Glass Half Empty: Complaining, Kvetching, and Ranting

It’s time to mix things up…just for this episode. I explore the fine art of complaining…and I complain a little. No whining though. Conversations with Toni Bernhard, Mike Hamlin, and Laurel Roth Patton included. Enjoy!


Talking with the Autism Pastor

Dr. Lamar Hardwick is a pastor in LaGrange, Georgia as well as a man diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome – a condition on the autism spectrum. Listen to this interview with Lamar, check out his blog, and, of course, buy his book, I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor.


The Healing Power of Touch

Acupressure, Swedish, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Cranial-Sacral, Rolfing, Sports — these are all different massage modalities. Carl Johns, massage therapist and instructor at McKinnon Institute, practices what he calls Acucraniatsu.

In this podcast episode Carl answers my questions about medical massage, reflexology, and working with clients who have a chronic health condition.

A couple of books Carl mentions are: Job’s Body by Deane Juhan and Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montagu.


Sassy in a Wheelchair

Tis the season to talk romance and who better to hear from than our disability community sexpert, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk? Danielle — a licensed psychologist in New York City — discusses dating, sex, society, and disability.

For more information about online therapy, visit daniellesheypuk.com/

On a different note, here’s a webinar with Dr. Sheypuk on Coping with Depression.


Moving Through Loss & Transition

Like nature, our lives are filled with change. This episode explores how to move through loss and transition. For many of us the loss may be diminished physical strength, our career, or the death of a loved one. Roz Leiser, R.N. and the Executive Director of Life Transitions Network, talks about workshops – based on the pioneering work of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross – that help people move through loss and transition.

Podcast listeners can qualify for the early-bird discount for the March 2017 workshop. Workshops outside of the San Francisco Bay Area are listed here.


Author Toni Bernhard talks about her books, Buddha, pain, mindfulness, breast cancer, and compassion

Author Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at UC-Davis until she had to retire due to a viral infection which evolved into a chronic debilitating illness. In this episode Toni talks about her Buddhist practice, mindfulness and compassion and how they’ve helped her cope with chronic pain and breast cancer. And, of course, how she came to write three books — How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, and How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide.


New Year Resolutions: “You must do the things you think you cannot do”

What type of resolutions might someone with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease have for the new year? In this episode you’ll hear from several people living with chronic health conditions. Find out more about the role dance plays in Mindy’s life and swimming in Mike’s life from their participation at recent conference panel sessions.


Qigong: Move that stagnant qi!

Nicole teaches medical qigong in Alameda.

Nicole teaches medical qigong in Alameda.

You’ll be learning about the ancient practice of Qigong in this podcast episode. Paul Robison – licensed acupuncture practitioner – explains qigong as a longevity exercise. Barbara finds her qigong practice helpful with symptoms from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. And Nicole Stone, my qigong teacher, brings a background of dance, yoga, and meditation to her medical qigong practice.

For additional information check out the National Qigong Association.


Yoga Therapy: Cancer

What is yoga therapy? This podcast episode explores the question as it applies to people with chronic health conditions and most specifically those undergoing or post-cancer treatment. Cheryl Fenner Brown, a yoga therapist, talks about her work with the Cancer Support Community and the research project which helps frame the training she does with yoga teachers and health care practitioners.

To find a yoga therapist in your community, check this website.


A Salute to Caregivers

November is National Caregivers Month. This episode includes conversations with three caregivers: Loraine (retired nurse) who takes care of her adult daughter and young grandson, Darcy Leech — author of From My Mother:  Surviving and Thriving in a Family Ravaged by Genetic Disease — whose story chronicles her young brother and mother’s battle with myotonic dystrophy, and Cecilia’s Tips for Caregivers.