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 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.
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.
Caregivers on Vacation
After more than a year of being at home, Allison and Justin talk about the travel opportunities they have taken this summer, both with and without their spouses. They discuss what it’s like to leave their partners and their caregiving responsibilities behind.
Sick One, Healthy One
Justin and Allison dig into what it feels like to be the physically healthy partner in their relationships, including the grief and struggle they experience when they are able to do things that their spouses cannot.
Taking Caregiving on the Road
Allison and Justin talk about their upcoming summer travel plans: Allison with her spouse and Justin without. They cover the challenges and preparation needed for both situations and dig into why they struggle to delegate their caregiving responsibilities.
Must We Find Meaning?
Justin and Allison talk about how it feels when caregivers are told to find meaning in their hardships and to celebrate and seek well-being through their roles. Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t feel good. They discuss what does feel supportive and what kind of spaces they would like to see more of in the caregiving community.
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.
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...”
Love these two!
I just love how they keep checking in with each other and how well they listen to one another and how many insights they have to share. They are both ninja level caregivers and your time is well spent learning from them!