How did this whole thing start, from the dream to start a business with my wife and best friend, that’s how, and now, well it’s Boomers recap time. Pretty crazy, use it as an example that anything can happen if you just dream big dreams, let’s start this week-
Monday lucky 7/11
My buddy David Lorenz was back as usual, Mr. Consistent, that’s why we are blessed to have such a great leadoff hitter, Mr. Clutch. We chatted it up on the Michigan Festival scene, and more specifically David talked about doing a brew tour of our state. Well kind of anyway, we talked about the ever growing micro-brew craft and the 80 or so breweries that are now scattered all over Michigan.
The micro-brew craze started over 25 years ago, actually in 1985 by a gentlemen named Larry Bell . Did you know that we have guided brew tours in Detroit? I mean David always brings in the coolest ideas and fun adventures.
So check this out-
A Sip of Michigan – Birthday Bash Friday, July 15 8:00p at Rattlesnake Club, Detroit, MI
Put this one on your calendar for next year-
We also talked tall ships and Bay city, don’t forget to check out the doubletree hotel, another summer spot to explore and see, renovated and reborn, Bay city has it going on.
Next week we talk about the Pure Michigan 400, that’s Monday at 6:22pm est on of course the world’s first all fitness radio FTNS.
Next up on a very busy Monday was our friend Jo-Anne Lema, the very busy lady who is the founder of After Fifty Living made a visit to the show. Great topic as we discussed Betty Ford and her immense impact on people’s lives as a influencer and leader. Her honesty about addiction and breast cancer has pioneered the openness that we now enjoy in society, she was a wonderful lady.
Jo-Anne told me that 4 million boomers suffer from addiction issues, and that by 2020 that number will double. We need to stick together boomers, that is a lot of people who will be suffering, we all need to step up and figure out some way to be involved and help.
Addiction is a lonely and insidious issue, life is tough enough, let’s try and make this problem better in some small way.
Thanks to both David and Jo-Anne for stopping in and sharing-
“Hi Daisy”! 🙂
Newbie, first timer Meghan Merchant came on the show, and her energy and knowledge was outstanding. I really do enjoy everyone of our guests, it is what is making the “Boomers Rock” phenomenon work, it is all about the collective, the knowledge base. That and I feel that if all of these nice, very knowledgeable peeps want to share their time we must be doing something right, right?
Meghan gave her background, Bachelors and Masters degrees, trainer, dancer wife and mom to two daughters, yes she is a busy lady. Meghan had a really interesting take on this interview, tools to make your measuring your exercise more clear cut. Specifically, pedometers, how knowing your output daily utilizing such a tool can actually relieve stress.
We also chatted about how Meghan had Thyroid cancer when she was 19, how it was very treatable and how the thyroid is an energy regulator in your body, that even if you have had a condition such as hers life goes on, normally and happily, if you take care of yourself. Meghan will be back to expand on her expertise, take the time to read this New Mexico moms journal on her website where she shares a ton of good info.
Tim Kissman made a journey into the land of “Boomers Rock, you know Tim, the editor and founder of “Healthy and Fit” magazine. Great to have Tim, as we like to discuss this month’s issue of the magazine which included articles on-
- Hip to Clip-and saving money while being healthy
- Travel softball- (Tim’s got firsthand knowledge of this one, being the coach and all)
- Food allergies-Recognizing allergens, and how symptoms can possible save your life (good stuff)!
- and Geocatching- (I had no idea what this was, interesting stuff,) even Meghan mentioned how she thought this was cool stuff. Come to find out it’s like a state of the art scavenger hunt. Just another idea on getting some movement in your life and having fun while doing it.
Tim and I discussed the pitfalls of living vicariously through your children’s athletic accomplishments. Being a former coach, and Tim still coaching, and being athletes growing up we discussed how important it is to remember the one key component to youth athletics, let them have fun, and understand they must have the desire to play.
Tim’s magazine is growing, and if you are interested in reading and or advertising with him visit their website or email Tim directly- firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was by far the most emotional show for me so far, dealing with addiction and substance abuse is a very sincerely difficult topic and one that I take very seriously, being very close to the subject through my own experience.
I have Teri Murgia’s permission to print her letter here, I think this sums it up-
This question was asked to a member of Addict’s Mom, Teri Murgia. She is a recovering prescription drug addict and the mother of an addict who now dedicates her life to helping others who are suffering. It is a powerful lesson she shared about enabling, and how her mother’s decision to walk away changed her life.
Question: When your Mother found the courage to stop the enabling process by walking out on you when you were facing uncertain death how did that make you feel in your heart?
The day my Mother found the courage to walk out of my hospital room was the day I had made another personal attempt to end my life. She just couldn’t do it anymore.
My Mother had already lost two children by this time, her heart was broken into a million pieces and all she could do was fall to her knees and cry out to GOD! My first thought when she walked out of the room that day was, it confirmed what I was feeling, even my own Mother couldn’t love me.
Then all the feelings of anger, bitterness and sometimes even a bit of hatred flooded my thoughts. What kind of Mother could walk away from their only daughter, how could someone be so cold and unfeeling?
Her last words to me that day were, “ I AM NOT GOING TO SIT BACK AND WATCH YOU KILL YOURSELF ANYMORE, IF YOU WANT TO DIE THAT’S YOUR CHOICE , BUT I WON’T BE HERE TO WATCH IT!!” And she left.
It was that day when my long and difficult journey towards recovery began. You see my Mother made the ultimate choice that day, she chose her life. She knew her life was worth something and she was no longer going to allow my addiction to destroy it!
She was no longer going to be a victim of my destructive behavior. Today I live my life grateful she had the courage to walk away, as it was the very thing I needed to begin my recovery.
Thank you MOM, I love you!
In families where addiction effects multiple members of the immediate family, and none of them are willing to seek professional treatment, how is it possible to maintain those family relationships? What process for recovery do they use? Do they believe in the “disease” model of addiction? What supports do they provide/suggest for the family members?
This interview was awesome, and I plan on continuing with this topic, bringing great people like Barbara and Teri on as guests just reaffirms in my mind how important this show and these words are.