AF297 - What is it Like to be an Invisible Warrior with Nancy Becher

In this episode of "The Amazon Files" podcast, host Kristin Ostrander interviews Nancy, a business owner and founder of Invisible Warriors, an organization that supports women with chronic illnesses and diseases. 

Nancy shares her personal story of overcoming a hit-and-run accident that left her with the loss of use of her legs and one arm and how it inspired her to start Invisible Warriors. Kristin and Nancy discuss the challenges faced by people with chronic illnesses, such as losing their jobs and becoming homeless, and how Invisible Warriors provides support through various programs. They also talk about an upcoming benefit concert organized by Invisible Warriors to raise funds for women with chronic illnesses.

 

Silent No More: Supporting Women with Chronic Illnesses

Have you ever felt invisible? Like no one understands what you're going through or the challenges you face each day? 

This is a common feeling for people with chronic illnesses and diseases. They often feel alone and unsupported in their struggles. But one organization is working to change that.

Invisible Warriors, founded by Nancy, a business owner, and chronic illness warrior, provides support and encouragement for women with chronic illnesses and diseases. Their upcoming benefit concert, Silent No More, aims to raise funds to provide products, services, subsidies, grants, and scholarships for people with chronic illnesses. The concert will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, and even a cornhole tournament. 

But it's not just about having a good time. 

The event is volunteer-run, and all proceeds go towards supporting women with chronic illnesses. The message of the concert is clear: we see you, we hear you, and we're here to support you.

One of the songs featured in the concert is written by Nancy herself, about a three-legged dog that could still do everything under the sun, despite its disability. The message of the song is that just because someone can't do something the way they used to, it doesn't mean it's over. This is a powerful message for anyone facing a challenge, whether it's a chronic illness or something else.

The concert aims to bring awareness to the needs of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, such as the need for accommodations like refrigerators in hotel rooms for medication. It's a reminder that we all have a role to play in supporting those who may be facing challenges that we don't fully understand.

So, if you're looking for a way to support women with chronic illnesses and diseases, consider attending Silent No More. Meet the organizers and musicians, have some fun, and make a difference in someone's life. Let's show these invisible warriors that they're not alone.



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"You can sit in bed, and you can whine, and you can cry, and you can moan or you can say, I'm not gonna let this stop me, I'm going to get out there, and I'm gonna live my life." - Kristin Ostrander




TIME STAMPS:

 

The Accident [00:06:18]

Nancy talks about the hit-and-run accident that left her with the loss of use of her legs and one arm.

 

Invisible Warriors [00:02:10]

Kristin and Nancy discuss the organization Invisible Warriors, which supports women with chronic illnesses and diseases.

 

Nancy's Business Consulting [00:04:45]

Nancy talks about her previous work as a business consultant and how it relates to her current work with Invisible Warriors.

 

Living in extreme pain [00:09:04]

Nancy talks about her experience of living in extreme pain for two years and contracting complex regional pain syndrome after a hit-and-run accident.

 

Turning point [00:11:17]

Nancy shares the turning point in her life when she decided to stop feeling sorry for herself and help other women going through similar experiences.

 

Invisible Warriors [00:14:22]

Nancy defines Invisible Warriors as women who are fighting for themselves, their health, and their families while feeling alone and invisible due to chronic illnesses. She emphasizes the importance of supporting and encouraging each other.

 

Challenges faced by people with chronic illnesses [00:17:42]

The segment discusses the challenges faced by people with chronic illnesses, including job loss, homelessness, and difficulty accessing painkillers.

 

Invisible Warriors programs [00:19:21]

The segment discusses the programs offered by Invisible Warriors, including Hotel Heroes, a class on how to talk to doctors, and lunch and learn programs.

 

Silent No More benefit concert [00:21:20]

The segment discusses the upcoming Silent No More benefit concert, which will raise funds for Invisible Warriors and provide subsidies for alternative doctors. The concert will feature musicians from various genres, including punk rock, and country.

 

Invisible Warriors Benefit Concert [00:28:23]

Kristin and Nancy discuss the upcoming benefit concert for Invisible Warriors, which supports women with chronic illnesses. They talk about the vendors, live streaming, and the importance of supporting the cause.

 

Challenges Faced by People with Chronic Illnesses [00:29:08]

Kristin talks about the challenges faced by people with chronic illnesses, such as the lack of accommodations in hotels. She emphasizes the importance of bringing awareness to these issues and supporting those who are affected.

 

Final Words and Invitation [00:32:27]

Nancy expresses her gratitude for the opportunity to talk about Invisible Warriors and invites listeners to attend the benefit concert. She encourages people to support the cause and join them in Huntsville, Alabama.



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