SMM 051: Hope in the Arms of the Savior in Mental Health Challenges || Jamie Hutchings

My guest for episode 51 is Jamie Hutchings. Jamie is a wife and mom to three. She is a motivational speaker who frequently shares her story of beating childhood cancer, overcoming survivor’s guilt and dealing with mental health issues, including PTSD and multiple suicide attempts.

In the interview, Jamie shares what she learned from her experiences going through cancer as a young child. She beat cancer but faced mental health struggles in the years following her cure.

At age 17, Jamie nearly took her own life. She talks about that experience and what kept her from following through with her suicide intentions. We discuss how parents can stay close to their children and recognize warning signs of depression.

The second half of the interview is focused on suicide. I didn’t plan for this topic to be a main focus of this episode. However, I felt the Spirit both during the interview and after as I edited the audio. I know the discussion Jamie and I have is a message that is supposed to be shared.

I am not an expert or a professional. I have been touched by suicide in my extended family, but I am the first to admit that I don’t know or understand all that those affected feel. As I share in this episode, I only know and have faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. He knows all and is the One who can heal.

Ultimately, Jamie shares that you are the mother to your children for a reason. Her story offers hope and her honesty and faith are inspiring.

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Show Notes

Jamie mentioned a painting of the Savior reaching out called The Hand of God by Yongsung Kim. You can go HERE to see the painting.

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SMM 008: Dealing with Cancer + Motherhood by Focusing on What is Most Important || Julie Monroe

Julie’s thoughts on dealing with cancer + motherhood:

“I’ve realized in times like this when you get some hard news or you’re having a tough time, a really hard trial in your life, you can either choose to look toward God for help or you can turn away from God. I really made the choice to put all my faith in God and I realized that He has a plan for me and once I kind of submitted myself to Him and said, ‘OK, I’m here. What am I supposed to do?’ I felt his guidance along the way in everything.” – Julie Monroe

Show Recap

Two years ago, Julie Monroe was a healthy 36-year-old wife and mom to three daughters. Then life threw her a curve ball when she was diagnosed with rectal cancer and everything changed in an instant.

In the interview, Julie talks about her positive approach to parenting and how that perspective helped her tell her daughters about her diagnosis when they were only 10, 6 and 4 years old. She shares how motherhood has shifted from wanting to be the “perfect mom” to just focusing on what is truly important.

If you’ve ever felt awkward around someone who was recently diagnosed with cancer or something similar, Julie’s gives advice on how to offer help. She also shares how to let people help you if you are the one with a diagnosis.

The impact of Julie’s cancer has been felt by her entire family. Her family has pulled together to pick up the tasks Julie hasn’t been able to perform. This experience has taught her daughters to show more compassion and kindness to others.

As a life-saving measure, Julie underwent surgery and received a colostomy bag 2 months ago. Julie was candid and honest about what this means for her day-to-day life. For Julie, it was not her choice to have a colostomy bag for the rest of her life, but it was her choice to be secure about and to embrace it as something that has given her life and the chance to be here for her girls.

Overall, Julie’s positive approach to her diagnosis of cancer has taught her to say no, let go of what isn’t important, and turn to God. She knows we aren’t alone. God is always with us.

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Julie’s blog posts about topics discussed in the interview:

Telling Your Kids That You Have Cancer
Gifts for Someone Starting Chemo
Life with a Colostomy – 2 Months Later

Quote Julie mentioned in the podcast:

“Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us and He has promised that this will never change.”  –Thomas S. Monson

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