The Now What Pod

The Now What Pod

Sharing the whole story behind real people who are putting their lives back together after they have fallen apart

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May 18, 2022 52 min

This week, The Now What Pod meets with Megan Hillukka who is a bereaved mother, with 7 children, one who died at 15 months old. When Megan was 36 weeks pregnant her daughter, Aria, died. Megan was caught between saying goodbye to one child, while welcoming a new child into the world. In this episode, Megan shares her experience with the death of her daughter, and what she has learned about grief. She now uses her experience to coac...

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Nova Reeves joins The Now What Pod to discuss the murder of her mother by “The Green River Killer”. As a child, Nova was frequently left responsible for the care of her younger sisters, while her mother struggled with drug use and undiagnosed mental health issues. Then, one day her mother disappeared and was never seen again. 

 

In this episode, Nova shares the impact that her upbringing, and her mother’s murder has had on her life...

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Returning Guest, Mandy Reilly, joins us at The Now What Pod to talk about her experience in the “Sandwich Generation”. Caught between raising a child, and caring for her ailing mother, Mandy shares a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story about Love, Loss, and Motherhood.
 Topics Discussed: All of the updates. Jen and Tesha talk life updates, and we chat about what's in store this season on The Now What Pod   Multigenerational...
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CW: Infertility, Infant Loss 

In this episode of The Now What Pod, guest Kristin Joseph, tells her story of infant loss. She and her husband struggled for 4 years with infertility. They went through multiple rounds of IVF, miscarriage, and infant loss, before having their rainbow baby. Kristin takes us through the stress, pain, grief associated with infant loss, and the decision to try having another baby. Kristin provides advice f...

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CW: Birth Trauma, Medical Trauma

Kayleigh joins The Now What Pod to talk about her experience with AFE (Amniotic Fluid Embolism), a rare, and often fatal complication affecting pregnant women shortly before, during, immediately after childbirth . She shares her post-partum journey, dealing with trauma as a new mom, and how we can better support new moms.

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Kayleigh’s Birth Story 

Coming Home - Kayleigh takes us thro...

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April 7, 2022 6 min

Today on The Now What Pod we celebrate 1 year of releasing episodes of the show. We also make a fun announcement before sharing some fun and silly outtakes from the show.

 

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Marci Warhaft joins The Now What Pod to share her jaw-dropping journey to self discovery. 

After suffering years of trauma, Marci coped by abusing both food and sex. She was a soccer mom by day, and stripper by night before eventually deciding to get healthy.  Working as a body image and self-esteem expert, Marci constantly worried her past was going to be found out, until she finally learned how to let go of the shame.

 

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March 23, 2022 55 min

Afshin joins The Now What Pod to share her story of living with chronic pain. Afshin began experiencing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as a teenager, but learned to mask her suffering after years of being dismissed by doctors. She talks about the impact pain has had on her relationship, daily life with pain, and her service dog. 

 

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Life Update with Jen and Tesha

Difficulty getting diagnosed 

Masking the pain

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March 16, 2022 72 min

The wonderful, Nadia George, joins The Now What Pod to share about childhood trauma. She shares her story of growing up in a dysfunctional family, with a father who was in and out of jail, and being failed by the child welfare system until she eventually left home at 15 years old. 

 

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Life Update with Jen and Tesha

Introduction to Nadia Thunder Woman George

Childhood Trauma: CPTSD, and developmental trauma

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Lisa Hicks joins us on The Now What Pod to talk about finding happiness and success as a queer, quirky, and neurodivergent adult. In this episode, she walks us through the self-discovery journey that led to her accepting what her ADHD diagnosis actually means, learning to focus on what happiness is to her, and eventually coming out as bisexual.

 

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(0:00) Life update from Jen and Tesha

(6:27) Introducing Lisa Hi...

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Jess Buchanan was held hostage for 93 days in Somalia, before being rescued by Seal Team Six. In this episode of The Now What Podcast, she sits down with Jen and Tesha to talk about her kidnapping and time as a hostage. Jess B explores the ways that she kept hope alive until she was rescued, how she will never again be the person she was before, and what she has learned during her recovery. 

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February 23, 2022 47 min

CW: suicide 

Sneha, of the MindMatters Podcast, talks to us about the sudden death of her older brother when she was only 16 years old. As a teenager, living in a culture where mental health is taboo, Sneha was forced to seek professional help while hiding the truth from her family. She details how this loss shook her entire understanding of death and grief. We learn about Sneha’s recovery and how she is now helping others on thei...

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February 16, 2022 76 min

Amber, a model citizen, went to federal prison for sending an email. This week, she joins Jen and Tesha to share her story. We talk about her arrest, conviction, prison life, and life after incarceration. Amber is on a mission to destigmatize and humanize “felons”. 

 

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(0:00) Intro: Jen and Tesha talk about applying for passports. 

(7:23) The 7- year long investigation

(13:35) Getting arrested and charged

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February 9, 2022 76 min

Jen and Tesha chat with Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui about the tragic loss of her son to suicide/severe depression. The episode includes a lengthy conversation about the importance of community, and learning how to support others through difficult times. Krista shares an uplifting message about learning to allow joy to live alongside grief. 

 

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(0:00) Jen and Tesha talk about what they’ve been up to lately… mostly...

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February 2, 2022 65 min

Jen and Tesha chat with Morgan Flores about her decision to leave the Mormon. She describes what it was like growing up in the Mormon church, and the ways in which the church placed demands on every aspect of her life. Morgan not only describes her decision to leave the church, but also explains the freedom that she has felt since leaving. 

 

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(0:00) Life Updates: Jen and Tesha talk about what they’re reading th...

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Jen and Tesha sit down with Michelle and Rachelle from Being Here Human to talk about Grief. What is grief really? How does it manifest? How do we support those who are grieving? And what could we be doing better as a society?

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Introductions: Jen and Tesha talk about what they’ve been binge watching on TV.

 

What is Grief? Grief is not only a response to death, but any personal loss. It is involuntary and i...

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January 19, 2022 3 min

We're back!

 

Here's a teaser for what you can expect from Jen & Tesha in Season 2.

 

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November 24, 2021 38 min

Jen and Tesha reminisce about Season 1. From where this podcast began to where it is now, 35 episodes later. We talk about what we’ve learned along the way, how we’ve felt, what we hope our guests are taking away from these stories, and what we are going to do with our time off. 

 

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November 17, 2021 71 min

CW: graphic violence, domestic abuse

In our most graphic story to date, Chelsey opens up about the night that she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, and survived an attempted murder. The tables quickly turned when she found herself in jail up against second-degree murder charges for his death. One year after the incident, Chelsey opens up about the fateful night that she defended herself, her fight with the justice system, and her ...

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Nikieta joins us to talk about growing up with a Narcissistic mother. Nikieta tells us about her childhood and what it was like growing up with one narcissistic parent and one loving parent. By the time that she was in middle school, she had started figuring out that her mother wasn’t like other moms. As an adult, she suffered from both anxiety and depression. She began examining her childhood and has begun to heal, while also help...

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