When her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness and given 6-18 months to live, Kelsie Snow avoided other people's sad stories as a rule, but as time wore on she found herself seeking them out. Snow, a former sports journalist turned stay-at-home mom, began writing about her life on her website, www.kelsiesnowwrites.com, and learned there is great comfort in knowing how others loved, lost and kept going. Sorry, I'm Sad chronicles the Snows' story in real-time. From the desperate early days, to the hopefulness of a promising clinical trial, to heartbreaking setbacks and constant grappling with mortality, Kelsie, Chris and others they have met along the way share stories about sadness, loss and the importance of hope.
Sheldon Kennedy on Sexual Abuse, Healing and Affecting Change
When Sheldon Kennedy was just 14 years old his hockey coach began sexually abusing him. Terrified, ashamed and certain nobody would be believe him, Sheldon kept the abuse a secret. It continued for five years. Years later, as an adult by then years removed from the actual abuse but still reeling and utterly broken from it, Sheldon finally opened up about what happened to him and, by sharing his story, started the long and winding road to healing.
Sheldon joins Kelsie for a conversation about his story, about how he has devoted his life's work to the cause of raising awareness and educating people about sexual abuse, harassment, bullying and discrimination of all types, about being a voice that people turn to and about affecting tangible and lasting change in this space. He talks about what it has been like to watch former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach go public with his own story of sexual abuse in the hockey world, about where hope his lies and about recovery.
For the Love of Food: Julie Van Rosendaal on Cooking, Connection & Self Kindness
Cookbook author, journalist and radio personality Julie Van Rosendaal, founder of the wildly popular food blog Dinner With Julie, joins Kelsie for a conversation about how food impacts our relationships with others and with ourselves. Julie shares her experience growing up, as she puts it, a size that was not socially acceptable and speaks about her evolution with hunger, cravings and her own body image. She also talks about how people treated her differently after she lost 165 pounds two decades ago and about how she has made peace with her love of food and her love of self.
A Life Worth Living: Drew Robinson's Second Chance
Meet Drew Robinson, a 29-year-old who lives in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, loves his dogs, has an infectious smile and was drafted out of high school in the fourth round by Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. Drew spent more than a decade playing professional baseball, including about a year total in the big leagues. His first hit in the majors was a home run. He is a goofball with his friends and is close with his family. He’s handsome and athletic and young and seems to have it all. But, as is the case almost always in life, things are not what they seem on the surface.
What you can’t see while listening to this conversation is the physical reminder of the worst day of Drew’s life, the day his life almost, should have, ended.
Drew is missing his right eye as a result of injuries from a suicide attempt on April 16, 2020.
This is a story about that day, yes, but it is also about the totality of Drew’s life, about what led to that day and about all that has come after. It’s about thinking you have nothing to live for and then, by some miracle, surviving and realizing how wrong you were. It’s about having the hard conversations, about asking for help and about making it your actual job to encourage others to do the same.
This conversation contains details about Drew’s suicide attempt and about suicidal ideation and suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you love is struggling with these things, please reach out for help. In Canada, call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645. In the US, call 1-800-273-8255.
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Jeff Passan's story about Drew & E60 Trailer
When Things Fall Apart: Chris Jones Talks Shattered Narratives & Hanging On
Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic began, award-winning journalist and former Esquire magazine staff writer Chris Jones started telling Friday afternoon stories on his Twitter account, @enswelljones. Because of his time profiling celebrities for Esquire and because Jones is the kind of guy who often finds himself in hilariously embarrassing situations, many of the stories went viral (one was read 8 million times and another 10 million). The stories were exactly what people were looking for, offering levity and laughter during a dark and heavy time, and that was purposeful. Jones is no stranger to darkness, and with his Friday afternoon stories he set out to offer some light.
In this wide-ranging conversation about life, luck, mental health and what happens when the narratives we have in place for our lives crumble around us, Jones shares how his mid-life career change and divorce, along with anxiety, depression and bouts of suicidal ideation, have shaped who he is today -- a guy from Port Hope, Ontario, who wants to make the world just a little bit better.
Some links to things talked about in this episode: Esquire story Chris Jones wrote about Kelsie's Chris in 2007, Pete Simon Twitter story, George Clooney Twitter story, peeing on a guy Twitter story, Ricky Williams Twitter story.
A warning: this episode contains conversations about suicide and suicidal thoughts.
Evelyn's Story: Heather Roy on Grief, Gratitude and Every Parent's Worst Nightmare
Meet Evelyn Faye Roy, a beautiful little girl from Calgary, Alberta, who loved music and dancing and art and books and Star Wars and her friends and family, whose light was blazingly bright and whose life on earth was heartbreakingly short. Evelyn was 11 years old when she died of neuroblastoma in February 2020. This is a conversation about every parent’s worst nightmare, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s about finding a way to hold on in the depths of despair. It’s about choosing joy and light in the darkest spaces of life, about gratitude pulling us through the most traumatic events imaginable and about the power of sharing our stories. It’s about Evelyn, her mom, Heather, her dad, Mike, and her sister, Harper. This is the Roy’s story. To learn more about Evelyn and the Roy's mission to better fund research for childhood cancer, go to www.teamevelyn.ca and follow Heather on Instagram @happilyheath.
The Losses Pile Up: From Fading Smile to Feeding Tube
Imagine realizing one day that foods you love and have always eaten easily are suddenly impossible to swallow. Imagine that a gulp of cold water ends up in your lungs and leaves you gasping for air. And imagine waking up every day for weeks unable to swallow foods you ate the day before.
Sorry, I’m Sad is back for Season Two, and in this first episode Chris and Kelsie talk about their life last year at this time, when, over the course of just a few months, Chris went from eating normally to needing a feeding tube because of severe atrophy of his swallowing muscles. They discuss the fear and anxiety surrounding Chris' choking during that time and what it’s like to lose the ability to eat. You'll also hear them talk about the different ways this loss has affected their family and the challenges of navigating a terminal illness when the healthy partner has more of a prepare-for-the-worst mentality than the sick one.
Intriguing and Inspiring
This is a real, raw and genuine cover of a family’s experience with major life challenges and adapting to these issues. I love the approach that there is no one way, no right way. Easy listen and very heartfelt.
From the heart
You won’t hear a more honest and heartfelt perspective anywhere as far as I can tell. Kelsie provides a genuine glimpse into the hardships of coping with family illness that anyone can admire and find inspiration in to relate and apply to their own life.
Superb storytelling! A must-listen podcast!
Kelsie has a gift! She effortlessly puts her guests at ease and weaves her own personal perspective in a warm and caring manner. Tackling these topics aren’t easy ... impossible, really. But she does it in a way that makes you feel connected and human and hopeful. Thank you for creating such an impactful podcast and leaning into the hard stuff. It is always, always worth the listen. 💕