Ep. 66: Where Has the Sex Gone – Finding Intimacy

When did you first start talking about sex? Reading Cosmo magazine? Catching your first real R-rated movie? Or…when you listened awkwardly to the true, “birds and the bees” conversation. Never, in any of those chats, did they share how intimacy and sex changes as you age and especially as you go through chronic illness and cancer. This week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast is a Melbourne, Australia based clinician whose expertise focuses on sex and intimacy. Tess Devèze, founder of ConnectAble Therapies and author of A Better Normal is an occupational therapist and sexologist. This episode is full of strategies and suggestions for couples wanting more and curious how to do it. Whether you’re going through cancer, menopause or just too tired to prioritize intimacy, Tess has tons of ideas for you.

Ep. 65: How to Squash Your Inner Narrator

Can you fire your inner critic? Author, professor, former TV producer and expert storyteller, Valerie Gordon, is back on the “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast to tell you how. After 20-years of producing award winning stories for ESPN and HBO, Valerie found communications agency, Commander-in-She, where she helps women advocate for their careers through the power of storytelling. On this week’s episode Valerie talks to us about how our inner narrator impacts our lives, which can create or takeaway opportunities we want or deserve.

Ep. 64: Helping Women with the Hardship of Cancer Costs

Have you heard of someone who goes through a life-changing experience and looks to change the world…but not for themselves for others? Roberta Lombardi is that wonder woman and on this episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast she shares how to help those underserved and uninsured with the costly process of cancer treatment

Cancer Conversations and Finding Happiness and Hope

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31, I was clueless where to begin. Should I go with the physician I felt most comfortable? Should I get a zillion opinions? What questions should I ask doctors? Should I tell everyone? Do I want them to help? I didn’t know, which cancer resource to read. In fact, I had never had any cancer conversations. AND on top of all that, I was a newlywed and wanted to be happy. There’s no one secret recipe on how to be happy in life during the ups and downs, however I’ve found some ways that have helped me find joy during my cancer journey.

Ep. 63 Navigating Grief and Finding Light After a Tragic Accident

Wise beyond her years, today’s guest talks grief and life lessons learned from her mother on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast. Dontaira Terrell, managing editor for 21Ninety, has a talent for seeking out, reporting and showcasing lifestyle content. One of her first big breaks was a feature about her mother in Ebony. On this episode she shares that heartwarming and heart-wrenching story about a tragic car accident that showcases love between a family and lessons learned through hardship.

Ep. 62: Abstract Artist Discovers Family Secret

Have you ever considered looking into your ancestry wondering if you would stumble upon something interesting? This episode is about discovering a family secret, one that pushes you to re-examine your existence and experiences. I’m honored that this week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, Jane Fine, bravely shares hers and to a degree mine, because we’re related.