33 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 • 16 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.

    Expect the Unexpected

    Expect the Unexpected

    As chronic illness caregivers, Justin and Allison are used to experiencing daily challenges, but in the past weeks they’ve both found themselves in unexpected medical situations beyond their norm.

    • 40 min
    Caring for Someone with an Invisible Illness

    Caring for Someone with an Invisible Illness

    Allison and Justin describe the unique challenges that arise when the person you’re caring for has an invisible illness. 

    • 38 min
    Caregiver Burnout

    Caregiver Burnout

    Justin and Allison discuss the ways in which caregiving impacts their physical, emotional, and mental health, what burnout feels like to them, and how supporters can help.

    • 39 min
    Fighting the System

    Fighting the System

    Allison describes the recent battles she has been fighting since learning that Sean's home health supplies are not covered under Medicare. Justin shares the dehumanizing process Sarah went through when applying for disability. Both dig in to what it feels like to fight back against a broken system.

    • 44 min
    In It For The Long Haul

    In It For The Long Haul

    Allison and Justin talk about the difficult reality of being a caregiver for someone with a lifelong chronic illness. They discuss how things felt at the beginning, how they keep going, as well as how people can better support those in these long term caregiving situations.

    • 48 min
    Male Caregivers with Special Guest Kyle Woody

    Male Caregivers with Special Guest Kyle Woody

    Special guest, Kyle Woody, Executive Director of Jack’s Caregiver Coalition, and Justin talk about the unique challenges faced by men who are caregivers. Kyle also shares the free resources provided by Jack’s to male and female caregivers alike.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 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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