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Overcoming Adversity while Fighting Cancer: A Conversation with Randi, Mental Health Advocate and More

Updated: May 12

You're Fighting Cancer and your son is suicidal, What Now? is the title for episode #130 on the You're Blank, What Now Podcast and this one will curtainly challenge you to few your life from a different perspective as we listen to the amazing story of Randi-Lee Bowslaugh whose journey of courage, strength, and resilence challenges us to persevere through all life throws our way.

Below you will find a summary of our conversation as well as the link to the full transcription on the Apple Podcast app.


Welcome back to another episode of the Your Blank What Now podcast! I'm Marci Nettles, your host, and today I'm thrilled to bring you another incredible story of resilience and triumph. Join me as we delve into the journey of Randy, a mental health advocate, author, and YouTuber, who has faced dark moments and emerged victorious.

Meet Randy:

Randy's journey began at the age of 14 when she turned to writing as a coping mechanism for her depression. Fast forward 20 years, and she's not only a thriving creative individual but also a proud mom and grandma. Her story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the resilience of the human spirit.

Facing the Diagnosis:

Randy's life took a drastic turn when she received a diagnosis of cervical cancer. Despite her active lifestyle, including being a champion kickboxer, she found herself grappling with the reality of her condition. The whirlwind of surgeries and treatments left her reeling, but it was the loss of her reproductive organs that truly shook her to the core. Losing the ability to choose whether or not to have children was a profound loss, one that she hadn't anticipated.

Navigating Mental Health Challenges:

As if battling cancer wasn't enough, Randy was simultaneously navigating the mental health challenges of her son, who struggled with anxiety, autism, and suicidal tendencies. The constant fear of his safety, coupled with her own health concerns, pushed her to the brink. Yet, in the midst of the chaos, Randy found herself slipping into survival mode, focused solely on ticking off tasks and getting through each day.

The Weight of Responsibility:

As a parent, Randy felt the weight of responsibility for her son's well-being, often prioritizing his needs above her own. The guilt and self-doubt she experienced were overwhelming, leading her to believe that she was failing as a mother and as a person. Asking for help for her son came more naturally than seeking assistance for herself, as she viewed her own struggles as a personal failure.

Lessons Learned:

Through her journey, Randy learned invaluable lessons about the importance of self-care, reaching out for support, and embracing vulnerability. She discovered that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous act of self-preservation. By acknowledging her own needs and seeking assistance, she was able to provide better care for her son and ultimately, for herself.

Wow! Randi is incredible! What a story! Stories like these assures us of the love our God has for us and why we should all be sharing our stories.

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