I originally shared my experience with GBS, in February 2018, in episode #58. That podcast took me quite a long time to record and the blog post even longer to write since it was right in the early stages of healing and I was still coming to terms with what happened. Still, I was compelled to write and speak my story as best I could, mainly because that’s one of the ways I cope with things of this severe nature. You can check out that episode and detailed blog post, here.
During the last year, I’ve spoken to a handful of survivors of Guillain Barre Syndrome, and participate regularly in some Facebook groups full of survivors of GBS or CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) who all have varying experiences with this disease and its variants. I’ve kept in contact with some of them regularly, and inparticular with a person I invited to become a guest with me here on this episode, Mary Catherine (MC).
MC is the Founder and CEO of Coffee and Cocktails with MC, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help promote, represent, and support local, family-owned, and small businesses through a variety of media and social opportunities, to help further their exposure. She is also a blogger at MyBlindLife.com, where she documents her new-normal life as a wife, mother, small business advocate and survivor of GBS and a medical incident that left her visually impaired.
MC and I talk about our experiences with Guillain Barre, from how things were before the disease hit, how we both contracted it, our treatment experiences, and the ways we’ve worked through recovery since.
We talk about how much we’ve learned and the attitude and mindset we’ve had to embrace in order to heal from this dreaded disease. The struggles, the wins, and everything in between have helped shaped our individual lives since and also helped to give us a message to share with others. As you’ll hear, and if you’re a listener of this podcast you know already, the power of sharing your story can be an amazing means of inspiring and validating. It’s something I try to embrace, and MC also is a big believer in finding ways to use her experiences to help others.
I hope you’ll enjoy this episode, and take heart in knowing that throughout the recovery from this ordeal, one of the similarities you’ll hear is that during healing, it’s important to surround yourself with a good support system, both in person and online. The power of support is crucial to healing and whomever you can get to help you, virtually or otherwise, will make things so much better…especially during the dark, difficult times that will inevitably come but will also give way, in time, to new possibilities and hope.
Be sure and check out Coffee&CocktailswithMC to learn more about the work MC Derin is doing and the ways she is using her experiences to help others.
-Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP
Guillain Barre Syndrome Survivor.
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Deluded by their magnetic image, our belief that we are special to them and their innumerable empty promises, many women and men become their willing psychological prisoners. They have taken the irresistible bait, the narcissist’s grand delusion.
There comes a time when the true nature of the narcissistic spouse is revealed in all of its ugliness and cruelty and betrayal.
After decades in some cases, the spouse of the narcissist decides to divorce this individual. Be sure that you choose an excellent attorney who is your true advocate. Keep detailed records of your assets: properties, investments, bank accounts, stocks, cash, trusts, etc.
After the divorce there is a psychological healing and recovery. Now you are free to use all of your many creative gifts, to follow your creative pathways. Be proud of yourself for the pursuit and acquisition of your true authentic self.
Dr. Steven Mougeot, CEO and founder of Thrive Pharmacy in Jacksonville, Florida, uses the latest in science and technology to prepare compounded medications that rival and surpass the best that the pharmaceutical industry has to offer. These compounds include products that doctors can prescribe to help alcoholics and opioid addicts to get clean and sober. However, his care for his patients does not end with the delivery of their prescription. Dr. Mougeot has been in recovery from addiction for nearly three decades. He is deeply spiritual and involved with his church and Celebrate Recovery. He is open to discussing recovery and spirituality with his patients to help them find their way on the path to long term recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Steven Mougeot, Pharm.D., PRS, B.A. Psychology, has been immersed in pharmacy for over 20 years, both as a pharmacy technician and as a licensed pharmacist. Born in Berkeley, California and raised in the San Franciso Bay Area, Steven moved to Jacksonville in 1998. He served in the United States Navy as a pharmacy technician for 8 years and left the Navy in 2002 as a Hospital Corpsman, First Class (E-6). Steven graduated from the University of Maryland in 1997 with a B.A. in Psychology, and in 2008, he earned his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He has worked in both retail and clinical sectors since then. He has been married to his best friend for 22 years, and they have a son and a daughter. Steven is active in his church and serves as a boys’ life group leader in the Student Ministry. As a recovering addict, Steven understands the challenges and frustrations of breaking free of addiction. He understands the unexpected and tragedies of life as he buried his mother and sister to suicide. His sobriety date is September 5, 1990.