Three stories about people taking on physically and emotionally challenging adventures. Joe Akmakjian, who lives with Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA), is the first adult MDA National Ambassador. Joe celebrated his 24th birthday by jumping out of a plane with friends. Nancy, after surgery and treatment for ovarian cancer, trained for an AIDS ride and moved on to compete in triathalons. Rob Besecker decided to celebrate his recovery after a series of cardiac surgeries by climbing Mount Everest.
Research findings from the Aging and the Quality of Life survey — conducted at University of Washington’s Rehabilitation Research & Training Center — report higher quality of life associated with a disabled person’s higher level of self-reported resilience.
After listening to this episode, check out this Fact Sheet for more information about building your resilience. Additional resources for building resilience can be found at the Greater Good Science Center and the book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham.
If you’ve participated in research or clinical studies for your chronic health condition, please message me at our Facebook page.
Jivana Heyman — registered yoga therapist and teacher — talks about the origin of the Accessible Yoga organization and the upcoming conferences in New York and San Francisco. Want to know what Accessible yoga is all about? Tune in to find out more.
During our conversation Jivana mentions Dean Ornish’s book, Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health. Why not buy it now?
This podcast episode explores the experiences of six people who have used medical cannabis for a variety of conditions including cancer, depression, muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, bone fracture, and bipolar disorder.
In this episode my guest, Murali Ventkatrao, discusses the yogic perspective on health and current scientific research exploring how yoga, pranayama (breathing), and meditation affect human physiology and has the potential to treat many pervasive diseases.
For additional information about Murali and an introductory webinar delving deeper into the science of yoga, visit the Ananda Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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.