The Milkshakes for Marleigh podcast tells the survival stories of blood product recipients. Inspired by 5 year old Marleigh and her team of plasma donors that have both saved and preserved her life, this podcast creates a space for recipients to thank donors and to share what they have achieved in their lives after receiving a blood product.
Survivors and those who love them share their experiences of injury or illnesses that have been treated by receiving blood product. They tell the stories of all that they go on to achieve in their lives.
Nothing feels more like the modern demonstration of mateship than donating your blood to keep another Australian alive. The Milkshakes for Marleigh podcast bridges the gap of anonymity between donors and the recipients whose lives they save everyday.
Adam‘BarRat‘ Barrat and Campbell Fisher on the importance of family and community support.
In this episode we are joined by Adam 'BarRat" Barrat from Sunshine Coasts 91.9 SeaFM. He has been a champion for the Milkshakes for Marleigh Lifeblood team and regularly donates plasma. He is also a blood product recipient after breaking his neck.
In this episode we also interview Marleigh's big brother Campbell on the realities of having a sister with a complex and particularly life threatening health condition.
You can find BarRat on www.919seafm.com.au and buy "The Spirit of BarRat" Gin at: www.sunshineandsons.com.au/product-page/the-spirit-of-barrat
Dr Dinnesh Palipana - BONUS Episode ahead of IDPWD
Ahead of International Day of People with Disability on 03 December 2021, we are dropping this bonus episode with Dr Dinesh Palipana.
Dr Palipana is the 2021 Queensland Australian of the year, a lawyer, a disability and inclusivity advocate and a doctor at the Australia's busiest Emergency Department on the Gold Coast, Queensland. As a result of a spinal cord injury suffered during a car accident, Dr Palipana is also a quadriplegic
Artist and invisible disability advocate Chloe Wigg on the difference between ”life” and ”living”.
In this episode Chloe Wigg shares her experience of living with multiple autoimmune conditions including Myasthenia Gravis, which can be treated with Intravenous Immunoglobulin Infusion (IVIg) which is made from human plasma donations.
Chloe discusses the way that she uses her art as a tool in her advocacy work to raise awareness about invisible disabilities and why she is the undisputed queen of The Nutbush.
You can find Chloe's work here:
GWS Giants star Phil Davis on the injury that could have taken his kidney, his career or his life
AFL Star and inaugural GWS Giants Captain Phil Davis shares his story of the injury that could have taken his kidney, his career and his life.
In this interview I am joined by a co-host, our 11 year old son Thomas Fisher, who believes himself to be the GWS Giants biggest fan.
Phil shares his experiences of being a blood product recipient and his achievements both on and off field with the GWS Giants.
You can find Phil on his 2 podcasts:
Miracle Mumma, Amy Purling - pregnancy, premature babies, plasma, platelets and PEG feeds
Miracle Mumma, Amy Purling shares how plasma and platelet donors kept her babies safe in utero, saved their lives in the early Neonatal Intensive Care days and continue to help the family thrive and live their best lives as the family grow together. She also describes what is is like to have a child who who uses a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube. This is one incredible family who are living such a big and beautiful life thanks to Australian blood donors!
Please check out Amy's amazing store for premature babies www.miraclemumma.com.au
In this episode we also discuss the amazing Carers Circles that we have both attended with The Carers Club. Please search them on Facebook and Instagram to find details of their Online Carers Circles. We would love to meet you there!
Australian Army Soldier Julian and his need for immunoglobulin infusion
In this episode of The Milkshakes for Marleigh Podcast we profile Julian, a recently medically discharged Soldier of the Australian Army who suffers from Acute Disseminated Encepalomyelitis (ADEM) which is a type of Autoimmune Encephalitis and Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein (MOG), which both require Intravenous Immunoglobulin Infusion IVIg, which is made from human plasma donations.
We also explore the impact that being a surviving twin has had on Julian's sense of identity and resilience. And the incredible role that dogs can play in physical, mental and rehabilitation.
We dedicate this episode to Julian's twin brother Jeremy and recognise the special role that twins who have passed away play in the lives of the families who love them.
Omg Kate, I thought I knew your story but listening to you telling Marleighs story had me in tears! What an incredible journey you have been on. You my friend are an amazingly strong women and a fiercely strong Mumma. I can’t even fathom what you have all been on from the mum side, the nurse side is so much safer to stand on. But I am proud to be a member of the milkshakes for Marleigh team and have to always in my thoughts! Xx
I’m loving this podcast! Stories of resilience, joy and heartbreak. Looking forward to your next episodes!
What a gift to the world!
Thank you Kate, Geoff, Marleigh and family for sharing your story with us and giving blood, blood products and breastmilk recipients a platform to tell their stories!