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.

 


The D Word: Disability

October is National Disability Awareness Month.

What does it mean to be disabled? A dictionary definition says it’s having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities. Does it coincide with the diagnosis of a chronic health condition? It didn’t for me. And even now I struggle with the term, and you’ll soon hear from a couple of my friends — Cheryl Sherman and Stephen Beard — who have also had difficulties with the term.


Music gives me a peace bubble

This podcast episode features a music philanthropist — Amy Ream. From the age of 5 Amy studied classical piano but when symptoms from myotonic dystrophy impacted her hands she turned away from music. Quite recently she returned to her first love using a different instrument — her voice. Amy and her voice instructor, Marcelle Dronkers, entertained me and you get to be a fly on the wall.

Amy’s next recital is in April 2017; here’s a sample from a previous recital.


AIDS, activism, gut health, micro-organisms & role models: A conversation with Sandor Katz

Sandor Katz has been living with AIDS for over 20 years. In this episode he talks about his early activism, getting back to nature, and his passion for fermented foods.

You can learn more about the wonderful world of micro-organisms through Sandor’s books — Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation — as well as his website with links to his YouTube videos.


A Woman’s Best Friend

Service dogs can be a best friend for someone with a chronic health condition. In this podcast episode Hazel Weiss, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, talks about her experiences with first Hams and now Virgil. Melissa Marshall, featured in podcast episode, The Cancer Fight Song, talks about her new puppy-in-training.

Hazel mentions two organizations — Bergin University of Canine Studies and Canine Companions for Independence. You can read the policy on service animals at the City of Berkeley’s website.