100 episodes

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.

Glass Half Full with Leslie Krongold, Ed.D‪.‬ Leslie@GlassHalfFull.online (Leslie Krongold, Ed.D.)

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

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.

    Physician with Muscular Dystrophy Champions Genetic Testing

    Physician with Muscular Dystrophy Champions Genetic Testing

    Dr. William Lowery, a practicing pulmonologist at Alameda Hospital in Northern California, was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophy some 20 years ago. He's now founded a non-profit organization to help others shorten their diagnostic odyssey with free genetic testing and his expert guidance.

    • 28 min
    “Don’t worry, be happy! It could be worse. It is what it is” by Toxic Positivity.

    “Don’t worry, be happy! It could be worse. It is what it is” by Toxic Positivity.

    What is Toxic Positivity? How to avoid it and what to do when confronted with it. 
    One definition in the context of overstressed teachers during the pandemic includes "toxic positivity as focusing on the positive and ignoring the negative. This mindset has caused a lot of teachers to feel guilty, stressed, and overwhelmed."
    One mental health website's definition, "Some signs of toxic positivity statements may be dismissing emotions, minimizing someone’s experience, giving one’s perspective instead of validating someone’s emotions, shaming someone for expressing frustration, and brushing things off."

    • 12 min
    The size of a grapefruit in your head; I’m grateful that I’m still here

    The size of a grapefruit in your head; I’m grateful that I’m still here

    When you're told you have a tumor the size of a grapefruit growing in your brain, and you have it removed, and you live to tell the story about it without experiencing profound disability, then you have a lot to be grateful for.

    That's what happened to Amy. Learn more about Amy's health story in this podcast episode. She had no idea about a brain tumor until family members made an intervention and tests revealed the source of her various symptoms which taken individually caused no alarm for Amy.

    'Tis the season to be grateful. And Amy is grateful for much. What are you grateful for?

    In the latest AARP magazine Michael J. Fox talks about how gratitude is a source for his continued optimism in spite of having to give up acting because of unreliable speech.

    The UC-Berkeley Center for the Greater Good explores the concept of gratitude with evidence-based research. Check out articles and video clips here.

    An earlier podcast episode, Gratitude & Thinking Small, includes an interview with noted author and Buddhist practitioner, Toni Bernhard.

    • 22 min
    Rare and Invisible Disability + Spoon Theory

    Rare and Invisible Disability + Spoon Theory

    Traditionally the month of October is the time to become aware of people with disabilities -- either a visible or invisible disability -- but here we're drawing attention to all those who face physical and mental health challenges. With 1 in 10 Americans diagnosed with a rare disorder (whether it's a visible or invisible disability) and all of the others making up ~ 25% of Americans with chronic health conditions, let's practice an awareness on a daily basis.

    Sunny Ammerman, NORD Ambassador for Indiana, talks about spoon theory, her role as a Patient Advocate for NORD and the Pituitary Network Association, and her blog, Insomnia Doodles.

    Earlier podcast episodes have explored Disability Awareness -- The D Word and The Pirate as a Disability Action Figure. To learn more about Rare Disease, listen to this podcast episode, It's Not That Easy Being Rare.

    Sunny is an avid gamer and Virtual Reality enthusiast; stay tuned for a future episode where she shares her love of VR.

    • 17 min
    Skin Cancer or Adult Acne?

    Skin Cancer or Adult Acne?

    What is that growing on me -- could it be skin cancer? Have you asked yourself this question? During the pandemic I ignored a couple of what I thought were pimples because I was terrified to go inside a building. According to Wikipedia...

    Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive. Although the nonmelanoma skin cancer basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is rarely life-threatening, it can be troublesome, especially because 80 percent of BCCs develop on highly visible areas of the head and neck.
    Mayo Clinic
    Apparently I have, or had, both. After a few biopsies, a topic chemotherapy treatment, and now Mohs surgery, I hope this closes a chapter. Yet it seems nearly inevitable that there will be a recurrence. And thus my education on this topic is in its genesis.

    A few takeaways from this experience -- don't leave the house without sunscreen protection and learn more to successfully advocate for myself.

    Here's an entry from a chronic illness blogger about her ordeal with skin cancer.

    • 10 min
    An Unusual Fall

    An Unusual Fall

    Falls don't always happen when you're standing. Although balance and fall prevention classes help increase your odds of preventing a near fall, some falls are just unusual accidents. Like sitting in a chair where the seat gives way and your derriere hits the ground. That's one unusual fall.

    Fortunately, movement and flexibility classes improve your chances of diminishing the impact of the fall.

    For more information on Balance and Fall Prevention, listen to this podcast episode with UCSF Physical Therapy Professor, Erica Pitsch.

    The Mat Pilates class offered by BORP is described as: Designed by and for people with spinal cord injuries but open and beneficial to all, the Adaptive Pilates Mat Class is a unique class essential for those that sit in a chair all day and are able to get  up and down off of the floor or have access to a raised mat.  Liz Ann will lead the class through the basic principles of Pilates, helping you to get stronger, more flexible and even to have improved coordination. Pilates also uses specific sequential breathing methods combined with intense concentration on a specific body part to create an effective exercise routine.

    To find out about other adaptive/accessible online movement classes, join the Facebook group: Movement Challenge.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

MomOfEighteen ,

Outstanding Show!

Such a great resource for people wondering what to do, what’s next and how to live a full life!

Rootla ,

A Must Listen ....

For policy makers and patients alike! Leslie asks thoughtful interview questions, links whole health best practices, and approaches disability care seamlessly in this podcast. This podcast should be a trendsetter not just in the health care industry, but down to how we design our infrastructure and shapes our attitudes about what health means.

Wxz1J7u ,

Great Show

So glad I found this podcast. My partner has DM1 and this show has been inspirational. Informative and compassionate.

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