Updated: Jan 3

On That's The #TRUTH podcast : Premiere Season 1 - Episode 6


Today’s Guest is Arlene Samen, Founder& Chief Visionary Officer, of One Heart Worldwide.


Arlene began her career in Utah as a nurse practitioner at age 27, specializing in maternal and fetal medicine. In 1997, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked Arlene to save the lives of mothers and their newborns living in Tibet, where one in ten newborns were dying of preventable causes.


In 2004, Arlene left her clinical practice to found One Heart Worldwide (OHW). While working in Tibet, she developed the “Network of Safety” model, which brings life-saving care to expectant mothers and infants where the need is the greatest.


"On the Path of Service All Doors will Open." - HH Dalai Lama


In 2009, OHW extended the model to remote villages in Nepal and the Copper Canyon of Mexico. OHW has now arranged to construct and operate nearly 500 birthing centers in Nepal alone. Over the course of her work, Arlene has endured political uprisings, earthquakes, and the SARS epidemic in order to provide women safe, clean deliveries, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of women to date.


Arlene has received many awards for her efforts; most recently she received the Global Thinkers Forum 2016 Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment. Arlene and her team are hard at work to bring OHW to scale in Nepal and globally. In 2020, OHW was selected as one of six global organizations for a case study by the Gates Foundation on the Network of Safety model. Arlene is now the Chief Visionary Officer with One Heart Worldwide.


During her interview, Arlene speaks about preventable deaths and tells us, "I read every case in Nepal because we collect the data and the stories behind what happened, and I am always like, she didn't need to die. She didn't need to die." - Arlene Samen


Thank you Arlene and One Heart Worldwide for seeing a need and meeting it, for caring about each detail, for making relationships globally while you work to protect lives, changing the world through each act of service.



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Updated: Jan 14



I THINK THE BODY REMEMBERS,

BUT THE MIND WILLS TO FORGET


Everyone grieves differently, and not everyone heals the same. There is no right way and no set time. There are only pieces - some will shatter life apart with shards of glass ripping flesh away, while others swirl like specks of sand unsure where the storm will toss them. I remember the moment - when I forgot how to breathe - when lungs don't fill and the chest no longer rises or falls. It's a tragic scene, one I don't hold dear. Death Day Anniversaries are lessons I prefer to forget.


Losing him, cut deep, and surviving survival depleted the very marrow in my bones. For a long time my tattered body chased the swirling pieces, clinging tight to preserve and protect each precious memory - each hope for existence in a world that had fallen apart. Just as time marched on, I learned to walk again, to breathe again. I no longer held onto the memory of the day I lost him, or, one could say, that day no longer held on to me. I'm often asked each year if the anniversary of that day brings forth grief, but oddly it does not. I think the body remembers, but the mind wills to forget. That memory is one I choose not to focus on. There are so many others I prefer to hold close - the safety of his embrace, the wit behind his laughter, the youthful side of his heart.



Grief Comes Like

Waves

In Unexpected Weather

For me, grief comes like waves in unexpected weather. It shows up at Christmas and reminds me of four minus one. I feel its presence when facing a wall I know he would gladly storm. It swallows my heart in the expressions of our daughter, who happens to have his eyes. It lingers and stings when new memories are created that I wish he were here to see.






I Lift My Eyes to the Hills


But in those moments I no longer try to catch my swirling pieces. "I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

Psalm 121: 1-2


It is through His love that I experience the beauty of life, even in the ashes. It is through His grace that I can have hope. It is His strength that carries me through. It is His promise of eternity that brings me peace.






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Updated: Jan 3

On That's The #TRUTH podcast : Premiere Season 1 - Episode 1

Amy was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1980. The fall of Saigon propelled her family to embark on a treacherous journey to America. She lived in Seattle most of her life and worked for large corporations like Microsoft and T-Mobile. In 2017, when Amy’s mother passed, Amy quit her corporate career to write her mother’s story. Amy’s debut novel, Snow in Vietnam, was published in 2019 and kick started her writing career.


"We were one of the lucky ones. We were one of the boat people. Refugees... In 1979, my mother decided to flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. With a five year old daughter and a sixteen year old nephew in tow, she embarked on a treacherous escape into the unknown of the South China Sea." Amy M. Le

Beauty is everywhere.

It rests in victory after the battle. It floats on wings of hope in the midst of tragedy, and it shines through the kindness of the gentle souls who long to share the legacy of a beautiful life lived.


Join us as in this heartfelt interview with author, Amy M. Le. I suspect her words will leave you moved, as they have certainly left their impact on me.


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