Girls With Guts
What is it?
“Girls With Guts...Or What’s Left of Them” is a new Health and Wellness Podcast with a mission of empowering women to take control of their own health and wellness.
Created by two young women who survived a rare intestinal disorder known as cecal volvulus, the show’s title reflects the ladies’ scrappy uplifting spirit, despite literally getting their guts cut out of their bodies. Through leaning on each other, both emotionally and informationally, they discovered that they lacked an uplifting, informative health and wellness community. Specifically, they found it discouraging that modern medicine, as they experienced it, seemed to only focus on “keeping people from dying” and rarely ever focused on “helping people live.”
What is it About?
Your parents always tell you that as you get older, things will start breaking. When it happens to you, a certain panic comes over your being, as you realize that you may never again be the same. That is why GWG is…
“Here for you so that when things start breaking, you don’t break down.”
Each week, the gutsy gals do a 30-minute to 1-hour deep dive into a health and wellness topic that they’ve either personally experienced or discovered through friends. After a little chit chat about the recency and/or relevancy of the topic, a guest expert (doctor/survivor/specialist) will be invited into the episode to discuss the topic in further detail. The hope is that by the end of the episode, 1) the listener learns something that empowers them to tackle their own health issues; and 2) they feel like they’re not alone in their suffering.
Hosted on LibSyn, listeners can tune into Girls With Guts every week by listening and subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and more.
In addition to listening to this fun, informative podcast, the audience will also be able to tune into a video recording of each episode, available on platforms such as YouTube and Patreon. This additional medium provides a whole new way to connect with Alanna and Nicole, whom are both cute, fit, petite, and relatable young women.
Alanna and Nicole could never have anticipated that when they sat down next to each other at their friend’s wedding, they’d be sitting next to a stranger from across the country who had the same rare medical diagnosis. As Nicole took a bite of her dinner and lamented about her recent intestinal surgeries, Alanna was shook. She shared that she too had suffered from the same freak attack of a cecal volvulus! And that wasn’t all they had in common – they both became ill while in incredible shape with no preexisting illnesses… and they were both on-screen talents. Once their weird connection was established, the two began to lean on each other for advice and support.
Following the wedding in 2019, Nicole had two more surgeries that Alanna helped guide her through. Then, earlier this year, Alanna found out that she needed surgery for an intestinal obstruction caused by scar tissue – scar tissue from her surgery that took place 10 years ago. Suddenly, Alanna was experiencing post-surgical challenges that she had long forgotten about, making her feel the confusion and stress Nicole had recently fought through. Now, Alanna was feeling the pull to reach out and share her experiences too.
After being stuck in quarantine and trying to find a productive creative outlet, the two ladies had a phone conversation that set everything in motion. Across the country from each other, Alanna and Nicole had been obsessing over ideas of the two of them creating a podcast together. And thus, Girls with Guts was born! That is Girls with Guts...or what’s left of them!
Why Tune in?
Although they are not medical experts, Alanna and Nicole speak from their personal experience of the challenges they experienced in diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of complications from a cecal volvulus. As proactive and empowered young women, they know firsthand what it means to not have your pain taken seriously, the difficulties of finding the right doctor, and what it takes to be your own health advocate. Through their experiences with such a sudden rare disease, Alanna and Nicole have developed a community of medical and “experience” experts from which they find what they believe to be some of the most powerful and uplifting information for young to middle aged people dealing with sudden health crises.
While the health topics covered in GWG are for everyone, the majority of episodes are anticipated to speak more to those who directly relate to the hosts: women in their mid-20’s to mid-40’s who are curious or proactive about their health and wellness.
However, with their vibrant personalities and unique perspectives, GWG hopes to attract the boyfriends, husbands, best friends, kids, and coworkers of the core audience.
For example, since Alanna was diagnosed when she was only 17, GWG may also be compelling to teenagers.