Discovering Our Scars, Episode 144

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We continue our journey with Steph through her memoir, Discovering My Scars. Steph and I listen to Chapter 7 of the audiobook and discuss it. In this chapter, Steph is released from the mental hospital but then made to jump through hoops to help other people feel secure or reassured. She tries to go on with life like nothing happened, but a sorority initiation makes it all too real.

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​In each episode, we offer you a few prompts to think about how that day’s conversation applies to you. You might pause the podcast and answer them right then and there, but if you keep a journal (Steph and Beth both do), feel free to download and print a PDF of the Questions for Reflection we’ve made just for you: 
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  1. What was your take on the situation when Steph had the stitches removed? Have you ever had a similar situation?
  2. When Steph returned from the mental hospital, UCF gave her a checklist of things she was required to do that weren’t really for her benefit. Have you ever felt like you were punished for doing the right thing?
  3. Have you ever received an uncomfortable Facebook friend request? What did you do?
  4. Do you have any experience with hazing? What are your thoughts on it?