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This is Not What I Ordered: a podcast on full-hearted living with chronic illness + health challenges

Apr 16, 2018

San Francisco native Monica Ramil is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.

She began her path as a psychotherapist shortly after being hospitalized for acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). She underwent aggressive treatments in the ICU and a complication left her temporarily blind. Monica says her illness had a profound impact on her life and relationships while shifting the way she sees illness and disability.

In this conversation, Monica discusses some of the more difficult parts of her medical journey and how they’ve actually helped her feel more gratitude for the connections she has with others. 

Her willingness to both explore the darkness and glean the light from her experiences is a mark of her resilience and introspection.

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