Relentlessly Resilient

We live in challenging times, and it seems only to be getting tougher. Michelle Scarf and Jennie Taylor are no strangers to overcoming adversity.  Michelle lost her husband to metastatic prostate cancer. Jennie's husband, Major Brent Taylor, was killed in the service of our country.  Learn how these two women crossed paths and join them as they visit with others enduring challenges and teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward.
Julie Burraston explains what resiliency means to her after losing her husband — Gary Burraston   (46:44) April 20, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Julie Burraston to remember her husband, Gary. She talks about meeting Gary, the moment she realized that she was going to marry Gary, and their decision to adopt three beautiful children. Then Julie talks about how they had to fight radiation-induced cancer with […]
Michelle opens up about the last days she spent with her husband John   (42:52) April 13, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor interviews our very own Michelle Scharf about her husband John’s resilience over the course of the years, his ability to push through pain, and the moment Michelle found out that her husband had cancer. Then she recalls the severity of John’s diagnosis, why it was so important to create […]
Vickie Walker talks about losing her husband in the Trolley Square mass shooting in 2007   (01:02:00) April 06, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf is joined by Vickie Walker to talk about losing her husband, Jeff, in the Trolley Square shooting in 2007, learning that her son, A.J. had been injured in the shooting and the chaotic events that followed. Then Vickie opens up about her response once she found out that A.J. […]
Courtney Checketts remembers her husband, Rocky, after he died in a hiking accident in Moab   (45:15) March 30, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Courtney Checketts to talk about meeting her husband Rocky, getting the news that the child she had been carrying for 20 weeks had passed away, and how such tragic news brought her and Rocky even closer together. Then Courtney opens up about the […]
Jennifer Funk opens up about the loss of her husband — Major Brad Funk   (59:12) March 23, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Jennifer Funk to remember meeting her husband, Brad, their amazing first date, and getting proposed to Florida while on vacation. Then Jennifer talks about living the “airforce dream life”, the moment she got the news that Brad had been killed in the line […]
Sue Duckworth explains how she was scammed for over $90,000 through online dating apps   (45:52) March 16, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by former Rep. Sue Duckworth (House District 22) on adapting to a new world of dating as a widow, the dangers of online dating, and how she was taken advantage of for over $90,000 in credit card debt. Sue also dives into her feelings […]
Jeff Smith talks about overcoming the physical and mental struggles of losing his eyesight   (44:52) March 09, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Jeff Smith to talk about the challenges he’s experienced after losing his eyesight decades ago, how his memories have been ingrained in his mind, and how he overcame the negative mindset that initially came with losing his eyesight. Then we also talk about […]
John and Monica open up about losing their daughter, Tabitha, to SMA years after losing Taleah   (45:24) March 04, 2021
We continue our discussion with John and Monica English. In the first episode, we spoke with them about the loss of their daughter, Taleah and in this episode, they open up about being able to help contribute towards Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) research following Taleah’s passing, why it helped when their daughter Tabitha was born […]
John and Monica English remember their daughter — Taleah — after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy   (51:34) March 02, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by John and Monica English to remember their daughter, Taleah. They recall the moment that Taleah was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), how they were able to provide the best care for Taleah, and the impact that Taleah’s diagnosis had on their family. […]
Kitty Dunn recalls losing her son, David, to cancer and how her grief has evolved over the years   (53:41) February 23, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Kitty Dunn to remember her son David. She talks about when he became hospitalized with pneumonia but was later confirmed to have a tumor in his kidney and the moment he was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Disease.  Then Kitty talks about how […]
Jane Horton remembers and shares her love for her husband — Spc. Chris Horton   (38:10) February 17, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Jane Horton (Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon) to talk about meeting her husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, his love for our country, and his decision to go to Afghanistan to serve his country.  Then Jane opens up […]
Cindy Cloninger recalls the moment her husband, John, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme   (47:28) February 09, 2021
In this week’s episode, we’re joined by Cindy Cloninger to talk about her husband John, how 9/11 shaped their lives during their relationship, and how they moved to Morgan, UT to continue building the perfect family.  She then recalls the moment in 2010 that led to John going to the ER where doctors ultimately diagnosed […]
Brittany Taylor on how mental health has shaped her relationship with her ex-husband   (52:18) February 02, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Brittany Taylor to open up about her experience with resiliency after meeting her ex-husband Bryan, how she felt like she found her best friend that she didn’t know she needed, and how Bryan’s mental health began to slip after he began to experience […]
Ryan Wilcox shares his story of overcoming a life-altering car accident   (55:48) January 26, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Ryan Wilcox (Utah House Representative – District 7) to talk about the moments that led up to an accident that would change his life forever. Ryan describes the injuries he sustained in the car accident, the most challenging parts of his recovery, and the […]
Timothy Hawkes remembers his late mother — MaryJane Davidson Hawkes   (46:30) January 19, 2021
Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Timothy Hawkes (Utah House of Representative – District 18) to remember Timothy’s late-mother — MaryJane Davidson Hawkes. He opens up about how his younger brother, Ben, struggled with mental illness at an early age, how Ben’s substance abuse and mental illness impacted his family, and the moments […]
Ganel-Lyn Condie talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting suicide rates   (59:16) January 12, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Ganel-Lyn Condie (award-winning journalist and the former editor of Wasatch Woman magazine) to talk about how the pandemic is affecting our mental health and why she suspects a rise in cases of suicide due to the various effects of COVID-19. Ganel-Lyn also talks […]
How Tiffany and Travis Vendela embody what it means to be resilient   (48:47) January 07, 2021
In part two of this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are continuing their conversation with Tiffany Vendela about her and her husband, Travis’s, journey after he suffered a serious injury while deployed in Iraq. Tiffany opens up about how some of life’s most simple activities became much harder after the accident, Montel Williams […]
Tiffany Vendela shares her and her husbands journey after he was hit by an IED in Iraq   (55:53) January 05, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Tiffany Vendela to talk about how she met her husband, Travis Vendela, how they fell in love, and how deployment to Iraq led to Travis suffering a catastrophic injury that changed their lives forever. She explains the events that took place on February […]
Sarah Galvez opens up about being diagnosed with limbic encephalitis   (40:54) December 22, 2020
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Sarah Galvez, who is the daughter of recent guests, Tony and Amy Galvez. She talks to us about how suddenly passing out in a bathroom led to her being diagnosed with limbic encephalitis after a series of misdiagnoses. Then Sarah talks about the […]
Aimee Winder Newton opens up about almost losing her daughter, Aubree, due to a brain tumor   (46:53) December 17, 2020
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Aimee Winder Newton to talk about her experience when she was told by doctors that her then two-year-old daughter, Aubree, was going to require brain surgery after doctors found a tumor growing in her brain. Aimee also opens up about how her family […]