All of Us Warriors with Rebecca Munn_097

Rebecca Munn

Death doula, and author, Rebecca Munn is an optimist. She was raised by optimists. Yet she encourages conversations about death. And talks to people about cancer. Why? Because it’s who she is.

Her first book, The Gift of Goodbye: A Story of Agape Love , she shares the journey she took with her mom after her second cancer diagnosis. Rebecca talks about the challenges that so many caregivers face: juggling parenthood, career, and geographic barriers to provide care to her Mom, and Dad, at different times. In her newest book, All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival and Loss , she talks with others about their cancer experiences. And what they want others to know.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What agape love is
  • How you can be an optimist and talk about this stuff
  • An important question you can ask your dying loved one
  • Why staying engaged with others is important

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Other resources Rebecca mentions:

Parnasus Books

Signs by Laura Lynn Jackson

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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096_Plan for Aging Well with Stephanie Erickson

Do YOU want to be dismissed? Or ignored? Or be told what to do? This is often how our aging population is treated. And if we don’t change things, this is how you will be treated, too.

Stephanie Erickson is a social worker, certified Alzheimer’s disease treatment specialist, and author of a new book titled Plan For Aging Well. Check out this episode of engAGING Conversations, and learn about the importance of:

Stephanie Erickson
  • early communication about wishes (verbal and written)
  • the financial impact on family caregivers
  • “Team caregiving”
  • becoming an advocate for your loved one AND yourself

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Welcome Back Update_095

Hey Stranger, where ya been? I know I’ve been in absentia for the better part of the last 3 months and really my only excuse is…Covid.

No, I didn’t have it, but I have been struggling with thoughts about what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. As we all know, life has changed. And in some ways for the better. So I thought I’d fill you in on my summer, and where engAGING Conversations is headed.

Stay tuned and find out more about:

And thank you.

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Man’s 4th Best Hospital with Samuel Shem_094

Want to read the sequel of a novel that was included in a Washington Post list of “12 novels that changed the world”? Then you MUST read this book. But I would encourage you to read the prequel “The House of God” first.

Samuel Shem, aka Stephen Bergman MD, wrote The House of God after surviving his medical residency. 40 years later, he reprises the characters for his most recent novel, Man’s 4th Best Hospital.

He says the best way to talk about history is through fictional writing. In Man’s 4th Best Hospital, he shares his observations for the need for healthcare reform, using the humor, enthusiasm, sadness, and honesty of some of the beloved characters from The House of God. This book will definitely give you an insiders view of what’s wrong with today’s healthcare system, and why physician (and nurse) burnout is so common.

Listen today and find out:

  • What the electronic medical record is really about
  • What he feels is missing in healthcare
  • What is is going to take to fix it
  • What unique class he teaches to NYU med students

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Joan Lunden (yes THAT Joan Lunden!) Talks Aging_093

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden is a well-known, influential public figure and author. I talk with her today about her family caregiver experience, as well as her newest book Why Did I Come Into This Room? an honest look into what it’s like to be an aging woman.

Listen today to hear:

  • Why Joan is the national spokesperson for A Place for Mom
  • How to start a conversation with your parents
  • What’s the secret of life? (According to Joan’s mom)
  • Why you should write your own eulogy and obituary
  • Why we need to talk candidly about changes associated with aging

Find out more about Joan Lunden find her other books, and follow her on social media Facebook Instagram Twitter

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