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Real Connections

Summary: A podcast for women who want to be uplifted and to create real connections. Come listen and be inspired by women who have used adversity to change their lives and how they connect with others.

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 Finding Out You Have a Brain Tumor, Part 2 [Episode 45] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:07

Sarah talks about her miraculous recovery from having her brain tumor removed as well as the difficulties she wasn't prepared for. She shares the purpose she found in writing down her experiences and the healing that came as a result. Sarah shares how she has changed through this experience, how her faith played a role in her healing and the biggest lessons she has learned through it all.

 Finding Out You Have a Brain Tumor, Part 1 [Episode 44] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:26

Sarah talks about the events that led up to her completely losing her hearing in her right ear when she was only 17 years old. She talks about the stress of that situation but that she learned to live with it and to adapt. Sarah shares the things that led up to her discovering that her hearing loss was caused by something much more serious than she ever imagined - a brain tumor. Come listen and be inspired as Sarah talks about her relationship with God and her faith and perspective that changed everything for her. it's a story full of miracles and the power of faith.

 When a Spouse Decides to Leave Their Faith , Part 2 [Episode 43] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:29

Today Becca shares the specific resources that have been most helpful to her in navigating her husband leaving his faith. She talks about how she has talked to her children about this experience, and the advice she has for those who find themselves in a similar circumstance.  Becca also surprised me something her husband wrote regarding his perspective which is both beautiful and helpful. Lessons Becca has learned: 1) FAITH and trust in Heavenly Father. "Come cast your burdens on the Lord and TRUST in His constant care." Hymn 1252) HOPE- "There may be times when we must make a courageous decision to hope, even when everything around us contradicts this hope". -Elder Uchtdorf3) CHARITY- "Charity Never fails" Someone reminded me that my husband has a Savior and I'm not it.  My job is just to love him. You can connect with Becca @becminerbuff or on Facebook - Rebecca Buffington Resources Becca mentions that she has found helpful: “The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work” by John Gottman “When He Stopped Believing” - July 2012 Ensign Facebook Group - “Believing LDS Members with Doubting Spouses” “In Praise of Those Who Save” - Elder Dieter F.  Uchtdorf “Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him” - Elder S. Mark Palmer “The Infinite Power of Hope” - Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 When a Spouse Decides to Leave Their Faith, Part 1 [Episode 42] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:52

Becca talks about growing up in a very religious family and how important it was to her to marry someone of her same faith. A few years into her marriage, her husband confided in her that he no longer believed the faith that he had grown up with. She shares how difficult that was for both her and her husband. Becca talks about how they handled it and the lessons she has learned along the way.

 Having a Spouse Who is Chronically ill, Part 2 [Episode 41] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:28

Angie shares the prognosis of her husband's chronic illness and how her faith has helped her through it all.

 Having a Spouse Who is Chronically ill, Part 1 [Episode 40] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:53

Angie talks about what is was like having her spouse be diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease when he was just 30 years old. She talks about what it was like getting the news, and how she was able to cope as a wife as well as a mother of 3 young children. Angie shares her story about what life looks like now for their family and how they deal optimistically with their new normal, and embrace the life they have.

 Surviving Domestic Abuse [Episode 39] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:13

Sarah (not her real name) talks about her relationship with who she thought was the man of her dreams. She shares how they were married and the first day of their honeymoon she realized marrying him was a mistake. Sarah talks about living with an abuser and what ultimately led to her leaving him for good. She shares the warning signs she wishes she would have seen and the amazing life she has now.

 Adopting Three Babies From a Birth Mom Abusing Drugs, Part 2 [Episode 38] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:08

Katy talks about the third adoption she had from the same birth mom, and the miracles that came with that experience. She talks about the empathy she gained for the birth mom of her 3 babies, as well as advice she has for those who are thinking about adopting.

 Adopting Three Babies From a Birth Mom Abusing Drugs, [Episode 37] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:08

Katy shares her struggle with secondary infertility and her heartbreaking miscarriage. She also talks about what got her thinking about adoption and how she and her husband decided it was the best option for them. Katy shares the stories of her first two adoptions (which are drastically different) and they lessons she learned along the way.

 Feeling Abandoned by a Parent, [Episode 36] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:55

Amanda talks about how her biological mother became pregnant with her when she was only 16 years old. After a few months, her mom realized she couldn't take care of her and left Amanda with her maternal grandmother to raise her. Her biological father also left right after she was born. She talks about meeting her mom only a few times in her life and the feelings of abandonment that crept into her life as a result. Amanda shares how she continued to face more and more adversity, and every time she did, her abandonment issues grew. They really ended up taking a toll on her relationships and her marriage. Come listen as she talks about the hope she has found as she had to move through each of her difficulties and the significant role her faith has played in her healing.

 Growing Up LDS and Coming Out as Gay, Part 2 [Episode 35] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:06

Today's episode is an encore and is part 2 of Jami and Keri’s story of growing up as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and coming out as gay. Jamie and Keri talk about their differences in coming out as gay in an LDS culture. They also discuss advice they would give someone struggling with wanting to come out as gay. Jami and Keri talk about some different things they have personally experienced and how their families reconcile them being gay while also being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also, at the end of this podcast, I've included bonus content from the interview and post interview with Jami, Keri, and Jami's mom Kathie. To listen click the link below. iTunes Website I'd love to connect with you!!! You can shoot me an email at or find me on instagram @realconnectionspodcast

 Growing Up LDS and Coming Out as Gay, Part 1 [Episode 34] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:55

This week we are going to revisit one of the first episodes I have ever done. Jami and Keri are some incredible women who share their story of going up LDS and coming out as gay. They share their differences and the difficulties that each of them faced. They also share how they continue to make their relationships with their families work, despite leaving their LDS faith while their families remain faithful members.

 Coping with Betrayal Trauma From a Spouse Being Addicted to Pornography , Part 2 [Episode 33] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:06

Katy talks about the difficulties of choosing to stay married instead of going through with her divorce. She shares what made her want to fight for her marriage. Katy talks about how each of her children have handled the situation differently and what their processes have each looked like. I'm so excited for you to hear about Katy's "Project Lemonade" where she is trying to involve women who have experienced betrayal trauma to give purpose to their pain by helping other women with their betrayal trauma. It's truly inspiring!

 Coping with Betrayal Trauma From a Spouse Being Addicted to Pornography , Part 1 [Episode 32] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:02

Katy talks about how her husband disclosed when they were engaged that he had been addicted to pornography prior to him meeting her, but that he was sober. She talks about how they decided to get married and things went smoothly for a while. Katy shares how a few years into their marriage, major stressors started to unfold and that Mark's addiction resurfaced in a really devastating and unexpected way.

 Hiding an Opioid Addiction, Part 2 [Episode 31] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:53

Lizzy talks about what she wishes every addict and family member of an addict knew about addiction. She also shares what she does now in order to keep in recovery. Lizzy talks about what addicts are like and what they aren't like and also what it was like for her going to jail. Come listen as she discusses the moment she felt the Spirit again for the first time since she started recovery. It's an uplifting episode with the message that anyone can change.


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