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The On Pluto podcast chronicles the experiences of journalist Greg O'Brien, who is living with early onset Alzheimer's disease.
||CleanSons||Greg’s son, Conor, says despite the progression of his dad’s Alzheimer’s, they still have a lot of fun times together. How has this disease affected the children in your family? To learn ...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreatest Fear||Greg talks about the memory he fears losing the most. What memories do you fear losing most? To learn more about UsAgainstAlzheimer's, visit our website at https://www.usagainstalzheimers...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSlowing the Progression||UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Co-Founder George Vradenburg asks Greg what matters most to him when it comes to treating Alzheimer’s. What are your hopes for a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias?/br...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaughters||Greg’s daughter Colleen talks with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s co-founder Trish Vrandenburg, who lost her mother to Alzheimer’s. Has this disease brought your family closer or pushed them apart? ...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing to Pluto||Greg explains where “Pluto” comes from. What image would you use to describe to describe your journey with this disease? To learn more about UsAgainstAlzheimer's, visit our website at htt...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Question of Suicide||There is no treatment, prevention or cure for Alzheimer’s. Because of that, Greg says there have been moments when he has contemplated suicide. How do you work through the dark times as you fight this disease?br...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaith||Greg says he couldn’t survive without his faith.. Does faith sustain you in your journey? To learn more about UsAgainstAlzheimer's, visit our website at https://www.usagainstalzheimers.or...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay to Day Strategies||Greg describes his day to day strategies for fighting back as his memory falters. What coping strategies work best for you? To learn more about UsAgainstAlzheimer's, visit our website at h...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChallenges to a Marriage||An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is one of the greatest challenges that a couple can face. Greg says for his wife, Mary Catherine, it was terrifying. What are the challenges you face in relationships with loved ones?...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnmasking a Disease in the Making||Greg describes the serious head injury that revealed a disease in the making. At that time, he had already experienced symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. What symptoms and behaviors do you now recognize as the early s...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Assignment of His Life||Journalist Greg O'Brien talks about the assignment of his life - as a reporter embedded inside the mind of Alzheimer’s disease. In this first episode of On Pluto, Greg introduces us to his experience and encourages people to poke the demon and never g||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTelling Brendan the Truth||Greg O'Brien recalls the painful moment when he finally told his oldest son, Brendan, the truth about his diagnosis. How did you and your family respond to your diagnosis or your loved one’s diagnosis? ...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
My oldest son’s birthday
Greg, I listened to my first three episodes today. I’m 59 and was diagnosed last January. Like you, I told my oldest son before anyone else. His reaction, while quite different in the specifics from your son’s reaction, had the same level of healthy intensity. Today is his birthday and, more than any other day in my life since he was born 32 years ago, I treasure him and our relationship. I’m certainly a most fortunate fellow having had him and his equally fantastic younger brother and sister.
I’ve chosen, since the beginning, to be absolutely open to as many people as I can about my condition. I immediately started cracking jokes about it and my kids and other family members and friends have followed suit. I’m watching as some others in my ALZ support group here in Portland, OR, try to keep their condition under wraps, and it pains me for them and those closest to them. I need that help and humor every single day and I hope that my openness - and yours’ - eventually becomes the social standard for ALZ patients. It makes my compromised life so much easier than it would be if I were silent. I’m certain that my family and friends are better-suited to help me because I brought them into my struggle early on.
Thank You Greg for your Fight and Honesty
Greg is not afraid to tell like it is, which is critically important for others to truly understand this disease in all its forms. No one tells it better from a first person perspective. This information is so important on so many levels, one of which is to help demystify the disease and to help reduce the stigmas associated with it. Thank you my friend, for doing everything that you do and for telling your story and for all of us who are affected by this disease.