Trigger Warning: This is episode is emotional and graphic about childhood cancer.
Imagine this: your hearing gets muffled and the room starts to look dark. Your world is turning upside down in that very moment. You are sitting in the ER staring at the awful curtains trying to make sense of what the doctor is telling you.
My guest on today’s episode experienced that gut-wrenching situation.
Stefani is a wife and mom to two young boys living in Washington, D.C. When her son Brody was sixteen months old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and a terrifying series of events followed.
BUT, my friend, TRUST that I would NOT leave you with a story that ends in the middle of tragedy!!
Stefani has shown tremendous strength and tenacity navigating the chaos and unpredictability of having a child with cancer. I appreciate her courage to share the tough and messy things she’s experienced as a mom.
My hope (and Stefani’s too!!) is that your takeaway from this episode is that you see the value in persistence, hope, and grace for yourself and other moms in the middle of difficult seasons.
We talk about
- How her son’s illness changed everything for her and her family
- The rollercoaster of emotions that comes with cancer treatments
- Being a parent of a child with special needs
- How friends and family can best support moms (and dads) who have sick children
- How support, parenting, and community look different for parents with children in need of extended medical treatment
More about the Gotcha Mama Podcast:
The Gotcha Mama Podcast is where we share honest stories of the joys and struggles of mom-life with young kids.
Each week host Amanda Bennett interviews a mom about topics ranging from awkwardly making mom friends, to chasing BIG dreams and finding purpose, to managing crippling anxiety and depression. You’ll hear stories from moms like you with the purpose to inspire, encourage, and entertain you.
We understand that motherhood can be lonely and make you doubt yourself. The Gotcha Mama Podcast exists to let you know that you are not alone as a busy mom of young kiddos, no matter what you’re dealing with.
The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we’ve learned along the way.
We believe it’s a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!
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