ATEC - Episode 42: It's Okay Not to Be Okay ft. Simi Krishnan

Episode 42: It's Okay Not to Be Okay featuring Simi Krishnan

An accomplished woman who seemingly had all the boxes of her life checked, Simi Krishnan could not have predicted how her world would irrevocably change just after she immigrated to the US. While experiencing the culture shock of leaving her UK home, her beloved father passed away and she had to fight the consulate to fly back with her daughter and be at her mourning mother’s side

Once there, Simi got the news she had cervical cancer. She pushed on, compartmentalizing her grief and soon recovered from her surgery and cancer-free, got pregnant. But her pregnancy was fraught with pain and complications, and after her son’s premature birth she lost him, too.

Beset with this new heartache, Simi drew her family close and went inward to heal. She came to the realization that she would never be completely whole again but that too was part of living. In this episode Simi shares her story and how she has learned to take care of herself and her family in a way that honors what they’ve gone through and what they feel and how their new life nurtures them.

Post immigrating to the US from London, Simi refers to her life as being a series of unfortunate events. With no time to grieve any one, she found herself on autopilot expecting the worst, and sadly, never being disappointed! When she lost her son at a week old it was the final straw, she was broken, but was at a place in her life where she was unable to find it in her to grieve. 

Therein began her journey of self-discovery, acknowledgment, and awareness, and the ability to know and address what she needed, and her realization that it’s ok not to be ok. Perfection is overrated and she embraces her flaws and scars with love & vigor. Living not surviving is what she strives for because her family deserves this, her friends deserve this and most importantly she deserves this.



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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