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The Complicated DM

The Complicated DM

By Denise Renee & Mariana
A platform to educate others on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and relationship that erases societal norms.
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The Complicated Life of Chronic Kidney Disease, Part III
Join The Complicated DM and the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc as we talk with registered dietitian and life coach, Angie Disbrow. In this episode we discuss the Black K.A.R.E. initiative which is a program designed to increase awareness and prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Angie shares tips on creating healthy eating habits and resources on how to meal plan appropriately. Listen and learn the many ways a system over willpower and reducing the chaos in life will give you the energy and mindset to develop a new healthy lifestyle.  
36:46
January 13, 2022
The Complicated Life of Chronic Kidney Disease, Part II
Join The Complicated DM and the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc as we chat with Dr. Christopher Johnson, Nephrologist and Medical Director, OSF Transplant. We discuss the Black K.A.R.E. program which is designed to increase awareness and prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Dr. Johnson defines CKD and talks about the disparities faced within the Black community. Listen and learn the many ways you can begin to take control of your health. 
35:22
November 16, 2021
The Complicated Life of Chronic Kidney Disease, Part I
The Complicated DM Podcast and the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc proudly introduces to you the Black K.A.R.E. Project initiated by the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links. K.A.R.E stands for Kidney Awareness, Resources and Education. Join Denise Poindexter, co-founder of The Complicated DM and member of the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc. and special guest, Dr. Thembi Conner-Garcia as they educate and raise awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Black community. Dr. Conner-Garcia, an internal medicine physician, will share information about CKD and its risk factors, complications and treatment to reduce the risk of kidney failure and/or improve outcomes for people living with chronic kidney disease. 
34:19
October 26, 2021
The Complicated Life of Entrepreneurs
In this episode, “Miss Market” and “Girls Go For It” co-founders join the Complicated DM. Our conversation will take you on their journey to building brands focused on connecting women-centered businesses and brands with women shoppers to create a sisterhood of support through meaningful spending and developing the leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit and professional abilities of young girls, respectively. Join us to learn more about women building empires designed to empower all women. 
36:06
September 20, 2021
The Complicated Life of a Dream Chaser
In this episode, co-hosts interview Aaron Beasley and learn about his journey towards becoming a Chef. Achieving your dream is normalized in this episode, as well as powerful stories shared around having a community that encourages and supports you in chasing dreams. 
36:31
September 14, 2021
The Complicated Life of Restless Culture
Join the Complicated DM and guest Jazmyne as we unpack the concept of grind culture. In this episode, Jazmyne shares insightful tips on reasons why we need to rest, and we also talk about ways in which we can pause that fit our lifestyle. Erasing the societal norms that resting does not align with success is vital to our journeys.
35:09
July 18, 2021
The Complicated Life of Adult Friendships
Join us as we talk about the complexities of making friends as an adult. Listen and enjoy our personal stories of how we met some of our friends. Most importantly learn some tips and tricks of how to make friends as an adult.
34:02
June 17, 2021
The Complicated Life of Racial Health Disparities
In this episode, the Complicated DM discuss racial health disparities with features guest, Dr. Lauren Daniels. Dr. Daniels defines health disparities and provides helpful tips for you to navigate the healthcare system. We share from our own personal experiences within healthcare settings as women of color and know many of you will relate. Join us for this educational and insightful episode.
37:14
June 03, 2021
The Complicated Life of Dating
The Complicated Life of Dating episode is focused on the challenges of dating. Join us as we talk about what works and how to address challenging or courageous conversations like non-negotiables. We share our personal journey on what we have learned through the process of navigating our dating life.
31:35
May 20, 2021
The Complicated Life of Surviving the Pandemic
The Complicated DM is back for season two. Tune in to hear what your co-hosts Mariana and Denise Renee have been up to in their life during the pandemic. They will also talk about what season two has in store for The Complicated DM, oh and Happy Birthday to The Complicated DM!  
28:50
May 06, 2021
The Complicated Life of a Podcast
In this episode the duo talk about their journey in creating the Complicated DM, and what they have learned over the past 9 months. As season one comes to an end Mariana and Denise reflect on lessons learned, and answer questions from the audience. Join us in the last episode of the season finale!
20:42
September 30, 2020
The Complicated Life of Sister Relationships
In this episode of The Complicated DM, the duo examines the dynamics of sister relationships with Denise and her three (3) sisters. Sibling placement, age gap, distance and other intricacies play an important role in how these sisters connect. Listen as Mariana facilities the discussion and asks pointed questions with the expectation of authentic dialogue among these sisters.
28:15
September 03, 2020
The Complicated Life of Interracial Relationships
Special guest Patrick, a licensed professional counselor, joins The Complicated DM to talk about inter-racial relationships both romantic and platonic. In this episode they share personal experiences in dating and friendships of different races and ethnicity. Patrick shares five phases that individuals go through when dating and determining their preferences. Listen as you learn about the challenges and complexities of relationships.
34:40
August 20, 2020
The Complicated Life of a Career Change
In this episode Denise shares with our audience how she successfully transitioned a career move. Mariana facilitates the conversation as we learn tips and strategies to consider when leaving a career. Learn about some ways Denise utilized her network and put the tips into practice.
32:22
August 06, 2020
The Complicated Life of Apologies
The Complicated DM shares their specific Apology Language from the Five Languages of Apology, by Gary Chapman. Join them while they talk about their assessment results and how it impacts relationships. They discuss how apologies have impacted: friendships, family, and romantic relationships. Learn how navigating apologies can differ from one relationship to another and the power of forgiving.
22:60
July 16, 2020
The Complicated Life of Platonic Friendships
Special guest Kevin, joins The Complicated DM to address the complexities of platonic friendships. In this episode they share their personal stories and provide advice on relationships with individuals of the opposite gender and the challenges that may arise. The conversation touched on the many layers of friendships and the boundaries that need to be set at times.
27:18
July 02, 2020
The Complicated Life of Therapy
Special guest Tekita Bankhead, Creator and Editor-in-Chief of The Pedestal Project, joins The Complicated DM to address the benefits of therapy, stereotypes faced and navigating the relationship with therapy. In this episode they share their personal journeys with this method of healing and how to take the first step and achieving personal growth. They discuss the many ways to normalize therapy by inserting the topic into everyday conversations with others.
29:31
June 18, 2020
The Complicated Life of Civil Unrest
The Complicated DM shares their thoughts and feelings as the country grapples with the amount of civil unrest that is currently taking place and the challenges and injustice the Black community faces. They discuss ways to be a better ally while sharing the realities of historical privileges afforded to many. They stand in solidarity with communities across America that continue to advocate for basic human privileges including the right to live and exist in a just society.
30:13
June 04, 2020
The Complicated Life of Singleness
In this episode of The Complicated DM, the duo discusses singleness and how navigating can look different for everyone. Throughout the episode they share the concept of being emotionally unavailable as well as the various ways societal norms impact individuals who identity as being single. Listen and learn how you can discover the way through your phase of singleness.
21:57
May 21, 2020
The Complicated DM Intro
The Complicated DM pairs two dynamic women who shares their journey of developing a friendship while discovering the complicated life of relationships. Identifying as women of color, Denise Renee and Mariana will open-up in the first episode about who they are and how they stumbled upon the idea of creating a podcast. Join them on this amazing journey of finding ways to cultivate connections to create a life on their own terms. Learn more about The Complicated DM. 
20:04
April 26, 2020