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Let's Talk with Kaitlin Reagan
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March 21, 2022 was the day cancer took her soulmates life. Kaitlin Reagan opens up immensely and goes into what that day looked like for her, what the loss did to her, and how it has helped shape her into the person she is actively working on being today. This podcast is an evolution, watching someone who lost it all trying to find any way to pick back up and heal, and now telling her story to help inspire the world. A true love story that deserves to be heard. Hopefully this podcast can give you someone to relate to. Life could be unfair, but if she can make it out, you can too.
With Grief, We Don't Move on. We Move Forward
With my grief, I HATED when people would tell me to "just move on". For the longest time I thought there was something wrong with me. I kept trying to "move on" to make everyone else around me happy, but it just wouldn't work. What I learned with time, is that there wasn't something wrong with me, there was something wrong with the advice that was being given to me. There is no such thing as moving on from a loved one, and I am so sorry if someone made you feel otherwise. When someone makes such an impact on your life they become a part of you, even if they aren't here physically. The memories they left you and the values they taught you will carry on within you forever. We don't ever move on, we move forward.
6 Things I Wish We Did Differently In Our Relationship
I had so much time to reflect after Francesco passed away. Taking time off social media allowed me to understand my life in a way I never did before. With my own personal experience with grief, I did a lot of reflecting, and learned so much about who I am. I started to understand the things that I do that I love, and the things I've done that I don't ever want to do again. "To make no mistakes is not the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes, the wise and good learn wisdom for the future"
You Create Your Own Reality
Have you ever stopped yourself from doing something because you feared the judgement of others? Maybe you even felt limited by the norms that society has built for us. I had an extremely hard time fitting back in with society, and even just feeling "normal" after losing my soulmate. It took a shift in my mentality, and unlocking the power that I carry, setting my authority in my own life. We may feel like our brain controls us, but once you realize you control the brain, your life changes.
[VIDEO] A Father's Love with Joe LoPresti
In this interview I sit down with Francesco's father Joe LoPresti. I started dating his son in 2013, and at the time not being raised with the same culture caused a huge barrier between his parents and I. Today, we sit down to talk about the beautiful evolution of our relationship after having gone through something so traumatic together. I dive into Joe's subconscious thoughts to understand his journey while his son battled cancer, as well as his thoughts now while he tries to navigate this world without him. Thank you for allowing Joe to be vulnerable by opening his heart on a subject so sensitive to him.
We tend to look for validation from the outside world, because we struggle to trust ourselves. The reason we don't trust ourselves, is simply because we don't entirely know who we are. We'd rather run to others to help us, instead of learning how to help ourselves. We are programmed to do this, and it makes us weak. Be your bestfriend because at the end of the day, no one knows you like you. Stop missing out on getting to know who you are, the person you're missing out on is someone extremely intelligent.
Let's Talk Letting Go [VIDEO]
Letting go of past anger is not an easy task. Sometimes we are afraid of the way other people will react. Other times we may really struggle to not let our pride get in the way. Ultimately, holding on to that pain hurts us the most and letting go is the most liberating thing you can do. Send that text, go see people that you don't often see, be that person who makes the effort. You will see that in the end you are left feeling totally free.
[VIDEO] Healing is a Journey with Mirko Mormile
I sit down with Francesco's best friend Mirko and talk about their early friendship and what it meant to him. We also go into what it was like hearing the news that Francesco had lost his battle with cancer and the emotions that came along with it. Lastly, we touch on his last big break up and how that was a catalyst in us forming a close friendship. Healing from a huge tragedy can be difficult, but it is so much easier when you have close friends by your side.
Let's Talk Funerals and Wakes
In this episode, I talk about my experience navigating my boyfriend's funeral and wake after his death. These are very taboo topics that not many people like touching on. This portion of life is not spoken about enough and it sucks because it's a WAY more common experience than we realize. We need to come together and allow space for these thoughts. My goal is to break this stigma. Death is a part of our lives, and we need to face this unfortunate truth, instead of running from it.
AHH my first ever interview, in my new studio, with my soul sister. Julia Robinson. My bestfriend sits down with me, and dives into her experience with grief after losing her mother to suicide at the age of 10. She takes us on the journey of what it's like living without a mother, how she handled it, and how it built her into who she is today. We then dive into my loss, and how she mastered being an amazing support through it all. I am not confident we know how to properly show up for the people we love in this world, and I want to raise awareness to how we could do a better job at being present for those we love. Truthfully, she embodies the definition of a fantastic friend. Blessed to have her on the show, and I hope her story inspires you, as much as it inspired me.
Dear Francesco, [One Year Memoir]
I'm glad we got to catch up Francesco, I love you. Until our souls meet again. Sincerely, Kaitlin
[VIDEO] Take That First Step
When something happens to us that causes deep pain, we go into a state of survival. It’s not a good state to live in, but it is an important part of the process. The goal is not to to avoid survival mode, it’s to learn how to get out of it. You don’t deserve to survive, you deserve to LIVE. Time Stamps: Introduction to survival mode 0:00- 1:42 My experience in survival mode 1:44-3:58 Recognition 4:00- 4:53 Write out a list 4:45- 6:22 Face those fears 6:24- 8:42 Be a long term thinker 8:43- 10:25 Step out of your comfort zone 10:27- 12:12 Get rid of the victim mindset 12:13-12:55 Finding the strength within 12:57- 15:00 Allow yourself to feel 15:03- 17:29 Your choice 17:30-18:10
My first day navigating life without my significant other alive.
This is the story of how Francesco and I met, and our history over the last 10 years plus. Timing is key. Sometimes we are with the right person, but it's the wrong time. Let this story be a reminder that if it's meant to be, it WILL be.
The Year Before: (My Internal Struggles)
Sharing Francesco and I's journey with the world was a BIG decision we had to make as a family. At the time, it was scary to show our vulnerability while we navigated through our lowest points. Although it ended up being the best decision we could've made, it came with a big price to pay as well.
The Year Before: (Us)
In less than a year, our entire lives flipped upside down, and all we really had to keep each other sane was each other.
The Month Before
The moment the doctors told us that there was nothing more they could do for Francesco, was the moment I slowly started to fight demons in my head. The internal struggles of being in denial - trying to convince myself that he was not going to die. I lived in a world tortured by both extreme thoughts eating away at me, and didn't know which one was going to be the outcome. Francesco and I both struggled in different ways, yet continued to show up for one another however we could. In the end we never gave up on each other.
The Week Before
The week before Francesco passed away, Francesco and I had to accept that he's not going to be here much longer. We had the realest, most intense conversations with each other. I talk about what it is like to talk to the person you love from a perspective of knowing you may never see each other again. We had so much time to reminisce, and to be really be present in the moment. If only humanity could learn how to be so real with one another, other than in times of distress. Why does it take death for us to appreciate the best parts of a person?
March 21, 2022
The day that I lost my boyfriend to cancer, was the day that I truly felt my life was over; a pain that is indescribable. For a while I ran from this day, trying to pretend that it didn't happen just to get by. It hurt too bad to resurface. Once I found the strength, and realized I no longer wanted to hide from my truth, I felt empowered. Sharing your experience with trauma is powerful, and I want more people to understand that it's okay to do so.