5 episodes

Listen in as Allison Breininger and Justin Bajema, millennial caregivers for their chronically ill spouses, speak honestly about what life is like when there are more days spent in sickness than in health.

In Sickness Allison Breininger and Justin Bajema

    • Medicine
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

Listen in as Allison Breininger and Justin Bajema, millennial caregivers for their chronically ill spouses, speak honestly about what life is like when there are more days spent in sickness than in health.

    05: On Appointment Days I’m Never Just A Spouse

    05: On Appointment Days I’m Never Just A Spouse

    Justin and Allison describe all that goes into making appointments happen, from logistics to advocacy to the hangover in the days that follow and how, in the medical setting, they’re never able to “just” be a spouse.

    • 35 min
    Left Behind as the World Moves On

    Left Behind as the World Moves On

    Allison and Justin talk about the sweet moments of solidarity in March when the world got a taste of what it feels like to be homebound and conscious of germs and what it is like now as parts of society move on, leaving their families behind.

    • 31 min
    What Do We Tell the Kids?

    What Do We Tell the Kids?

    As caregivers, we aren’t just caring for our spouses, but also navigating how to support the kids in our lives. What and how much do you tell them and how much do you involve them?

    This episode was recorded on May 23, before the murder of George Floyd, which is why this important issue wasn’t discussed. We added an additional note at the end of the episode in which we provide resources connecting today’s topic of talking with children about chronic illness to having conversations with kids about ra

    • 27 min
    Grieving things we miss, never had, and are afraid to lose

    Grieving things we miss, never had, and are afraid to lose

    Allison and Justin talk about grief, discussing what they miss about the lives they had before their partners were diagnosed, the mourning over the lives they thought they would have but don’t, and the anticipatory grief they carry when thinking about the future. They connect their experiences to the collective feelings of grief being felt by many around the world during this time.

    • 34 min
    Meet Justin and Allison

    Meet Justin and Allison

    Welcome to the first episode of the In Sickness podcast! Listen in as Allison Breininger and Justin Bajema talk about how they became caregivers for their spouses at a young age, what it’s like to be a caregiver during a pandemic, and how their long-distance friendship has provided an opportunity for them to talk openly about the anxiety that caregiving triggers in them both.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

K. Graz ,

Very Relatable

Caring for a spouse has it’s own complexities making it difficult to relate to others caring for parents or children. It’s great to hear from people dealing with the impact on their relationships in honest, thoughtful, and candid discussions. This is so hard and touches so many areas of our lives. I can relate to the discussion about spending hours researching and being overwhelmed with terminology. I remember screaming, “I didn’t go to medical school!” Yet I know that my dedication has helped my husband live a better live. I can also relate to feeling lonely as he sleeps a lot. I too have lists of things that keep me busy. I’ve learned to slow down and enjoy our time together even if it’s in short snippets or long periods of silence. Even though I’ve been doing this for years, it can still be difficult. Thanks for having the sad, frustrating, conversations that ‘others’ don’t understand.

PullmanMamma ,

Honest and Enlightening

This podcast is fantastic. I am incredibly impressed with the honest accounts of what it is truly like to be a young caregiver to a spouse. Not only do they share their challenges but they also share the methods they’ve found to cope with the stress and anxiety that comes with a role most people don’t expect to take on so early in life. The hosts are thoughtful, articulate and generous in the way they let the listener into this aspect of their lives. I am not a caregiver but have found tremendous value in listening to this podcast as a cousin to someone who receives this incredibly important love and care. My understanding and empathy have grown and I’m learning about ways I can support the caregivers in my life. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Natamt ,

Honest, thoughtful, helpful

Full of honesty and vulnerability, with down-to-earth and instantly likeable hosts. Their conversations revolve around the topic of caregiving but are of interest to anyone who has ever struggled to cope with anything - which is to say, everyone.

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