The Journey Is Real Podcast

"Real People, Real Passions, Real Hearts."

Everyone has a story, and from that story may be where their passions reside. It is that passion which drives them. Whether it be writing, drawing, animals, nature, photography, or even a passion for people or a charity, it is that passion that fires them up, and propels them to do great things.

Take a listen. You may find your new passion among my guests!  

C.J. Peterson, Author, 

"While the stories are fiction, the journey is real."

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Carrie Cowan - Juvenile Diabetes


Carrie Cowan explains their journey in being 'baptized by fire' into the world of Type 1 Diabetes with her granddaughter. She also tells of how they went about finding a way to get the 'Queen Bee' Brooke a service dog. Their inspirational journey will have you amazed at how God set it all up before they even knew they would need her service dog.





Edward Hancock II - Overcoming Challenges


Edward Hancock II is, as he calls it, "a wheelchair guy in an able-bodied world." Take a listen and see what a portion of his world looks like. Also, we talk about his challenges, successes, and the lessons he has learned along the way!

He is also an author. You can find him online at:





Ryan Thomas - Domestic Violence


The domestic violence statistics are staggering. For those who have experienced this epidemic, or are perhaps currently in this situation...there is hope! 

Ryan Thomas of Hope's Door New Beginnings Center shares his passion regarding Hope's Door and their outreach. We also discuss the different programs Hope's Door offers.

C.J. is a domestic violence survivor as well, and shares a little from her perspective during this segment.

Hope's Door New Beginnings Center Website:

Their 24hr Hotline:


National Domestic Violence Hotline:


There is hope!



Kat Lekins - Adoption


More than 400.000 children are currently in the foster care system in the United States alone. Here are a few more statistics to consider: Out of 100 couples in the United States, about 12 to 13 of them have trouble becoming pregnant. About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Of non-stepparent adoptions, about 59% are from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26% are from other countries, and 15% are voluntarily relinquished American babies. Adoption gives one a different perspective on the world. The selfless act can change lives on so many levels! It changes not only the life of the child, but also of those who choose to foster or adopt these littles. My guests on this episode, along with her husband wanted a family. They have a lot of love they wanted to share, but they had issues with infertility. She shares that journey, as well as the journey that changed their lives when they chose to adopt. She shares their adoption journey, along with a little surprise at the end! Take a listen!

For those looking for options, adoption is one to strongly consider. There are amazing families, as you have met on this podcast, who are looking to love on and raise a little one. Kat mentioned the agency they connected with in East Texas. This is the website she referenced:


Lou Alpert - A Mother's Journey Through Her Child's Heroin Addiction


This is a story about a mother’s heartbreaking journey working through her daughter’s heroin addiction. Her daughter survived the addiction, but many do not. Lou Alpert takes on the journey from seeing her pregnant daughter on a CNN interview, to how she finally got her the help she needed. 

- From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died from overdosing on a drug. 

- About 494,000 Americans over the age of 12 are regular heroin users. 

- About 25% of people who try heroin will become addicted. 

- In 2017, 81,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time. The beds are limited for those to get the help they need. Lou Alpert has multiple resources on her website that may help you if you find yourself or your child in the same situation: