September 13th, 2021 | 57 mins 17 secs
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Aron Bender talks with D’Janai Michele -- an artist, designer, business owner and survivor. She’s recovering from an accident in March 2021 that left her mouth and face broken, bloody and bruised. She's undergone surgeries to start the long, painful, expensive recovery process. D'Janai says she won't have a mouth full of teeth until at least late 2022. In recent years she has battled depression and lived in her car, all while creating her own clothing line, and as the oldest of her siblings carried the weight of her family’s legacy on her shoulders.
May 21st, 2021 | 40 mins 58 secs
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Aron Bender talks with Sarah Talbi -- who was born without arms. But a lot has changed the last few years for the 30-something living in Belgium. Sarah has become a mother, taken up painting, and built up quite a following on social media. We talk about lots of things she CAN do like take care of her daughter, cook, and everyday tasks like put on a bra. But it seems people put more limitations on her than she puts on herself. We discuss how instrumental her family was in normalizing her disability, what her almost 3-year-old says and asks about mommy's arms, her ONE frustration in life, and also one of the few things she's been unable to do by herself: travel. Sarah and I also talk about what it was like for her parents when they discovered they were having a baby with no arms, and for her when she learned she was pregnant.