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From Despair To Summit: Following The Trail To Healing And Transformation With Keith McNally

Widowhood Real Talk with Tina | Keith McNally | Healing And Transformation

  Have you ever felt completely lost after a major life event? Tune in to this powerful episode, where Tina Fornwald welcomes Dr. Keith McNally to share his profound journey of overcoming personal grief and health challenges. From surviving a heart attack to rebuilding his life after loss and unemployment, Dr. Keith offers heartfelt advice on coping with life’s adversities. He opens up about his passion for walking and hiking, which played a crucial role in his healing process. The conversation also explores the importance of community, finding purpose, and staying grounded through practices like journaling and meditation. Whether you’re facing your own trials or looking for inspiration, this episode provides a safe space for exploring resilience and embracing life’s journey.   I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.   Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/suicide/suicide-prevention-hotlines-resources-worldwide — Listen to the podcast here   From Despair To Summit: Following The Trail To Healing And Transformation With Keith McNally It is the month of May 2024 and the show is celebrating our founder’s birthday. Yes, that’s me. We invite you to help us celebrate. How? It’s by donating $5 in the month of May 2024. See what we’re doing there with that? How do you do that? Text Hopeful Hearts to 53555. Thanks for helping us celebrate and support a worthy cause. Let’s get into this episode. — We are doing things a little differently. I am heading out to meet Dr. Keith McNally at a park and we’re going to go for a walk. He’s going to share his story and give you some helpful tips on when you are in a crisis on how to manage that crisis. We’re going to talk about how to deal with when life implodes and some healthy coping skills. He is going to share his experience, not particularly with death, as most of the time our conversations are related to the death of a loved one, but his grief has been personal. There is a trigger warning, suicide attempt, loss of job, and other different things that took him to the end of his self, which he had to rebuild himself. These conversations will help you because when our loved one dies, we find ourselves having to rebuild ourselves. Let’s get into the conversation and meet at the park with Dr. Keith.     Our conversation is with Dr. Keith McNally. We are out at First Landing in Virginia going for a walk. I have pictures of this gentleman all backpacked up and your girl is not doing that. Let’s get into the conversation. Hello, Dr. Keith. Tina, how are you doing? This is going to be a good day because it’s beautiful. We’re near the ocean. There are not too many hills here or anywhere. That was intentional. I am taking my first trip to the mountains, Grandfather Mountain, in North Carolina in May 2024. I’ve got to get acclimated to the ups and downs. I’m going to go back in July 2024 and then later on in September and October 2024, I’m going to make three trips in different parts of the Appalachian Trail. In my day-to-day, I typically hike a lot in Suffolk. There’s a trail. My neighborhood is pretty cool too so I could walk over my neighborhood. Hiking And Walking We met on LinkedIn and I saw your training. Why are you doing all this? The hiking and mountain walking, what is the inspiration for this? There’s probably a lot of inspiration for it. One, I like to walk. I do, too. That’s why this was a good idea for me to be able to be someplace out of Zoom, in person but something different. I’ve been a Marine back in the day. I started exercising when I was fourteen. Getting into it, I had an asthma attack. I was born an asthmatic. That one asthma attack changed everything for me. I wanted to manage my health better. I could easily take medication and do all the stuff the doctor wanted me to do but I never did that. It’s like most people. We say we’re going to and then not. I never said I was going to but I wanted to find a way to manage my health where I didn’t have to use the emergency inhaler or take a daily medication. I started running and jogging. We’re going to need to get onto the trail. This is the drive area. I did. I started running that day and never stopped. Let me ask you a question. Did you have to use medication to manage the asthma or did that get you off of it? I never started any kind of medication. I do have an emergency inhaler. I use it as needed when I simply cannot breathe. That may depend on how far we go. My goal was to be able to manage my health. I thought I was mastering that up until 2022 when I had a heart attack. That’s when I learned that diet and food are what you have to do. The equation there. This is pretty cool because if you’ve not been here, there are different cabins all the way around this area. We’re eventually going to have to go that way. Let’s go that way. We have to get onto the trail. We’re on this pavement. We haven’t hit it yet. Let’s back up a little bit. You talked about the health benefits but from our conversations, there’s a real mission that you’re on with this walking and what you’re working towards accomplishing. I have attempted suicide twice in the past several years. My mission, if we can call it that, and I always like to use the hashtag #ChangeTheConversation, if we could …

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Widowhood Real Talk Shares Plans For 2024

Widowhood Real Talk with Tina | Plans For 2024

  This is the podcast’s first episode of the year, and I am here to share my plans for 2024. Join me as I look back on the amazing things that happened in 2023 and talk about the deeper support I want to provide to everyone. I also celebrate the memory of my husband who continues to serve as my inspiration in producing this podcast and guiding other people on dealing with their grief. Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach. I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.  Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/suicide/suicide-prevention-hotlines-resources-worldwide. — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   Widowhood Real Talk Shares Plans For 2024 Welcome to the show. It is January 4th, 2024 and this is our first episode of 2024. The first thing I’d like to do is say happy birthday to my sister Ulanka. January 5th is her birthday. I wanted to take this opportunity to do something a little bit different than we did in 2023, introduce myself, and do a solo conversation. My journey for 2023 has been amazing. I am so grateful for every person that allowed me to be on this journey with them. I would’ve never thought that the show and our social content would reach over 73 countries and 1 million views. That tells me how many people are out there that need to know that they are not alone on this grief journey. I want you to know that I know it’s difficult. It is not something any of us wanted to have happen but if my loss, the death of my husband has been able to encourage you, then there has been purpose made out of my pain. Over the conversations in 2023, I’ve spoken to a lot of people but I wanted to take a little bit of time to share more of my journey and why this is so important to me. My husband, Mark, was a wonderful husband. He was a wonderful father, a brother, a son, and an uncle. He was a wonderful friend. My opportunity to continually share his memory and honor him allows me to keep his memory alive. It has shown me how devastating the death of a loved one is and how impactful, how it changes your life forever. I’ve also learned that there are so many people doing this by themselves. Many people feel muted because their loved one has died and they feel like they don’t have someplace to turn or they don’t feel like someone cares. I want you to know my experience has changed my life forever. I love Mark and I am so grateful for him being in my life for those 32 years. I’m grateful that I can use what I have learned from his death and in my continual living to be able to show up for people in a way that I never knew was necessary.   That is why in this show, I want you to know that we are more than a show. We are an entire 501(c)(3) organization set up with the mission to support people who are grieving around the world. The word “widowhood” was intentionally chosen because I’m from Chicago and hood to me means family. When my husband Mark died, my children, parents, friends, cousins, aunts, and uncles were impacted. When our loved one passes, it is our entire community that is taking on part of that loss. That is why our conversations are with widowers but also with their families. It is with their children and every aspect of that community. You’ll see a lot of that in 2024 when our conversations will start to broaden to that entire community. That widow or widower is impacted but I want that entire community to be able to show up, share, and let that widow and widower know that they are not alone. It is their entire community that is impacted. We will have conversations in 2024 with realtors, a financial advisor, and a lawyer because there are so many components to the death of a loved one. It is way more than just the funeral. Support Projects For 2024 The death of our loved one impacts us for years for the rest of our lives. That is why the conversations that we’re having are important to be able to have something to leverage and have resources. As far as those resources, if you go to our website, you’ll be able to connect. If you’re looking for a therapist or a group to connect with, we have a group where we connect people. Every second Thursday of the month, Mr. James Price will be hosting a peer-to-peer support group for men. On the last Thursday of the month, I will host a peer-to-peer support group for anyone who is grieving.   You may wonder why is there just a group for men. Men from the statistics suffer more from having a safe space where they can talk about their emotions and struggles, and feel like there are other men there that care. That is why I intentionally partner with Mr. James Price to be able to provide that support to men. James can provide that peer-to-peer support because he, unfortunately, lost his wife and their child soon after giving birth. He knows what that is like to be able to be in that space, be comforted, and be supported. When I reached out to him, he was gracious and willing to be able to be there in a space that he knows that men can benefit from. On the second Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:00 Eastern Time, you can …

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