Relentlessly Resilient

We live in challenging times, and it seems only to be getting tougher. Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are no strangers to overcoming adversity. Michelle lost her husband to metastatic prostate cancer. Jennie's husband, Major Brent Taylor, was killed in the service of our country. Learn how these two women crossed paths and join them as they visit with others enduring challenges and teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward.

Episodes

  • July 27, 2021

    Widow Tabitha Farmer on perseverance after her Green Beret husband was killed in action

    Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer was killed by a suicide bomber in Syria on January 16, 2019, while the Green Beret served during Operation Inherent Resolve. He left behind his wife, Tabitha, and four small children. In this episode of Relentlessly Resilient, Tabitha discusses their love story, how the Special Forces shaped Johnathan’s life, and how she continues to persevere after loss declaring, “If I find a closed door, I'm going to go around the corner; I'm going to find the open door. I'm going to keep moving forward and keep going forward.” 

    Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

    Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at kslpodcasts.com, kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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  • July 20, 2021

    Janel Taylor on grieving and living after miscarriage and postpartum depression

    Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Sharf are joined by a very special guest on this episode of the Relentlesly Resilient podcast. Jennie’s sister-in-law, Janel Taylor, shares her story of love and loss as a mother of three living children, as well as three children who passed before their births. While postpartum depression had occurred with the pregnancies of her surviving children, Janel’s miscarriages amplified those dark feelings as she found herself struggling with societal pressures, undeserved guilt, loss of faith, and increased anger. Over the years she was able to process her grief and learn to live again by focusing on the love of her family, the strengths in her faith, and the ever-uplifting power of serving others. She shares her experience and the lessons of resilience she hopes can help others suffering through similar struggles today.

    Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

    Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at kslpodcasts.com, kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the Resilience conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

     

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  • July 13, 2021

    Cultivate perspective amid the disasters of life with Sonja Nordstrom: Former FBI agent and SAR K9 handler

    Former FBI agent Sonja Nordstrom has faced many challenging situations in her 24-year career, and even more as a search and rescue K9 handler. She and her canine companions have traveled the nation from assisting in body recovery at 9/11 ground zero to extensive field experiences in the collection of forensic evidence. Now in retirement, she works as a dog trainer of all ages, breeds, and temperaments. Amid the many heartbreaking and harrowing experiences, over the years she has developed a unique insight into resiliency in the face of disappointment, and shares today on our podcast, tips to cultivate perspective amid the disasters of life.

    Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

    Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at kslpodcasts.com, kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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  • July 6, 2021

    Coach Babe Kwasniak on winning the mental health battle by connecting with others

    As a state champion basketball coach, West Point Graduate, and Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, you would think Babe Kwaskniak’s success would mean a relatively worry-free existence. In reality, as with many others, he struggles with feelings of depression, mental health issues, and is a suicide attempt survivor. In this episode of the Relentlisly Resilient podcast, Coach Kwaskniak joins our hosts to discuss how opening up about this mental health journey has helped him reach others in the same dark place he was. He emphasizes the lesson of being honest about struggles and reaching out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help. He knows as we connect with others, sufferers can gain the support to fight, and win, the daily battles against the great opponent that is depression. 

    Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

    Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at kslpodcasts.com, kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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  • June 29, 2021

    Faithful Resilience: The story of Jennie and Brent Taylor

      In this candid conversation between hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf, we take a deeper look into Jennie’s story of resilience through faith amid loss. While many know Jennie as the widow of North Ogden Mayor, Major Brent Taylor, today we learn more about Brent and Jennie’s relationship. She discusses how mutual respect and their solid faith impacted every aspect of their lives; from family functioning to serving others. She also talks about the humbling honor of continuing to carry on Brent’s legacy as she moves onward in service and life. 

      Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

      Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at kslpodcasts.com, kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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    • June 22, 2021

      Darcy Van Orden opens up about Alzheimer's impact on a family and losing her father to the disease

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor talk with Darcy Van Orden about her amazing father, Robert Joseph Taylor, how he was such a great influence on Darcy, and how cancer has affected their family.

      Then Darcy opens up about how she began to realize that her father was showing signs of Alzheimer's, how the disease began to affect him throughout the years, and some of her fondest memories of her father since his passing.

      Lastly, she recalls how her father has shaped her following his death and all of the different ways that he made a lasting impression to all of those who knew him.

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    • June 8, 2021

      Nicole Martin talks about how Alzheimer's disease affects the entire family

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Nicole Martin who opens up about all that Alzheimer's has taken away from her throughout her life, learning to cope when her mother began showing signs of Alzheimer's, and the moment she realized that her mother was deteriorating at an alarming rate.

      Then Nicole talks about the pain of loving and caring for someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's, why it's so important to create as many memories as possible while dealing with such a disease, and to take more pictures and videos while you still can.

      Lastly, Nicole dives in to how her resiliency has evolved over the years and why she chooses joy and to never live with regrets.

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    • June 1, 2021

      Raven Albertson talks about the shocking reality of dementia

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Raven Albertson to talk explain the dangers of dementia, some of the hurdles involved with even getting a diagnosis for dementia, and the shocking data behind the deadly disease.

      Then Raven dives into some of the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, how it affects the body, and the different types of caregiving required for someone who is struggling with dementia.

      Lastly, we talk about ways to take care of yourself if you are a caregiver to someone who is suffering from dementia. 

      To learn more about dementia you can go to https://www.alz.org/utah or you can call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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    • May 25, 2021

      Samara Songer opens up about her experience with being sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. Navy

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Samara Songer to talk about finding her passion in the Navy, the changes that she had to make to adjust to the Navy lifestyle, and some of the challenges she faced during her time in the Navy. 

      Samara then opens up about being sexually assaulted while on base in 2005, why she was put on restriction after being assaulted, and how she was able to overcome the challenges of what she experienced to move forward.

      Lastly, Samara talks about how her resiliency has evolved as she's grown older and why it's so important to continue speaking up about the conversation surrounding sexual assault.

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    • May 18, 2021

      Wendall Pelham shares the inspirational story of his son — U.S. Army Specialist John Alexander Pelham

      In part four of our four-part Gold Star series, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Wendall Pelham to talk about his son, U.S. Army Specialist John Alexander Pelham, John's drive and ambition growing up, and his passion for becoming a "Green Beret".

      Wendall then opens up about how John gave up a baseball scholarship to serve his country, the day when John was killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan, and the inspiration behind Live Like John.

       

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    • May 11, 2021

      Linda Ambard shares her ideas of resiliency after the death of her husband — Maj. Philip Ambard

      In part three of our four-part Gold Star family series, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Linda Ambard to talk about meeting her former husband, Maj. Philip Ambard, his background as a Venezuelan immigrant, and his decision to pursue the military after becoming a U.S. citizen.

      Then Linda opens up about some of the rough moments that they two had to overcome throughout the early years of their marriage, how Phil's passion for his country led to his extraordinary generosity, and his decision to volunteer to go to Afghanistan.

      Linda also talks about the day that Phil was assassinated on April 27, 2011, how she was able to move forward after such a devastating and life-altering tragedy, and the various ways that Linda has kept Phil's legacy alive after his passing.

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    • May 4, 2021

      Emily Feeks remembers her former husband Navy SEAL Patrick Feeks after his Black Hawk crashed in Afghanistan

      In part two of our four-part Gold Star Family series, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Emily Feeks to talk about Emily's experience serving in the navy, meeting her husband, Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Patrick Feeks, and seeing the news that a Black Hawk had crashed during a firefight in Afghanistan.

      Then Emily recalls the moment she received the official news that Patrick had been on the helicopter that crashed, picking up all of the pieces after Patrick's passes, and continuing her service until she was discharged due to disability. 

      Lastly, she opens up about her life following her service, meeting her current fiance, and why it's so important for her to give back to her community.

       

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    • April 27, 2021

      Krista Anderson on honoring our fallen service members and remembering Staff Sergeant Michael H. Simpson

      In part one of a four-part series where we honor our fallen servicemen and women, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Krista Anderson (The Unquiet Professional) to talk about her inspiration behind The Unquiet Professional, remembering her former husband Staff Sergeant Michael H. Simpson, and the work her organization does every Memorial Day in honoring our fallen service members.

      Then Krista remembers meeting her husband Michael, raising a family during multiple deployments, and getting the call that her husband had been in a severe accident after being hit by an IED.

      Krista also talks about getting the news that Michael had become brain-dead following his injuries, picking up the pieces of her life following Michael's passing, and how she's making an impact through her organization.

      To learn more about The Unquiet Professional visit their website here: https://www.theunquietprofessional.org/

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    • April 20, 2021

      Julie Burraston explains what resiliency means to her after losing her husband — Gary Burraston

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Julie Burraston to remember her husband, Gary. She talks about meeting Gary, the moment she realized that she was going to marry Gary, and their decision to adopt three beautiful children.

      Then Julie talks about how they had to fight radiation-induced cancer with more radiation after Gary had battling sickness for years, the moment they found out that he was experiencing heart and lung failure, and accepting the challenge of being a widowed mother as she stood next to Gary's grave after he passed away.

       

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    • April 13, 2021

      Michelle opens up about the last days she spent with her husband John

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor interviews our very own Michelle Scharf about her husband John's resilience over the course of the years, his ability to push through pain, and the moment Michelle found out that her husband had cancer.

      Then she recalls the severity of John's diagnosis, why it was so important to create as many memories as possible in 22 months, and John's last days on this earth.

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    • April 6, 2021

      Vickie Walker talks about losing her husband in the Trolley Square mass shooting in 2007

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf is joined by Vickie Walker to talk about losing her husband, Jeff, in the Trolley Square shooting in 2007, learning that her son, A.J. had been injured in the shooting and the chaotic events that followed.

      Then Vickie opens up about her response once she found out that A.J. was going to require potentially life-ending surgery, navigating through the trauma that came with such a horrific event, and her decision to create, Circles of Comfort, an organization that focuses on helping crime victims all throughout Utah.

      Lastly, we talk about the importance of writing in a gratitude journal and positive ways to stay resilient while experiencing grief and life's struggles.

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    • March 30, 2021

      Courtney Checketts remembers her husband, Rocky, after he died in a hiking accident in Moab

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Courtney Checketts to talk about meeting her husband Rocky, getting the news that the child she had been carrying for 20 weeks had passed away, and how such tragic news brought her and Rocky even closer together.

      Then Courtney opens up about the moment she was told that Rocky was killed in a hiking accident down in Moab, the beautiful funeral they had for Rocky, how Courtney took over his business following his passing, and what resilience means to her.

       

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    • March 23, 2021

      Jennifer Funk opens up about the loss of her husband — Major Brad Funk

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Jennifer Funk to remember meeting her husband, Brad, their amazing first date, and getting proposed to Florida while on vacation.

      Then Jennifer talks about living the "airforce dream life", the moment she got the news that Brad had been killed in the line of duty, and how she was able to overcome the initial shock of such tragic news.

      Jennifer also opens up about why she would meet other widows sooner following her loss, how her "Create Hope Foundation" can help widows with so many aspects of their own loss, and what resilience looks like to her. 

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    • March 16, 2021

      Sue Duckworth explains how she was scammed for over $90,000 through online dating apps

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by former Rep. Sue Duckworth (House District 22) on adapting to a new world of dating as a widow, the dangers of online dating, and how she was taken advantage of for over $90,000 in credit card debt.

      Sue also dives into her feelings of doubt to represent her district after being taken advantage of, the moment she contemplated taking her own life, and how she was able to overcome the mental health challenges that came with her situation.

      We also discuss a couple of ways to protect yourself against online scams.

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    • March 9, 2021

      Jeff Smith talks about overcoming the physical and mental struggles of losing his eyesight

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Jeff Smith to talk about the challenges he's experienced after losing his eyesight decades ago, how his memories have been ingrained in his mind, and how he overcame the negative mindset that initially came with losing his eyesight.

      Then we also talk about the source of his optimism, openly talking about our complaints as a form of grieving, and how his faith has helped shape who he is today.

      Jeff then talks about the pain that he experienced after losing a son to the disease of addiction and how he shows resilience every day.

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    • March 4, 2021

      John and Monica open up about losing their daughter, Tabitha, to SMA years after losing Taleah

      We continue our discussion with John and Monica English. In the first episode, we spoke with them about the loss of their daughter, Taleah and in this episode, they open up about being able to help contribute towards Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) research following Taleah's passing, why it helped when their daughter Tabitha was born and ultimately diagnosed with SMA, and how it prepared the family to tackle such an experience head-on.

      John and Monica also recall how SMA policies and protocols changed to help many of others who suffered from experiences as they had for so long with Taleah and what resiliency means to them after losing two of their daughters.

       

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    • March 2, 2021

      John and Monica English remember their daughter — Taleah — after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by John and Monica English to remember their daughter, Taleah.

      They recall the moment that Taleah was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), how they were able to provide the best care for Taleah, and the impact that Taleah's diagnosis had on their family.

      Then John and Monica talk about losing Taleah a couple of days before her 4th birthday, where they got the inspiration for her funeral, and how they learned to be so resilient after Taleah's passing.

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    • February 23, 2021

      Kitty Dunn recalls losing her son, David, to cancer and how her grief has evolved over the years

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Kitty Dunn to remember her son David. She talks about when he became hospitalized with pneumonia but was later confirmed to have a tumor in his kidney and the moment he was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease. 

      Then Kitty talks about how David overcame such a challenge, his decision to join the airforce, and the day David called her to let them know that he had terminal cancer.

      Kitty also talks about losing David 8 months following his diagnosis, the birth of his daughter, how her grief has evolved in the years since David's passing, and what resiliency means to her.

       

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    • February 17, 2021

      Jane Horton remembers and shares her love for her husband — Spc. Chris Horton

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Jane Horton (Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon) to talk about meeting her husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, his love for our country, and his decision to go to Afghanistan to serve his country. 

      Then Jane opens up about the moment she got a knock on the door informing her that her husband had been killed in action on September 9th, 2011, her decision to commit to honoring her husband's life, and the emotions she felt when Chris's body came back to America.

      Lastly, Jane talks about hitting her grief head-on, what resilience means to her, and how her love for Chris has evolved over the past ten years.

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    • February 9, 2021

      Cindy Cloninger recalls the moment her husband, John, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme

      In this week's episode, we're joined by Cindy Cloninger to talk about her husband John, how 9/11 shaped their lives during their relationship, and how they moved to Morgan, UT to continue building the perfect family. 

      She then recalls the moment in 2010 that led to John going to the ER where doctors ultimately diagnosed him with Glioblastoma Multiforme — the most aggressive type of cancer that begins within the brain.

      Cindy also opens up about John's regression after his diagnosis, how they became even closer following the diagnosis, and how her life evolved following his passing.

      Then Cindy talks about what resilience means to her and how it helps shape her family every day. 

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    • February 2, 2021

      Brittany Taylor on how mental health has shaped her relationship with her ex-husband

      In this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Brittany Taylor to open up about her experience with resiliency after meeting her ex-husband Bryan, how she felt like she found her best friend that she didn't know she needed, and how Bryan's mental health began to slip after he began to experience stress while in law school.

      Brittany also remembers Bryan's first suicide attempt, the work they put in to try and get Bryan the help he needed, and what led Brittany to file for divorce from Bryan.

      She also talks about the mysteries that led Bryan down such a path, how she's been able to stay close with Bryan over the years, and how she's evolved after years of soul searching.

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    • January 26, 2021

      Ryan Wilcox shares his story of overcoming a life-altering car accident

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Ryan Wilcox (Utah House Representative - District 7) to talk about the moments that led up to an accident that would change his life forever.

      Ryan describes the injuries he sustained in the car accident, the most challenging parts of his recovery, and the painting that made him realize that he needed to just let go of the things that he couldn't control.

      Lastly, he opens up about how his life has changed since the accident and what he has learned about resiliency throughout his struggles.

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    • January 19, 2021

      Timothy Hawkes remembers his late mother — MaryJane Davidson Hawkes

      Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Timothy Hawkes (Utah House of Representative - District 18) to remember Timothy's late-mother — MaryJane Davidson Hawkes. He opens up about how his younger brother, Ben, struggled with mental illness at an early age, how Ben's substance abuse and mental illness impacted his family, and the moments that led to Ben taking their mother's life after suffering from a schizophrenic episode.

      Timothy also talks about grieving the loss of his mother, how he has commemorated her, and how 'Coco' inspired Timothy's family to keep his mother's spirit alive.

      You can see the lessons that Timothy's mother taught him that he talks about in the episode at: lessonsmymothertaughtme.blogspot.com

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    • January 12, 2021

      Ganel-Lyn Condie talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting suicide rates

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Ganel-Lyn Condie (award-winning journalist and the former editor of Wasatch Woman magazine) to talk about how the pandemic is affecting our mental health and why she suspects a rise in cases of suicide due to the various effects of COVID-19.

      Ganel-Lyn also talks about how losing her sister to suicide after struggling with mental health issues, tips for better understanding the signs of suicide, and how to open the conversation with a loved one or a friend on if they are having thoughts of self-harm.

      Then she discusses the importance of being honest with your emotions with those around you, how to help others who are dealing with grief, why you need to have SOS friends and what it means to be an SOS friend yourself.

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    • January 7, 2021

      How Tiffany and Travis Vendela embody what it means to be resilient

      In part two of this week's episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are continuing their conversation with Tiffany Vendela about her and her husband, Travis's, journey after he suffered a serious injury while deployed in Iraq.

      Tiffany opens up about how some of life's most simple activities became much harder after the accident, Montel Williams giving them a surprise wedding, and the moment Travis was able to join Tiffany on the stage when she graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy.

      She also talks about the pain that Travis started to feel after receiving prosthetics, their struggles with managing pain medications, and what an impact their new smart home had on their lives.

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    • January 5, 2021

      Tiffany Vendela shares her and her husbands journey after he was hit by an IED in Iraq

      In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Tiffany Vendela to talk about how she met her husband, Travis Vendela, how they fell in love, and how deployment to Iraq led to Travis suffering a catastrophic injury that changed their lives forever.

      She explains the events that took place on February 7th, 2007 that cost Travis both of his legs after a humvee he was in was hit by an IED (Improvised explosive device).

      Tiffany then talks about the extent of Travis’s injuries, what his recovery process has looked like over the years, and how Travis’s recovery further solidified their relationship’s bond more than they could ever imagine.

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    • December 22, 2020

      Sarah Galvez opens up about being diagnosed with limbic encephalitis

      In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Sarah Galvez, who is the daughter of recent guests, Tony and Amy Galvez. She talks to us about how suddenly passing out in a bathroom led to her being diagnosed with limbic encephalitis after a series of misdiagnoses.

      Then Sarah talks about the steps she had to take to reduce the swelling in her head, how the swelling led to her having short-term memory loss, and why she is ultimately going to need brain surgery to relieve some of the remaining issues relating to the swelling.

      Sarah also dives into the hardest part about not being able to make her own decisions following her diagnosis, how her kids handled the adjustments their family had to make, and how Sarah’s kids are still impacted by her diagnosis to this day.

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    • December 17, 2020

      Aimee Winder Newton opens up about almost losing her daughter, Aubree, due to a brain tumor

      In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Aimee Winder Newton to talk about her experience when she was told by doctors that her then two-year-old daughter, Aubree, was going to require brain surgery after doctors found a tumor growing in her brain.

      Aimee also opens up about how her family was able to stay positive after surgeons were only able to remove 25% of the tumor and why it was so mentally challenging to stay positive after the tumor began to grow at a rapid rate — ultimately requiring a second surgery.

      She also talks about what the recovery process has looked like for Aubree, the moment her family found out the tumor miraculously disappeared, and how Aimee’s relationship with gratitude has evolved over the years.

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    • December 15, 2020

      Domenic Rossetti opens up about overcoming hardship and the joy of helping others in need

      In this week's episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Domenic Rossetti to talk about joining the army in his early twenties, being deployed to Bosnia, and how the tragedies he witnessed began to take a toll on his mental health.

      Domenic then opens up about moving to Utah to train UFC fighters until his gym closed down that led to a decrease in his mental health, getting help through the Valor house, and facing the demons of his past.

      He also talks about absorbing the words of the bible for the first time, being able to stabilize his life after finding Jesus Christ, and how he's paying it forward to others who are in need.

      Lastly, Domenic talks about the difficulties of transitioning to civilian life and why it is so important to ask for help if you are struggling. 

      If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to Calvary Chapel and ask Domenic and we'll get you the help you need immediately.

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    • December 10, 2020

      Charlotte Ekstrom recalls how a water skiing accident taught her how to be resilient

      In this week’s episode, Michelle and Jennie are joined by Charlotte Ekstrom who recalls how a water skiing accident led to her requiring knee surgery that completely halted her normal life of being a mom to multiple children and a wife to a husband.

      She talks about the struggles she encountered during her recovery period, how she was able to care for their newborn, and the emotional challenges that come with receiving help.

      Then Charlotte talks about some of the defining lessons she learned through her hardships and she also gives a couple of tips on ways to stay resilient.

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    • December 8, 2020

      Maryse shares the heartbreaking story of losing the love of her life due to suicide

      In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by their friend Maryse to talk about meeting her husband, Curtis, and how he completely took her heart the first moment she met him. Maryse also opens up about how the two of them built a beautiful life with an amazing family.

      Then we dive into how their family dynamic began to erode after Curtis’s mental health began to deteriorate to the point where he began to speak openly about suicide and his depression.

      Maryse also talks about the emotions she felt after she filed to have Curtis submitted into the nearby psych ward, being threatened every day by her own husband, and the moment Curtis almost killed their 13-year-old son after a confrontation.

      Lastly, Maryse recalls the moment Curtis took his own life due to the effects of CTE and how she and her family has been able to overcome such a horrific tragedy. 

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    • December 3, 2020

      Ryan Craner on why it's so important to start planning for your financial future now

      In this week’s episode, Jennie and Michelle speak with Ryan Craner, the founder, President, and CEO of Strategic Planning Group, to talk about the importance of financial planning for life’s hardships, the benefits of investing in a Wealth Management Advisor sooner than later, and the questions we should be asking about managing our finances.

      Then Ryan talks about different plans that you need to be aware of to ensure you’re setting yourself up for retirement success, the complexities of managing your 401k and IRA accounts, and why you should consider getting an advisor immediately even if you’re not incredibly wealthy.

      To learn more about Strategic Planning Group, you can visit their website here: https://www.spgutah.com/

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    • November 26, 2020

      Celebrations of life and handling grief during the holidays

      In this week’s episode, Jennie and Michelle open up about feeling grief during the holidays and how it can affect you both mentally and physically.

      Then Michelle talks about why she decided to start planning funerals for her family in order to have enough time to truly honor a loved one and how John’s funeral came to be.

      They also look back on John and Brent’s quirks that made them who they are, why there is so much bitterness that comes with grief, and the impact of Brent's funeral.

      Lastly, Jennie and Michelle talk about how asking for help and support is a fundamental aspect of resiliency.

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    • November 19, 2020

      Dave Thurman opens up about overcoming the loss of his wife due to Cervical cancer

      In this week’s episode, Michelle and Jennie are joined by Dave Thurman to talk about the loss of his wife, Malia, due to Cervical cancer in March of this year. He also talks about how her initial diagnosis was listed as curable but ultimately turned into a terminal diagnosis shortly after.

      Dave also talks about how Malia went through 24 rounds of radiation treatment and 5 chemo treatments and how after all of that work, Malia was finally cancer-free. But then Dave opens up about how cancer came back with a vengeance.

      Then Dave recalls what it was like to go back into cancer treatment with Malia for the second time, the final visit with their oncologist, and how their entire family changed the moment that Malia passed. 

      He also explains what it was like to grieve during the pandemic, the celebration of life he was finally able to have after the restrictions were lifted, and what the past few months have looked like for Dave and his family.

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    • November 6, 2020

      Jen and Aaron open up about the loss of their son — Crew

      In this week’s episode, Jennie and Michelle are joined by Aaron and Jen Gabrielson to talk about their beautiful family and their son, Crew.

      Jen and Aaron recall the painful moment when Crew was found lifeless in the pool, how it has affected their family since the tragic loss, and the sadness they bear to this day after their unfortunate loss.

      Jen and Aaron also talk about how the loss of Crew strained their marriage and the steps they have taken to help ease their pain and heal after such a life-altering tragedy.

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    • November 6, 2020

      Tony and Amy remember their late son — Marine Cpl. Adam Galvez

      In this week’s episode, Michelle and Jennie are joined by Tony and Amy Galvez to talk about their late son, Marine Cpl. Adam Galvez, who lost his life in Iraq in 2006.

      We talk about how Adam was the life of the party, his passion for being a mechanic, and his drive to be a marine on the frontlines. Tony and Amy recall the night where Adam’s regiment was attacked by a suicide bomber and how Adam rushed to help save his comrades.

      Then they open up about Adam’s injuries, his decision to stay in Iraq, and the events that led to Adam losing his life while driving a light armored vehicle (LAV).

      Tony and Amy also remember the moment they learned about the loss of their son, the emotions they battled throughout the years, and how they found a way to help others by creating care packages for hundreds of marines.

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    • November 6, 2020

      Finding resilience after losing a loved one with Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf

      In the first episode of Relentlessly Resilient with Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor, the ladies talk about their late husbands and the beautiful, but sad story that has bonded them together through Major Brent Taylor, who was killed in action. We also dive into the importance of resilience and Jennie and Michelle's pledge to you, the listener of this podcast.

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