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.

Ep. 61: The Superpower of Gratitude, Giving and Mindful Living

Whatever life throws at her, today’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, embraces love, light and lots of avocados. I’m honored to introduce you to Nikki Gallias, a mom, wife, former school teacher and inspirational entrepreneur. She’s a bright spirit who was raised across the world with a challenging childhood. Yet even at a young age Nikki understood the importance of gratitude. High times or low times, she’s been able to find joy and appreciation in life that has kept her going personally and professionally. Her story is at times heavy, yet radiates gratitude, which is her superpower.

Ep. 60 – Ballerina Learns to Dance Again with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had to teach yourself to walk again…or even a lifelong skill that you loved? This week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, has done both while navigating chronic illness. Renee Nicholson is a dancer, author and teacher whose life has changed from rheumatoid arthritis. It took getting knee-replacement surgery in her thirties for her to own her unique experience. The humility of this allowed her to reteach herself ballet in a different way. On this episode Renee shares her experiences with professional dance and living with chronic disease.