54 episodes

You want the best possible quality of life for your child regardless of diagnosis or prognosis. Raising a child with medical complexities is often lonely, scary and overwhelming. Join two parents of amazing children with rare medical complexities, Emily K. Whiting and Ashlyn Thompson, to get help and grow with them into empowered advocates for our kids. Here you’ll find a community of support, encouragement, education and resources, equipping you to navigate your child’s medical complexities with hope. To get more personal support, connect with us directly at CharlottesHopeFoundation.org.

Empowered by Hope Emily K. Whiting and Ashlyn Thompson

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

You want the best possible quality of life for your child regardless of diagnosis or prognosis. Raising a child with medical complexities is often lonely, scary and overwhelming. Join two parents of amazing children with rare medical complexities, Emily K. Whiting and Ashlyn Thompson, to get help and grow with them into empowered advocates for our kids. Here you’ll find a community of support, encouragement, education and resources, equipping you to navigate your child’s medical complexities with hope. To get more personal support, connect with us directly at CharlottesHopeFoundation.org.

    Stirring Souls and Supporting Families at the Upcoming Celebration of Hope Gala

    Stirring Souls and Supporting Families at the Upcoming Celebration of Hope Gala

    Embark on a journey of hope and celebration with us, as Emily Whiting and Ashlyn Thompson unveil the grandeur of the upcoming Celebration of Hope Gala. This episode of Empowered by Hope is about painting the town with the vibrancy of giving, where every dance step taken and every bid placed at the auction is a stride toward empowering families with children facing complex medical needs. Get ready to don your Derby hats and raise your mint juleps to the cause that binds us in unity and resilie...

    • 14 min
    Gain the Confidence to Secure the Financial Support Your Child with Special Needs Deserves with Advocacy Abby

    Gain the Confidence to Secure the Financial Support Your Child with Special Needs Deserves with Advocacy Abby

    "Feeling lost in the maze of funding options for your child's needs? My proven system can help. I'll guide you through a clear, step-by-step process to identify grants and foundations that match your child's needs. Stop wasting time on dead-end searches. Gain the confidence to secure the financial support your child deserves, and free up your time to focus on what matters most." -Abby Zacharitz, Empowered by Hope Podcast Guest Abby Zacharitz, joins us to share her heart-wrenching yet in...

    • 40 min
    Embracing Life's Detours: A Mother's Journey of Hope and Kindness in Raising a Child with Special Needs

    Embracing Life's Detours: A Mother's Journey of Hope and Kindness in Raising a Child with Special Needs

    Imagine being 21 years old, newly married, in the middle of dental school and excited to start a family, then finding yourself in the NICU with your newborn for four months, completely unexpected. When life presented Leah Crum with the surprise of raising a daughter with extremely rare medical needs, she embraced it with resilience and hope. On our podcast, Leah shares her uplifting journey, revealing how she transformed her worldview to celebrate her daughter Camilla's unique milestones, rat...

    • 55 min
    Transformative Travels, the Recipe for Joy and More with Creator of Accessible Adventures Kristy Cook

    Transformative Travels, the Recipe for Joy and More with Creator of Accessible Adventures Kristy Cook

    Kristy Cook, the heart behind Accessible Adventures, dedicated wife and mother of four, joins us to share her family's story, illuminating the joy and beauty found in life's unexpected paths. Embracing each day with a philosophy of "I'm glad I tried it" over "I wish I had," Kristy's narrative is a beacon of positivity for parents who have yet to step outside society's assumptions of life raising a child with special needs. Take a seat at our "campfire conversation", where Kristy recounts adve...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Bella Brave - Mom & Daughter Duo Spreading Hope & Joy Along their Medical Journey

    Bella Brave - Mom & Daughter Duo Spreading Hope & Joy Along their Medical Journey

    Today's episode is a heartwarming and powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit, as we're joined by Kyla Thomson, mother to Bella of TikTok fame from the account Bella Brave. Kyla's moving narrative takes us from the deepest worries a parent can face to a horizon of hope, as she recounts the transformative effect of Bella's medical journey on their family. Amidst the laughter and tears, Kyla's story is one of a mother's fierce love and unwavering advocacy, transforming personal g...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    From Grief to Advocacy: A Mother's Tale of Transforming Pain into Purpose

    From Grief to Advocacy: A Mother's Tale of Transforming Pain into Purpose

    When Sarah Kalis walked into the room with her son, Crew, I saw more than just a mother and her child; I saw a beacon of hope personified. Sarah, a former special education teacher turned medical mama, joins us to share the profound lessons and stories from her life with Crew, who has cerebral palsy. Her candid narration of the transformations she's undergone – from shock and grief to acceptance and advocacy – is a testament to the power of resilience amidst the unpredictable waves of parenti...

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

LiFrazier ,

Such a Light!

This Podcast is such a great find! As a kid with those medically complexities (BE kids rock!) it’s so nice to hear all the caring words from others. We all eventually get to the other side, kids are definitely resilient! I know this podcast was so empowering for my mom and I know she wishes that we would have had this when I was a kid. I love the encouragement from all sides and keep doing what you’re doing ladies!! Thank you!

AMilbourne ,

Just what we needed!!!!

This podcast is everything parents of medically complex kids have been needing! The road is long and winding and scary and LONELY! This podcast validates so many feelings and shows us that we aren’t actually alone! Thanks Emily and Ashlyn!

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