Thriving Despite a Rare Lung Disease with Nicole Wipp

Today we are speaking with Nicole Wipp whom has been diagnosed with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare lung disease. She has been thriving and helping others despite the difficulties she has faced. 

Her Worst Health Moment 

Nicole spent over 30 days in the hospital and was diagnosed with a rare lung disease. She was told she would have a lifespan of up to 8 years and she never allowed that belief to enter her mind. Many others living with this have not survived and Nicole had some survivor guilt to work through. She faced post-traumatic stress and was able to find a mindset of gratitude and thanksgiving.

It takes courage and requires the vulnerability to share a personal story with the emotional and physical challenges that one has been through. If you find these stories helpful please reach out and encourage our guests or thank them for their bravery.

Her lowest moment was when she was told that it was mostly in her head by her doctor. It was before she had to have surgery to remove fluid that kept filling up her lungs and it felt very scary and dark at that time. She had a chest pipe put in and a bronchoscopy and she felt so horrible and didn’t know what her life was going to look like. There was a lot of fear because she didn’t know what was wrong with her and she told her Mom and Husband that if her life was going to be like this she wouldn’t want to live.

The Turn Around Point

Nicole is a research subject at a Government research facility that really drives a lot of the medical research. The doctors told her on her second visit that they can’t even tell she is sick. This was good and bad as she never expected to be told that and at the same time it caused a bit of survivors guilt. Once she was able to mentally work herself out of that place, she found extra meaning to associate with everything she does.

A Closer Look

What about you changed the most from this experience?

Nicole has a greater deeper appreciation for what she has and less on what she doesn’t know. She is a very driven person and being competitive drove her most of her life, now she doesn’t worry about it anymore. She is much more at peace with who she is now.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

“Never stop taking care of yourself. An experience like this shows you that in order to take care of others you must take care of yourself.”

Share one of your personal habits that contributed to your healing.

She doesn’t allow anyone to dictate how she feels about pretty much anything. She was told the prognosis was a 5– 8-year lifespan and she would not believe it to be true.

Her Resource

She mentioned this podcast and other inspirational stories have helped. She told us that when you are going through a hard time, knowing that other people have gone through them even though they are hard, even though it doesn’t make her feel better, it helps to stay grounded and get through.

Grand Finale

What are you passionate about today?

Nicole is passionate about helping people find their strengths and work doing what they love. She told us that there are a couple of tools that will help you get started finding a way to live a life that makes you happy. Strengths Finder, put it into use right away, she sees people leave it on their computer for too long.

She tells us you can find out your strengths by asking your friends and those close to you what they see you are good at. How can you take away the things that suck the life out of you and do more of what you love? You can listen to the whole audio to hear her talk more on this topic.

Parting Guidance

Be the best person you can be. Be proud of the person you are. Usually, the things that are most valuable to us are the things we take for granted. Don’t take your self for granite.


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Healing from Cancer, a Harley and Nature with Noel

Could you imagine putting off a medical checkup for three years while trying to support your wife and family? Then finding out you have cancer and it is serious.

Imagine fighting it until you don’t feel that you have anything left to give, surgery, chemo, radiation, an Ostomy, and sickness……… then losing your wife to divorce. Most of us fear cancer, fear the struggle that comes with sickness and for good reason, cancer kills.

Noel shares his story for the first time, the good and the bad, the raw truth. His life today is inspiring, offers hope that healing and happiness are possible. Find out how he healed from cancer and went on to work a full-time job, ride a Harley and find a life of camping and enjoying nature.

Noel lost both his parents and his step-mother of cancer, his childhood friend of 40 years to Leukaemia as well as his friends’ son. He has a lot of wisdom on cancer as well as his own experience with it.

You can hear the entire audio interview on the Podcast: Here 

Noel’s 12-year-old son was hit by an RV and put on life support. They chose as a family not to donate his body parts to others, and he died. Now Noel is helping other people by encouraging them to keep on going.

I asked him if he has a lot of anger, and he said it is more like a depression. He goes in it for a while when someone criticizes him but he is overcoming it victoriously.

He said people tried keeping him down and it was a struggle to keep his positive outlook. He hopes this interview encourages others to fight on in the battle of life as well as if you get an Ostomy.


The faith of the Lord helped Noel. He was told during chemo that faith helps, they don’t know why they just know it does. Noel loves God.

Noel was asked by his friend that passed away from Leukaemia how he kept his head up and kept going. Noel said God wants him to keep going so he keeps on going.

To this day, Noel worries about his two children. He lost a sibling when he was young and knows how it feels. He has faith God will take care of him.

Noel shoved his appointments off for two years even though he was bleeding from his backside. Had he gone sooner, the Cancer would not have spread to his lymphoids.

He had 36 treatments of Chemotherapy, 36 days of radiation straight and halfway through it dropped him. He prayed to God to help him out and didn’t know if it would get any better.

He found himself crying on the bathroom floor alone. (Second Chancer’s this comes up a lot on the show. The people we thought would support often can’t)

Noel tells us his kids didn’t support him then and although things didn’t work out in his marriage, he encouraged them to be with their Mother. As Noel lost his Mom at 19 he wanted his kids to have their Mom.

He lost contact for 6 years with his kids, but now they are in his life and they accept him as he is.

Biking and Photography

Noel is a biker and he loves to ride.  He rode for 9 hours to sleep under the great starry sky, then drove back 9 hours. He loves to camp, fish and take photos of animals and nature. Here is a beautiful picture he sent us of Gooseberry Falls!

6 Ostomy Tips and Hacks

  1. Education, Noel attends fairs, cancer meetings and reads up on products
  2. Using pouches for work and outings with filters when necessary
  3. Eat nutritiously and keep your weight down
  4. Plan your meals around your activities leaving lots of time after you eat
  5. Learn the foods you can eat and the ones you can blend
  6. Budget for medical expenses

*Noel shared a very vulnerable story to show us that accidents happen. When he was in a gas station washroom his bag spilled on the floor. He offered to clean it up, but the attendant did.

Accidents will happen, and that is ok. Thank God for Grace!!


Guest Post by Chloe Pearson: Reducing the Risk of Suicide in People Battling Cancer

2016-10-04 22:58:12

Chloe Pearson shares her personal story about her Uncles battle with cancer. As she tells us about his own struggle she shares some very valuable resources on mental health and how to identify early warning signs.

Guest Post: Reducing the Risk of Suicide in People Battling Cancer

When my uncle was diagnosed with cancer, a few years ago, I watched one of my favorite family members slip away. Not just because he lost weight from the chemotherapy, but because he seemed to have lost much of his spirit, too. He’d always taught me how to find the little joys in life, but it was clear to me that he was unable to do that for himself anymore. I encouraged him to try meditation and yoga, but ultimately it was the guidance of a licensed therapist who helped my uncle sort through his feelings of devastation and powerlessness. I’m forever grateful to his therapist for giving my uncle the strength to keep fighting, and for helping him find his way back to happiness.

The risk of suicide among people battling cancer is very real. From pain to unpleasant side effects from chemotherapy and other treatments, as well as the impacts of cancer on a person’s mental health, battling cancer is an all-encompassing effort. While it’s common for people fighting cancer to become depressed and anxious, treating the whole person is the key to reducing the risk of suicide.

Mental Health Counseling Aids Long-Term Recovery

Mental health counseling is a valuable component of a cancer treatment plan. While treating the disease that afflicts the body improves survival rates, the toll that cancer can take on a person’s mental health can have damaging impacts on both short and long-term survival. In cases of aggressive disease with minimal long-term survival rates, patients suffering from cancer sometimes consider suicide as a way to end their suffering. They may also contemplate suicide if they feel as though their disease makes them a burden on the people they care about.

It’s a common belief that a positive attitude and optimistic outlook helps people battle cancer successfully. Yet fighting for one’s life against an aggressive disease makes it difficult to maintain a positive attitude, particularly when enduring treatments with unpleasant side effects. Mental health counseling helps people battling cancer cope with the unpleasant aspects of treatment and cultivates the mental well-being that provides resilience in the worst of circumstances.

Avoiding Addiction to Reduce Suicide Risk

When addiction rears its ugly head while you’re already in the midst of the fight of your life, your reliance on pain medication or other substances may seem inconsequential. But a healthy body and mind is one of the best weapons in your arsenal in your battle against cancer. Addiction increases the risk of suicide particularly for people who are also suffering from another illness, be it a mental illness such as depression or anxiety or a disease such as cancer.

Managing pain is an important facet of treating cancer, but clinicians must be mindful of the potential for addiction in their patients. Careful prescribing habits, patient compliance, and open communication between physician, patient, and therapists is the best approach for effective pain management while minimizing the risk of addiction.

Support Systems Can Help Identify Warning Signs and Boost Mental Health

In addition to having a positive mental attitude, people suffering from cancer benefit greatly from strong support systems consisting of family and friends as well as healthcare providers. These support systems not only help to boost the patient’s self-esteem and help them to maintain a positive outlook, but they can also help to identify potential warning signs of depression and suicidal thoughts that may not be obvious to clinicians.

Paying attention to the psychological elements of battling cancer such as anxiety, depression, and stress is important, yet surprisingly many people battling cancer who have had suicidal thoughts don’t show any other obvious signs of depression. That’s why the family support system is so valuable; physicians see their patients in shorter durations and different settings in which the warning signs may not be easily identified. Family members who notice even subtle changes can be a lifesaver when they take action to ensure that their loved one’s health providers are aware of subtle changes in mood and personality that may indicate depression or suicidal ideation.

Battling a life-threatening disease is often the biggest challenge anyone may face in their lifetime. As people battling cancer become acutely aware of their own mortality while suffering tremendous pain and other symptoms, it’s not uncommon for them to contemplate suicide. By treating the whole person and ensuring that a strong support system is in place, the risk of suicide can be reduced among people battling cancer.

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Guest Post – 5 Common Misconceptions about Depression

2017-02-27 22:13:37

Depression is a negative force which takes over your mind and body, increases pessimism in your approach and virtually takes out the element of life from time and space. It’s a chronic condition that is widely misunderstood all around the globe. Depression can be fatal if it is not taken seriously. In this article, we will go through a few widely held misconceptions about this condition.


5 Common Misconceptions about Depression

1. It’s Simply a Mental Weakness

First and foremost, you have to understand that depression is not a sign of mental weakness. It’s not something to be ashamed of and it is definitely not something which you should hide from the world. It is a clinical disorder which has to be treated appropriately and in line with medical science. If you are suffering from depression, you should go and see a doctor and seek help from people around you as opposed to hiding it as if you chose to suffer from it.

2. It is a Permanent Disease

Depression is rarely a permanent condition and if you follow the right prescription, it can be treated. There is a common misconception that once you start taking the medicine for the treatment, you will keep taking it for the rest of your life. This is actually very rarely the case for the majority of people. If you take medicine and use professional medical advice at the right time and adhere to the treatment prescribed by your doctor, it can be improved sooner than you think.

3. It Will Just Go Away On Its Own

Another misconception with depression is that people think it is just a phase which will fade away with time – more like a passing cloud. You need to understand that it’s a serious condition which needs proper attention and treatment. If you are suffering from it, you have to follow the recommended treatment guidelines. Treat your early symptoms as the only way of preventing the condition from becoming overwhelming.

4. Prescribed Medication is the Only Cure

Of course, medicine is historically one of the best ways to treat depression but it is not the only one. Depression can be treated without medicine. It depends on the severity of the disease and your doctor. Your doctor will study the symptoms and if it can be treated with the help of some psychological intervention and physical exercise then they will suggest this instead. Normally when depression it is diagnosed in its early stages, it can be treated easily with the combination of psychological and physical activities.

5. It’s Because of Your Past or Childhood

It is widely believed that depression is an after effect of some terrible events in your past, this can be the case but in reality it isn’t the case for most people. Depression can hit a perfectly normal and healthy person who has had a happy past. It has nothing to do with your past; it can be anything in your day to day life. It could be something in your subconscious which is still untold. If you exhibit the symptoms, it is better to consult the medical experts. Proper treatment is the only cure for this disease.

Every disease should be treated following the guidelines of medical science. Depression needs positive intervention but first, it needs to be discussed and accepted. Most social segments do not accept it as a disease which forces its patients to hide it from them. The first step to overcoming it is being vocal and positive about it.

— Marcus regularly blogs at psysci , a psychology, science blog that examines the latest research and explains how findings can impact and improve people’s lives.


This is a guest post from Marcus at  The opinions and information in this post are that of the author. Always seek medical help from a qualified professional before taking any information as advice and acting upon it.

Guest Post – How To Naturally Treat Trauma Injuries

2017-03-20 14:40:24

This post was written by Katrina Rice.  I am grateful for her contribution as I can closely relate to the need for healing from trauma and the difficulty to find great information. I always try to find the most natural ways to heal as possible and I feel that there are some great ones below.

If you find this information helpful, please reach out and connect with Katrina to let her know.

Guest Post – How To Naturally Treat Trauma Injuries

It is never easy for people to try to recover from certain trauma injuries. With the stress brought by the cost of medical bills, difficulties in post-op care and physical rehabilitation, treating the physical and mental pain can be overwhelming.


The term “trauma” can sometimes be identified with mental distress or a disturbing psychological experience. But trauma can also mean injuries such as wounds, fractured bones, or internal damage that cause physical disabilities.


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Often times, individuals who experience physical damage also suffer from psychological stress due to shock or unexpected lifestyle change that was brought about by the injury. On the bright side, there are certain alternative treatments and at-home care methods you can use to help you feel some pain relief.


Below are some of the best natural treatments you can use to heal your trauma injuries:


Fish Oil

The benefits of taking fish oil does not only improve your heart health, it does much more than that. According to Michael Cronin, ND, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Az., it also plays a vital role in pain management because of it anti-inflammatory properties. In one study, patients suffering from back and neck pain were asked to take 1200mg of fish oil capsules per day. The results showed that the 125 patients who went through with this study have reported back and said that they stopped taking their pain medications after taking fish oil for 75 days.



Turmeric is basically a root turned into a pulverized spice powder used in Asian cuisine. It is often found in many spicy Indian dishes. Studies have shown that turmeric in supplementation can alleviate the physical pain brought about by inflammation-related diseases. It is also a good alternative in relieving pain caused by past bone injuries. This remedy is popular among those who are suffering from arthritis and other joint injuries. Side effects of turmeric capsules are not very common, but some claim they experienced mild stomach cramps during the first few days of taking it, but this effect is rare.


Glucosamine and Chondroitin

This is a combination supplement usually used to repair damaged cartilage. According to Mayo Clinic, this is a natural compound that can support repair and build up cartilage cells to treat injuries caused by certain health conditions or physical trauma. In fact, this is a supplement widely used by individuals who are suffering from osteoarthritis. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 53% of glucosamine and chondroitin users say that their joint and back pain have decreased by half.



Meditation has been used to help treat physical and mental pain by channeling out negative energies of the body. Meditation is not scripted. Though you may get instruction on how to meditate, you are doing the actual meditation using your own mind. If done right, this can quell away the mental and physical pain you are suffering from.


In fact, a recent research experiment was done on 109 individuals suffering from chronic pain who underwent “mindfulness meditation programs”. They have found that those who performed the meditation religiously reported they experienced some relief from physical pain, anxiety and depression. They claimed that their quality of life has improved compared to the time when they had not started meditating yet.


Trauma injuries can be relatively minor. A few examples of these are cuts, wounds, bruises, or sprained ankles. Though these are considered less traumatic, they may still bring about terrible pain and discomfort. For other more serious trauma injuries like extreme bone fracture, concussion, or severed body parts, they will require a more in-depth kind of treatment.


The natural remedies mentioned above can only support the healing process of the body. Yes, they are effective, but it does not mean you should disregard your doctor’s opinion about your health. Remember that if you decide to heal yourself naturally, always consult his opinion first to determine if these natural treatments can help support your body’s physical and mental stress.



Katrina Rice is a mom and a freelance writer. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, travelling and immersing one’s self in new activities. A self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same.

Winning The Battle of the Mind with Connie Strasheim

  • Winning The Battle of the Mind with Lyme Disease 

Connie suffered from Lyme disease for many years and once she began to recover, she suffered from being exposed to mold. Although she went through a very difficult and trying time, she won the battle of the mind and the negative spiral of thoughts that came. She overcame it by listening to God and journaling the encouraging words he sent her.  She shares her story as inspiration to others overcoming difficulty as well as to give you hope.

Connie Strasheim is a healthcare researcher and writer sharing natural and holistic methods of healing. She focuses on helping others with Cancer and Lyme disease and in some cases helps shorten their treatment.

The Turn Around Point

  • Although she suffered a great deal and would not have wished to go through the experience, she felt that good came out of it.

A Closer Look

What about you changed the most from this experience?

  • Suffering and going through chronic illness changed her. It caused her to seek God more and it took her on a journey of getting to know him better.
  • Her interests changed
  • The realization that life is short and that we are here to share the love of Jesus Christ with others.
  • She could recognize that the negative thoughts she had in times of chronic illness were not her and she could overcome them.

What wisdom would you share you gained?

  • God wants all of us to be in the world where pain doesn’t exist. By sharing the message with others, more people can get there.
  • That Jesus came so God would not see us as sinful creatures. Amen to Grace.

Her Resource

 The Bible

Connie recommends starting with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John so that you can understand how Jesus wants us to accept him as our Lord and Saviour, He called us to share his love and the message of salvation with others.

Bill Johnson, A Pastor at Bethel Church

What is  A Personal Habit That Got You Through?

  • She took time every morning to speak to God. He spoke words of encouragement and Connie journal them. They became a lifeline in times she was in a place with little hope.
  • Music

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Grand Finale

Connie’s parting guidance was simple and powerful.

  • Praise God,  be thankful and trust him.


Overcoming Sexual Abuse with Bobbi Parish

Healing from trauma and abuse can feel daunting and overwhelming. As I have been working hard to overcome the abuse in my life, I have come to realize that I am not alone.

Healing alone is difficult, nearly impossible from what I have seen. Finding Bobbi and Athena’s support group, along with an amazing counselor that has loved me unconditionally made all the difference.

So I asked one of the wonderful ladies that runs the secret support group I am a part of, to share her story, along with hope and belief that we all can heal, and we can do it together.

Please welcome, Bobbi Parish


Bobbi is a Trauma Recovery Coach. She finds coaching incredibly healing and prefers to coach as to the counseling she used to do.

Her and her business partner, Athena Moberg, founded Trauma University.

Unconditional Love

How do you know how to love yourself when you are raised in an environment full of abuse, obligation, mind control, blame and dishonesty?

Her therapist, Gabrielle taught her and loved Bobbi unconditionally, from her, she learned how to love herself.

She helped her find a hospital, that had a ward that specialized in trauma recovery. Bobbi committed herself for a 10-day stay and that was the pivot point.

They made her part of the treatment team, told her they supported her, believed her and would help her make things better. They formed a plan to help her cope with things once she left and spent 10 days doing some deep recovery work.

Bobbi went on to get her masters, had a period of homelessness, married, had a child, divorced and she still struggled with horrible depression.

Helping Others

Then 3 years ago, imperfect and flawed and full of shame, she showed up and instead of people looking at her as if she was discussing, they embraced her. She stood up and said, “here I am”, she helped other survivors and loved unconditionally. 

We talk about how support groups give love, courage and really help to make us feel accepted and normal.

Bobbi touched on the difference between PTSD from a one-time event or someone who was raised with multiple events that lead to PTSD.

“We learn that the only reality to keep ourselves safe is our abuser’s reality”.  We learn to distrust our own eyes, we fear being shamed, belittled and punished as we did as a child.

Listen here for the whole interview with Bobbi Parish.


Listen to the whole interview: Here 

Healing From Physical Abuse with Lori Jean Finnila

Healing From Physical Abuse by Creating Music

with Lori Jean Finnila

Imagine having seizures as a child from abuse at a young age, then being abused by the father of your child and suffering very physical injuries. The wonderful woman we interview today opens up and shares the hard truth of the abuse in her life.

Passionately driven by an intense love for her child,  she turns to other women’s horrifying stories of survival that end with great strength and inspiration!  She finds music and falls in love with creating it and singing, bringing herself closer to healing.

This interview is an incredible story of healing, single parenting and the courageous decision to go back to school.  She learns to screen-write, becomes a singer and songwriter and all while healing her brain injury and the scars of abuse that can only fade over time, becoming a memory far less than the joy that now fills its place.

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***********Trigger Warning************   This interview may contain content that could be disturbing to some viewers, viewers discretion is advised.

Physical Abuse and the Fight For Life

When Lori was young she suffered abuse that caused her to have seizures. She was very fragile.

Fast forward to her young adult years, and she lost her unborn daughter from Teen DV. Someone took her down with medication and she became involved with a man who had children.

Lori later had a son and grew into writing and created a radio show. She was running from abuse with a child.

Unfortunately, she suffered permanent neurological damage from trauma to her head as well as had her backbone separated from her muscle with about 2 1/2 feet of nerve damage down the side of her backbone.

She was fighting for her life, with her foot halfway in the door, halfway out. This was a huge turning point for her.

Healing Without The Hospital

Lori found her reality to be that she had to take her life into her own hands.  She tried to report the crimes, with no help coming from doing so. She was trying to keep the drugs away from her food, was threatened and found her home broken into.  She lived in fear of losing her son and took as much as she could for as long as she could.

She tried to reach out with well thought out plans. Her plans never worked and she learned not to reach out.  She dealt with the whole medical thing herself, no hospitals.

She went to a shelter for a while and ended up completely alone. There was no counselling or a place for her.  She left her son with a friend and ended up sleeping up on floors next to women that were traumatized on the street.

She knew she had to get back to her son, and when she made it, she would wake up screaming in pain. She knew she was losing the feeling to her body, and she would physically hit her body to stay present.

This went on for months and she was dying. She reached out to a coaching program and learned meditation. She listened to it in her ears non-stop. She felt she was the only one that could bring herself back, and she explained to her son she may not make it.

The Path to Healing

Lori found healing through hypnosis. She also did meditation, affirmation, took herbs such as ginseng, natural vitamins and found a love for music.

Music makes Lori light up with passion. Her son persuaded her to go back to school and she chose music. She started connecting and the music reached her brain. This path took her on a journey that helped her find self-love, belief, and creativity.

She ended up taking off and writing her first album, shortly after watching a play that really captured her interest. She was taken back and learned a whole new way to express herself artistically.

Mom’s Healing

Being a Mom can make healing extra challenging. I asked Lori for some advice for future Mom’s that will help them navigate healing and caring for their children.

Lori always put her child first and tells us that she would jump in front of a bus for him. (Perhaps, she tells us she is not the best to give advice here!)

She balanced keeping herself alive to be present for her son, with trying to heal and get better. Lori ended up running with her child and put his safety above her own recovery. Social Services knew she was injured and were watching her. This evoked a dance of healing and keeping her son from them. Her fear was if they took them, he would end up in a terrible situation and she would not have been able to help them.

I love that she took the initiative to try so many ways of healing for her son. She could have slept and remained on disability her entire life, yet she chose to do everything in her power to get out of the situation and create a life of healing, love her son and followed her passion.

Lori is working towards her degree and has recorded music that is now on Apple. Listen to the interview to hear all the details of how she made it happen.

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