How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu’s Life | INDIE ALASKA

Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She’s even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, Alaska where she lives. She’s learned to adapt to challenges like this since surviving a suicide attempt in 1999. Following years of reconstructive surgeries, she now uses her Siberian Yupik cultural values and her love for running long distances to keep herself mentally healthy. 

Video by Valerie Kern and Adam Nicely
Story by Valerie Kern
Music by Universal Production Music

This episode is made possible in part by The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The videos capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these stories present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska.

Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station's TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she traveled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia, and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga, and traveling.

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