Girls With Guts

Girls With Guts

Follow the gutsy gals each week as they invite a featured guest do a deep dive into a challenging chronic illness topic. Each episode will provide insider tips and inspire you with personal stories of healing and perseverance, encouraging you to stay strong no matter your daily challenges.


July 5, 2022 72 min

On this week’s episode, Alanna and Nicole are joined by Lauren Nichols, whom Alanna found on Instagram via hashtags, in the middle of COVID lockdowns. Lauren suffers from and is an advocate for Long COVID – in fact, she is one of the first persons known to be suffering from this disorder.

In this episode, she explains her optimal health prior to having COVID (she was healthy other than having insomnia). She shares with us how she w...

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On this week’s episode, Nicole and Alanna are joined by Leslie Jacobs Toole, a local Cincinnati momma with a story to tell.

She had actually followed Alanna for a while on social media and once she learned of GWGP, she reached out to share her  BRCA Gene story with the gals. Being a topic both Alanna and Nicole were not very familiar with, it was a no-brainer to have her on the show.

In this episode, Leslie shares with us about her...

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Our first-ever guest on the podcast is back and better than ever! If you haven’t listened to the first episode with Krista Deveau, now is a great time to do just that (note: it’s not necessary to listen to the first one to understand this episode, it will just give you more of an overview on Krista’s health story/background). In her second round with the Alanna and Nicole, Krista shares with us what it is like being pregnant with h...

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Whew. Be ready to laugh, to cry, to feel all the feels in this week’s episode! Alanna and Nicole are joined by Alyssa Sabo, Nicole’s friend, who is a comedian/actress/writer based in LA. What many people don’t know about Alyssa is that she received a life-saving liver transplant in 2011 because of Wilson’s Disease.

Alyssa shares with us her wild story of the emergent diagnosis, how she was in a coma for weeks and her healing follow...

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This is probably the wildest episode yet. Truly. We get pretty raw about all things poop-related. It's even hard to type.....such a taboo subject!

Alanna and Nicole are joined by Megan Marsiglio -- a mom, wife, entrepreneur, gut health advocate, and along with Nicole, a fellow Crohn-y. 

This episode gets real down and dirty! For years, Megan felt extremely isolated and humiliated about having a digestive issue - feeling like sh...

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This week’s episode is amazing! Nicole and Alanna are joined by Lindsay Mitchell, the creator of Vital Side which is (as Lindsay puts it) an innovative approach to intentional brain re-training.  After successfully healing herself from crippling chronic symptoms from Lyme disease, Lindsay invested all of her energy into creating this four-step method in order to help others who are suffering to find relief and achieve long-term res...

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On this week’s episode Nicole and Alanna are joined by Amy Suto, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis during the pandemic. This conversation is extremely interesting, as Amy is in her 20s and most people with RA are diagnosed between the ages of 30 to 50. Like the common experience of many women with chronic illnesses, her college clinic doctors didn't take her early RA symptoms and pain seriously -- which caused her sym...

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In this episode, the Gutsy Gals are joined by Vanessa Bighinatti, a holistic health and wellness coach who takes pride in helping others heal their bodies naturally through nutrition and mindset. 

Vanessa was only in her twenties when she received her Lyme diagnosis, and she revealed to us the debilitating symptoms she lived with for YEARS (and how she was even bound to a cane at one point!) Then, one day she decided enough was eno...

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Our next guest, Moyna John, is a writer and popular content creator living with Multiple Sclerosis.  

In this week's episode, Moyna shares with us her journey since being diagnosed – which happened relatively recently – and how it has impacted life with her then-fiancé/now husband (hint: not much has changed!) After receiving her diagnosis, Moyna sought out an MS community to learn and heal with; however, she was unable to find...

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A brush with death can completely change your entire way of thinking! On this week’s episode, Nicole and Alanna are joined by Chloe Temtchine, an award-winning singer, songwriter and speaker who is one of the most inspiring and positive people that has ever graced the waves of this podcast. Seemingly out of nowhere, Chloe was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension/PVOD - and was given little time to live. However, with oxygen tank i...

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April 5, 2022 62 min
Welcome back to season two, everyone! We hope you are happy, healthy and as excited as we are to launch this next chapter of our podcast! To kick off season two, Nicole and Alanna are joined by Andrea Lausell – a Los Angeles-based actress, influencer and social activist who was born with Spina Bifida. In this episode, Andrea discusses the role Agent Orange played in her disability and how she has used her platform on social media t...

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This week on the podcast, Alanna and Nicole are joined by Alanna’s friend and certified badass Stevi Gable Carr, who is Founder & CEO of WISe Wellness Guild, a platform that works to advance women through whole-self wellness. This woman is the definition of a queen that fixes other people's crowns.

What many people don't know about Stevi is that she is a cervical cancer survivor and thriver. In this episode, Stevi discu...

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This week on the podcast, Alanna and Nicole are joined by Endometriosis Warrior Sam Abel, who is taking initiative and sharing her journey with this debilitating disease on Instagram and TikTok. Sam tells us about her symptoms – which severely impacted her life, notably during her menstrual cycle – and how she had to deal with these symptoms for SIX YEARS before one doctor finally took her seriously. She talks about her various sur...

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September 14, 2021 55 min

This week on the podcast, we have an EXCLUSIVE! Nicole and Alanna are joined by Alanna’s friend Brittany Baldi – a Boston-area native, social media influencer, podcast host & former reality TV star who lives a nomad lifestyle with her professional baseball player boyfriend.

Alanna was recently interviewed for Britt’s podcast, The BosBabes, and while on the show, Britt shared something she has never shared to the public: that sh...

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This week on the podcast, Nicole and Alanna are joined by Alanna’s friend Cody O’Connor who is having a rest day at the time of recording – while embarking on a journey WALKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY to raise money for cancer research. (Yes, you read that correctly!)

In this conversation, Cody shares with us his story of being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at age 14. He tells us how he was told he woul...

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In this episode, Nicole and Alanna are joined by Lauren Berberich, a mental health professional in Alaska, about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). We discuss how this form of therapy can help people with issues as "small" as getting over feelings of low self-esteem, to healing "massive" issues such as PTSD and the severe physical/emotional symptoms that come along with a intensely triggering expe...

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This week on the podcast, the Gutsy Gals chat with Alanna’s Friend/News Reporter/Celiac Warrior Meredith Barack(well, Nicole does most of the talking since Alanna lost her voice!) If you have ever dealt with mysterious bloating after eating, you will ABSOLUTELY want to give this one a listen...

In this episode, Meredith shares with us a piece of her past – reflecting on how her childhood behaviors revealed major clues to her eventu...

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This week, the Gutsy Gals chat with Alanna’s friend Conor Daly, an Indianapolis-based professional INDYCAR driver who lives life full-throttle - despite living with Type 1 Diabetes. We chat about his diagnosis, how he manages a high-intensity sport with his condition, his discipline with diet and exercise, how he doesn’t let his condition get in the way of living a normal life, and so much more! And Conor is hilarious, so you won’t...

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Originally, when we booked Nicole's friend Tamara for this conversation, we planned on discussing her battle with Stage 4 HER2 Neu Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer  - and the success she's found in beating it with Gerson Therapy. What we ended up discovering was so much more...

Tamara reveals to us that she had kept the cancer a secret from her friends (Nicole included!) and planned to make it to one more big bash before s...

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This one is longer, but TOTALLY WORTH EVERY MINUTE!

If you need some inspiration (and let’s be real, who doesn’t?!), this week's episode is PERFECT for you. Today, we chat with Nicole’s pal Danny Gomez, a Los Angeles-based actor, model and disability advocate – who is paralyzed from the waist down. We chat about his life before the accident, the actual accident (wow this story is WILD), and his life after. Danny also reveals ho...

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