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Season 2 Episode 14 Shannon: When Medical Trauma Rudely Interrupts

Season 2 Episode 14 Shannon: When Medical Trauma Rudely Interrupts

In this episode of the SISU Journey podcast, Shannon Collins talks about the stress of dealing with the repercussions of something out of their control. Everything was fine until one day, they unexpectedly needed to undergo brain surgery. What was it like afterward? How did they start to get used to this new normal? Stay tuned!


Here are the things to expect in this episode:

  • Being in a situation where they can’t trust their body to do what it needs to do.

  • Everyone else’s reaction to the surgery is its own trauma.

  • The long-term impact of brain surgery on their daily life. What were some of the major shifts they did?

  • Putting up boundaries because they didn’t like how people were treating them.

  • How they learned to no longer be afraid of being honest with their feelings and values.

  • And more!


About Shannon Collins:

Pronouns: they/them

Shannon Collins has been aiming to capture joy as resistance for 12 years as the owner of Shannon Collins Photography. They connect clients with affirming vendors and advocate for safer, more diverse, inclusive, and accessible industry standards.

In the past year, Shannon came out publicly as nonbinary, queer, and disabled. Shannon recently founded Youthphoria, a project dedicated to celebrating and photographing trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming youth in the Philadelphia area at no cost. Shannon volunteers for The Trevor Project every week as a crisis counselor.

Shannon lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with their partner, two children, chinchilla, dachshund, and 38 patient houseplants.

Connect with Shannon!



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This episode talks about medical trauma and uses a few sassy words. Please take care while listening.

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SISU Journey
Join me, your host, Helena Lucia, every Thursday as we explore the topic of resilience from diverse points of view and many angles, with lovely guests who generously share their inspiring stories.
The Finnish language has an amazing word Sisu that means resilience in the face of extreme adversity. In this podcast, we decompose the practice of resilience in our guest's lives, and the modalities they use to promote that beautiful resilience.
We will also look at the science behind many of these modalities, as well as offering practical guides on how to test them out in your own life.
Some topics we plan to discuss are meditation, mindfulness, self-compassion, intuitive eating, EFT, bodywork, EMDR, yoga, embodiment, earthing, EMDR, somatic experiencing, therapy, hypnotherapy, polyvagal theory, subconscious programming, sexual healing, alcohol-free living and many more.