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    Child Custody in the Time of Pandemia

    I am still raw from the March 13th sting when we, terrified by a novel virus, canceled classes at the high school where I teach -- where my youngest attends -- and floored it home without a backward glance, locked ourselves up tightly, and refused to open for friend and stranger both. I forced smiles for all the kids in my care, "What an adventure!" it said. We got this. I got this.

    Simply Insignificant

    Lately, I have been feeling a bit small. There are so many BIG concerns in the world right now that my life feels ... well ... unimportant.

    Maintaining is the New Thriving

    Don’t misunderstand me: Sierra’s death is in here, waiting, like lava bubbling deep inside a sleeping volcano. It will have its day, as such losses do, whether I want it or not.

    On predictions of death

    I am like him. When I am angry, my eyes flash contemptuously and I say nothing. I feel wrath and hatefulness and plan cruelty. It passes. I’m glad that is mostly all.

    Kimberly Tronic on Overcoming Fear and Thriving Through Cancer

    Kimberly Tronic, a freelance copywriter living in Los Angeles, is a two-time Stage Three ovarian cancer survivor. Despite losing her hair, ovaries, uterus, spleen, and breasts, she gained a whole new attitude and perspective. Kimberly documented the journey in her memoir, Dear Diary, Does This Cancer Make My Ass Look Fat? – a collection of diary entries that depicts her new sense of self among the baldness, breakdowns, and breakthroughs. Through her writing, volunteering, and speaking opportunities, Kimberly is determined to share her tumor humor with anyone facing challenges in their own life – because a little darkness doesn’t have to dampen your spirit…and laughter is always the perfect prescription.

    We have a great conversation about cancer, living life to the fullest, and overcoming fear.

    Key Takeaways

    1. You may not even realize it, but by telling your story, you give others permission to tell theirs.
    2. Sometimes, bad things that happen to us can have good side effects.
    3. Your attitude is everything.
    4. The only way out is through
    5. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Nothing is impossible.
    6. Make the best decision you can with the information you have at the time. That’s okay. That’s all any of us can do.
    7. You’re gonna create a lot of shitty work on the way to creating good work. It’s part of the process. Just accept it and keep creating.
    8. Artists are never done learning. There is always more to learn.
    9. Writing is an excellent coping mechanism.
    10. Aim higher! Who cares if you fail. Failing is part of success.
    11. What if we lived in a place of hope instead of fear? (39 minutes)
    12. When you are unapologetically yourself, you give others to do the same.
    13. Take an improv class.
    14. Life is short. Own your life, don’t be afraid, go for what you want.

    Mentioned in this Episode

    Kim’s book: Dear Diary Does This Cancer Make My Ass Look Fat?
    Tig Notaro, “Hello, I Have Cancer” routine
    UCLA Extension

    Songs Played In This Episode

    “Super Cool” by Bang Sugar Bang
    “Two Bullets” by Bang Sugar Bang

    Connect With Kim

    Insta: @kimberlytronic
    FB: Kimberly Tronic
    Website: kimberlytronic.com


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    Cooper Gillespiehttp://gxrlpod.com
    Cooper is responsible for all the operations inside GXRL. She holds a BA in theatre from Smith College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert. When she's not writing and editing, she's hosting the GXRL podcast, acting, and rocking out with her two bands LANDROID and Bang Sugar Bang.
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    Latest Posts

    Child Custody in the Time of Pandemia

    I am still raw from the March 13th sting when we, terrified by a novel virus, canceled classes at the high school where I teach -- where my youngest attends -- and floored it home without a backward glance, locked ourselves up tightly, and refused to open for friend and stranger both. I forced smiles for all the kids in my care, "What an adventure!" it said. We got this. I got this.

    Simply Insignificant

    Lately, I have been feeling a bit small. There are so many BIG concerns in the world right now that my life feels ... well ... unimportant.

    Maintaining is the New Thriving

    Don’t misunderstand me: Sierra’s death is in here, waiting, like lava bubbling deep inside a sleeping volcano. It will have its day, as such losses do, whether I want it or not.

    On predictions of death

    I am like him. When I am angry, my eyes flash contemptuously and I say nothing. I feel wrath and hatefulness and plan cruelty. It passes. I’m glad that is mostly all.
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