EP10: Grab the Kids and Go, with African Immigrant "Leonie"

Shift Shift Bloom

Apr 26 2022 • 1 hr 8 mins


About this episode: Host Kristen Cerelli talks to African immigrant "Leonie" who fled the same abusive marriage to save herself and her children, not once, but twice. In the process she lost her ability to practice medicine with patients, but she found an unwavering strength and ability to "just do it" that puts the cliched Nike slogan in its place. About our guest: "Leonie" was born in Africa, into a large family that valued education. She attended medical school, practiced gynecology and had two children with a very influential man who, despite his power, did not treat her with the respect she deserved. When the relationship became abusive, she fled with her children and has reinvented herself in both Europe and the US. Other Resources Mentioned: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466329/ (Stats on Female Physicians in Africa) https://daily.jstor.org/the-social-distance-between-africa-and-african-americans/ (The Social Distance between Africans and African Americans) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43255.Not_Without_My_Daughter (Not Without My Daughter book) Additional Resources: https://tcomconversations.org (TCOM) https://praedfoundation.org (The Praed Foundation) https://iph.uky.edu (IPH Center) Become a Supporter: If you like what you hear, please consider making a donation on our https://www.patreon.com/shiftshiftbloom (Patreon) site! Credits: All content Copyright ActuallyQuiteNice, Inc & TCOM Studios, 2022 Cover art by https://twitter.com/jacksonfall (@jacksonfall) Music by https://www.youtube.com/user/hokeyproductions (Ray Wyssman), https://soundcloud.com/the-simoleons (The Simoleons), and https://open.spotify.com/artist/3tfRX0xkGOXY7AnwjHYmnI (Kristen Cerelli)