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Releasing the Resistance – EP. 50

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Diane Lang joins The Brave Files Podcast to talk about debilitating illness and how to live with more empathy, kindness, and compassion no matter what you are experiencing in life



Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Our experiences connect us.
  • There is oftentimes a grieving process in the wake of injury or illness.
  • All successes should be celebrated, no matter how small they may seem.
  • Gratitude shifts our perspective.

Show Notes:

Confusion and Pain

Six years ago, out of the blue, Diane Lang found herself fighting an extreme illness. She could not eat or drink and was unable to swallow. Her weight was dropping at an excessive speed. In addition, she was in extreme pain.

Diane is a public speaker and teacher. In light of health issues, Diane was forced to put her career on hold. She was heartbroken because her body was forcing her to give up the work she loved.  Fearing the worst, Diane’s future looked bleak.

Surprising Relief 

After countless tests and unimaginable pain, Diane was diagnosed with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). It was at this point that everything changed.

Generally speaking, Diane suffered greatly. She not only lost her voice for two months but was on an extremely strict diet. Much of our socialization revolves around food and drink, and Diane began to realize her way of life would never be the same. She grieved this loss most of all.

Unexpected Connections

To her surprise, Diane found herself connecting with others through her illness. She related to her therapy patients on a deeper level. She now understood the grieving process people often experience in the wake of an injury or illness. Eventually, Diane felt relief in accepting her new way of life.


Today, she interacts with the world by taking her life experiences and weaving throughout her work. Beautifully, she connects with others from a place of gratitude. For Diane, celebration of life is as important as gratitude.

Connect with Diane!

Diane has a wonderful website and we encourage you to learn more about her! She is an astounding Therapist, Educator, and Life Coach. Diane teaches us how to live with more empathy, kindness, and compassion. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Gratitude becomes a gateway to personal and professional success and allows you to find wonder and joy in almost every aspect of your life. A regular gratitude practice has the power to counteract many of life's complexities and difficulties.

That's one of the reasons I wrote my Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus. In the book, I share my personal journey towards gratitude, the actual science behind gratitude and different ways to deepen your practice.

Success and Leadership Coach, Heather Vickery author's New book. Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus

Practicing Gratitude

As you practice expressing gratitude, it becomes easier to see beauty everywhere. This journal offers 180 spaces to record gratitude, personal wins, and unique prompts for reflection.

Also included

The book also includes words of wisdom, from noted thinkers of the past and passionate entrepreneurs of today. These quotes bolster your reflections as you move through the journal. 

Start your gratitude practice today!

Whether you record your appreciation daily, weekly, or whenever the mood strikes, this journal promises to expand and elevate your gratitude practice, and as a result — your personal and professional wellbeing

Giving is Good:

As a lover of animals, Diane supports North Shore Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Diane believes every animal deserves a happy life. She encourages us to find our own local animal organizations to support with our time, energy, or monetary donations. Every little bit helps!

Diane Lang joins The Brave Files Podcast to talk about debilitating illness and how to live with more empathy, kindness, and compassion no matter what you are experiencing in life
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About Your Host:
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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