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The Lived Experience of Racism & Advocacy From an Incidental Activist: Tinu Abayomi-Paul
Monica Michelle is joined by disability activist and founder of Everywhere Accessible, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, creator of the popular hashtag #EverywhereAccessible. She is a survivor of Cancer and Chronic Pain, and she is a black woman.
*This episode was recorded back in 2020 but is still very topical today.
In this episode, Monica and Tinu discuss:
- Affirmative Action: The Guidelines address what appears to be a conflict between the statutory prohibition against considering race, sex, and national origin in making employment decisions, and the need, often through affirmative action, to eliminate discrimination and to correct the effects of prior discrimination.
- First Nation Missing Girls & Laws / Father of Gynecology
- Be clear, ask with an idea in mind
- How to use and share your privilege to leverage help
- How do we give people the rod
- Company Activism
- Color Blindness
- How to amplify inclusion riders
- What we can do to push the Black Voice forward: Create a day on the 13th to support Black artists, makers, and storytellers. On the 13th, companies should take the time to listen to their workers about what is needed within their companies.
- Use Your Local Library
- Getting Medical & Mental Help while Black
- How Tech Workers can help
- A Day for Black money to Black artists
- Disability Access and Political Activism
The full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com Thank you and enjoy!
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Author of “Pain: The Ultimate Mentor,” Physiotherapist Kevin Hunt31:29Monica Michelle is joined by author & physiotherapist Kevin Hunt.Kevin lives with chronic pain.In this episode, Monica and Kevin discuss: Kevin’s philosophy of pain management as a physiotherapist who experiences chronic pain. The Hexagon Model, a life-management tool for focusing on what’s important to you.Kevin’s idea behind his new book.Using pain as a guide.TIMESTAMPS00:34 - Kevin’s work as a physiotherapist specializing in the experience of pain 06:44 - The Hexagon Model for managing your life’s needs14:00 - Putting aside the idea of a “quick fix”19:45 - Kevin’s personal experience with pain and how he uses it with patients28:44 - Kevin’s book, “Pain: The Ultimate Mentor”The full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
Author of “Through the Pain: The Silent Suffering & Triumph of a Personal Trainer”: John K. Frazier28:35Monica Michelle is joined by author & personal trainer John K. Frazier.John lives with ankylosing spondylitis.In this episode, Monica and John discuss: John’s work as a physical trainer and authorChronic pain comparisonsPersonal triumphTIMESTAMPS00:50 - John’s business & diagnosis07:19 - Chronic pain olympics09:31 - Talking about & hiding a diagnosis15:09 - Personal triumph18:24 - Staying in the present23:29 - The superman complexThe full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
The Creative Process, Self Worth, and Dating with Disability: Laura Mustard31:08Monica Michelle is joined by musician Laura Mustard.Laura lives with VATER syndrome.In this episode, Monica and Laura discuss: Laura’s inspiration for her upcoming musical EP.How Laura’s illness impacted her recent relationship & self-image.Laura’s creative process, new music, and social media pressure.TIMESTAMPS00:30 - Laura’s new EP / Monica’s recent COVID experience05:32 - Relationships with chronic illness11:20 - Image and self acceptance with disability15:32 - Laura’s creative process and current projects20:05 - Pursuing creativity despite social media attentionThe full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
Author of “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Lupus”: Amanda Chay30:43Monica Michelle is joined by author Amanda Chay.Amanda lives with Sjögren’s and Lupus.In this episode, Monica and Amanda discuss: Amanda’s book & diagnosisOutlooking on work & writingNavigating chronic illness with kids & familyTIMESTAMPS00:26 - Intro + The Girlfriend’s Guide to Lupus02:17 - Amanda’s diagnosis10:09 - Amanda’s outlook on writing17:11 - Navigating chronic illness with kids & family23:29 - Labels and roles26:24 - Flare reads & closing remarksThe full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
Author of “Compass Points the Way”: Alexis Kline23:14Monica Michelle is joined by author Alexis Kline.Alexis lives with Dysautonomia.In this episode, Monica and Alexis discuss: Being a sick teenagerHaving an isolated diagnosisProductivity workflowsTIMESTAMPS00:28 - Alexis’s diagnosis & dog07:18 - Sick teenager road map10:00 - Alexis’s book & workflow16:25 - Having an isolated diagnosis20:50 - Wildlife photography, purchases The full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
Author of “From the Sidelines to the Finish Line”: Emily Falcon36:47Monica Michelle is joined by author Emily Falcon.Emily lives with ALCAPA.In this episode, Monica and Emily discuss: Growing up sickPost-surgery supportHaving a public bodySelf-motivation and adventuringTIMESTAMPS00:28 - Being a sick kid & Emily’s book title07:28 - Mortality10:16 - Portrayal of disability in media12:21 - Post-surgery support19:23 - Having a public body23:43 - Self-motivation29:46 - Emily’s tips for adventuresThe full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
A 26-Year Search for the Right Diagnosis: Micaela Hoo35:19Monica Michelle is joined by writer and entrepreneur Micaela Hoo.Micaela lives with Lyme disease, bartonella, babesia, mold toxicity, parasite overgrowth, candida overgrowth, Hashimoto's disease, and Morgellons disease.In this episode, Monica and Micaela discuss: Micaela's diagnosis storyHealthcare insuranceTIMESTAMPS00:24 - The start of Micaela’s diagnosis journey14:42 - Gastroparesis & Micaela’s research16:52 - Healthcare insurance, wait times, and bad docs21:52 - Micaela’s research pays off25:52 - Medical closure29:33 - Micaela’s businessesThe full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
Patience, Productivity, and the “Push Through Pain” Mindset: Rita White28:46Monica Michelle is joined by physical therapist Rita White.Rita lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Mast Cell Activation syndrome, and POTS.In this episode, Monica and Rita discuss: Rita’s work as a physical therapistToxic productivity mentalityHappiness from self-understanding and patienceTIMESTAMPS00:38 - Rita’s diagnosis and job04:58 - “pushing through the pain”14:10 - handling bad days & Rita’s business19:28 - productivity and patience26:16 - favorite purchases under $100 & closing remarksThe full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com
Navigating Work, Relationships, and Parenting with Epilepsy: Sara Staggs32:09Monica Michelle is joined by author Sara Staggs.Sara lives with epilepsy.In this episode, Monica and Sara discuss: Being a full-time creative with a disabilityPregnancy & parentingDisability disclosureChronic illness in mediaTIMESTAMPS00:30 - Sara’s writing process06:03 - Sara’s diagnosis & college09:44 - Pregnancy & parenting13:37 - Disability disclosure in dating and parenting19:17 - Characters with chronic illness24:36 - Seizure first aid and life with epilepsy27:37 - Favorite purchases under $100The full transcript and all links mentioned can be found on the episode page on invisiblenotbroken.com#epilepsy #epilepsyawareness #author #UncontrollableBook #SaraStaggs