84 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 • 29 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.

    When We Find Ourselves in a Quiet Season

    When We Find Ourselves in a Quiet Season

    Some caregivers go through phases in which their loved one's health is a bit more stable. These seasons can leave caregivers wondering if they can still claim that title and can allow some space for reflection. In this episode, Justin talks about what it's been like to be in a quieter season these past few months.

    • 46 min
    Do We Play it Safe or Live by “YOLO”?

    Do We Play it Safe or Live by “YOLO”?

    Making plans can feel risky and complex for caregivers, as they find themselves creating contingency plans for all that might go awry before, during, and after the event. All this can lead caregivers to play it safe, deciding that staying home is easier -  but at what cost? In this episode, Justin and Allison talk about which way they tend to tip, and the consequences that follow.

    • 51 min
    When Appointments Don't Go Well

    When Appointments Don't Go Well

    For people living with an illness or injury, appointments with medical professionals can feel like important moments to learn more about the prognosis, get access to new treatments, and share concerns about new symptoms. But what happens when those appointments don’t go well? How does that impact caregivers and what, if anything, is their role in following up? In this episode, Allison and Justin talk about their experiences with unpleasant appointments for their spouses, how that felt, and what they did about it.

    • 52 min
    We Weren't Trained For This

    We Weren't Trained For This

    Most caregivers come into the role without any medical background and yet find themselves performing high stakes tasks and making countless decisions. In this episode, Justin and Allison talk about times they did receive training, if it was effective, and where the gaps are in the system.
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    • 49 min
    The Before, During, and After a Hospitalization

    The Before, During, and After a Hospitalization

    For a caregiver, the experience of a loved one being hospitalized can involve countless moments of decision-making, symptom tracking, and advocating all while being away from home and while bearing witness to our person’s suffering. Allison recently experienced all of this and more when her husband spent multiple days in the Emergency Room and hospital. In this episode, she shares with Justin what went into the before, during, and after that hospital stay.

    • 50 min
    Caregiving in the Media

    Caregiving in the Media

    Stories of caregiving are becoming more prevalent in both the news and in the entertainment industry. In this episode, Justin and Allison weigh in about how accurately they feel it’s being portrayed and the impact of this type of representation for both caregivers and their supporters.
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    NYTimes: "I Wish I Had Known That No One Was Going To Help Me"
    NYTimes: "The Quiet Rage of Caregivers"

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

CapeAnner ,

Everyone should listen to this

As a spousal caregiver to my partner with cancer for the last six years, this podcast has been so validating and helpful. Everyone who is a caregiver, supporting a caregiver, or might be a caregiver one day should listen to this (so, everyone). Love that it’s organized by topic as well—very easy to recommend episodes, to listen to, to go to for help.

jab5100 ,

Needed resource

As someone who works at end of life it is remarkable to find a podcast that provides a safe and supportive container for discussing issues and normalizing the conversation around illness, death, and grief. With gratitude. 🙏

sjoywi ,

Found my tribe

When you find yourself in foreign territory, it hard, everything has changed in a short time, your emotions are whirling you look for others who have traveled where you currently are for guidance and help. Caregiving is the hardest territory I’ve had to travel yet. These two are experienced travelers in caregiving and continue their journey and invite others to join them. A space where caregivers can say”I’m not alone”.

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