The Cancer Fight Song

GHF004This week’s guest is Melissa Marshall. We’ve known each other since elementary school. And guess what? She wrote “the cancer fight song!”

Listen to Melissa’s story and visit her foundation’s website.

Let me know on Facebook if you’d like to see a photo of us from elementary school.


003: Accessible boating on the James River

Ted Abbott on the James RiverTed Abbott is making his dreams come true in Virginia. He started a nonprofit organization, Sailing 4 All, to provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, youth at risk, and other individuals with special needs.

If you’re in the San Francisco area, check out the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors; in Maryland there’s Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating; and in South Florida there’s the Freedom Waters Foundation.

On a national level there’s Disabled Sports USA.

While related to sailing, a friend of mine diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease found this book, Go Anyway: Sailing Around the World with Parkinson’s, very inspirational.

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002: Mental health consumer, advocate, speaker & writer

Laurel Roth PattonMy first conversation is with a dear friend, Laurel Roth Patton. Laurel talks with me about her diagnosis with bipolar condition and shares some of the most useful tools she’s gathered over the years. Please visit Laurel’s blog as well as an article she wrote which appears in a collection of writings.

The book Laurel and I discuss at the beginning of the podcast, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir, is highly recommended.

I look forward to hearing your comments, questions, and ideas on Facebook.


001: My First Podcast: Who am I? Who are You?

Leslie at MDA Dance Marathon, 1979

MDA Dance Marathon, 1979

Here it is! My very first podcast! I want to lay the ground work, a foundation, that provides an understanding of where I’ve been and what I’m most interested in doing. This episode is just me; future episodes will include conversations with others — people dealing with a chronic health condition, caregivers, as well as health practitioners of modalities some of us have found helpful. But basically — it’s all about maintaining a perspective of the Glass Half Full!



Self-Management 101

I was way into Self-Management before I knew anything about the term. My earliest memory of being in touch with how my body felt and trying to do something about it was in college. I’d spent most of my childhood feeling bloated after meals. I did love my mother’s cooking but dinner was the heaviest meal of the day and usually included some type of meat. I thought feeling like a beached whale was normal.

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Assisstive Technology for Older Adults

The other evening I attended a session at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club called, “Assistive Technology for Older Adults.” I was drawn to this because many of the people in the support group I facilitate are older adults AND much of what is marketed toward seniors can help people with certain chronic health conditions.

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