In episode five, Danielle Diamond references a story she wrote about living with her mother who had a mental illness and died by suicide. She shares this piece, Behind Closed Doors as a bonus episode of Made Visible.
Danielle believes that her yoga and meditation practice is the sole reason she's overcome her biggest challenges: her mother’s suicide, father’s bankruptcy, and poor body image. Instead of letting her story revolve around trauma and stress, living her yoga has allowed Danielle to rewrite her story to focus on peace, happiness and teaching others to do the same.
Growing up, Carly Alterman loved that she was able to spend a lot of time with her dad, Harvey, who had retired from his dentistry practice due to chronic Lyme disease. Starting in third grade, Carly, along with her mother and brother, acted as a primary caregiver for her dad, whose disease was progressing. Even while Carly was taking on adult responsibilities, she didn’t fully realize how different her life was from her peers until she was older. In this episode, Carly talks about the strong connection she shared with her dad, what it was like to care for him while growing up, and how she handled the sadness of his passing with the support of her friends.
Christina Blacken is a strategist, storyteller, and founder of TheNewQuo.com, a platform, consultancy, and community on a mission to flip the status quo through storytelling. Christina helps people + organizations transform the soul of their ideas into powerful stories that cause change and move people to action.