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

  • September 22, 2022

    Cohost conversation: Relentlessly Resilient celebrates 100 episodes by exploring Jenna Ahlschlager’s Five Pillars of Resilience

    In this celebratory 100th episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf discuss the lessons they have learned while helping to share the many inspirational stories of others. While we all experience challenges that push us to our limits of endurance, they have found patterns of resilience and gratitude to fortify us on the journey. Today they dig deeper into Jenna Ahlschlager’s Five Pillars of Resilience including self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships, and purpose.  And redefine the purpose of the podcast. 

    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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  • September 14, 2022

    Gold Star wife and attorney Traci Voelke on staying connected after loss through service

    Surviving a spouse is always difficult, even when the spouse has a high-risk military career. For Gold Star wife Traci Voelke, losing her husband and high school sweetheart Major Paul C. Voelke was a heartbreaking reminder of the importance of connecting with those we love. After Paul’s death in his fifth deployment overseas, and facing raising their two sons alone, Traci has chosen to continue serving the military community as a lawyer and as part of the Army’s Survivor Advisory Working Group. Through The 98 Fund’s Alaska Project, she helps provide a safe space for military family survivors to vacation and learn new skills. She joins this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to share how connection and service have helped her deal with grief.  

    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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  • September 8, 2022

    Patti Elliott a Blue Star turned Gold Star mother honors her son by continuing to volunteer in the military community

      Patti Elliott knew from an early age her son was a “kind of adrenaline junky,” but she didn’t know the heartache that would leave her with. At the age of 21 her son, Army Specialist Daniel Lucas Elliott passed away on his second deployment due to a roadside bomb in July 2011. Taking her from a Blue Star to a Gold Star mother. Now, years later, Patti shows resiliency by sharing his story with others and continuing to volunteer and serve in the military community. 

      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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    • August 31, 2022

      ‘Hope is Alive’ even amid the heartache of the drug overdose death of a loved one

        Addiction is not only dangerous for the victim but devastating for the people that love them. For Jeff and Rosemary Masters of Oklahoma addiction took their 28-year-old son Jeremy to an overdose in October 2019. The military couple had always lived a dream-type life, even being nicknamed Ken and Barbie by friends. But when their only son took pills at a party, the addiction spiral took them on a nightmare beyond their capacity. They join this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share Jeremy’s story, and how they have found hope amid the grief through programs like Hope is Alive Ministries and more. You can find resources to help with Mental Health and Substance Abuse at https://www.usa.gov/mental-health-substance-abuse

        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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      • August 24, 2022

        Cohost conversation: Learning to let go in spite of back-to-school stresses

        Back-to-school time can lead to lots of back-to-school stresses, and in this special Cohost Conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, our hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf talk about how they have delt with that stress, as well as other dramas in 2022. We take the time to catch up on new houses, lost romances, and the continuing struggle that is learning to let go of our personal expectations. 

        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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      • August 17, 2022

        How medical cannabis helped restore this cancer survivor's life, and how she helped lead the charge to legalize its use in Utah

        In late 2018 Utah’s governor signed a medical marijuana compromise into law, legalizing medical cannabis in some instances in the state. But for years before the legalization, patients and caregivers lobbied for medical cannabis acceptance, often taking risks into their own hands by illegally obtaining the drug for relief. One such advocate and lobbyist is Christine Stenquist, a brain cancer survivor who lived 16 years post-surgery basically bedridden due to pain and nausea. When she discovered how much responsible marijuana use added to the quality of her life, she went to the state capital to advocate for legalization and founded Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE). Through her and many others’ efforts, the 26-61a. Utah Medical Cannabis Act eventually gets passed. Christine joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share her story. 

        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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      • August 3, 2022

        A lesson on resilience from Army Veteran, Gold Star Widow, and military spouse, Jennifer Ballou

        Jennifer Ballou is many things from a speaker, yoga instructor, Army Veteran, mother of three, and a trained teacher of resilience. After the loss of her husband, Staff Sgt. Edward “Eddie” Loredo, in 2010, she was invited by the Army to take, and then teach, lessons on resilience. She has grown as a person to be someone who helps women associated with the military, live well to lead well. Recently Jennifer helped celebrate her passed husband as Eddie was recognized by The Unquiet Professional in their Memorial Mile event for 2022. She joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to tell her story of resilience and share some of the lessons she has learned with listeners. 

        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 27, 2022

        Nathan Whiting on wrestling with divorce and the disappointments of life and coming out on top

        Nathan Whiting knew a bit about resilience as he wrestled for his high school team, but little did he know that the power to keep getting up would assist him in reaching his dreams. After an early marriage and early divorce, he wasn’t sure if he could reach his goal of becoming a veterinarian. With hard work, determination to learn, and a new supportive wife and family, he was able to reach his dreams in his 40s. Now he joins this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to share what he has learned as he has wrestled with life’s disappointments and come out ahead. 

        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 20, 2022

        Gold Star Widow Melissa Ault Ricci on developing ‘Compassionate Courage’ in the face of fear and loss

        The loss of a loved one is something that hurts forever. And for Gold Star Widow Melissa Ault Ricci, 15 years after losing her husband, Army Specialist Alexander Rosa Jr. to an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2007, she is still building tools of resilience to overcome that pain. As a retired military member herself, she understands the risk they both signed up for, and is now sharing how she has worked to develop a sense of ‘Compassionate Courage’ in the face of fear and loss. Mellisa joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share her story.  

        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 14, 2022

        Master Sergeant Aaron Hudgins on moving forward after the suicide of his military wife

        Army Survivor Advisory Working Group member Aaron Hudgins, a Master Sergeant with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, knew that service in the military would help shape his life but not that it would help him find the love of his life. After a whirlwind romance, he and Staff Sergeant Jari "JJ" Jeanine Hudgins married in 2018. Soon after, JJ suffered a tragic injury that sent her down a spiral of depression and ended in her suicide. While both spouses had been trained in the Army ACE Suicide Intervention Program, JJ knew the signs Aaron would be looking for and hid her intentions from him. Now, years later with the support of their kids, Aaron is sharing their story with others and speaking out about the importance of mental health for members of the military and beyond. 

        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 6, 2022

        Cohost conversation: Becoming patriotic beyond Independence and Pioneer Day

          As Summer starts, Americans start to celebrate their nation with Memorial Day, Independence Day, and for the state of Utah, Pioneer Day. While we enjoy our picnics, parades, and fireworks, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their thoughts on bringing those celebrated patriotic values beyond the events and into the fiber of our daily lives. Together they explore what patriotism is and how we can honor the legacy of our founding fathers and trailblazing pioneer ancestors. 

          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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        • June 29, 2022

          Coming out, the ordeal of conversion therapy and ‘evil spirits’ with Jacob Bosen

            At the age of 16, Jacob Bosen faced the challenge of coming out as a gay man to his friends and family. But that challenge was soon overshadowed by the difficulties of enduring controversial ‘conversion therapy’ as well as a holistic practice not based in science. While his family had the best of intentions in taking him to this therapy, little did they know that the “therapist” had been forced to turn in his Chiropractic license in 1990 due to his “evil-spirit busting” claims. Now years later Jacob has gained insights about resilience, forgiveness, and self-acceptance which he shares with our Relentlessly Resilient hosts today. 

            Please note: This episode discusses conversion therapy. The teaching of the guest's therapeutic practitioner does not reflect current scientific or psychological research, or the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The opinions stated in this podcast are those of the hosts and guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of KSL Podcasts or any connected entities.

            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

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          • June 23, 2022

            Lisa Valentine Clark on “living ‘til the end”  after losing her husband to ALS

              Days before their 25th wedding anniversary, Lisa Valentine Clark lost her husband Christopher to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) after a four-year battle. While both Lisa and Clark had been big figures in the performing circle in their area, they were astonished and humbled by the support they got from the community, friends, family, and even strangers. While Chris slowly lost control of his body, his spirits remained high as he choose to keep ‘Living ‘til the end.” Together, their family leaned on faith, and just as they had heard time and time again in their improv classes, accepted the challenges thrown at them with a “Yes, and…” attitude. Lisa joins this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to share their story. 

              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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            • June 15, 2022

              Gold Star Widow Beth MacDonald Part 2: From stress to post-traumatic growth

                In this second part of a two-part series, Gold Star spouse, author, motivational speaker, and Green Beret Foundation Veteran Service Officer Beth MacDonald continues her story and advice about tackling grief with humor and acceptance. She discusses moving forward in your story along with your grief, and turning that post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth

                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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              • June 9, 2022

                Gold Star Widow Beth MacDonald Part 1:  Accept grief and continue to find the humor in life

                Bethanie MacDonald is a Gold Star spouse, author, motivational speaker, and Green Beret Foundation Veteran Service Officer. After losing her husband MSG Gregory Trent in 2012, she chose to continue living her life with humor and an openness to let people know they are not alone. Now she writes and shares her story of struggles and triumphs as she encourages resilience in others. She joins our Relentlessly Resilient hosts in this first part of a series, to share her insights. 

                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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              • June 1, 2022

                Widow Mindi Holmgren on continuing her chaplain husband’s calling after his tragic drowning

                Corey Holmgren, a Chaplain Captian in the Utah Army National Guard as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist felt called to help individuals, serve his country, and support his family. But tragically at the age of 35, he passed away in a drowning incident while on a family outing. His wife Mindi now continues his calling with The Corey Holmgren Memorial Fund which provides therapy scholarships to those who need it most. Mindi joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share her and Corey’s story, and how she has chosen to keep working and honoring ‘The sacredness found in suffering.”

                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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              • May 18, 2022

                Retired U.S. Army Major Craig Wilhelm on honoring the  sacrifice of the crew of the Windy 25 crash with the Windy 25 Memorial Fund

                  On April 6, 2005, a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in a windstorm in Afghanistan killing all five crew members along with 11 passengers. The call sign of the helicopter is the Windy25 and the commander of this 159th Aviation Regiment, Retired U.S. Army Major Craig Wilhelm, is keeping their memory and legacy alive with the Windy 25 Memorial Fund. Today as the Co-founder and Board President of the non-profit, Craig joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share their story and how the fallen’s family, friends, and fellow soldiers are keeping their legacy alive 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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                • May 11, 2022

                  Cohost conversation:  Facing changes in relationships and connections when you lose ‘your person’

                    There is a massive ripple effect on your life when you are widowed or lose ‘your person’ in one way or another. Often 'your person’ was your connection to friends, family, and acquaintances that somehow get lost as well. In this special cohost conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their insights and struggles regarding that social circle fallout. And invite audience members to take a moment and reach out to those who have lost a loved one and let them know you still care. 

                    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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                  • May 5, 2022

                    Holly Crowley-Rabanne returns to talk about National Police Week and the legacy of her late father, Lt. Jim Crowley

                      Previous guest Holly Crowley-Rabanne is back to discuss her hero father, and how we can celebrate those who put their lives on the line for National Police Week. While Holly’s dad, Lt. James “Jim” Crowley, did not die in the line of duty, he had a monumental 41-year career as an officer serving and protecting his community. He was instrumental in the Utah and National Fraternal Order of Police, helping to lift and protect his fellow officers and to celebrate their lives with the creation of the nation and state memorials. With National Police Week around the corner, and Utah’s memorial celebration happening soon, now is a great time to be inspired by the resilience of our ‘Lions on the blue line.” You can help support our officers by donating directly to the  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund or by adding the Utah FOP as your Amazon Smile rewards partner.

                      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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                    • April 26, 2022

                      Retired Marine Luke Brooks on how growing up military shaped his life for April’s Month of the Military Child

                      April is the Month of the Military Child, and on today’s Relentlessly Resilient podcast our hosts talk to a military child turned Marine, turned father. Luke Brooks grew up in a household where both parents served in the Navy and inspired their children with their examples. Today, Luke shares what that was like, how it inspired him and his brother to serve, and raising his own children while serving. He shares with listeners how this experience taught him respect, resilience, and responsibility. 

                      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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                    • April 20, 2022

                      Listener Ben Kauffman on how this podcast helped him find resilience when his father passed away unexpectedly

                        Loss can often be an unexpected surprise. But even amid the grief and pain of losing a loved one, there can be a surprising oasis of comfort. For listener Ben Kauffmann the unexpected death of his father was tempered by the lessons of resilience he had gleaned while listening to the Relentless Resilient podcast. Today, he joins this episode to discuss how the show is helping him get through his own personal grief journey. While listeners heard a portion of this interview in our KSL Newsradio special, today we dive deeper into Ben’s story. 

                        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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                      • April 12, 2022

                        Maryse Howard returns to discuss how being on the podcast helped others in surprising ways

                          Have you ever wondered what happened to a guest after the show? In this episode of Relentlessly Resilient, returning guest Maryse Howard takes us into her experience of being on the podcast and the surprising ways sharing her story helped herself and others. While listeners heard a portion of this interview in our KSL Newsradio special, today we dive deeper into the experience. Including, the vulnerability needed to share, inspiring others to do likewise, and the progress our dear friend Maryse has made now. 

                          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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                        • April 5, 2022

                          Conference Conversations extended edition: Learning Relentless Resilience

                          In this extended Conference Conversations KSL Newsradio special, the Relentlessly Resilient podcast celebrates one year of inspiring listeners through real-life stories of individuals overcoming adversity with new interviews and insights. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their own powerful story of widowhood that bonded them. Talk to returning guest Maryse Howard, who tells how sharing her story on the podcast has helped herself and others find greater resilience and listener Ben Kauffman who applied advice from the show to get through his own grief journey. Jennie and Michelle end the show exploring what they have learned as they continue to ask, “What does ‘resilience’ mean to you? And how do you find it?” 

                          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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                        • March 29, 2022

                          Holly Crowley-Rabanne on finding hope in the ashes of a house fire

                          How do you find hope in the ashes of a house fire? Holly Crowley-Rabanne joins this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to share how the accidental destruction of her home offered her more than hope, but gratitude for the things she still has. While most of her possessions were destroyed, her 2-year-old daughter miraculously survived, and family, friends, city, and complete strangers rallied around her family and support. Now she pays that love forward as she finds new ways to serve her community. 

                          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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                        • March 22, 2022

                          Marriage & Family Therapist, Amberly Johnson, on accepting the suicide of a sibling through a compassionate mindset

                            Amberly Johnson is the oldest of five children and was particularly close to one of her brothers. They bonded over skateboarding, midnight snacks, and deep-thought conversations. But even so, she hadn’t known he was struggling with depression amid all their talks. He was 25 years old when he decided to complete suicide, leaving a pregnant wife and a heartbroken family. Now, over a decade later, Amberly is a marriage and family therapist who has grown to accept the tragic loss as she helps others. She shares the story, how her family came to terms, and how to continue on with compassion for yourself and others in difficult times. 

                            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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                          • March 16, 2022

                            A mother on finding justice for her children who had been abused by a family member

                            Brooke Bennett faced one of the most difficult situations a mother could face, when she found out her children had been sexually abused by members of her own extended family. While the family wanted to dismiss or downplay the abuse, Brooke knew she needed to seek justice for her children. Through the Utah Children’s Justice Center Program, she was able to find a safe place to seek legal justice and therapeutic healing. Now she continues to volunteer with the Children’s Justice Center and is outspoken about preventing child abuse, encouraging conversations about your body and consent, and the courage it can take to separate yourself from abusers. In Utah, you can visit UtahCJC.org to find a local Child Justice Center, or visit DCFS.Utah.gov for resources from the Department of Child and Family Services on preventing, identifying, and reporting child abuse or neglect.

                            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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                          • March 8, 2022

                            Cohost conversation: Intentional Vision Boarding 101 with Michelle Scharf

                            In this special cohost conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, host Michelle Scharf shares with us her experience teaching a vision boarding class recently. Michelle has done her own vision board every year for most of her life, now she is sharing her insights with others on the importance of intention, self-reflection, and gratitude while building your board. While our big dreams might be overwhelming, when we continually reinforce and connect with our goals each day, they become more and more achievable! 

                            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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                          • March 1, 2022

                            Brainstem tumor survivor Jodi Orgill Brown part 2: It is your choice to be “better” or “bitter”

                            In this second part of a two-part series featuring Jodi Orgil Brown’s inspirational story, she shares with listeners the wisdom she has learned along her decade-plus medical journey. As she continues to recover from brainstem tumor removal, three craniotomies, and multiple reconstructive surgeries to help with subsequent facial paralysis, she has learned that making and keeping stretch goals has been the key to her progress. And while some people in her situation have chosen to be bitter, she has chosen to be better! She now inspires others with her best-selling memoir and as a motivational speaker and coach. 

                            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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                          • February 22, 2022

                            Brainstem tumor survivor Jodi Orgill Brown part 1: From fatigue to facial paralysis

                              Jodi Orgill Brown is an author, motivational speaker, wife, mother, and brainstem tumor survivor. She was living her white-picket-fence life until her fatigue and headaches turned out to be something much more sinister. Now after three craniotomies, facial paralysis, and multiple reconstructive surgeries she has become a best-selling writer and inspiration to those she meets. She joins our Relentlessly Resilient hosts to share her medical journey in the first part of this two-part special, and how a positive mindset can help you overcome debilitating circumstances. 

                              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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                            • February 16, 2022

                              Joshua Paul Chamberlain talks about his transracial adoption and how to spark important conversations about race while allowing grace

                              Our friend Joshua Paul Chamberlain returns to the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to tell the story of his own experiences as a transracial adoptee. As a Black man raised in a white Utah family he has had his share of bullying and awkward experiences, but he has also sought out opportunities to encourage connections across race, culture, religion, and more. As a civil rights activist and outspoken individual, he answers questions from our hosts, and a listener, about important conversations on race, mixed background families, and more. He points out the importance of allowing these conversations to take place, even when difficult. He emphasizes the need to make room for grace, as we all will make mistakes as we navigate the complicated history and personal stories that surround race, society, and prejudices.

                              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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                            • February 8, 2022

                              Therapist and widower Jason Clawson on Giving Sunshine to others who have suffered loss

                                Therapist and widower, Jason Clawson, was devastated when his wife and the mother of his sons passed away from colon cancer a few years ago. After nearly a year of burying his grief in work and family obligations, he reached out to friends and families to create a “healing team” to help his family find joy again. Now he continues to help others who have suffered loss find joy through GivingSunshine.org. His organization gives away care packages and information booklets called Sunshine Baskets. In this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast, Jason joins to discuss his healing journey and how others can help “give sunshine” with the launch of an upcoming Kickstarter fundraising campaign. 

                                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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                              • February 1, 2022

                                Nationally ranked rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder’s determination allows her to continue to ride after a paralyzing accident

                                Amberley Snyder’s dreams of a scholarship and a career in horse barrel racing were interrupted when the 19-year-old crashed her truck, leaving her paraplegic. Her determination and competitive spirit didn’t allow her to despair, she made the goal to once more, “Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” Through intensive rehabilitation therapy and an ingenious seat-belted saddle, she was back on the horse in four months and barrel racing at 18-months. Now a decade after her accident she uses her story to inspire others as a motivational speaker, social media influencer and continues to ride in rodeos around the nation. Her experience has even inspired a biopic Netflix movie, “Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” released in 2019. She joins this episode of Relentlislly Resilient to tell her tale and showcase how her love for family, faith, and horses saw her through her difficult journey back in the saddle again. 

                                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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                              • January 25, 2022

                                Mother Carrie Malmberg on choosing empathy and service after losing her firstborn son just before birth

                                Carrie Malmberg was excited to be a new mother but felt something was wrong as she got near to her due date. After doctors had originally dismissed her fear, she found out her little boy Jaxen had passed away before entering this world. Carrie and her husband Jed worked through their grief and sorrow together. Because they felt support and love from their family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers, they continued resiliently forward. Now, 16 years later, they set an example of service for their three living children, and all those around them that they continue to serve. Through their loss, they have learned to celebrate and document life, as well as to show up and serve others whenever there is a chance. 

                                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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                              • January 18, 2022

                                Kayleigh White on the military loss of her friend Staff Sgt.Taylor Hoover and how outsiders can support the families of our fallen heroes

                                A military loss is a loss that the whole country feels. For friends and family of the fallen, it is a heartbreaking experience softened by the sympathy and support from their communities. In August 2021, Utah Marine Staff Sgt.Taylor Hoover was one of 14 U.S. service members killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. On this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast, one of Hoover’s closest friends, Kayleigh (Snedeger) White, shares their story of friendship, loss, and how outsiders can support the families of our fallen heroes.

                                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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                              • January 11, 2022

                                The Summers family part 2: Jennifer Summers on fighting and advocating for rare disease diagnoses

                                Jennifer Summers was familiar with fighting rare diseases before her own diagnosis with a rare disorder. As a mother, she and her husband Stan had already fought diligently for the diagnoses and care of their son Talan’s rare autoimmune illness. Then in 2017 after a decade of being a caretaker, a toothache snowballed into a dangerous condition that has left her on a 24-hour feeding tube, and the humbling experience of accepting care for herself. Amid this medical journey, she has not given up!  She continues to help fight Talan’s Fight, advocate for rare and undiagnosed conditions, push forward for better patient education and diagnostic experiences, and most importantly find ways to enjoy living in the moment. 

                                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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                              • January 6, 2022

                                The Summers family Part 1: Stan Summers on serving others despite your own mountain of trials

                                  Box Elder County Commission Chair, Stan Summers is no stranger to hard work and service. As a farm boy turned political force he is eager to roll up his sleeves, which he admits has his heart on them, and help neighbors and strangers alike. As a family man, his life has been touched by the rare illness that his son Talan fights, his wife’s medical issues, family sorrow, and more. But even amid trials, he has a secret he has learned, to buoy up not only others but himself by loving others. While he knows that sometimes the greatest faith doesn’t move mountains, he will follow the example of his son Talan, and never give up the fight

                                  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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                                • December 28, 2021

                                  Best of Relentlessly Resilient 2021: Growing amid our beautiful disasters with the support of others

                                  2021 has been a difficult year for many as we continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic, deal with social unrest, and seek out positivity in what feels like an ever-darkening world. But, over the course of this same year, we on the Relentlessly Resilient podcast have heard wonderfully inspiring stories of individuals and families who have faced uphill battles and learned overwhelmingly valuable lessons from the climb. Today hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf revisit some of these stories and the powerful messages shared; from choosing to wear rose-colored glasses and seeing life as the beautiful disaster it is, to accepting help, acknowledging grief, being mad, and getting over it

                                  Best of Audio clips were pulled from the following Relentlessly Resilient episodes: 

                                  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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                                • December 21, 2021

                                  Cohost conversation: Focus on the “cans” of the holidays, not the “shoulds”

                                  The Holidays are a stressful time of year for everybody, but when a person is grieving about loss or struggling with difficult circumstances, the pressure can be more than we can bear. In this special cohost conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their insights on adapting their Christmas and New Years’ celebrations away from the pressure of the “should” and into a meaningful but scaled festive season they can handle. Tips like: having a list of go-to ‘SOS friends’ you can turn to for help, creating backup plans, allowing yourself to respectfully say no, and making realistic goals for the New Year. They have some great advice for resiliency amid the hectic holidays and beyond. 

                                  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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                                • December 14, 2021

                                  Author Heidi Tucker on finding hope in the difficult stories of life

                                  Heidi Tucker, author and motivational speaker, has become pretty good at seeing the positive every single day despite her struggle with depression. This perspective surprisingly led to her writing her first book at the tender age of 50, as well as several books since that time. Heidi joins the Relentlessly Resilient podcast today to discuss the tools and techniques she uses to turn intrusive negative thoughts into a positive, encouraging, outlook. And she shares the story and inspiration behind her latest book The Secret Keepers, which tells the real-life struggle of a woman dealing with Dissociative Identity Disorder. While abuse, mental illness, and tragedy touch many lives, Heidi shows that you can survive that turmoil and turn it into a triumphant driving force in your 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 Resilience conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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                                • December 7, 2021

                                  KSL Newsradio’s Amanda Dickson on feeling hurt and loving anyway

                                    KSL NewsRadio’s morning host Amanda Dickson’s cheerful voice and joyful disposition have made the radio waves along the Wasatch Front a welcoming place for decades. But behind that iconic voice, there is a story of resilience that many listeners have not been aware of. Amanda Dickson joins Jennie and Michelle today to share the story about her childhood as a student-athlete who went off to boarding school at the tender age of 12, the medical problem that stopped her from competing, her journey to Utah and radio, and the work it takes to create a loving blended family. For her, resilience is more than continuing the climb, it’s about pulling yourself up from wallowing in your trama, and even though you will still feel hurt, loving anyway. 

                                    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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                                  • November 30, 2021

                                    Resilence in the fight against racist bullying with Joshua Chamberlain

                                      Bullying is an obstacle for many kids navigating childhood, but what can you do if the education system that is supposed to protect you is a part of the problem? This is the question many are asking after a Black and autistic 10-year-old Utah girl died by suicide after being continuously bullied. While attending the vigil for the little girl, Izzy, Relentlisley Resilient host Michelle Scharff met Joshua Chamberlain, a young Black professional who knows firsthand what it is like to be a bullied minority student in Utah. He joins this episode to discuss his experiences, how to cultivate resilience in the fight against racism, and what everyone can do to support and protect minorities among us. 

                                      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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                                    • November 23, 2021

                                      Cohost conversation: Connecting at Thanksgiving amid loss and change

                                        In this special cohost conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share how they celebrate Thanksgiving amid loss and change. Michelle dives into how Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday as it connects our past, present, and future, as well as with the people we love. While we might have lost loved ones and family dynamics change, the holidays give us a chance to show our gratitude through tradition, service, and of course fabulous food. 

                                        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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                                      • November 16, 2021

                                        Linley Baker Part Two: Sharing the tools of recovery betrayal through writing

                                        In this second episode on divorcee Linley Baker, she discusses how losing her husband and job gave her the opportunity to do something she had thought about for years; write. She learned to balance her time and pour her energy into writing her hard-earned wisdom in her book "Don't Be Afraid to Do What You Really Want to Do: Reach All Your Life Dreams." On this Relentlessly Resilient podcast, she shares that experience and some tools she has discovered for resilience in that process. 

                                        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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                                      • November 9, 2021

                                        Linley Baker Part One: Turning to faith amid an unexpected divorce

                                        Linley Baker, with the help of her now ex-husband, raised their six children in four countries over 19 years. But when her husband of 35 years suddenly left her with virtually no warning or explanation, she chose to find peace by turning to her faith and remaining family. As an Actuary, she understood the need for understanding risks and statistics. As such, she began studying keys to resilience from her faith's scriptures and books like "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" by Sheryl Sandberg. Now years later, she is sharing her own hard-earned wisdom in her book "Don't Be Afraid to Do What You Really Want to Do: Reach All Your Life Dreams." In this first episode of a two-part series on the Relentlessly Resilient podcast, Linley joins our hosts to share her story of broken-heartedness and seeking mindful healing. In part two of the series, she shares more about her book and the tools she has discovered for resilience and reaching for your life dreams. 

                                        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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                                      • November 2, 2021

                                        Mental Health Counselor Jenny Howe on balancing grace with resilence

                                        Mental Health Counselor Jenny Howe specializes in treating adolescent anxiety and depressive disorders, with expert experience working with youths and their families. Today she joins the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to share her own story as well as lessons she has learned helping individuals and families cope with mental health issues. She discusses everything from modeling vulnerability as a parent, the importance of acknowledging and asking the hard questions, to the courage it takes to allow ourselves the grace to begin again when we fail. 

                                        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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                                      • October 26, 2021

                                        Cohost conversation: Developing and improving a relationship with a loved one you have lost.

                                        In this special cohost conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their own perspectives on developing and improving a relationship with a loved one who has passed away. Both tackle the challenges of loss through gratitude, continuing to seek connection with their passed loved ones, and a lot of widow’s humor. 

                                        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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                                      • October 19, 2021

                                        Amberleah White on bouncing back from treatment-resistant depression using Electroconvulsive therapy

                                        Amberleah White has suffered from depression and mental disorders as far back as she could remember into her early childhood. While she and her loved ones had done what they could to help her fight against her treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, it wasn’t until she confided in her husband Jason about her suicide plan that a more intense treatment option was considered. Amberleah started on a treatment series known as Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), which through controlled induced seizures helped pull her out of her darkest depression to the relief of her husband and twelve children. She joins the Relentlessly Resilient podcast today to discuss her story, and the process and side effects of ECT in the hopes that her story will help others understand if Electroconvulsive Therapy is the right treatment to help them. 

                                        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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                                      • October 12, 2021

                                        Suicide attempt survivor Ledger Skinner on acknowledging the love and fighting for hope

                                        As a teenager, Ledger Skinner had suffered from mental health issues for a large portion of his life, an issue his parents were aware of and working with him to help resolve. But when the self-hatred and suicidal ideation became too much for him he decided to take his own life in a car crash. Luckily he survived the suicide attempt and had a profound realization about the love others felt for him, including his parents and family. Over time and a lot of hard work, he built up an arsenal of tools to help fight and live with his mental illness. This episode of Relentlessly Resilient Ledger helps hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf to better understand, and thus better help, those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. 

                                        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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                                      • October 5, 2021

                                        Taking a sad song and making it better - David Martin on the BeatALS benefit concerts for Lou Gehrig disease patients

                                        When teacher and performer David Martin found out that his friend and music director Chris Clark was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in early 2016, he was devastated. But Chris’s pervasively optimistic outlook on tackling the terminal diagnosis changed David’s own life outlook. David launched a performance program to educate the public and raise awareness of ALS while celebrating the lives of its victims, which included Chris in 2020. “BeatALS Benefit” concerts and programs help unite schools, communities, and businesses in a concentrated effort to beat ALS through the songs of The Beatles. With upcoming concerts in October 2021, Dave joins the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to discuss the BeatALS programs, invite listeners to donate or participate in the concerts, and share the stories of resilience he has learned from ALS patients who “Take a Sad Song and Make it Better.”  

                                        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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                                      • September 28, 2021

                                        Living Hannah’s Hope: Laura Warburton’s quest to identify and educate on suicide prevention after the passing of her teenage daughter

                                          Hannah was a vivacious teenager who hid her pain and completed suicide at 16 years of age. Because she thought there was no hope for her life to change, her mother Laura Warburton is trying to encourage that hope of change in others with the Live Hannah's Hope Foundation. She joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share Hannah’s story and her own.

                                          Laura was aware of her daughter’s mental and neurological health issues, followed the best medical advice she was given, sought out experts and doctors to help her child, but Hannah’s hurt was deeper than she let on and she chose to exit this world on her own terms. Since that time Laura has decided to live her life not on the “What ifs?” of Hannah’s death, but in the “Because of.” Laura has researched and compiled a variety of resources to help possibly prevent another suicide of a person who just feels like there can be no change. On her website, LiveHannahsHope.org Laura shares resources, teaches courses on suicide prevention, and has become an outspoken advocate for mental health and mindfulness education for school-age children and young adults alike.

                                          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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                                        • September 21, 2021

                                          Survivor Jenny Evans on dealing with adversity through adventure

                                          Jenny Evans found herself in her mid-thirties in the midst of trials she had never planned for. After a divorce and surviving a traumatic motorcycle injury, she decided not to waste a moment more in life. From running to opera, unplanned travel excursions to trapeze, she is accepting the adventure that is her own personal journey. Jenny joins  Relentlessly Resilient hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf to share what she has learned about saying yes to opportunities, and how to deal with adversity through pursuing adventure. 

                                          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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                                        • September 14, 2021

                                          9/11: We are resilient because ‘We Remember’

                                          In this special episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast, the team marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the War on Terror, and discusses the lessons of resilience they offer us. While these events are tragic, we cannot push them aside. We must remember the past because it teaches us resilience, Host Jennie Taylor spent the milestone weekend back East helping to rededicate the Global War on Terror Memorial with The National Infantry Museum. As a Gold Star Widow, she helped honor the fallen from 9/11 until now, speaking at the rededication dinner. Back home in Utah, the Major Brent Taylor Foundation produced WEber Remembers: The 9/11 Project with a unique memorial exhibit, ceremonies, and public events. Producer KellieAnn discusses the exhibit experience with Program Manager Kiersten Cragen, and they offer a unique perspective of the generation molded by the repercussions of 9/11. Finally, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michele Scharff reflect on the memories and lessons surrounding the milestone event. 

                                          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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                                        • September 7, 2021

                                          Author, speaker, and podcaster Julie Lee on how connecting to others with compassion can save lives

                                          Author, speaker, and podcaster Julie Lee grew up in a family impacted by mental illness and believed that ordeal was in her past when as a young married 21-year-old she had her first mental breakdown. While she still struggles with her mental health she has sought out therapy, medication, and importantly an interconnected network of trustworthy people to support her in both the dark and light times of her life. She is now using her story to help empower her podcast listeners, educators, and families to model mental and emotional wellness by living an authentic life. In her book “I See You; How Compassion and Connection Save Lives” and her I See You podcast, which Relentlessly Resilient cohost Jennie Taylor has guested on, she shares individual’s stories of personal trials and triumphs in the hopes of helping her audiences find purpose and meaning to their own lives. She joins Jennie in this episode to share her own personal story of psychological battles, the importance of Compassion Across Generations and all backgrounds, as well as showing compassion to your own self. (Co-host Michelle Scharf was unable to participate in the recording of this episode.) 

                                          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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                                        • August 31, 2021

                                          Entrepreneur Mary Crafts on summiting success through love-based living

                                          From catering business to multi-million dollar empire and living inspiration, Mary Crafts has invested blood, sweat, and countless tears into building up her dreams and now is helping others do the same through her public speaking, hosting her podcast “Crafting a meaningful life”, and more. Today she joins Relentlessly Resilient host Michelle Scharf to discuss her philosophy on love-based living, hard work, and climbing through adversity. (Co-host Jennie Taylor was unable to participate in the recording of this episode.) 

                                          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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                                        • August 24, 2021

                                          Holly Richardson on the lessons of gratitude and resilience with her disabled children

                                          Activist, politician, writer, and more, Holly Richardson has taken on a lot of titles over her life, but the one she is most fond of is mother. Through birth and adoption, she and her husband are parents to 25 children, a number of whom have disabilities. Holly has learned a lot from her children about different abilities, resilience, flexibility, and appreciation of what is important. She joins Relentlisly Resilence host Michelle Scharf for this episode to discuss facing adversity and grief while being grateful for the blessings you still have. (Co-host Jennie Taylor was unable to participate in the recording of this episode.) 

                                          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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                                        • August 17, 2021

                                          Linda Scharf on going from a young widow to a newly married stepmother and more

                                          In the second part of a two-part series featuring host Michelle Scharf’s sister-in-law, Linda, she talks about going from a young widow to a newly, and quickly, married stepmother then birth mother. She expands on her previously learned lessons of finding joy amid trials, giving herself permission to discover who she is, to giving herself permission to let others discover who they are as well. While she might not be able to control every circumstance she greets, she has been able to find peace in letting God and the universe led her one step at a time. 

                                          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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                                        • August 10, 2021

                                          Linda Scharf on young widowhood and being okay with your version of grief

                                          Host Michelle Scharf’s sister-in-law, Linda, talks about losing her first husband less than six months into their marriage without a known cause. As a newlywed widow, she had to break free of unrealistic expectations of life and learn to grieve in her own way. Which for her was learning to let others help her, acknowledging the humor in life, and giving herself permission to not feel guilt over being the survivor. Linda joins the Relentlessly Resilient podcast in the first part of a two-part surprisingly joyful series about accepting tragedy and using it to figure out who you really are. 

                                          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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                                        • August 3, 2021

                                          Mother Laura Ward on trusting her intuition and learning to advocate for her sick infant sons

                                            Laura and Trevor Ward knew something was wrong with their firstborn son early in his life, but doctors thought it was first-time parent jitters. They learned to advocate for their child and themselves, finally receiving a diagnosis and treatment for a rare genetic disorder, Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency or GAMPT. Because they had learned to advocate for their older child’s health, when their second son fell ill and knowing it was not GAMPT due to newly imposed newborn screenings, they fought for his own diagnosis of Infant Botulism. Laura Ward joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share her story of how she learned to trust her mother’s instinct through her sons’ illness, stay at Primary Children’s Hospital, diagnosis, and treatment. 

                                            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 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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