Steph Palermo

Just Steph

Talk Show Host, Author, and Public Speaker
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Why Just Steph

Steph Palermo was born into an American-Sicilian family just outside Boston, Massachusetts. There were no ultrasounds in 1966. Along with the dysfunctions of her family, Steph entered this world with a rare disorder, Poland Syndrome. Fingers were missing from her right hand which was part of a much shorter arm. Another PS trait is the absence of the affected side’s pectoral muscle.

All around, life was going to be a bit more difficult for Steph Palermo. Her home was equally filled with laughter and tears. Steph witnessed abuse, a gambling addiction and violence. The dinner table was a sanctuary. All the family events revolved around eating meals most Americans experienced only in restaurants. At a very young age, Steph began to use food to find the “happy place.”

Meanwhile, outside the home, Steph faced the world. She was unable to play instruments, most sports and was slower at completing ordinary tasks. She was ostracized, mocked and left out. Steph had numerous surgeries to help her gain better use of her right hand. When the physical pain of bone and skin grafts wore off, the emotional effects lingered. She sometimes felt like a side show freak.

Steph, a naturally extroverted people lover, began to hide. She used food to find comfort. By second grade, Steph packed on the pounds. She hid her hand, and now she had a weight problem. This continued through adolescence, and her self-esteem was rock bottom.

Fast forward through a rough marriage and birthing four boys, Steph decided to take charge of her body. She hired a nutritionist and started boxing. She dropped one hundred pounds from the birth of her last son. This was the easy part. Steph had to battle her lack of self-confidence and embarrassment of her limb difference, always believing she was ugly and not worthy to be loved.

Boxing and years of therapy helped Steph gain the confidence she needed to start loving herself. It wasn’t until Steph started speaking about living with a limb difference that she realized she wasn’t alone in the journey against her false self. She finally started to laugh at herself, not take herself so seriously. This was the dawn of true joy for Steph.

Today, Steph continues to box, cook, socialize and ask for help when a task is daunting. If anyone understands the rocky road to peace, Steph does. She no longer hides behind food, although she still loves the party. Steph loves unconditionally knowing that the people who walked with her through her struggles are her cheerleaders. Steph continues the daily journey striving to love wholeheartedly and attain balance and peace.

Who Is Just Steph?

Steph Palermo is a published author, radio talk show host and motivational speaker. Steph draws from her life’s experiences, living with a limb difference, personality and sense of humor to share her message. Her Sicilian heritage and Boston wit make for an always uplifting and honest message. She realizes that everybody has two lives, and the second one begins when you acknowledge you only have one.

Everybody faces challenges, internal and external. Suffering and heartache originate from life’s circumstances as well as our own choices. Steph illuminates what, many times, people cannot see themselves. She points the way to overcome that which may seem insurmountable to peaceful self-acceptance. Steph’s dream is to share what it truly means to embrace life and live it to the fullest. She promotes balance in the four areas of the human person: physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual. Without bias, Steph helps her audience to see their own path to a well-rounded existence where joy and contentment are the norm. Steph coined the phrase “Second Lifers”: empty nesters, newly single or those making new choices for a happier life, essentially anybody wanting to move from their current situation to a life of substance. Steph’s message welcomes hope and promise for “Second Lifers.” Life is just beginning. Steph, Atlanta’s Queen of Leisure, says,  “Fifty years ago, ‘Second Lifers’ were old and ready to kick the bucket.  Today we are exercising, eating healthy, traveling, dining out and nightclubbing.  Our H3: healthy, happy, hip, years are just starting.”

“Second Lifers” have new issues.  Health, relationships, dating, entertainment and career interests are far different from the millennials.  Steph has the experience, knowledge and network of experts to connect “Second Lifers” with each other and the information they will find useful for enhancing all aspects of their lives. Steph is committed to providing “Second Lifers” with all the resources available to enjoy a balanced, fulfilled life. 

Steph anticipates becoming the very first television talk show host with a limb difference. She supports vast philanthropic endeavors with the message to educate and motivate her audiences to accept themselves and others despite our differences, seen or unseen. Steph promotes treating everybody with dignity and respect.

What Does Just Steph Offer?



Born with Poland Syndrome, Steph raises awareness of the realities of life with a limb difference. Healthcare Providers and students, caregivers and patients will come to understand that living with a rare disorder is more than a physical hardship. Steph discusses the emotional journey that parallels medical treatment, coping mechanisms and caring for your loved one who is bearing the burden of a chronic condition.


Steph inspires audiences to live life to the fullest, enjoying all the world offers. By promoting physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual balance, Steph offers solutions to seemingly impossible personal issues. She draws from her life’s experiences, living with a limb difference, personality and sense of humor to share her message. Her Sicilian heritage and Boston wit make for an always uplifting and honest message. She realizes that everybody has two lives, and the second one begins when you acknowledge you only have one.


Steph will integrate her personal journey with strategies to achieve balance in the four aspects of the human person: physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual into half or full-day workshops. During your time with Steph, you and your group will gain a better perspective on your lives, how to live a more peaceful existence and advance toward self-love and true joy. The Ruby Slipper Workshops are fun and synergistic with round table discussions, reflection questions and interaction with Steph. Once you complete one of Steph’s Ruby Slipper Workshops, you will know you’ve had the power all along!

Past Events

October 2017 

    • Just Steph will be worked with JZ Social Enterprises in Boston MA, showcasing and interviewing their amazing vendors/guests and MORE! Find more information here.
    •  Steph Emcee-ed during Boston’s First Annual Rare Disease Film Festival. The Rare Disease Film Festival was a new event show casing films from around the world which address the challenges of life with a rare disease.
    • Steph will spoke at the “I AM WOMAN” Personal Development Conference in Boston. She lead the Education Session: Breaking Free for Your Next Act. For more information and to buy tickets click here.

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