Michelle Choi

Episode 21- Energy Vampires with Lisa Campion

Energy vampires are people who drain your emotional energy, and if you really have one in your life, it may feel as if they are feeding off of your life force. They are everywhere. They can be your partner, your friend, your workmate, your client, or your patient. And sometimes these behaviors can be very toxic, as well as emotional and dramatic. Lisa Campion and I talk about energy vampires! If you have someone in your life that constantly hurts you and drains you- you may have one in your life.

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The Diamond Inside of Us

As a primary care doc, sometimes I would tell this story to plant a seed of hope in my patients- that perhaps their lives can go differently, if they choose.

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Episode 20: As a Black Woman with Sola Adelowo

Sometimes in life, we really can’t imagine what it’s like to be someone, unless we are in their shoes. Explicit and implicit bias exists. Racism exists, and with that, oppression. Sola Adelowo and I talk about her experiences as a black woman- in the U.S., Switzerland, and in South Africa. In a conversation that began after she had revealed to me that she was called the “N-word” by a white man, Sola talks about her own life. How can we honor all of humanity if we don’t recognize that not all are treated equally?

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Episode 19- Child Sexual Abuse with Marybeth Beers

This is a topic that every parent should know about.⁠ If you are a survivor- how have you been managing your memories?⁠ Understandably – it is a very difficult topic. But it is so unfortunately common- when 1/3 girls and at least 1/5 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. And as many as 93% of victims under the age of 18 know the abuser. I speak with Marybeth Beers who, over 40 years ago, was sexually abused by her swim coach. She is here today, to talk about the impact that the experience made on her growing up and her adult life. Child sexual abuse is a significant but preventable public health problem. Although we may not be able to change the perpetrator, we can empower ourselves with knowledge and awareness- to prevent this from happening to our children, and their children.⁠

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Maybe the Answer is Simpler Than We Think

Sometimes we look for the answers elsewhere, when the answer may be right there- in front of us.

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The Magnolia is One Badass Flower!

And what meaning it has!⁠

The flower represents femininity, gentleness, dignity, and perseverance. While they are soft and subtle in color, they are strong in their appearance, blooming boldly.⁠

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When Enough Could Be Enough

Endings are painful. But maybe enough is enough.

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Episode 18: Second Victim Syndrome- A Doctor’s Hidden Struggle, with Dr. Berry Armstrong

The Second Victim Syndrome can occur when a health care professional makes a medical error and become traumatized by the event – manifesting psychological (such as shame, guilt, anxiety, grief, and depression), cognitive (such as burnout, secondary traumatic stress), and physical reactions that have a personal negative impact. And second victim syndrome may not necessarily be from a medical mistake, it can also be caused by a bad outcome for a patient. Dr. Berry Armstrong, MD, and I talk about second victim syndrome, the secret struggle of the medical professional as it is relatable to other fields, and how we can consider shining a light on our pain.

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Episode 17: The Cautionary Tale of Ghosts with Jennifer Lyn

What if there’s an afterlife, and life is not just as we believe it to be? What if, at our death, going to the light as a spirit, is a choice? As Jennifer Lyn discusses in this interview, there are earthbound spirits who were once human. Some remain angry. Some want to be left alone or remain in the shadows. Some stay behind because they feel their life was unfinished, or perhaps they are still searching for something and are scared. As we think about the choices that we can make in our lives, perhaps healing is critical, lest we hold onto those emotions in our hearts and soul forever. You can find Jennifer Lyn at jenniferlynmedium.com.

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“Bird Landing on My Head”

Maybe there are little miracles around us daily – if we choose to see.

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