Relentlessly Resilient

Best of Relentlessly Resilient 2021: Growing amid our beautiful disasters with the support of others

2021 has been a difficult year for many as we continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic, deal with social unrest, and seek out positivity in what feels like an ever-darkening world. But, over the course of this same year, we on the Relentlessly Resilient podcast have heard wonderfully inspiring stories of individuals and families who have faced uphill battles and learned overwhelmingly valuable lessons from the climb. Today hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf revisit some of these stories and the powerful messages shared; from choosing to wear rose-colored glasses and seeing life as the beautiful disaster it is, to accepting help, acknowledging grief, being mad, and getting over it. 

Best of Audio clips were pulled from the following Relentlessly Resilient episodes: 
Ep. 20: Cindy Cloninger recalls the moment her husband, John, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme
Ep. 23: Jeff Smith talks about overcoming the physical and mental struggles of losing his eyesight
Ep. 24: Sue Duckworth explains how she was scammed for over $90,000 through online dating apps 
Ep. 29: Julie Burraston explains what resiliency means to her after losing her husband — Gary Burraston 
Ep. 33: Wendall Pelham shares the inspirational story of his son — U.S. Army Specialist John Alexander Pelham
Ep. 36: Nicole Martin talks about how Alzheimer’s disease affects the entire family 
Ep. 39: Coach Babe Kwasniak on winning the mental health battle by connecting with others 
Ep 18:  John and Monica English remember their daughter — Taleah — after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy 
Ep. 53: Suicide attempt survivor Ledger Skinner on acknowledging the love and fighting for hope 

Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at,, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

Published: Tuesday December 28, 2021
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