5 episodes

Part narrative and part educational, the Beyond My Battle Podcast explores the many facets of life affected by illness or disability. Each episode delves into a topic of known interest – from practicing meditation to speaking with doctors – through personal stories and expert insights. Whether you’re a listener with an illness or disability or you love somebody who has been diagnosed with one, you'll find this show inspiring, informative, and supportive. This podcast is part of the educational suite of resources offered by Beyond My Battle, a nonprofit helping people reduce the stress of serious illness, rare disease, and disability using mindfulness, awareness, and compassion.

Beyond My Battle Podcast Beyond My Battle

    • Alternative Health
    • 4.9, 36 Ratings

Part narrative and part educational, the Beyond My Battle Podcast explores the many facets of life affected by illness or disability. Each episode delves into a topic of known interest – from practicing meditation to speaking with doctors – through personal stories and expert insights. Whether you’re a listener with an illness or disability or you love somebody who has been diagnosed with one, you'll find this show inspiring, informative, and supportive. This podcast is part of the educational suite of resources offered by Beyond My Battle, a nonprofit helping people reduce the stress of serious illness, rare disease, and disability using mindfulness, awareness, and compassion.

    Ep. 5: Art, Creative Expression, and Coping

    Ep. 5: Art, Creative Expression, and Coping

    Whether through painting, poetry, or pottery, creative outlets have been used for centuries to soothe our souls or communication. This episode shares the stories of three artists who use art to cope with chronic illness and channel their feelings. We later speak with an art therapist who discusses the therapeutic nature of creative expression, how art-making helps us be more present, and why it's such a powerful tool for those with health challenges and caregivers.

    • 40 min
    Ep 4: Coronavirus as a Catalyst for Calm

    Ep 4: Coronavirus as a Catalyst for Calm

    We made this special episode to support you through changes and challenging emotions the COVID-19 outbreak stirs up. Pre-existing health conditions, accessibility, and caring for others have been central themes of the pandemic. Those most vulnerable (or caring for those most vulnerable) are faced with great fear and frustration. In this episode, we provide an outlook on managing that fear – allowing us to see the coronavirus as a catalyst for slowing down, stepping back, and prioritizing self-care.

    • 31 min
    Ep 3: Compassion, Acceptance, and Our Health

    Ep 3: Compassion, Acceptance, and Our Health

    Self-compassion has become a widely studied and embraced method of extending kindness not just toward our current circumstance, but toward ourselves while experiencing it. Self-compassion is an appealing practice for those living with illnesses and disabilities as it releases common criticisms, shame, and feelings of imperfection while building a sense of understanding and acceptance. For caregivers, self-compassion helps avoid burnout, in effect nurturing the relationships with those we care for. In this episode, we speak with three guests who found the benefits of compassion during their journeys with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), Multiple Sclerosis, and caring for a loved one with Lyme Disease and chronic pain. We also speak with Dr. Ann Saffi Biasetti, a somatic psychotherapist using the science of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) to help soothe critical thoughts (especially towards our bodies) and reclaim a loving connection with ourselves. Ann closes this episode with a meditative self-compassion practice to start reducing inner criticism right now.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 2: Applying Mindfulness as Patient and Caregiver

    Ep. 2: Applying Mindfulness as Patient and Caregiver

    Hundreds of studies prove that mindfulness positively impacts one’s health, specifically for those with illnesses or caregiving responsibilities. Three guests share stories of how they turned to mindfulness to find peace with chronic migraine, chronic fatigue syndrome, and being a parent of a child with muscular dystrophy. Later, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher explains how mindfulness works, the importance for those with health challenges, and how to incorporate it into your daily life.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 1: Getting a Diagnosis and the Ways we Respond

    Ep. 1: Getting a Diagnosis and the Ways we Respond

    In this episode, you'll hear the stories of three guests who received the news of multiple sclerosis, retinitis pigmentosa, and Lyme disease with chronic pain, respectively. Our guests touch on how their diagnosis initially made them feel anxious, angry, sad and impacted their self-worth, identity, relationships, and behavior. You'll also hear from a mental health professional who explains these responses, as well as the effectiveness of communication and supportive relationships during stressful times.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

GagaPerson1234 ,

Nicely Done!

Good format, helpful content and good variety already in first two episodes!

$teve___ ,

Excellent Podcast / Important Topic

This is a very impressive initial episode. Can’t wait to hear more.

SanDiegoScene ,

So impactful & inspiring!

The time flew listening to such personal and well-delivered information that makes anyone and everyone think about what is most important in life. Loved it!

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