Hello and welcome to the official website of the “Spark of Hope” Podcast! I am your host, Megan Cullinan! This idea has been simmering in my head for about a year and I’m so happy that it is finally coming to fruition!
The reason I wanted to start this podcast is to interview amazing people who have been through really incredible or difficult situations in their lives but have found a way to persevere and thrive through those obstacles AND who have found inspiration through Star Wars! I want to talk to people who have also found a way to spread hope and positivity to others in their life and to the fan community. I myself am a HUGE fan of Star Wars and I’ve had a pretty incredible journey these last two years.
In August of 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it changed my life. I’m in my mid thirties and it was a complete shock as I didn’t have any family history and considered young to have developed cancer. I am so happy to say that I am now cancer free, but my journey getting there wasn’t easy. But staying positive and hopeful was something that truly helped me get through that journey. And Star Wars was something that taught me that. Last year, about two thirds of the way through my treatment, I started a blog inspired by my cancer journey and I used Star Wars to help format my blog called “I Rebel: My Cancer War.” This podcast also grew out of that. My whole reason for starting my blog was to help people get through difficult situations and find hope through those dark times. The name of this podcast is taken from a line in “The Last Jedi” opening crawl: “Only General Leia Organa’s band of RESISTANCE fighters stand against the rising tyranny, certain that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.”
To me the Spark of Hope was about finding the spark inside yourself to create something better, much like Rey did in “The Last Jedi.” You see that in Leia and Luke and Padme and so many other characters throughout the series. And I don’t want to limit this podcast to just Star Wars fans as many of us are fans of so many other fandoms. So we will be chatting about lots of great stuff!
I hope you will fly with me on this amazing journey! Stay tuned for my very first episode coming out soon!
“We are the spark, that will light the fire, that will restore the Republic.” Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo – Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi