32 episodes

Each season, Linda Mazur, Jack Mazur, and Ellen Bennett will discuss a variety of mental health issues, from eating disorders, anxiety, suicide, and everything in between. They will interview experts and authors, as well as individuals with lived experience. They will share some of their personal experiences around anorexia, grief, advocacy, and the importance of finding a village of support. They believe we must do better as a community, and that we are stronger because of our connections. Join us as we start the conversations to end the pervasive shame and stigma associated with mental health issues, as we learn to embrace, understand, and support those who struggle, as we help each other pick up the pieces.

Our Hosts:
Linda Mazur is a Parent, Author, Speaker, Mentor, and Advocate. Linda advocates locally, nationally, and internationally. She is a small business owner and a Reiki Master.
Jack Mazur is a Parent, Author, Speaker, and Advocate. He advocates locally, nationally, and internationally. Jack is a Pharmacist serving our community for over four decades.
Both Linda and Jack are community advisory board members of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. Together they wrote Emilee-The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia to honor their daughter’s wish to have her story told in the hope of helping others. Their book has touched individuals and families that have experienced anorexia, alcoholism, substance use, anxiety, and depression.
Ellen Bennett is a Parent, Advocate, Speaker, Retired Educator, director of KMB for Answers, community advisory board member of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. She is also a member of Academy for Eating Disorders-Expert by Experience.
This team has over thirty-five years combined experience with eating disorders and their co-morbidities.

To learn more about the Mazur’s, their journey, their advocacy, and their book, Emilee- The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, available on Amazon, Audible Audiobooks, & Barnes and Noble.com
Visit their website: https://emileethestoryofagirl.weebly.com. or contact them at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.com.

Ellen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers which is a non-profit foundation providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to www.Kmbforanswers.com. Email: kmbforanswers1@gmail.com.

Once Shattered: Picking up the Pieces ROC Vox Podcast Network

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Each season, Linda Mazur, Jack Mazur, and Ellen Bennett will discuss a variety of mental health issues, from eating disorders, anxiety, suicide, and everything in between. They will interview experts and authors, as well as individuals with lived experience. They will share some of their personal experiences around anorexia, grief, advocacy, and the importance of finding a village of support. They believe we must do better as a community, and that we are stronger because of our connections. Join us as we start the conversations to end the pervasive shame and stigma associated with mental health issues, as we learn to embrace, understand, and support those who struggle, as we help each other pick up the pieces.

Our Hosts:
Linda Mazur is a Parent, Author, Speaker, Mentor, and Advocate. Linda advocates locally, nationally, and internationally. She is a small business owner and a Reiki Master.
Jack Mazur is a Parent, Author, Speaker, and Advocate. He advocates locally, nationally, and internationally. Jack is a Pharmacist serving our community for over four decades.
Both Linda and Jack are community advisory board members of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. Together they wrote Emilee-The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia to honor their daughter’s wish to have her story told in the hope of helping others. Their book has touched individuals and families that have experienced anorexia, alcoholism, substance use, anxiety, and depression.
Ellen Bennett is a Parent, Advocate, Speaker, Retired Educator, director of KMB for Answers, community advisory board member of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. She is also a member of Academy for Eating Disorders-Expert by Experience.
This team has over thirty-five years combined experience with eating disorders and their co-morbidities.

To learn more about the Mazur’s, their journey, their advocacy, and their book, Emilee- The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, available on Amazon, Audible Audiobooks, & Barnes and Noble.com
Visit their website: https://emileethestoryofagirl.weebly.com. or contact them at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.com.

Ellen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers which is a non-profit foundation providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to www.Kmbforanswers.com. Email: kmbforanswers1@gmail.com.

    Neurodivergence with Brooke LaLone Ward: Marriage and Family Counselor

    Neurodivergence with Brooke LaLone Ward: Marriage and Family Counselor

    Brooke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, who has grown up and lived in the Finger Lakes region her whole life. She has recently delved into neurodiversity after finding out her own neurodivergence in the fall of 2022. As she was navigating what it meant for her, she expanded her practice to specialize in neurodivergent couples and trauma therapy.

    This is an expanding and needed space. Brooke is on a mission to normalize it for others and herself after a lifetime of trying to keep it all together! Brooke is passionate about helping others unmask and understand their unique needs therapeutically as individuals and couples.

    She has come to realize that oftentimes, many of the traditional or "neurotypical" therapies and theories often just "don't work" for out of the box thinkers, empaths, and creatives. Sadly, due to many stigmas and stereotypes of the traditional way of treating mental health, there are just too many gaps in care and knowledge. Brooke is working to bridge that gap for others who may be trying to cope with some conditions like ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, TBI, Dyslexia, and more to live empowered lives.

    Brooke has a private practice, is a provider for Golisano’s Behavioral Health, a Neurodivergent Trainer and advocate with a passion for engaging the community to broaden our understanding of neurotypical so that everyone has access to compassionate care.

    Instagram: @theneurospicy_therapist
    Email: Contact@brookewardlmft.com

    https://www.brookewardlmft.com/

    Brooke Ward LMFT | Marriage & Family Therapist | 1681 Empire Blvd, Webster, NY, USA

    Our Hosts:Linda and John (Jack) Mazur founded a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2022 in memory of their daughter, Emilee which provides peer support, social connection, and education for adults with eating disorders and for their family members. For more information or to contact them go to: www.theemileeconnection.comLinda and John (Jack) Mazur wrote, Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, to honor their daughter’s wish, to raise awareness, evoke compassion, and foster change in how eating disorders are viewed and treated.Paperback: and Kindle:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/170092012XAudiobook:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/B08R6LRPDSLinda and Jack can also be reached through the book website:  https://emileethestoryofagirl.com or at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.comEllen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers, a non-profit charity providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to: www.Kmbforanswers.com

    • 57 min
    Robyn Shumer: Communication Aficionado, Storyteller, Advocate—Leading Us to Action

    Robyn Shumer: Communication Aficionado, Storyteller, Advocate—Leading Us to Action

    Robyn Shumer: Communication Aficionado, Storyteller, Advocate—Leading Us to Action

    Robyn Shumer is a dynamic force in the world of change management and communication. She brings a unique blend of expertise to her endeavors, finds the bright spots amidst disorder and can make an audience laugh and cry but most importantly, lead them to action. A certified yoga teacher and ICF trained coach, Robyn is not only adept at driving organizational change but also in empowering individuals. She is passionate about amplifying people and helping organizations communicate effectively across diverse audiences. Robyn's creativity knows no bounds. A storyteller at heart, she excels in facilitating dialogue, workshops, and brainstorming sessions. Her ability to teach people how to tell their stories stems from the belief that nobody should be ashamed to share the stories that shape them. She teaches the craft enabling others to share their personal and business stories successfully and in an engaging way. “Preparing for and delivering a TED talk has been more impactful in my overall well-being, than all of the hours of therapy I’ve had,” she says. Robyn is the author of the book "Bones," a compelling narrative, “hero’s journey,” that explores her life with an eating disorder, and successful executive and inspirational leader. Represented by Leslie Meredith at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, the book is in search of finding a home with the right publisher. A true advocate for authentic communication, Robyn Shumer is on a mission to inspire others to embrace and share the stories that make them who they are.
    https://www.robynshumer.com/

    • 57 min
    Mindful Matters with Laura Gavigan MS, Counselor, Coach & Consultant

    Mindful Matters with Laura Gavigan MS, Counselor, Coach & Consultant

    Laura (she/her) is the founder of MindfulMatters585, LLC, offering mindful education, counseling and coaching for anyone looking to find balance, focus and peace in their lives. Working as an educator for many years, Laura became interested in how life can inherently create stress and anxiety, leading to burnout and chronic health challenges.

    She has counseled, coached and advised thousands, integrating a framework of mindful wellness, empathy, and support. Laura has led introductory and advanced mindful meditation classes and workshops and has been featured as a guest speaker or panelist for a wide variety of organizations. Mindful Matters offers classes, workshops and guided meditation both locally and internationally. Every program emphasizes a mindful approach through insight, practice, and community to help people thrive, rather than survive.

    Laura M. Gavigan, MS MindfulMatters585, LLC Ph: 585-430-5674
    Email: MindfulMatters585@gmail.com
    FB: MindfulMatters585
    Insta: @MindfulMatters585
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-m-gavigan-36934b3/

    Our Hosts:
    Linda and John (Jack) Mazur founded a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 2022 in memory of their daughter, Emilee which provides peer support, social connection, resources and education for adults with eating disorders and for their family members. For more information or to contact them go to: www.TheEmileeConnection.com
    Linda and John (Jack) Mazur wrote, Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, to honor their daughter’s wish, to raise awareness, evoke compassion, and foster change in how eating disorders are viewed and treated.Paperback: and Kindle:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/170092012XAudiobook:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/B08R6LRPDSLinda and Jack can also be reached through the book website: https://emileethestoryofagirl.com or at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.com
    Ellen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers, a non-profit charity providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to: www.Kmbforanswers.com

    • 57 min
    Anorexia diagnosis in the late 60’s; a retrospective - with Barbara Rarrick

    Anorexia diagnosis in the late 60’s; a retrospective - with Barbara Rarrick

    Barbara has lived all her life in the Rochester area and has a lakehouse on Keuka Lake. She raised 3 daughters, one who was diagnosed with anorexia at age 11 in 1969. At age 88 Barbara has experienced the impact of alcoholism, mental health issues and anorexia/bulimia, starting when her youngest daughter was 5 years old, all during a time when NO ONE was talking about any of it. Barbara’s youngest daughter was exhibiting behaviors that seemed very different from her other daughters; she consulted their doctor; this was the beginning of a lifetime of struggles. At this time, she also shared her concerns about her oldest daughter’s loss of weight, change in mood and refusal to eat. The doctor told her to not delay, to take care of it right away. This was to be a journey that she knew nothing about, she and her husband were scared and felt very alone. Their daughter did recover; what is fascinating is, they consulted a psychiatrist who took the lead and supported this family; 30 years later this might not have been the case, fast forward to today; where psychiatry is beginning to become much more involved in treatment and diagnosis.

    Our Hosts: · Linda and John(Jack) Mazur founded a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2022, in memory of their daughter, Emilee, which provides peer support groups and social connection for adults with eating disorders and their loved ones. In addition, they speak at schools, colleges, and conferences to educate our community about the serious nature of eating disorders.

    For more information go to: www.TheEmileeConnection.com They authored the book, Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, to honor their daughter’s wish, to raise awareness, evoke compassion, and foster change in how eating disorders are viewed and treated.


    Ellen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers, a non-profit charity providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to: www.Kmbforanswers.com

    Books
    Paperback: and Kindle:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/170092012X ·
    Audiobook:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/B08R6LRPDS They can also be reached through the book website: https://emileethestoryofagirl.com or at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.com

    • 45 min
    Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders with Shannon Calvert

    Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders with Shannon Calvert

    Shannon Calvert is a Lived Experience Educator and Advisor from Australia after experiencing more than three decades with a severe and enduring eating disorder as well as complex physical and mental health challenges.

    Her expertise has been working with government and non-government organizations in an advisory capacity, as a peer-work coordinator and trainer. She has presented papers, workshops, and training both nationally and internationally on topics such as the importance of compassion in treatment interventions, consumer, and carer engagement in the design of policy, and education, as well as her own lived experience.

    In 2019 at the International Conference for Eating Disorders, Shannon was a plenary speaker on the topic “When does the time come for compulsory treatment”.
    Our Hosts: · Linda and John(Jack) Mazur founded a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2022, in memory of their daughter, Emilee, which provides peer support groups and social connection for adults with eating disorders and their loved ones. In addition, they speak at schools, colleges, and conferences to educate our community about the serious nature of eating disorders.

    For more information go to: www.TheEmileeConnection.com They authored the book, Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, to honor their daughter’s wish, to raise awareness, evoke compassion, and foster change in how eating disorders are viewed and treated.

    Ellen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers, a non-profit charity providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to: www.Kmbforanswers.com

    Books
    Paperback: and Kindle:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/170092012X ·
    Audiobook:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/B08R6LRPDS They can also be reached through the book website: https://emileethestoryofagirl.com or at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Reconnecting with Your Body: Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, with Kaitlyn Vitozzi

    Reconnecting with Your Body: Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, with Kaitlyn Vitozzi

    Kaitlyn Vittozzi of Rochester, NY is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist who specializes in chronic pain relief, stress-reduction, and perinatal struggles. A SUNY Albany School of Business graduate, she is no stranger to corporate stress and the physical ache that working and striving for the next big thing all the time can leave on a body. Kaitlyn began teaching in 2014, taking yoga teacher training as a healthy summer hobby. Soon after teaching, she recognized that people left class happy, and that their mood was uplifted, and she realized they had left life’s stressors behind. Kaitlyn went on to study yoga therapy with Phoenix Rising to help people use the tools of yoga to enhance their whole life, rather than just an hour per day.

    Yoga is an ancient practice not just based on the postures we see in magazines, but on eight holistic limbs and Kaitlyn hopes to highlight this with the individuals, couples and groups she works with. Clients learn to improve their relationship with physical, mental, and emotional tensions that show up in their bodies. Kaitlyn began teaching for KMB for Answers in 2021 and has studied Yoga for Eating Disorders. She also teaches paddleboard yoga and writes for Rochester Woman Online. She loves spending her downtime with her dog.

    As a yoga therapist, Kaitlyn’s goal is to help you discover long-term relief and a happier mind, body, and spirit.

    For more info or to schedule a free phone consultation, visit PenfieldYogaTherapy.Com.
    https://tozziyoga.com/

    Our Hosts: · Linda and John(Jack) Mazur founded a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2022, in memory of their daughter, Emilee, which provides peer support groups and social connection for adults with eating disorders and their loved ones. In addition, they speak at schools, colleges, and conferences to educate our community about the serious nature of eating disorders.

    For more information go to: www.TheEmileeConnection.com They authored the book, Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia, to honor their daughter’s wish, to raise awareness, evoke compassion, and foster change in how eating disorders are viewed and treated.

    Ellen Bennett is the director of KMB for Answers, a non-profit charity providing educational and financial support for mental health professionals as well as assistance for families in search of resources. For more information about Ellen Bennett and the foundation founded in memory of her daughter Katlyn, go to: www.Kmbforanswers.com


    Books
    Paperback: and Kindle:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/170092012X ·
    Audiobook:https://www.amazon.com/Emilee-Story-Family-Hijacked-Anorexia/dp/B08R6LRPDS They can also be reached through the book website: https://emileethestoryofagirl.com or at Linda.john.mazur@gmail.com

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

sarawentforarun ,

Raw and Authentic

Linda, Jack and Ellen expose the dark and ugly truth of how anorexia completely shatters the life of the sufferer and how the illness impacts the family.

Sunflowergirl25 ,

Don’t miss this podcast - heartfelt and informative

As an eating disorder therapist as well as a person in long-term recovery, this podcast is a wealth of information delivered with great care by the hosts. The conversations highlight different aspects of eating disorders and mental health across varies ages and experiences. Their compassionate and clear style makes these topics accessible for all and is wide reaching. We need more quality eating disorder podcasts and I’m delighted to be able to learn from this one as well as recommend it to my clients and their families. Thank you for the beautiful and important work you’re doing!

Hancock_3 ,

A Ray of Hope

A great podcast that raises awareness of the “unseen” sides of eating disorders and their treatment. Absolutely a crucial voice we all need to listen to.

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