When Melinda Joyner became a single mother as a young teenager, she took the experience as an opportunity to grow and help others. As a result of understanding the difficult task of being a single mother, Melinda created a safe community of assistance and resources for other young single mothers in her community of Jackson, MS. She organized many events in the community to provide education and resources, and to tell other young mom’s her story, to serve as a beacon of hope.
Underlying all of this is Melinda’s strong belief that we all have a MORE- that thing that we are good at, adds value to this world, and lights us up. Melinda found her MORE after years of working as a Rape Crisis Counselor for Catholic Charities, a crisis pregnancy counselor, and an HIV/STD counselor/educator. When her grown kids were off to college, Melinda decided to return to school as well, where she ultimately obtained her Master's in Social Work.
Currently, Melinda is working as a Social Worker in the emergency department of a busy community hospital in San Francisco. Her goal is to continue to assist individuals to grow and evolve into the person they may have dreamed of or, due to trauma and circumstances, the person they never fathomed.
Melinda came to know Dr. Rak when she sought out his assistance in taking control of her health. To that end, we discuss Melinda's relationship with food and her body, and how her view of her health has changed in the past few years.
This episode is a powerful one, and it really speaks to the power of having intention in our lives and manifesting our full potential.
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