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Welcome to this special episode of Forty Thrive. What makes it so special? Well I’m glad you asked.

First of all, April 2, 2020 is my 49th birthday. That’s right, it’s my last year in my 40s. To celebrate, I invited five incredible women on to the podcast for this episode. These women are resilient…they’re smart… they take no BS… and they are like sisters to me.

Actually they’re more than like sisters to me, they are my sisters.

To give you some context to the conversation you’re about to hear…

  • The six of us also have 7 brothers — so yeah, there are 13 of us in total.
  • There were 11 kids originally when my mom died from breast cancer at the age of 39. She’s the mother of the first 5 sisters you’ll hear from today, I was the baby. Two of us — including myself — carry the genetic mutation that led to our mother’s cancer.
  • My dad remarried a little while later and they had two more kids. That’s where girl #6 comes in.

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So you’ll hear from six women ranging from 42-64; kickass women who work hard, crack inappropriate jokes and who have experienced a whole lot of life between us.

Here’s a little cheat sheet.

— Two of my sisters are now sober

— One of them stayed sober even after experiencing the tragic and sudden loss of her 30 year old daughter in a car crash

— One of my sisters is currently fighting glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer that she’s been battling for over two and a half years.

— Our father died four years ago from Alzheimers. This was after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes for decades. He was the strongest, biggest personality we’ve ever known and I’m willing to say, the most influential human being in all of our lives.

–– We were raised in the suburbs of Boston. They all live in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I live 3000 miles away in California.

–– We recorded this with a studio audience — okay, not really… but we did have some family members sitting nearby and heckling at times.

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