Joyce Manalo, founder of Kala Health and Wellness, is a Certified Health Coach who is an advocate for diabetes and mental health awareness. Formerly a Community Health Worker in Dallas, TX, Joyce has an important perspective on health inequities and with the recent Supreme Court’s decision related to women’s health, some important thoughts on the state of women’s health in Texas. Here’s her YouTube channel!
Bad news! The radio station’s mechanism that records all the content failed halfway through the show and I lost the conversation with Chloe, Sari and Aileen about their uteruses, how they’ve impacted their lives and how the medical establishment has failed them. I wanted to share their backgrounds with you so that you can go out and get their memoirs which go into loads more details from what they shared during our conversation. We talked about how women’s stories, now more than ever, are important to ensuring the truth about and support for women’s bodies is shared with others.
Chloe Caldwell is the author of three books: I’ll Tell You in Person, Women, and Legs Get Led Astray. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, The Cut, The Strategist, BuzzFeed, NYLON, VICE, Longreads, and many anthologies. Her essay “Hungry Ghost” was listed as Notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. She lives in Hudson, New York, and teaches creative writing online at Writing Workshops, LitReactor, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Find out more at http://www.chloesimonne.com. Her latest, The Red Zone is a searching, galvanizing memoir about blood and love: how learning more about her period, PMS, PMDD, and the effects of hormones on moods transformed her relationships—to a new partner, to family, to non-blood kin, and to her own body.
Sari Botton is a Gen-X writer and editor living in Kingston, NY. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Catapult, and the former Essays Editor for Longreads. She edited the award-winning, bestselling anthologies Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She teaches creative nonfiction at Wilkes University, Catapult, and Bay Path University. She publishes the newsletters Oldster Magazine, Memoir Monday, and Adventures in Journalism.
Her new memoir, And You May Find Yourself… is about “finding” yourself later in life—after first getting lost in all the wrong places. As Botton discovers, the wrong places famously include her own self-suppression and misguided efforts to please others (mostly men). In a series of candid, reflective, sometimes humorous essays, Botton describes coming to feminism and self-actualization as an older person, second (and third and fourth) chances—and how maybe it’s never too late to find your way…
assuming you’re lucky enough to live long. Sari was last on the show talking about Oldster Magazine at the end of 2021. In Sari’s memoir she has a chapter, “My Hysterectomy, a Love Story,” which reflects on her journey to conceive and what she learned when she reach the end.
Aileen Weintraub is the author of Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir, a laugh-out-loud story about a commitment-phobic Brooklyn girl who, after a whirlwind romance, finds herself living in a rickety farmhouse, pregnant, and faced with five months of doctor-prescribed bed rest because of unusually large fibroids. Publishers Weekly says, “Love, marriage, and a harrowing pregnancy yield a haunting story of survival in this gripping account.” Aileen has written for the Washington Post, Glamour, Parents, Al Jazeera, Huff Post,NBC, Lit Hub and AARP among others. She is also the author of the middle-grade social justice books, Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference, which won a Parents Choice Award, and We Got Game! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World, A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year. Aileen was recently chosen as Erma Bombeck’s Humor Writer of the Month for Knocked Down. Find her on Twitter @aileenweintraub or drop her a note at Aileenweintraub.com Aileen was last on the show in February to talk about her book. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, I am excited to hear her thoughts about the future of women’s health and personal freedom.
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