Because life doesn't always give you lemons. Survivin & Thrivin is a podcast hosted by Em Ledger. Each episode features a special guest sharing their experiences
Ep 9: Living With Generalised Anxiety Disorder w/ Guest Kristy Diaz
In this episode, Em talks to Kristy about her upbringing straddling both the UK & USA and how that shapes your identity, her experience of growing up working class & being mixed race, when she first realised she needed support with her mental health and how since her diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) she's managed not only to survive but thrive too! We talk medications, what good therapy looks like, self care, toxic productivity and the things that give her life.
Kristy Diaz is a comms professional and freelance music writer, editor and speaker based in Leicester, via the USA. She is co-editor of DIY music website Track 7 with bylines at Upset Magazine, The Skinny and numerous independent publications and fanzines. She is the co-author of Principles of Festival Management (Goodfellow, 2019) and a contributing author of Nasty Women (404 Ink, 2017). Her speaking appearances include Cheltenham Literature Festival, Handmade Festival and The Short Cinema, where she has discussed alternative music and culture from an intersectional feminist perspective.
Ep 8: Emigrating To The USA & Then Returning Home w/ Guest Maryam Hassan
In this episode, Em talks to Maryam about her decision to move from the UK to the USA. Maryam is a Montessori teacher and at age 30 decided to take her skills state side and settle in Chicago for a new start. We talk about the feeling of upheaval, setting somewhere new, the benefits of living alone and getting to know yourself, growing apart from and falling out of love with the punk scene and the freedom of driving. In this episode, we blend thriving into surviving as Maryam's new life unfortunately then takes an unpredictable turn when she is forced to come back home while her visa and application for a green card run into problems
Ep 7: Survivin Miscarriage w/ Guest Kay
In this episode, Em talks to Kay about miscarriage - from the feeling of first finding out you're pregnant to what miscarriage means to you, your relationship, your family, your body and your mental health. Kay has survived 4 miscarriages and shares her journey over the last 5 years through hospital visits, awkward conversations, the idea of getting straight into trying again and the things it's NOT ok to say even when you mean well. There's a major lack of examples out there of people sharing their experience with miscarriage as it's such a difficult subject to tackle. We talk about how important and beneficial it can be to share your story with others if you feel you can and how common it is to experience.
Ep 6: Survivin Adoption w/ Guest Jake Poll
For this episode, Em talks to Jake about his journey through the care system from being in foster care as an infant, adopted at 5 and the lifetime of understanding, adjusting and healing that follows. We talk about forging your identity through case notes and stories from others, the adoption process, how to unpack attachment disorder, meeting your birth parents, discovering your racial heritage in your mid 20s and how trauma affects your self esteem, development and relationships as a teenager and an adult.
Ep 5: Survivin Gender Transition in the 90s w/ Special Anon Guest
In this episode of Survivin & Thrivin, Em talks to an anonymous special guest about his gender transition in the 1990s. This is the world before the internet and before the visibility of what being transgender looks like today. We talk about his coming out as a teenager, what gender clinics were like back then, how his family explained his transition to friends and family, how he navigated the process with little up front information of what was yet to come, a lack of trans or queer role models, what it means to live in stealth, what advice he has for people for their own transition today and what being trans in 2020 looks like.
Ep 4: Survivin Bankruptcy with Em Ledger w/ Guest Host Seleena Laverne Daye (Poor Lass Collab)
Episode 4 is a special collaborative episode with Poor Lass; the other podcast Em co-hosts with Seleena Laverne Daye. Em talks through surviving bankruptcy and in particular how it impacts on her as a working class person. From the process itself to what happened to her and the aftermath over the 6 years to follow, Em has now finally completed the process and is no longer bankrupt as of May 1st 2020. She describes the impact on her mental health, the importance of asking for help, having great friends and healing.
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