I’m delighted to share some good news: I was the featured guest on the hour-long Mental Health Matters, a local program co-hosted by Tracy Ecclesine Ivie and Larry Cartwright on Monday, March 5, 2018.
Grab your favorite beverage and relax as you listen to this lively conversation. Or give a listen during your exercise workout. Note: The first 3:30 minutes and last 6 minutes are news, a weather report, announcements, and commercials. The program begins at 3:30 minutes, and I start talking at 6:30 minutes. Here’s the link:
Special thanks to the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce for its support over the years of this award-winning Mental Health Matters program!
This experience was another “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” opportunity to apply what Anne Lamott says to my approach for spreading the word:
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
Vivian, I listened to your book discussion on the radio program this evening. I am proud to hear your confident and enthusiastic voice in sharing your love story. I have learned more about you during this drastic time of struggle in your life. I wish I could have known your secret during the hard times you had to endure. I am a good listener. I wish you the best in getting your message out there to help others deal with their major life changes relating to a spouse/partner. With warm hugs and success in your storytelling. “Let your light shine on!”
Vivian, I just listened to the radio program you did, and I wanted to let you know that you did a really great job! I so hope that this will help other people out there who may be going through this. You ARE brave, and I’m forever grateful that you came through it with the help of your excellent therapist and that we have you, happy and wonderful you, to enjoy in our lives!
Caring and well done interview. A balance of compassion and self preservation in the face of terrible pain.
Many thanks for these words of encouragement! Vivian
I was very moved by your radio interview. It was captivating and gave me no need to take a coffee break. For you see, I didn’t want to miss a word, an emotion, or thought. You articulated clearly the responses to pertinent questions. You were able to weave in the key issues of your journey: “drowning in the chaos of jumbled feelings;” having/not having the will to live; developing anorexia; not anti-gay, but anti-secret; importance of a good therapist and support (can’t have support if you’re secretive); grieving what is and what isn’t; important to speak your truth and be your truth; never get over it, but you do get through it. With certainty you stated your reasons for writing THE STRAIGHT SPOUSE. Your sincerity and maturity ran through all your responses. Your resources of moving forward will inspire and encourage many to get to their truth. You are a precious gift. You encourage me to let my light shine.