50 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 • 17 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.

    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
    Navigating Special Occasions

    Navigating Special Occasions

    In recent weeks, Justin and Allison’s families have had opportunities to travel, celebrate milestone birthdays, and attend weddings and a county fair - all events that are full of extra layers when caregiving. In this episode, they discuss what it’s like to prepare for, live through, and recover from special occasions as caregivers.

    • 50 min
    Date Night - Creative Ways to Connect With Your Loved One

    Date Night - Creative Ways to Connect With Your Loved One

    Caregivers of all kinds can slip into the role of nurse and lose sight of the real relationship they have with their loved one, whether that’s a partner, child, parent, or friend. In this episode, Allison and Justin talk about creative ways to find moments of connection even when you’re homebound or low on energy.

    • 50 min
    Understanding Trauma with Special Guest Dr. Megan Voss

    Understanding Trauma with Special Guest Dr. Megan Voss

    While caring for a loved one, caregivers can have experiences that lead to trauma. In this episode, Justin and Allison talk with Dr. Megan Voss about how trauma can manifest itself, what to do if it does, and ways to begin to process it even as we continue caregiving.
    Taking Charge of Your Survivorship

    • 52 min
    Caregiver Physical Health

    Caregiver Physical Health

    Research tells us that caregivers are at a higher risk of physical ailments and chronic conditions than their non-caregiving peers. In this episode, Allison and Justin dig into the reasons behind these statistics and offer some realistic strategies for caregivers and their supporters.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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