Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
By WOUB Public Media
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On Lifespan, you’ll hear stories about encounters with the health care system. Each show contains stories bound by a common theme – a person’s personal journey through a particular type of medical trauma. The stories are deeply personal. Some stories reflect a person’s response to treatment and other stories simply reflect on the aftermath of an illness. Even when multiple people are describing their experiences with the same disease, condition or treatment, each account is unique. If the subject of this podcast interests you, please subscribe to Lifespan wherever you access your podcasts. You can also listen to Lifespan at WOUB.org/listen.
||Clean"Living With Chronic Illness"||Chronic illness is, by definition, treatable but not curable. In this episode of Lifespan, Jennifer Grayson describes her struggle, beginning in high school, with unexplained symptoms. Emily Abel talks about her experience with post-cancer fatigue. Mary Ellen Croteau explains how a chronic respiratory condition impacted her work as an artist. Katy Kropf, a family physician, listens to their stories and discusses the difficulty of treating chronic illnesses and how patient/physician communication shapes treatment.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"A Difficult Diagnosis"||Sudden, catastrophic illnesses often perplex doctors and terrify patients. In Doug Mann’s case, doctors at multiple medical centers could not figure out why he was experiencing a rapidly spreading paralysis in his legs. Months passed before he received a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Breastfeeding Today"||We hear it all the time: “breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world.” But as you’ll learn from these stories, today’s breastfeeding mothers are running into difficulties. Sarah Rubin had been prepared to battle the medicalization of birth but had not anticipated the medicalization of breastfeeding. Clare Chambers was unprepared for sleep deprivation. Lauren Hill thought her job as a nurse had prepared her to breastfeed. But, she reported, “Things were really rocky at the beginning.” Michele Biddlestone, an international board certified lactation consultant, sympathizes with their experiences and describes the unique contemporary pressures faced by breastfeeding mothers||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"An Accident"||When Steve Miner was 18 years old, he fell 150 feet off a cliff in Northern California. He tells his story.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon : Lifespan||On Lifespan, you’ll hear stories about encounters with the health care system. Each show contains stories bound by a common theme: chronic illness, substance abuse, end-of-life care—the topics will keep coming. The stories are deeply personal. Some suggest the best approaches to handling or treating an illness. Other stories simply reflect on an illness after it’s over or contain lessons on how best to communicate with physicians. Even when multiple people are describing their experience with the same disease or condition or treatment, each account is unique. If the subject of this podcast interests you, please subscribe to Lifespan wherever you access your podcasts. You can also listen to Lifespan at WOUB.org/listen.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Personal Stories with a Punch
It is really interesting to take a detailed look at our health care system from the perspective of someone else's experience with it. I loved the first episode "An Accident" and I can't wait to hear more...Please keep the good work coming our way.