What happens when the people you trust the most hide a secret so devastating it changes the course of your life? Emmy Award-winning ESPN sideline reporter and former college gymnast Lauren Sisler joins us to share her heart-wrenching journey from unimaginable tragedy to resilience and hope. Losing both her parents to a concealed opioid addiction during her freshman year in college, Lauren’s story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Lauren opens up about the mental and emotional strategies she employed to cope with her parents’ death. From initial denial to ultimate acceptance, she poignantly describes the protective barriers we create for loved ones and the stigmas that often accompany addiction. Her insights provide a valuable perspective on recognizing addiction as an illness rather than a character flaw, and the pivotal role personal stories play in breaking societal barriers.

Lauren also takes us back to her teenage years, where her commitment to gymnastics helped her navigate life’s challenges. She reflects on the complexities of loving someone struggling with addiction, and how her love for her parents evolved even after their passing. This episode is an exploration of overcoming shame, finding joy amidst pain, and the importance of hope and healing. Don’t miss Lauren’s inspiring tale, and be sure to check out her new book, “Shatterproof,” for even more insights and encouragement.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Family tragedy and addiction struggles
  • Family struggles with prescription medication addiction
  • Navigating complex truths during grief
  • Coping with personal trauma and growth
  • Overcoming personal struggles
  • Empowering others through personal stories
  • Falling in love with your story

Follow and Review:

We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple ‘+’ in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.

Supporting Resources:



Episode Credits

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.