer diagnoses in her life: the first one at only 17 years old (bone cancer) and the second at 40 years old (breast cancer). Naturally, she found herself asking, “Why Me”? But as you’ll hear, a better question to ask yourself is, “What now?”
    Sarah is a mom to 4 boys, a mental health therapist, an author, and 4-time cancer survivor. She has taken her traumatic experiences and used them as a source of deep understanding of the challenges these diagnoses come with. Having specialized in anxiety, panic, and trauma, her work is particularly focused on a treatment called Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
    Today, Sarah shares her best tips on redefining life post-diagnosis, dealing with grief, healing your mind, and connecting with others. You’ll hear how she helps those facing similar challenges embrace their situation and find joy by choosing to see the miracles around us.  
    Key Takeaways with Sarah Falk
    The impact of caring and involved social workers Dealing with a difficult diagnosis as a teenager  Redefining life post-diagnosis (adjusting to difficult life changes)  Getting involved with the hospital community as an in-patient  How to support someone who is in the hospital  Shifting your mentality from “Why me?” to “What now?” Healing anxiety through mind, body, and spirit practices  Sharing your journey to support and connect with others  Explaining your diagnosis to your children Learning to pause when possible (breathing & journaling) Show Notes:
    Get Full Access to the Show Notes by visiting: MatteasJoy.org/77.
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    You can also help by providing an honest rating & review over on Apple Podcasts. Reviews go a long way in helping us build awareness so that we can impact even more people. THANK YOU!

    • 30 min
    Blooming Littles: Helping Parents and Caregivers Manage NICU Journeys with Katie Ross

    Blooming Littles: Helping Parents and Caregivers Manage NICU Journeys with Katie Ross

    As today’s guest will tell you, “You become a NICU parent in the blink of an eye.” 
    Katie Ross is the creator of Blooming Littles and she’s doing incredible work in the NICU space as a certified neonatal occupational therapist. As a mom of a full-term NICU baby herself, she’s made it her mission to inform and empower parents by teaching them about the little things they can do that make a difference in their baby’s development and truly transform their NICU experience. 
    By combining her doctorate with additional certifications, including neonatal massage and lactation support, her clinical experience at large children’s hospitals has given her a unique understanding of the challenges and needs of NICU babies. 
    This episode is perfect for anyone who is currently in the NICU, has experienced the NICU, or knows someone else who’s on their own journey. Katie shares her best tips on participation (skin-to-skin, hand hugs, etc), managing trauma & pain responses, and setting healthy boundaries. 
    Key Takeaways with Katie Ross
    Understanding the importance of occupational therapists  Empowering parents in the NICU  The power of touch: skin-to-skin, hand hugs, and more Creating positive moments within the NICU experience  The coping and trauma responses of families How to feel confident after discharge and bringing your baby home Bedside questions that parents should ask providers  Giving yourself grace in a difficult season of life  Learning to protect your (and your family’s) peace  Ways to support parents through acts of service  Show Notes:
    Get Full Access to the Show Notes by visiting: MatteasJoy.org/76.
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    • 44 min
    Exploring Growth Through Grief and Choosing Faith Everyday with Emily Ann Adams

    Exploring Growth Through Grief and Choosing Faith Everyday with Emily Ann Adams

    How are parents meant to believe that the loss of a child is all part of God’s plan?
    Grief is a difficult journey for everyone, but it can feel especially challenging when it’s accompanied by a feeling of losing yourself or your faith. My guest today, Emily Ann Adams, had this exact experience after the passing of one of her twin boys, Aidan. 
    Faced with three little children under 5 to look after, including Aidan’s brother Alan who was born at 32 weeks, Emily made a courageous decision; to dive deep into her grief to understand it better.
    In the process, she helped dozens of other families navigate their own grief through her incredibly moving book: Is There No Other Way?: Exploring Growth Through Grief.
    This episode is vulnerable, raw, inspirational and serves as a reminder that our faith is something we can choose every day. Emily’s advice reminds us of the power of connecting with others while respecting that everyone experiences grief differently. 
    Key Takeaways with Emily Ann Adams
    Grieving the loss of a baby during pregnancy  Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome  Navigating the loss of a child, especially a twin Losing your faith through the loss of a child  Learning from the pain and choosing to believe in a reason  The importance of respecting others and their choices Finding connection through shared experiences Establishing time limits to talk about grief  Using journaling and writing as a healing tool  How to rediscover hope while healing  Change the lenses through which we view our experiences Finding gratitude in the lives we have  Finding utility in pain and turning it into a tool  Show Notes:
    Get Full Access to the Show Notes by visiting: MatteasJoy.org/75.
    Rate & Review If you enjoyed today’s episode of The Joy In The Journey, hit the subscribe button on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen, so future episodes are automatically downloaded directly to your device.

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    • 52 min

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CharlieConnely ,

What an inspiring show!

Jamie is such an inspiring human being and the stories being shared on this podcast are uplifting and super helpful for other families who are trying to find the light during the life’s darkest moments. Can’t wait to hear more!

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