133 episodes

This is the Brave Together podcast. We Are Brave Together is a non-profit organization that provides a supportive community for moms of children with special healthcare needs. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, inspire, educate ​and validate all Special Needs Moms in their unique and difficult journeys. On Brave Together, founder Jessica Patay, along with the Brave community, will share interviews, celebrate stories, explore challenges, and rally hope for the motherhood journey. You are not alone.

Brave Together Jessica Patay

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 92 Ratings

This is the Brave Together podcast. We Are Brave Together is a non-profit organization that provides a supportive community for moms of children with special healthcare needs. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, inspire, educate ​and validate all Special Needs Moms in their unique and difficult journeys. On Brave Together, founder Jessica Patay, along with the Brave community, will share interviews, celebrate stories, explore challenges, and rally hope for the motherhood journey. You are not alone.

    What the Sacred Siblings Want You to Know with Chris Ioimo

    What the Sacred Siblings Want You to Know with Chris Ioimo

    The daily needs of our unique children can take up A LOT of space in our lives and the siblings of those children experience that in all kinds of ways. Their lives are just as altered as ours are by their siblings' heightened needs, but they don’t always get permission to express that. What can we actively do, as parents, to help them?
    Today’s episode is another great conversation with Family Therapist, Chris Ioimo, about what the siblings need in a disability family. 
    Chris is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the Clinical Director/Supervisor of Journeys Counseling South Bay and Pastoral Coach with Vibrant Living Coaching.  Chris is also a regular speaker at churches, community groups, seminars, small groups, and retreats. He has also been a recurring guest on YouTube shows and podcasts focused on mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Chris has been an adjunct professor in the psychology department at a Christian University since 2008 and has been involved in multiple levels of ministry.


    Contact Chris here.
    What the Siblings Need to Know PDF



    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!

    • 28 min
    Not at Christmastime with Karen Draper

    Not at Christmastime with Karen Draper

    When a medical event rocks her son and family a week before Christmas, guest Karen Draper has to rapidly process everything and do her best to move through it with grace. From the life saving steps necessary for her son, to the protection of her family's hearts through the fear, many of you will relate to this story of shock, strength and ultimately recovery and laughter. 


    In her story and sweet conversation with host Jessica Patay, we hear from another strong mother who has experienced the spectrum of experiences that come with the special needs journey and has come out the other side forever healing, human and present.


    Karen Draper is a writer, poet and former inclusion advocate who turned her passion for celebrating diversity into her first book, The Place of Us. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably editing photographs instead of words. Karen is an avid walker and yoga enthusiast who can easily be enticed by dark chocolate and red wine. She lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband, Sam. Karen hopes that The Place of Us will help readers become better advocates for themselves and others. 


    Find Karen’s Book here.


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!

    • 34 min
    Repackaging the Holidays with Margaret Webb

    Repackaging the Holidays with Margaret Webb

    The holidays can be tough for everybody! We all get this extra large serving of commitments and expectations that can make enjoying anything feel off the table. Add the element of unique needs to this feast and now even the most organized and flexible person can feel downright defeated. Is there a fresh way to approach this?


    On today’s episode, Jessica interviews life coach, Margaret Webb, about strategies going into this most stressful of seasons. They discuss getting clear about your family's needs; which may be different than society's expectations. How to handle comments from family members, who may not understand your child’s unique needs during holiday celebrations. And ultimately, how to set your family up for a successful and satisfying holiday season.


    Margaret Webb is a master certified life and parenting coach for the past 12 years. She is passionate about supporting parents who are on parenting journeys filled with unexpecteds. Margaret has a 19 year old autistic son who has been the best teacher for her in learning how important curiosity and embracing different perspectives are in order to have more peace, ease and joy in parenting. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband of 25 years, her son and her three Jack Russell Terriers. 


    Get in touch with Margaret Webb here.


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!

    • 28 min
    What I Dream About with Jessica Patay

    What I Dream About with Jessica Patay

    Today we hear from our host, Jessica Patay, as she shares the answer to her favorite question to ask her guests, “If you could dream BIG, for the disability community, what would you CREATE or CHANGE?” Join her as she paints a picture of the world with all the resources and support we all desire and feel inspired and encouraged to share YOUR big dreams on our website and social platforms.


    Share what YOU dream about here or here.
    Read more of Jessica’s Blog here.



    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!

    • 11 min
    What Do I Do When Crisis Hits with Samantha Morey

    What Do I Do When Crisis Hits with Samantha Morey

    What do we do when a crisis hits? Most moms already know the answer because we’ve been to the ER or seen a pharmacy bill! YIKES!!! In those moments did we FREEZE? FIGHT? Maybe even FAWN? Most importantly, whatever we did, was there a judgment we felt about how we reacted?


    On today’s practical episode, Jessica interviews Samantha Morey LMFT about the different “threat responses”. They discuss ways we can prepare ourselves, not only for the threat response, but also to the reaction we have to our own response.


    Samantha Morey, LMFT.  Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University.  She works with the Center for Individual and Family Therapy in Torrance, Ca.  Samantha is called to sit with women and couples as they work to address the broken pieces in their lives and climb toward healing and wholehearted living.  She's been married for 23 years to her best friend and beloved husband, and together they parent two teen daughters. Samantha enjoys s'mores at the firepit, making pajamas for family and friends, and cuddling under a quilt watching a Hallmark movie, which always has a good predictable ending. 
    Get in touch with Samantha Morey here.


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!

    • 26 min
    Stretching for New Possibilities with Cindy Kaplan

    Stretching for New Possibilities with Cindy Kaplan

    Today we are a fly on the wall in a very special yoga class. In this class we witness a connection between human beings revealing new possibilities. We stretch our bodies and notice how caring for ourselves gives us strength. We breathe deep and meditate on how many roles we embody, (caregiver, advocate, therapist…) and wonder how our role as MOM might be most potent and desired.


    Our story is from Cindy Kaplan, whose daughter, Mira, suffered a brain injury during birth, which caused spastic quadriparxsis and microcephaly. Cindy wrote a memoir about parenting Mira and today we hear a story from that memoir. 


    Cindy Kaplan has a Masters degree in psychology and works as a certified Conscious Parenting Coach and a Soul Care Coach. She has trained and worked as a yoga practitioner for children with special needs, and a family therapist. She is the co-founder of an online community, Evolving Together, which offers courses and support, as well as daily practices from yoga and breath work, to nutrition, neuro-movement, and listening therapy for caregivers of differently abled children.


    Find Cindy’s book here.
    Contact Cindy about Parent Coaching here.
    If you are curious to learn more about the Soul Care Course we mentioned, click here.



    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

caskmama ,

Episode 109 Thomas’ way

Wow what an amazing episode. I often struggle with the anxiety and fear of what others think about my beautiful rare girl while out in public. So nice to hear this perspective, thank you for sharing information to mamas like me! Loving this podcast and had the privilege to meet Jessica in person this past year. She is just as kind and inspiring in life as she is on this podcast!
I resonate with every single guest in some way.

HKNCTP ,

Love this Podcast!

I found this podcast a few months ago and it’s been such a comfort! Thank you!

Karen Bro. ,

The Importance of Connection for All Moms

Brave Together is a smart and thoughtful podcast that resonates with all moms. The sharing of stories and conversations with Jessica’s guests are so insightful and I truly appreciate that Brave Together offers me a chance to expand my heart and knowledge, connecting me with moms across the world. I recommend this podcast for all moms, in all circumstances.

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