I Need Blue

I Need Blue

I turned around to see a masked man pointing a gun at me. It was just the beginning of a series of events, including robbery and abduction, which changed my life forever. I Need Blue, hosted by Jen Lee, is a podcast series featuring lived-experiences from survivors of life events. I NEED BLUE creates space for survivors of trauma to feel they BELONG, are LOVED, UNDERSTOOD and EMPOWERED! I called 9-1-1 and they provided me with life-saving directions to help my customer who was having a medical emergency. Law enforcement rescued us and caught the robber. Our first-responders face unique traumas every day. I NEED BLUE provides space for them too!

Episodes

February 12, 2024 28 mins

This episode explores the therapeutic power of writing trauma with the author and writing coach TJ from Virginia. Tj's  compelling work, "Dating Silky Maxwell,"  brings to life a chorus of passionate, damaged characters who leave their pasts behind and reinvent themselves until their mistakes no longer define them.

During this episode we delve into the silent strength of writing, especially for those not rea...

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In the company of Josh, we venture beneath the surface, immersing ourselves in the chilling realities of drug experimentation, particularly with Percocet and Fentanyl. Through his firsthand testimony, we are starkly reminded of the ominous abysses that addiction can lead us into, highlighting the desperate need for thorough drug education. Yet, amid the heart-wrenching tales of struggle, a glimmer of optimism emerges—the profound s...

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Vital Germaine is a resilient survivor of childhood trauma, former Cirque du Soleil performer, author, artist, and humanitarian. 
 
 During this episode, we dive into the profound exploration of healing from past scars and disrupting generational cycles. Our discussion highlights the extraordinary impact of empathy in facing guilt and shame, sharing intimate experiences with mental health, and challenging societal stigma.

We...

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From the raw emotion of real-life tales to the heart-thumping intrigue of true crime, each episode of "I Need Blue" is carefully curated to touch the heart and foster a sense of community.

As we embark on this extraordinary journey, I must remind you to take care of yourselves, as some episodes may feature graphic themes, including violence, abuse, and murder.

I am grateful to Char Good for composing an...

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Julie is a remarkable individual who has faced numerous challenges in her life with unwavering strength and resilience. From waking up deaf at the age of five to enduring a series of medical conditions and undergoing 24 surgeries, Julie's journey has been marked by perseverance and faith.

Despite these obstacles, Julie has found solace and empowerment in her relationship with God, leaning into His guidance and findin...

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 Have you ever wondered how childhood experiences shape your life, health, and relationships? 
 
 Join us as we navigate this intriguing exploration with Diana Bishop, a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Wellness Practitioner, and Trauma Therapist who offers a candid look into her life, recovery, and the transformative power of understanding trauma. 
 
 Diana’s healing journey, her expertise in he...

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Imagine the mental toll of being a first responder, nurse, healthcare provider, counselor, and anyone who puts others' needs before themselves.  They are noble professions that often lead to the unbearable weight of compassion fatigue.
 
 We invite you to unravel this complex issue with our esteemed guest, Dr. Michelle Finneran, a renowned psychotherapist, author, and mental health advocate. She's been at the fron...

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Every journey through life's darkest moments can lead to unexpected revelations and personal growth. Embrace the profound wisdom shared by our special guest, John, as he dives deep into overcoming sibling trauma, redefining his relationships, and embracing the healing power of passion. From the critical decisions he made in his adolescence, navigating a midlife crisis, to his life-altering moments that led him on a journey of ...

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Get ready to be captivated as Lois Gibson, the world’s most successful forensic artist, enthralls us with her powerful story of transforming personal trauma into a mission to fight crime. With her unique talent, Lois Gibson is recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Most Successful Forensic Artist."  Her sketches have helped law enforcement identify more than 751 criminals, making mere sketches...

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Meet Mark, an epitome of strength, perseverance, and faith. He's a survivor in the literal sense of having overcome significant health scares and his journey through the rugged landscape of grief and single parenting. Having lost his wife to breast cancer and faced two life-threatening brain tumors, he knows the depth of despair but also the height of triumph. His story is enriched by the strength he derived from his family an...

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My brave friend Sha Sparks joins me to share her unsettling yet empowering journey of surviving over a decade of domestic violence. Sha's story is marked by manipulation, deceit, and a shocking revelation of her partner's double life. She opens up about the fear and trepidation of navigating the volcanic temperament of an abusive partner; a misstep could turn into a trigger, escalating verbal blows into physical violence....

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Meet Darleen, a woman with a moving and inspiring story. Her early years were tinged with the confusion of secrets that didn't quite sit right.  At the tender age of 10, she was entrusted with a dark secret - a secret that forced her to grapple with adult issues way before her time. 

Eventually, she found the courage to break her silence. 

Today, Darleen educates and advocates for seniors on her Seniorlivingg...

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What if a seemingly small decision could change your life forever? In this gripping podcast, Charlie shares his journey from a successful Wall Street professional to a filmmaker, exploring the profound impact of his choices along the way. 

 September 11th, 2001, and the attacks on the World Trade Center is a day Charlie will never forget. He shares the "survivor guilt" many felt and continue to feel today.  He is...

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Prepare to be riveted as the brave Jennifer, a sexual assault survivor, unravels the story of her grim ordeal in far-off Turkey. Working abroad, Jennifer was in a dire situation with a man she initially considered a friend. He deceived and delivered her to a monster who attempted to rape her.   
 
 Her story is not only a testament to her resilience, but it also stands as a beacon of hope for survivors globally. Join us on ...

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Her childhood was stolen from her, leaving her struggling to trust and love. But Julie Jacky found a way to break free from the chains of her past 

How do we confront and heal from the painful experiences of our past? Julie Jackie, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and author of the book 'On the Other Side,' joins us to share her inspirational journey towards healing and forgiveness.

Julie's journey began ...

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Her strength was tested by sexual assault and the murder of her brother, but what happened next was the unexpected twist that left us in awe. You won't believe how Dharasena found healing and forgiveness in the face of unimaginable adversity.
 
 God brought you and me here today for me to release this forgiveness onto you so that we both can heal from this event. ~ Dharasena
 
To reach out to Dharasena, email:...

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Official trailer of I Need Blue 

In the grand tapestry of life, we all have tales to share. Threads woven together by our shared experiences of triumphs, traumas, and everything in between. I Need Blue is your platform to hear these profound narratives unfold, one episode at a time. We journey alongside ordinary individuals as they whether extraordinary circumstances - from the lingering shadows of health scares, to the tr...

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We can change the world if we all take a stand and say, 'This is not okay.' - Dr Marianne Thomas

Are you a survivor of human trafficking seeking hope and healing? If you've been told to forgive and forget simply, but are still struggling with the trauma you've endured, this episode is for you. Join us as we explore the inspiring journey of Dr. Marianne Thomas and learn about the true path to healing aft...

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"Humor gives us a break from the stress. So if we're in this state of stress and we have a chance to laugh, that's a momentary break and that's helpful and healthy and healing." - Ron Culberson

Ron Culberson was always the class clown in school, making people laugh through creative announcements. After graduating college, Ron was curious and began researching the psychology of humor, eventually bec...

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National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD

Ann Marie Conklin, a resilient survivor of childhood sexual abuse and trauma, joins Jen Lee on the podcast to share her powerful journey for the first time. Ann Marie has dedicated her life to helping others, obtaining two master's degrees in psychology and becoming a licensed psychotherapist. Her expertise and experience in helping abuse victims make her a compassionate an...

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