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Blu Dream Health Collective

Blu Dream Health Collective

By Misti Blu Day McDermott
Chronic illness podcast, support hub, and health collective. Misti Blu discusses real health, self-care, chronic illness, and mental health with a collective of healthcare providers, advocates, authors, and other like-minded individuals in the community.
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1. Blu Dream Health Collective Intro

Blu Dream Health Collective

31. Let’s Talk About Breast Health with Meghan
This episode launches season 2 of BDHC. Misti interviews Meghan Schultz R.T.(R)(M)(BD) about breast health.
October 31, 2021
30. Red Strong - Alicia’s Legacy and Sobriety Story
This episode was recorded last year (2020) to share Red’s sobriety story as she hit her 4 year milestone of being clean. She has since reach over five years clean. Red has unfortunately been tragically taken from this world, leaving heartbreak in many. Her story will continue to inspire others to get clean as her legacy lives on. She is missed and forever loved. @bludreamhealth
June 04, 2021
29. Nonprofit Update
Misti hops on real quick to update everyone on Blu Dream Health Collective
April 20, 2021
28. Grieving and Coping with Chronic Illness - Collective Conversation
Every other Wednesday all are welcome to join the collective and discuss topics related to chronic illness and mental health. @mistibluday hosts and this episode, which includes Laura with Endometriosis, Steph with PMDD, and Shelley with Autism. Find more info at
April 09, 2021
27. Post Spring Break Update and Discussion of GMOs
March 26, 2021
26. Rising Above Rheumatoid Arthritis with Effie
Effie Koliopoulos is a freelance writer and advocate. She started sharing her story in 2016 by writing various articles for The Mighty and then went on to create her own blog, Rising Above rheumatoid arthritis in 2017 and social media channels to raise awareness, connect with others and build a community of support. She resides in Chicago and is working on children’s books, and other projects. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @risingabovera or YouTube at: RA and Myself. She always enjoys talking to people in the community! Meet Effie and hear her story in this episode. For links and episode notes, visit
March 12, 2021
25. How the 5 Stages of Grief Apply to Chronic Illness
Mental health and chronic illness go hand in hand. For more information and episode notes, visit
March 05, 2021
24. Fonda White: Mental Health, Schizoaffective Disorder, Purpose From Pain
Fonda White is a motivational speaker, mental health life coach, and strength training coach. Fonda’s Journey started in 2017 when he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. He has had dark times in the past and now wants to share his experiences and story to show people with mental health issues that you can overcome and manage your symptoms. Bringing back hope into people’s lives is Fonda White’s mission for life! For episode notes and links, visit *Trigger Warning: Suicide
February 26, 2021
23. The Atwal Clinic - Geneticist Dr. Atwal
Dr. Atwal is expertly trained in all areas of genetics, including cancer genetics, cardiac genetics, neurogenetics, pediatric genetics, predictive/preventive genetics, prenatal genetics, and adult genetics. Dr. Atwal is a board-certified clinical and medical biochemical geneticist. He formerly served as Mayo Clinic’s Medical Director for the Center for Individualized Medicine and Clinical Lead for the Department of Clinical Genomics at the Jacksonville campus. He is a fellow of both The American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics and The Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. For more information and episode notes, visit
February 19, 2021
22. Get Heart Charged - Join the Jolt with Bethany & Hannah
Bethany and Hannah Keime, sisters with HCM, put it out there open and honest, what a deadly diagnosis means to a young person, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Hear how they call themselves blessed and try to pay back for all they have received. They are a must-follow @heartcharged on Instagram! For more informative and episode notes, visit
February 15, 2021
21. Level Up with Author Dr. Love Jones
Javone Jones is a mindset coach, motivational speaker, and author of his recent book Level Up: How To Start Living Your Best Life. I recently checked out a local bookstore in Cocoa Village called Hello Again Books. He was there doing a book signing! I feel that mental health is such an important topic, especially now amidst a global pandemic. We all could use some inspiration in leveling up. For more info and episode notes, visit
February 12, 2021
20. Chelsey from NYC, My Immune System Hates Me! Podcast
Fellow podcaster Chelsey from My Immune System Hates Me is my special guest today. Chelsey interviews others with chronic illness. She is a New York City based singer, dancer, and actress. Chelsey was born and raised in Vancouver and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Currently she is Associate Director for the musical theaterprogram at the 92nd Street Y. Be sure to listen till the end! For episode links and notes, visit
February 08, 2021
19. Health Story: “Be Heard. Be understood. Get better care.”
Each health story is unique. “Be Heard. Be Understood. Get Better Care” sums up Health Story’s mission. I instanly fell in love on Instagram when I stumbled across some powerful posts that raise awareness on medical bias and misdiagnosis. Health Story is a safe and secure digital space for the unique story of your health and healthcare journey. For more information on this episode please visit
February 05, 2021
18. Bonus Episode: What Is Your Body Trying To Telling You?
Whether you are a chronic illness warrior or a generally healthy person, this episode is meant to help you be mindful of your norm and your body’s baseline. You can be a detective and learn how to see the red flags.
February 03, 2021
17. SIBO Made Simple - Gut Health with Phoebe Lapine
Phoebe is a gluten-free chef, culinary instructor, Hashimoto’s advocate, & author of SIBO Made Simple. Her Instagram account is so fun and authentic. No cookie-cutter BS, just the nitty gritty on gut health, delicious recipes (including what to do with a fugly avocado), and health transparency. You really feel like you have a new best friend after scrolling her page. So, now we get to meet Phoebe and hear about her book! For more episode notes, visit
February 01, 2021
16. Chronic Illness, Burnout, & Fitness Motivation with Johanna From Finland
Chronically Johanna is a chronic illness warrior from Finland who inspires workout motivation. She advocates for Ankylosing Spondylitits and Fribromyalgia, as well as Anxiety & Burnout. I love hearing patient advocate stories from all over, as every story is unique. In this episode, we can learn about chronic illness burnout, finding motivation with fitness, and about Ankylosing Spondylitis from Johanna. For more information and episode notes, visit
January 29, 2021
15. Retired Party Girl - Sober Connection
Retired Party Girl is an empowering sober community for womxn who are retired from the party, not the fun. Retired Party Girl focuses on mental health normalization, self-love practices, female empowerment and the deglamorization of the consumption and marketing of alcohol. This episode features Tori Felder, from Retired Party Girl! For episode notes, visit
January 25, 2021
14. Aortic Adventure - Open Heart Surgery & Mountain Climbing
Bob is the recipient of a mechanical aortic heart valve and ascending aorta (2016) and is currently living life on blood thinners. The question that loomed over his head was whether or not he could still be active while taking anticoagulants. Bob is a climber and English teacher who lives in Denver, Colorado. For more info and episode notes, visit
January 22, 2021
13. BONUS EPISODE! Want to Become a Published Author With ImagineWe Publishers?
Misti recently announced that she is the President and Publisher for the Florida Division of ImagineWe Publishers! Not only will she publish her books through IW but I will also help authors to publish and share their stories too. Jessica Cassick is the CEO of ImagineWe Publishing, and the special guest on this episode! For more episode information and notes, visit
January 19, 2021
12. Hope For Ataxia - Degenerative Disease of the Nervous System
Hope For Ataxia’s mission is to raise awareness globally, and to make a meaninful and positive impact in rare diseases narrative. Founded in 2019, Hope For Ataxia is a federally incorporated non-profit organization based in Canada. For more information and notes on this episode, go to
January 18, 2021
11. Dr. Laura ND Discusses Fertility, Diet Culture, & Period Problems
Dr. Laura Pipher is a naturopathic doctor who has founded the Period Passport online program to help women fix their period problems, as well as HER time of the month, a membership focused on getting women accurate information related to their hormones. For more info and episode notes, visit
January 15, 2021
10. Erika, The Holistic Beautie, Discusses Endometriosis
Fellow podcaster @theholisticbeautie shares her story with endometriosis and holistic tips that work for her. To view the episode notes, visit
January 11, 2021
9. Taplan Ardis: Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome, Fertility Struggles, & Disability
Taplan shares her struggles with fertility, life with EDS, her service pup Peach, and her ongoing disability process. For more on this episode, visit
January 08, 2021
8. The HERBx: Savanna Riley - Cannabis Community, Stigmas, & Mental Health
The HERBx is a platform that brings exclusive cannabis education and insight to the community. For episode notes, visit
January 04, 2021
7. Brandon Mouw: Type 1 Diabetes & Rare Pancreas Transplant
Brandon Mouw is a Type 1 Diabetic who has had 9 surgeries, including a self-funded rare $250,000 pancreas transplant! Check out more information on this episode at
December 28, 2020
6. Jessica Bellinger - Her Book, eCommerce, & Health
Author, Photographer, Podcaster, & eCommerce Business Owner Jessica Bellinger from Florida discusses health stuff, sobriety and her book The Humility Paradox. Go to for episode notes.
December 21, 2020
5. Jimmy Fremgen - Battery Operated Hearts, Capitol Hill, & Cannabis
Jimmy Fremgen is from Sacramento, California and wears many hats. In this episode we discuss his lifelong invisible illness, cardiomyopathy. We also talk about cannabis and Jimmy’s experience with Capitol Hill.
December 14, 2020
4. Autism with Piper (Roller Derby Mom & Caregiver)
Bonus episode! Misti Blu interviews Piper, a mother and caregiver of an autistic teen. Piper is also a roller derby badass who is passionate about advocating for autism.
December 11, 2020
3. The Grumbling Gut
The Grumbling Gut (Ziyad) is a published radiographer researcher with Crohns. The Grumbling Gut is an advocate who provides education on inflammatory bowel disease in hopes to break stigmas and myths about IBD. Visit for more info, links, and episode notes.
December 07, 2020
2. Dr. Christine Gosch, ER Doctor and Covid Patient
Misti interviews Dr. Christine Gosch from Missouri. She has worked firsthand on the Coronavirus frontlines and was also a patient with Covid.
November 30, 2020
1. Blu Dream Health Collective Intro
Blu Dream Health Collective launches episode 1, an introduction. This platform will be a collective of like-minded guests, sharing their expertise and individual stories that involve invisible illness, self-care, body positivity, mental health, stigmas, and medical equality.
November 23, 2020