Tagterminal illness

medication by a nightstand and melting clock (nod to Salvador Dalí)

S1E38: Is there such a thing as life not worth living?

"To be or not to be?" We delve into this difficult question surrounding death with dignity and the considerations with medically-assisted death. Rejoin another fun Drinks with Death session and learn the most unhealthy choices (but possibly the most satisfying?) for holiday foods.

Episode 20: Caring for Someone with Dementia

Michael is married to Janet who has Huntington’s disease and dementia; he wasn’t prepared to be Janet’s caregiver, but he has learned a lot in the last 12 years. This week he talks about how relationships, perspectives, and relationships change when your partner has a progressive, terminal disease.

Episode 12: Does hospice provide 24-hour care?

Many people think of hospice as a place people go to die. Some think that if you get hospice services a hospice nurse moves in with the dying person and does all their care until they die. Neither of these is true. This week we are talking with Noelle who learned firsthand what was required to...

Vintage engraving of lungs on chalkboard

S1E25: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is scarring in the lungs without a known cause. It causes lungs to become stiff and makes it hard to get oxygen to into the blood. We talk about IPF symptoms, its impact, and how people are treated. Charlie also shares interesting stories of people who "worked to...

Ornament for lost baby

The Many Faces of Grief

My only son graduates from high school tomorrow. I’m excited for him, but it’s also bittersweet as I know I’m that much closer to an empty nest. If you meet him and ask me if I “only have the one,” I’ll smile and say yes. Inside I’ll feel a sting as I think of the sibling that would have been three...

Doctor giving bad news

S1E08: Receiving Bad News

No one likes to receive bad news, but it is good to be prepared for it. This podcast explores how health care practitioners are taught to give bad news and what you, as a consumer, can do to help yourself when receiving (or being with a family member who is receiving) bad news.

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