Life sure knows how to hand us lemons, what we do with them can affect the outcome of our lives. Whit + Kels have been handed their fair share of lemons, and are doing the best to make lemonade out of it. in 2017 they both lost a child, while navigating grief and loss, they became friends and want to help others along the way. They will be sharing their journeys, as well as interviewing many others who have gone through the trenches, and figured out how to get up on the other side!
Trisha comes on this week's episode and tells us her amazing story about her husband who has OTC Deficiency, but as a child was able to get a liver transplant. She talks about their decision to start a family, and what that would entail with a genetic disorder. Trisha also tells us about her son who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was 4 years old. This woman has been through a lot, and we are so lucky that she came on the podcast to share her story and hopefully shed some light on two horrible diseases.
After our recording was over, Trisha told us about Lilly Bumpus, a 9 year old cancer survivor who went on ELLEN to tell her story. Lilly has started a petition on change.org, to help increase federal funding for pediatric cancer. Here is the link to sign the petition!
On today's episode, Emily tells us about her son Cameron, who passed away on Christmas day in 2015. She tells us about that day and her journey after. After Cameron passed away, their family was told that his cause of death was a rare genetic blood disorder, Porphyria. So not only is her family devastated by the death of Cameron, they have to go through genetic testing throughout the family to see who also has this blood disease. Emily tells us about how Cameron shows her signs that he is still very much around. Emily also shares with us what she is up to now and how she's trying to help others going through similar situations. She is writing a book, which we are very excited to read when it is released. We hope that you enjoy this episode as much as we did.
You can find Emily on Facebook @ https://m.facebook.com/emilyjph
Instagram @ www.instagram.com/justplayinghouse
She has a blog that she has written about her grief journey. www.JustPlayingHouse.com
She also has started a grief resources website. www.AfterChildLoss.com
On today's episode Mallory tells her story about her beautiful, strong, and feisty daughter, Macklyn who passed away from cancer a few years ago. She tells us about when she and her husband received Macklyn's diagnosis, and what life looked like for them at that time. There were a lot of twists and turns in Mallory's story that broke our hearts, and then Mallory shows her strength, and she is nothing short of amazing! I hope you find her story as inspiring as we did.
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XOXO Whit + Kels
Alyssa P’s Story
In September of 2016, the world lost a beautiful little girl named, Savanna. Her mom, Alyssa talks to us today all about Savanna, her accident, and life ever since. Savanna was such a bright light in her family, her school and her community and is missed by all! Alyssa is always looking for ways to spread kindness in Savanna's memory, and it's such a beautiful way to honor such an amazing little girl. The impact Alyssa's story made on us was so amazing, we know you'll love this episode as much as we do!
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The podcast we mentioned today can also be found at @oursavingsstartstomorrow and www.oursavingsstartstomorrow.com
Kels Interviews Whit
In this week's episode, I (Kelsey) thought it would be fun to switch things up, and to interview Whit! I asked Whit some 'this or that', and 'what's her favorite' type of questions. I also ask her some tougher ones like, who inspires her, what her biggest lesson has been, and more in depth questions about her grief journey.
So if you are looking at getting to know more about the girl behind the mic, go ahead and listen to this episode. Whitney is incredible and always shows such strength within her vulnerability. I love that I get to sit beside her on this journey.
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On this episode, Shannen tells us about her 7 year old son, Jaxston, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 T cell Lymphoblasatic Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. From finding out he has a week to live, to being an active teenager now, Shannen tells us the ups and downs of it all. Their journey with cancer wasn't an easy one, but somehow they managed to come out stronger on the other side. Cancer isn't just a simple diagnosis. We get to hear about the emotions, the side effects, the pain, the financial burden, and so much more. Jaxston is a fighter, a survivor, and we are so lucky to hear Shannen tell their story. We hope you love this episode, as much as we do!
Love it! Eye opening and completely authentic.
This podcast has taught me so much about people that have experienced loss. My heart breaks for them. It has shown me to enjoy what I have, love my kids my spouse my family more fiercely, to listen to my instincts. Live for each moment!
❤️ This podcast!!!
Love love love this podcast! My daughter and I can’t get enough.
Can’t get enough!
I can’t get enough of this podcast! Each story is different and unique, yet they all inspire the listeners with hope and strength. I applaud Kelsey and Whitney for their bravery in starting this podcast. They’ve taken their own indescribable pain of losing a child and used it for good to help other women overcome trauma and hardships in their own way. They are truly amazing. I look forward to a new story each week!