#16 – Trauma – Had It Up To Here

In today’s episode, we talk to Vanessa Goodar about her personal battles with secondary infertility, endometriosis, hysterectomy, divorce, and chronic post-traumatic stress.

We cover a variety of topics including:

  • Vanessa’s perspective on overcoming all of the adversities related with infertility
  • The stereotype of hyperfertility among Black Women and the impact that has on the overall healthcare of BIPOC women experiencing infertility
  • The traumas Vanessa experienced going through an emotional divorce and intervention.

More background on today’s guest:

Vanessa Goodar is a south side Chicago native, veteran Chicago Public Schools Special Education teacher of 14 years, educational consultant, Black women’s self-care blogger and race inequity health advocate. Her research interests focus on culturally responsive approaches to stress disparities that disproportionately affect Black women and girls. She chose to analyze barriers to self-care actions for a deeper understanding of her personal battle with secondary infertility, hysterectomy, divorce, chronic post-traumatic stress and the racial-cultural-colonial stereotypes that created the Strong Black Woman phenomenon. Her goal is to redefine strength as vulnerability and use the power of community and storytelling to create culturally responsive, empirically-grounded, social-emotional tools that will uniquely address socio-cultural-economic self-care barriers that influence Black women’s ability to thrive and be empowered.

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