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This podcast features people with chronic health conditions as they share their positive coping tools and practitioners of mind-body and/or alternative health who have helped people with a chronic health condition.

Latest Episodes

Coping Just Fine: Working from Home, Streaming Media & Making Masks

Featured are four people -- with their own unique health conditions -- that are making the best of the quarantine and pandemic. Luda Gogolushko, who has SMA Type 3 and lives in Southern California, continues to write and publish from the safety of her home. Lindsey Kizer, in North Carolina, gets to telecommute for her job and tries to maintain self-care routines to avoid narcoleptic flare ups. Jay Carr, with myotonic dystrophy in Virginia, spends more time with his teenage son during the lockdown. He also cheers others with his humorous Facebook posts and musical interludes. Peter Slobodnik, outside of Sacramento, keeps himself busy by making masks for friends and family while also planning an advocacy bike ride to draw attention to his rare disease, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.

29 MIN2 w ago
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Coping Just Fine: Working from Home, Streaming Media & Making Masks

Brush & Floss to Avoid Tooth Loss: Dental Health During a Pandemic

People with anxiety, autism, blindness or low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, mobility challenges, chemical sensitivities, or PTSD may face unique challenges visiting a dental office. Now with the additional barrier -- the COVID-19 pandemic -- many people are postponing or cancelling routine dental appointments. Dr. Helena Caballero, a dentist in Northern California, discusses oral health and hygiene, how COVID-19 has changed dentistry, and modifications for people with disabilities. For additional information, you can download Creating Disability Friendly Dental Practices from The Independence Center. For those with Parkinson's Disease, additional information is provided to maintain dental health. For those with neurological disorders, there is an article, "Dental Visits Made Easier" offering helpful tips. Here is an article that discusses the little dental coverage that Medicare offers.

26 MINJUL 10
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Brush & Floss to Avoid Tooth Loss: Dental Health During a Pandemic

"That is me; I still have my hands;" Positive Energy during a Pandemic

That is me; I still have my hands, says the 4-year old girl after waking up in the hospital and being told by her mother that she had lost her legs. The little girl grew up to become Rumba with Tina. Tina Verduzco teaches a Saturday morning online dance class for BORP: Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program. Tina, along with several other online instructors, help this podcaster maintain positive energy and a healthy mind, body, and spirit during the shelter-in-place period. Cynthia Noonan, one of BORP's Board of Directors, transitioned the in-person fitness studio in Berkeley, California to the virtual world where participants join in from across the United States and Mexico. You are invited to join this online community; check out the BORP class schedule as well as other accessible exercise program offerings including Dance For All Bodies and Wheelchair Dancers.

24 MINJUN 24
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"That is me; I still have my hands;" Positive Energy during a Pandemic

What is your Risk Tolerance? We're talking about COVID-19.

We're not talking about your financial investments. How much of a health risk are you willing to take during the current pandemic? Do you wear a facial mask when you leave your home? Do you maintain six feet of physical distance from people who do not live with you? Are you avoiding crowds? Postponing health appointments? As our cities and towns gradually open up, will you change your behaviors or wait for a reliable vaccine?

14 MINJUN 9
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What is your Risk Tolerance? We're talking about COVID-19.

Hug A Tree & Live Longer

This month we have both Earth Day and Arbor Day so it's high time to be amongst the trees. Even if you are hunkered down in the safety of your home during the pandemic, you can still derive healing benefits from gazing out of your window at nature's bounty. If your window faces man-made materials, there is science proving that a photograph of trees can impact you in a positive physical and emotional way. Verla Fortier, RN, author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness, shares some of the research she found about the healing powers of trees and nature. Diagnosed with systemic lupus, she was told to stay indoors to avoid the sun. And she did. Until she witnessed a noncompliant online support group participant. Katherine Chen, meditation teacher, talks about Bodhi Meditation and its connection to nature. If you can, go outside and hug a tree. And if you're not sure what kind of tree you're hugging, download a smartphone app: LeafSnap British Tree Identification PlantSnap Plant Identification TreeFinder

22 MINAPR 25
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Hug A Tree & Live Longer

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: People with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's or Neuromuscular Disease

If you, or someone you know, has a muscle or nerve condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson's Disease, or a neuromuscular disease (i.e. myotonic dystrophy, SMA, Charcot Marie Tooth, Becker's, ALS, etc.), here's an opportunity to participate in a research study. No trips to a medical center or donation of muscle tissue required. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center has a variety of studies with different criteria. For Factsheets produced by UW -- after a study has concluded -- check this website. Listen to an earlier podcast episode with a UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Research Study Coordinator about Resilience and Aging with a Disability.

22 MINAPR 20
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye: People with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's or Neuromuscular Disease

Let's Rant: Unhelpful Advice

It's April Fool's Day so we're mixing things up. One can't be positive 100% of the time. Now is the opportunity to share about all of the weird things people have said about our health conditions -- whether it was a friend, an aunt, or even a health care professional. Perhaps well-intentioned but definitely not insightful nor helpful advice. Most people with some type of chronic health condition have had this experience. A panel of three previous podcast guests share their stories -- from the hilarious to the frightening. Nancy, Melissa, and Laurel let it all out.

46 MINAPR 1
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Let's Rant: Unhelpful Advice

Coping with a Coronavirus: Trees, Yoga, and Essential Oils

A retired nurse, physical and yoga therapist, and mental health professional offer strategies to cope with uncertainty, anxiety, and all those other emotions caught up in this season of the pandemic. Verla Fortier, author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness, speaks about her experience diagnosed with systemic lupus and the discovery of the healing power of trees. Tianna Meriage-Reiter, DPT, C-IAYT, owner of the Mind-Body Movement Center talks about her new live streaming yoga classes available at her YouTube channel. Lee Greenstein-Wein, MSW, shares how specific essential oils can help with situational anxiety or depression. An earlier podcast episode features other healing benefits of essential oils.

28 MINMAR 24
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Coping with a Coronavirus: Trees, Yoga, and Essential Oils

No Hugging Allowed: Tales of Covid-19

How is the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) impacting your life? Beyond fierce hand washing, are you changing how you relate to others? Is social distancing keeping you indoors? Are you second-guessing where you go, what you do, and with whom you spend time? You're not alone. People with chronic illness and/or compromised immune systems need to be vigilant as well as mindful. For a few practical tips, listen to this podcast episode as well as the earlier episode, The Flu is Not for You. Here's a recipe to create your own hand sanitizer. And if you're ready for a little levity, check out this reoccurring segment on The Daily Show.

20 MINMAR 6
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No Hugging Allowed: Tales of Covid-19

Mindfulness as a Disease Management Strategy

Being diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating disease can certainly bring stress to one's life. In fact, that stress can be significant enough to be called trauma. How one handles this stress varies. Some people have amazing coping capacity and are hard-wired for resilience while others have more difficulty. None of it is easy. How one handles this stress varies. Some people have amazing coping capacity and are hard-wired for resilience while others have more difficulty. None of it is easy. Mary Holt, a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, shares her journey of loss and recovery and the profound impact a mindfulness meditation practice has had on her life and work. She brings this practice to the clinics where she helps patients and their families with neuromuscular and Parkinson's disease.

23 MINFEB 21
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Mindfulness as a Disease Management Strategy

Latest Episodes

Coping Just Fine: Working from Home, Streaming Media & Making Masks

Featured are four people -- with their own unique health conditions -- that are making the best of the quarantine and pandemic. Luda Gogolushko, who has SMA Type 3 and lives in Southern California, continues to write and publish from the safety of her home. Lindsey Kizer, in North Carolina, gets to telecommute for her job and tries to maintain self-care routines to avoid narcoleptic flare ups. Jay Carr, with myotonic dystrophy in Virginia, spends more time with his teenage son during the lockdown. He also cheers others with his humorous Facebook posts and musical interludes. Peter Slobodnik, outside of Sacramento, keeps himself busy by making masks for friends and family while also planning an advocacy bike ride to draw attention to his rare disease, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Coping Just Fine: Working from Home, Streaming Media & Making Masks

Brush & Floss to Avoid Tooth Loss: Dental Health During a Pandemic

People with anxiety, autism, blindness or low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, mobility challenges, chemical sensitivities, or PTSD may face unique challenges visiting a dental office. Now with the additional barrier -- the COVID-19 pandemic -- many people are postponing or cancelling routine dental appointments. Dr. Helena Caballero, a dentist in Northern California, discusses oral health and hygiene, how COVID-19 has changed dentistry, and modifications for people with disabilities. For additional information, you can download Creating Disability Friendly Dental Practices from The Independence Center. For those with Parkinson's Disease, additional information is provided to maintain dental health. For those with neurological disorders, there is an article, "Dental Visits Made Easier" offering helpful tips. Here is an article that discusses the little dental coverage that Medicare offers.

26 MINJUL 10
Comments
Brush & Floss to Avoid Tooth Loss: Dental Health During a Pandemic

"That is me; I still have my hands;" Positive Energy during a Pandemic

That is me; I still have my hands, says the 4-year old girl after waking up in the hospital and being told by her mother that she had lost her legs. The little girl grew up to become Rumba with Tina. Tina Verduzco teaches a Saturday morning online dance class for BORP: Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program. Tina, along with several other online instructors, help this podcaster maintain positive energy and a healthy mind, body, and spirit during the shelter-in-place period. Cynthia Noonan, one of BORP's Board of Directors, transitioned the in-person fitness studio in Berkeley, California to the virtual world where participants join in from across the United States and Mexico. You are invited to join this online community; check out the BORP class schedule as well as other accessible exercise program offerings including Dance For All Bodies and Wheelchair Dancers.

24 MINJUN 24
Comments
"That is me; I still have my hands;" Positive Energy during a Pandemic

What is your Risk Tolerance? We're talking about COVID-19.

We're not talking about your financial investments. How much of a health risk are you willing to take during the current pandemic? Do you wear a facial mask when you leave your home? Do you maintain six feet of physical distance from people who do not live with you? Are you avoiding crowds? Postponing health appointments? As our cities and towns gradually open up, will you change your behaviors or wait for a reliable vaccine?

14 MINJUN 9
Comments
What is your Risk Tolerance? We're talking about COVID-19.

Hug A Tree & Live Longer

This month we have both Earth Day and Arbor Day so it's high time to be amongst the trees. Even if you are hunkered down in the safety of your home during the pandemic, you can still derive healing benefits from gazing out of your window at nature's bounty. If your window faces man-made materials, there is science proving that a photograph of trees can impact you in a positive physical and emotional way. Verla Fortier, RN, author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness, shares some of the research she found about the healing powers of trees and nature. Diagnosed with systemic lupus, she was told to stay indoors to avoid the sun. And she did. Until she witnessed a noncompliant online support group participant. Katherine Chen, meditation teacher, talks about Bodhi Meditation and its connection to nature. If you can, go outside and hug a tree. And if you're not sure what kind of tree you're hugging, download a smartphone app: LeafSnap British Tree Identification PlantSnap Plant Identification TreeFinder

22 MINAPR 25
Comments
Hug A Tree & Live Longer

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: People with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's or Neuromuscular Disease

If you, or someone you know, has a muscle or nerve condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson's Disease, or a neuromuscular disease (i.e. myotonic dystrophy, SMA, Charcot Marie Tooth, Becker's, ALS, etc.), here's an opportunity to participate in a research study. No trips to a medical center or donation of muscle tissue required. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center has a variety of studies with different criteria. For Factsheets produced by UW -- after a study has concluded -- check this website. Listen to an earlier podcast episode with a UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Research Study Coordinator about Resilience and Aging with a Disability.

22 MINAPR 20
Comments
Hear Ye, Hear Ye: People with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's or Neuromuscular Disease

Let's Rant: Unhelpful Advice

It's April Fool's Day so we're mixing things up. One can't be positive 100% of the time. Now is the opportunity to share about all of the weird things people have said about our health conditions -- whether it was a friend, an aunt, or even a health care professional. Perhaps well-intentioned but definitely not insightful nor helpful advice. Most people with some type of chronic health condition have had this experience. A panel of three previous podcast guests share their stories -- from the hilarious to the frightening. Nancy, Melissa, and Laurel let it all out.

46 MINAPR 1
Comments
Let's Rant: Unhelpful Advice

Coping with a Coronavirus: Trees, Yoga, and Essential Oils

A retired nurse, physical and yoga therapist, and mental health professional offer strategies to cope with uncertainty, anxiety, and all those other emotions caught up in this season of the pandemic. Verla Fortier, author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness, speaks about her experience diagnosed with systemic lupus and the discovery of the healing power of trees. Tianna Meriage-Reiter, DPT, C-IAYT, owner of the Mind-Body Movement Center talks about her new live streaming yoga classes available at her YouTube channel. Lee Greenstein-Wein, MSW, shares how specific essential oils can help with situational anxiety or depression. An earlier podcast episode features other healing benefits of essential oils.

28 MINMAR 24
Comments
Coping with a Coronavirus: Trees, Yoga, and Essential Oils

No Hugging Allowed: Tales of Covid-19

How is the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) impacting your life? Beyond fierce hand washing, are you changing how you relate to others? Is social distancing keeping you indoors? Are you second-guessing where you go, what you do, and with whom you spend time? You're not alone. People with chronic illness and/or compromised immune systems need to be vigilant as well as mindful. For a few practical tips, listen to this podcast episode as well as the earlier episode, The Flu is Not for You. Here's a recipe to create your own hand sanitizer. And if you're ready for a little levity, check out this reoccurring segment on The Daily Show.

20 MINMAR 6
Comments
No Hugging Allowed: Tales of Covid-19

Mindfulness as a Disease Management Strategy

Being diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating disease can certainly bring stress to one's life. In fact, that stress can be significant enough to be called trauma. How one handles this stress varies. Some people have amazing coping capacity and are hard-wired for resilience while others have more difficulty. None of it is easy. How one handles this stress varies. Some people have amazing coping capacity and are hard-wired for resilience while others have more difficulty. None of it is easy. Mary Holt, a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, shares her journey of loss and recovery and the profound impact a mindfulness meditation practice has had on her life and work. She brings this practice to the clinics where she helps patients and their families with neuromuscular and Parkinson's disease.

23 MINFEB 21
Comments
Mindfulness as a Disease Management Strategy
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