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Episode 15:
Here All Along

After facing complications delivering her first child including an emergency C-section and being separated from her newborn son during his 9-day hospitalization in the NICU, Allison Hare began to lose her way.

A DJ and a public speaker who had always been comfortable expressing herself, she now struggled with her confidence and sense of self. Soon she began searching for relief through shopping, diet plans, a hyper-focus on her BMI and, as her body dysmorphia* became more acute, cosmetic surgeries to satisfy her new determination to become flawless.

After the birth of her second child in which she was able to advocate for the experience she wanted, she attended a seminar that awakened the powerful, dynamic part of her that she had forgotten. Now a podcaster and a podcast coach with a Ted talk on her bucket list, Allison is determined to be true to herself and to help other women find their voice. 

*Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects 1.7% to 2.9% of the general population — about 1 in 50 people. This means that more than 5 million people to nearly 10 million people in the United States alone have BDD.  It’s possible that BDD may be even more common than this, because people with this disorder are often reluctant to reveal their BDD symptoms to others.

Allison is a podcast host and producer, podcast coach for Press Play Podcasts program, speaker, activist, mom, sales professional, and proud wife dedicated to helping curious entrepreneurs, executives, and change makers disrupt the status quo and create a better tomorrow.

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ABOUT YOUR HOST

I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
 
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
 
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
 
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