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Brain Tumors & The Wild West

By Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall

Y'all know what time it is! Do you know that next weekend marks 1 year of A Non Mom Happy Hour?! We'll have to think of some special way to celebrate and honor that anniversary with you all. This week Kelly kicks things off by telling the story of Mary Putnam Jacobi of the Putnam Publishing family. Mary wasn't just one of America's first female physician's, the first woman to attend Ecole de Medecine in Paris, France, or one of the founders of the Women’s Medical Association of New York City. This woman was so badass and so dedicated to the study of medical science that she even journaled about the symptoms of her own brain tumor for years before finally succumbing to it, to help people better understand the tumors.Debbie Jo follows with the story of Mary Fields, AKA, Stagecoach Mary. Due to the fact that Mary was born a slave and lived in the wild west, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish truth from fiction in HERstory. What is very clear, however, is that her level of badassery was at 10/10. Driving stagecoach for the US Postal Service in those days was no joke, but she was up for the task -- even at age 60! She's a lot of fun to learn about! Consider having a nip of whiskey in her honor whilst listening. Thanks for being here this week and every week! Always be a real ass human.   Sourceshttps://www.britannica.com/biography/Mary-Putnam-Jacobihttp://www.thethirdcity.org/blog/sights-and-sounds/sights-and-sounds/primal-instinct-top-10-most-badass-female-physicians-in-history/https://www.penguin.com/publishers/gpputnamssons/https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/getting-educated-does-not-make-women-infertile-and-other-discoveries-made-in-the-1880s/389922/https://neuwritesd.org/2015/10/01/mary-putnam-jacobi/http://www.badassoftheweek.com/fields.htmlhttps://www.history.com/news/meet-stagecoach-mary-the-daring-black-pioneer-who-protected-wild-west-stagecoacheshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Fields 

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