HerStory: Who are you when no one is looking by Alicia Cañas

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xnyhn-ef7d7a

Alicia Cañas of the Raw Tea narrates her poetry about self-awareness, acceptance and our relationship to the world around us. 

Alicia Cañas is a Mexican American creative writer with a B.A in Health Sciences from Indiana State University. She highlights complex aspects on the deep topics of self-healing, personal growth, & mindfulness. She does so in a manner that is relatable, & can be easily translated, and received so women can feel confident to take the steps to apply the methods to their lives. Alicia is the founder of The Raw Tea a platform which is currently ran off her IG page @aliciafcanas. With the intent for women to share this space to build a positive relationship with self & the community amongst one another. Through information, shared experience, and motivation The Raw Tea redefines the conversations women have surrounding the phrase “What’s the tea?” Or “I got the tea” into “Together Evolving & Ascending” to reflect the goal of a supportive, positive, and productive dialogue amongst women to ultimately facilitate growth & healing together.

You can find out more about Alicia by visiting our website or heading over to her IG @aliciafcanas

 

HerStory: A Black Woman’s Work is Never Done by Nadine Plummer

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In the word’s of our featured author, Nadine Plummer:

This #poeticpiece was inspired by the struggles, survival and stories I have heard, read and still see today, of Black women who had immigrated to the UK and/or born in the UK only to be treated as the Other; yet still forced to assimilate and work in harsh conditions to elevate white ivory systems, institutions and beliefs.

This is one of the longest pieces I have written and the first piece I ever put into audio.

It is powerful, relatable and honest. It speaks of a truth that has been plaguing us as a generational cursed but we will and are slowly prevailing. Our strength, honour and dignity will dismantle this unforgiving perception of what we are “good for”.

Vist her website at: https://npnarratives.wordpress.com/

Chronic Illness & Motherhood

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Adrienne’s back!  She and Nicole discuss living with chronic illness and how it affects their relationship with their children.  What they need from their support system and how anyone can be an ally to someone with chronic illness.

 

Definitions

Chronic Illness is broadly characterized as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

Rheumatoid arthritis

A chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints. In severe cases, it attacks internal organs.Rheumatoid arthritis affects joint linings, causing painful swelling. Over long periods of time, the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.While there’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapy and medication can help slow the disease’s progression. Most cases can be managed with a class of medications called anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS)

Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve.While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.

The condition that they thought Nicole’s migraines might be was called: Intracranial hypertension means that the pressure of the fluid that surrounds the brain (cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) is too high. Elevated CSF pressure can cause two problems, severe headache and visual loss. If the elevated CSF pressure remains untreated, permanent visual loss or blindness may result.

Resources

Parenting With Chronic Illness

Transcript Chronic Illness and Motherhood

Supporting someone with Chronic Illness

Episode 4: COVID and Education

This week Adrienne and I interview two educators and gain their prospective on the state of education.

Resources for families:

California Department of Education: Get the latest updates on school mandates, internet access and meal programs for children

Comcast Hotspots: Use of Comcast Hotspots

Detailed plans on California school reopenings

References:

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: America’s Moms Are Running on Empty. We Need to Do More to Support Them.

Ep. 2 Now Streaming

Thank you to our guest Oscar and Mr. Rivers who shared their insight into what men are really thinking about the advice we subject ourselves to.

Wanna read our reference books? Purchase them on Amazon! (affiliate links)

The Rules

Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man

He’s Just Not That Into You

Music: “All That” by bensound.com

The Woes of Midlife Dating Single Mommy Fabulous: The Podcast

Adrienne and Nicole discuss the woes of dating when you're middle-aged and settled.  The ladies discuss how dating is going for them and what it would be like in a perfect world.  

**Episode 1-Now Streaming**

Local Resource Directory

Dial or text 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211.org

Mental Health Resources

Global Healthy Living Foundation: Serving people with Chronic Illness

Mental Health America

Crisis Counselor

California Covid-19 Resources

Research Links

NIH Children’s Study

COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry American Pediatrics Associaton

Considerations for Schools Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Exciting Changes!

July is upon us and Single. Mommy. Fabulous is days away from launching it’s Podcast. In addition, we are happy to welcome, Adrienne to the Single. Mommy. Fabulous team. Adrienne will be sharing hosting duties with Nicole, our resident blog editor.

We thought long and hard about what our first episode would be and landed on, “Parenting in the Age of Covid”. We’d love to hear more about your challenges, triumphs and complaints. So drop us a note, you may be featured in our first podcast!

Check our Podcast Page for more deets!

The World Burns, We Are Past Crisis

When I read that a police station was on fire in Minneapolis, I was a bag of mixed emotions. Nothing justifies the actions of the police officers who murdered George Floyd. Riots don’t have a great history of making successful change, but everyone there is human.

There is a human element to all of it that we are all missing. The world has been burning with a global pandemic, economic stress, and the death of a man who should have been presumed innocent and is now dead. Yet, with the convergence of it all, we still forget our humanity. We’ve allowed politics to dictate our feelings about groups of people. We’ve allowed our leaders to make enemies of our fellow Americans. We’ve allowed racial injustice run rampant. How much can we take before we break?

I do not condone burning down the house to spite yourself or those who have wronged you. I do, however, understand that people feel they have nowhere to do with their frustration. No one is listening while white women call the police for banal things that would result in a ticket in normal circumstances. While police murder suspects of color instead of arresting them. While a white man can murder a room full of black parishioners and get arrested peacefully. White men can enter a statehouse with automatic weapons and not raise an eyebrow from law enforcement. (Although, that may have ended poorly if they had done anything.)

It’s time to reset. Stop selfishly living. Stop believing none of it applies to you. Stop believing your freedoms are more important than others. In general, stop, think, and take appropriate actions to right the world.