54 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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 20 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.

    What It Means To Feel Seen

    What It Means To Feel Seen

    Caregivers often say that they aren’t seen. But what would it look like to be seen? What is it that they wish for? In this episode, Allison and Justin talk about times and ways that they have felt either unseen or seen in their caregiving roles and the implications of each. In addition, they provide a number of simple strategies that supporters can use to show intentional care for the caregivers in their lives.

    • 46 min
    When We're Not Quite Ready to Celebrate

    When We're Not Quite Ready to Celebrate

    Justin and Allison both have good news in their caregiving lives to share, but that news came at a cost. In this episode, they talk about how it's often after the event or the test results are in that the caregiver has a chance to process all they've just been through, but it's at that same moment that the world wants to celebrate and then move on.
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    • 47 min
    Life Hacks for Caregivers

    Life Hacks for Caregivers

    Life is full for everyone, especially caregivers. In this episode, Justin and Allison talk about ways to eliminate, delegate, or simplify daily tasks.

    • 53 min
    Resentment

    Resentment

    Everyone experiences feelings of resentment, but caregivers have extra reasons these emotions might creep up. In addition, they have the layer of feeling as if they shouldn't feel this way and that they definitely shouldn't talk about it. Listen in as Justin and Allison discuss how resentment shows up in their lives, what it might be telling them, how they handle it when it does, and how supporters can help.

    • 40 min
    Rest

    Rest

    We often equate rest with sleep, but as caregivers and humans, there are other ways we can and need to find rest throughout our days. Listen in as Allison and Justin talk about how they've seen this play out in their own lives and how supporters can help.

    • 44 min
    The Power of Words

    The Power of Words

    Comments made to caregivers can range from insensitive and hurtful to validating and supportive. In this episode, Allison and Justin highlight quotes shared by listeners while talking about how powerful words, or the lack thereof, can be.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

JDubs2109 ,

Listen to become a better listener and friend

So much to learn from these two hosts. How to be a better listener, why our words and advice matter when talking to caretakers, how to better support our friends and families dealing with chronic illness. Selfishly, I also listen to put life and relationships and life’s silly dramas into it’s appropriate place; they help me prioritize what matters.

But simply put, listen to the podcast if you want to be a better human. Sooooo it’s a podcast for everyone!

Bonus: Great audio quality. Both hosts speak well, give each other space and time to make points, and make for a great podcast production. And they don’t talk over each other, unlike too many other media productions.

IHHNurseMeg ,

A must listen for health care professionals

As a nurse, I have learned so much from this podcast about how to see the person beside my patient. Allison and Justin have taught me how to care for the entire family. I will be encouraging the nursing students I teach to listen and reflect on the honest and open perspectives shared on the various episodes of In Sickness.

Dincher ,

Thank you

I am so glad I discovered this podcast. The topics are so relevant and they are so relatable. “I’m glad you are on this journey with me, but I wish you weren’t...”

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