How to Create Support
An amazing guest of The Curvy Life Podcast shows us how to create support in an uncertain world through a culture of change. We had a one-on-one chat about the complexities of grief.
A Mission to Create Support
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with inspirational author, speaker and TV host, Yvonne Heath about some of the challenges she’s faced and how she learned to deal with them with an open mind and heart.
Yvonne is a nurse since 1988, who has worked in Canada and the US, in every department from the emergency room and obstetrics, to chemotherapy, palliative care and hospice. She witnessed society’s death phobia and how it causes excessive suffering. Ill-prepared herself and presiding over more than 100 deaths, she suffered too.
A Leap of Faith
At age 50, she took a leap of faith and left her career to write a book entitled Love Your Life to Death, become an Inspirational Speaker and TV Host. She delivers her message with heart and humor. Her new purpose? To empower communities and professionals to live life to the fullest, learn to grieve and support others, and have “The Talk” about end of life… long before it arrives.
Yvonne is one of my co-authors from our anthology I Bared my Chest, 21 Unstoppable Women Get NAKED! The book has a special mission to Donate $1 Million to Charity so We can build schools in Africa, Donate books to children in Pakistan, Create Welfare Centers for Men in India, and Design Empowerment Programs for Women across the globe to thrive.
A Special Bond
She is an amazingly positive woman who is always radiating joy and offering a lift when someone needs it. She and I happen to share two unique bonds we just learned about. One is that she shares her birthday with my sweet and beloved Bumblebee, and her wedding anniversary is the same day as my birthday. So, I think that’s pretty cool!
We talked about how to create support in the face of life’s curves.
Here’s what Yvonne had to say:
Why should we talk about grief before it arrives? Because grief shows no mercy. It arrives unannounced and uninvited. It does not care what else you are going through. And it does not care if you’ve had enough. Grief is a part of this journey. It doesn’t matter what the problem. Divorce, diagnosis, job loss, mental health issues, your kid going to jail because guess what? I have been there. And was that challenging? Ah, yes, it broke my heart.
Tyler, who was an avid snowboarder, had a big knee injury. And for a sixteen year old boy, snowboarding was everything. This was the start for him. This slippery slope into drugs, and alcohol. It was like a five year of trying to save my son from himself.
Here’s the thing:
Your heart is so much more resilient than you give it credit for or you are. Your heart can be broken into a million pieces. It will be battered, scarred, and never be the same, But, it can heal if you learn to show up for yourself and allow others to show up for you. And allow love for yourself and allow others to love you. And that heart of yours can heal. It’s incredible. – Yvonne Heath
Tune in to listen to our conversation. And, please share your thoughts!