Did you know that an estimated 40% of all Americans are living with a chronic illness? Chances are, you or someone you know is going through something you might have no idea about.
Hosts Alanna Martella and Nicole Dambro are part of that 40%. To most people, they are thriving career women, but behind the scenes, they are dealing with the aftermath of a rare condition called intestinal volvulus. After randomly meeting at a wedding, they decided to join forces and are now on a mission to connect with and share the stories of others who are surviving and thriving!
Follow the gutsy gals each week as they invite a featured guest do a deep dive into a challenging health and wellness topic. Each episode will provide insider tips, and inspire you with personal stories of healing and perseverance.
Brittany Baldi: The Scary Side of Allergies
This week on the podcast, we have an EXCLUSIVE! Nicole & Alanna are joined by Alanna’s friend Brittany Baldi – a Boston-area native, social media influencer, podcast host & former reality TV star! Recently, on Britt’s podcast (The BosBabes), Britt shared something shocking with Alanna: that she suffers from allergies so severe that she's been hospitalized multiple times throughout her life!
Isn't it crazy that the people who look like they're thriving might just be fighting something else on the si
Cody O'Connor: Traversing the USA After Ewing's Sarcoma
This week, the Gals are joined by Alanna’s friend Cody O’Connor, who is having a rest day at the time of recording – while embarking on a journey WALKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY to raise money for cancer research!
At age 14, Cody was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer – and was told he'd never walk again. However, with a heavy dose of faith and a strong support system, he was able to overcome the odds. Now, he runs a nonprofit called Champions Do Overcome, and boy, is he living up to that!
Lauren Berberich: Healing Trauma with EMDR
In this episode, Nicole and Alanna are joined by Lauren Berberich, a mental health professional in Alaska, to talk about EMDR - and how this form of science-based therapy can help enable people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of a triggering experience.
Lauren discusses how EMDR therapy works, how many sessions are typically needed, and even gives us real-life examples of cases in which this form of therapy has worked (Note: not all cases are human!)
Meredith Barack: Unlocking the Clues to My Celiac
This week on the podcast, the Gutsy Gals chat with Alanna’s Friend/News Reporter/Celiac Warrior Meredith Barack (well, Nicole does most of the talking since Alanna lost her voice!)
In this episode, Meredith shares a piece of her past – reflecting on how her childhood behaviors revealed major clues to her eventual celiac disease diagnosis. She chronicles how she and her parents constantly missed the distress signals, which finally reached a pinnacle with the stress and challenges of college life....
Conor Daly: Full Throttle Despite Type I Diabetes
This week, the Gutsy Gals chat with Alanna’s friend Conor Daly, an Indianapolis-based professional INDYCAR driver who lives life full-throttle - despite living with Type 1 Diabetes. We chat about his diagnosis, how he manages a high-intensity sport with his condition, his discipline with diet and exercise, how he doesn’t let his condition get in the way of living a normal life, and so much more! And Conor is hilarious, so you won’t leave this one without cracking up!
Tamara Paquette: Curing My "Incurable" Cancer w/ Gerson Therapy
Originally, when we booked Nicole's friend Tamara for this conversation, we planned on discussing her battle with Stage 4 HER2+ Metastatic Breast Cancer - and the success she's found in beating it NATURALLY with Gerson Therapy. But we got so much more! Tamara reveals to us that she had kept the cancer a secret from her friends and planned to make it to one more big bash before she kicked the bucket - but as her "death day" approached, something unexpected happened that reignited her will to live...
Love spending times with these ladies!
This podcast is great because the hosts Alanna and Nicole both are so personable, sweet and funny. To combine those qualities with real chronic issues millions of people face every day, really gives the tough days a lift.
Incredible podcast - must listen!
Even if you don’t have a chronic condition, this is a must listen so you can understand what those who do go through. Great hosts, great guests, and a ton of inspiring stories and useful information!
Really interesting podcast! I love how detailed these women are in telling their stories! Highly recommend