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Motherhood In Isolation – EP. 51

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Sarah Bachelder shares her journey through Childhood cancer with her two-year-old son, living in isolation and depression and learning to give herself grace and connection. The Brave Files Podcast.

RAW • EMPATHY • GRACE

SARAH BACHELDER

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • It’s important to love the parent you are in this moment.
  • We should empower our children to express their emotions and pain.
  • Self-awareness can change any situation.
  • We must allow ourselves to truly feel our emotions if we are hoping to make it through.

Show Notes:

Every parent's worst nightmare

Sarah Bachelder experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. At only two-and-a-half years old, her son, Liam, fell extremely ill. Soon, a heartbreaking diagnosis was delivered. Liam had a form of pediatric cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

With the world spinning around her, Sarah faced her son’s cancer diagnosis head-on. First, countless appointments, procedures, and sleepless nights filled the next two-and-a-half years of their lives. Then, in addition to the pain and fear, Sarah was also caring for her second child who was a newborn. Eventually, her son’s leukemia entered into a maintenance period, and their lives started to take some form of normalcy.

Sarah Bachelder shares her journey through Childhood cancer with her two-year-old son, living in isolation and depression and learning to give herself grace and connection. The Brave Files Podcast.

A new set of problems

As life went back to “normal,” Sarah found anxiety and anger surfacing in ways she didn’t anticipate or welcome. Due to her son’s illness, Sarah spent most of her time indoors and away from other people. quickly, the seclusion took a toll on her emotional and mental well-being.

Suddenly, she started noticing feelings of resentment bubbling to the surface. Believing she needed to “manage” these emotions on her own, Sarah sat with her loneliness. Unfortunately, she learned that loneliness and bottling her emotions was not a good combination!

Sarah Bachelder shares her journey through Childhood cancer with her two-year-old son, living in isolation and depression and learning to give herself grace and connection. The Brave Files Podcast.

Finally, grace

TRUE RELIEF CAME FOR SARAH WHEN SHE MADE THE DECISION TO GIVE HERSELF GRACE.

She realized the importance of accepting herself as the mother she is – not the mother she always thought she’d be. After all, reality changes everything!

With practice, Sarah allowed herself to feel true, raw emotions. This self-awareness saved her. Additionally, the connection she found with other families in similar situations taught her the value of empathy. She learned to improve her communication skills and seize the opportunity to connect.

WHILE HER SON’S CANCER BATTLE WAS TERRIFYING AND TRAUMATIC, THE EXPERIENCE TRULY CHANGED SARAH FOR THE BETTER.

Sarah Bachelder shares her journey through Childhood cancer with her two-year-old son, living in isolation and depression and learning to give herself grace and connection. The Brave Files Podcast.

Follow Sarah and her beautiful writing about “Daring Motherhood” on Instagram.

 

Sarah Bachelder shares her journey through Childhood cancer with her two-year-old son, living in isolation and depression and learning to give herself grace and connection. The Brave Files Podcast.

 

The work and words of Brené Brown were an important element in Sarah's journey towards grace. She was especially moved by Daring Greatly. All of us at The Brave Files Podcast also encourage you to read everything by Brené Brown. Her work is incredible.

 

Daring Greatly, Brené Brown. The Brave Files Podcast.

Giving is Good:

Generally speaking, Sarah supports all forms of outreach related to pediatric cancer. However, she specifically supports Kids Cancer Care based in Alberta, Canada. The organization focuses on meeting the needs of the whole family during the childhood cancer journey.

KIDS CANCER CARE PROVIDES OUTREACH PROGRAMS, RESEARCH FUNDING, AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER.
Sarah Bachelder shares her journey through Childhood cancer with her two-year-old son, living in isolation and depression and learning to give herself grace and connection. The Brave Files Podcast.
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