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Podcast - EmBrace It with Lainie & Estela

Friends and CMT advocates, Lainie Ishbia from, and Estela Lugo from the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation, are real, raw and perfectly imperfect in their informal discussions about the trials and tribulations of living with disabilities.

Both women wear leg braces due to chronic neuromuscular conditions and are passionate about helping others feel confident in their own skin.

EmBRACE It: Episode 1-Summer Loving (Or Not) In Leg Braces

In this very first perfectly imperfect episode, Lainie and Estela introduce themselves and their goals for the EmBRACE It Series. They reference Lainie’s Trend-Able Blog called, Seasonal Self Pity Syndrome in their discussion about the challenges of living with disabilities and wearing leg braces in the summertime.

EmBRACE It: Episode 2 – Bernadette Scarduzio

In this episode of the Embrace-It series, we catch up with Bernadette Scarduzio 10 years after filming her documentary.

EmBRACE It: Episode 3 – Makeup Hacks with Jessica Ruiz

Meet Jessica Ruiz, a 26 year-old Philadelphia-based makeup artist who was born with Arthrogryposis, a congenital defect that prevents full movement in her arms and hands, which means she has to use her mouth to hold her makeup tools.

Embrace It: Episode 4 – The Exercise Experiment with Julie Stone

Join Julie Stone as she fills us in on her personal journey and lessons learned on self acceptance and adaptive exercise!

Embrace It: Episode 5 – Disability & Love, 5 RED Flags Not to Ignore

Join Lainie & Estela as they answer a listener’s online dating questions and break down their top 5 red flags to steer clear of when dating with a disability.

Embrace It: Episode 6 – Silver Linings of a Pandemic

Join Lainie & Estela as they reflect on the current COVID-19 crisis and how we can all boost up our self compassion and tap into our “disability toolbox” to get us through these uncertain times.

Embrace It: Episode 7 – CMT is a Mother

CMT is a mother… and one of life’s greatest teachers. Join Lainie & Estela for a fun and unfiltered conversation about motherhood. We’re spilling the stress, guilt, joy, love (and dirty laundry) of navigating disability and family life!

Embrace It: Episode 8 – Alexandra Herold, Founder of Patti & Ricky

As seen on the Today Show, Forbes Magazine and ABC7, Alexandra Herold shares her personal story of how she became inspired to create her Adaptive Product Marketplace, Patti & Ricky. Come for the inspiration and stay for the fun product tips!

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Embrace It: Episode 10 – Tripping on Air w/ Ardra Shephard

Join us for some real talk with writer, blogger and rollator supermodel, Ardra Shephard as she spills her deep truths and life hacks from a girl with MS.

Embrace It: Episode 10 – A Recipe for Asking for Help

  • Just like the Beatles once said, “We get by with a little help from our friends”. Sometimes asking for help feels like defeat or can trigger mixed emotions. In this episode, Laine & Estela break down the different ingredients of asking for help.

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Embrace It: Episode 11 – Andrea Dalzell, The Seated Nurse

  • Daughter of immigrant parents, Andrea Dalzell was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis at the age of 5 and using wheelchair by age 12. Disability didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in nursing, winning the title of Miss Wheelchair NY and becoming a spokeswoman for Apple. This is an interview you won’t want to miss!

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