“Kidney Failure”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3w ago
Dylan lives in Tennessee. He’s a magazine editor. He has a wife. He has a young daughter. And he has Alport syndrome, a hereditary kidney disease. In this episode of Lifespan, Dylan describes his years on kidney dialysis, how a kidney transplant recently transformed his life, and the uniqueness of being part of an extended family with so many members affected by an inherited illness ..read more
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“Alzheimer’s”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
1y ago
Larry and Carol have been married for 66 years. About 17 years ago, Carol began to show signs of memory problems. She has since been diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s. In this episode of Lifespan, Larry, and his daughter, Madeline, who are both physicians, talk about Carol and the difficulties that Alzheimer’s presents to everyone touched by the illness ..read more
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“Benign Tumors”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
2y ago
When someone suspects they have a tumor, the first thing they think about, and fear, is cancer. So, when their biopsy comes back as “benign,” they’re relieved. But the word “benign” can be deceptive. In this episode of Lifespan, our guest, Deidre Naughton, describes her experience with painful, recurring, non-cancerous tumors ..read more
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“Testicular Cancer”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
2y ago
“‘Breast cancer awareness’ is a national catchphrase. There is less recognition, however, of testicular cancer, even though the average age for onset is 33, far younger than for breast cancer. At 33, few men worry about cancer and so they tend to ignore any signs of the illness. In this episode of Lifespan, Dan Skinner, a professor of health policy, and the producer and host of the podcast, Prognosis Ohio, describes his experience with testicular cancer and reflects on the culture that avoids recognition and discussion of the illness. You can listen to Prognosis Ohio, Dan’s podcast about healt ..read more
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“Medical Interpretation”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3y ago
Faiza Aziz is a medical student. Before enrolling in medical school in 2020, given her public health and medical knowledge, her fluency in several languages, and her familiarity with several cultures, she trained and worked as a medical interpreter. In this episode of Lifespan, Faiza describes the vital role played by medical interpreters in the healthcare system, how interpreters help to assure quality care for vulnerable patients, and the potential dangers to patients when physicians and hospitals fail to use professionally trained interpreters ..read more
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"Stroke"
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3y ago
Bob Simpson and Estelle Carol have been together for almost 50 years. They have two grown children. Before retirement, Bob was a high school history teacher. Estelle is still working as a graphic designer. For decades, they also combined their talents to produce syndicated political cartoons under the byline Carol Simpson. Then, in 2016, Bob had a stroke. In this episode of Lifespan, Bob and Estelle share their story ..read more
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“Choosing Down Syndrome”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3y ago
Chris Kaposy and Jan Beattie have three children: Elizabeth, 14, Aaron, 11, and Ty, 7. With each pregnancy, Jan and Chris decided in advance to refuse prenatal testing. But when Jan was pregnant with Aaron, her first ultrasound at 19 weeks showed some markers for Down syndrome and she and Chris had to revisit their original decision about prenatal testing. Chris is a biomedical ethicist and Jan is a nurse, so they brought unique forms of medical knowledge to the series of questions they had to ask and answer quickly. Since Aaron’s birth, Chris has written the book, Choosing Down Syndrome: Ethi ..read more
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“Depression in the First Person”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3y ago
Anna Mehler Paperny is a Canadian journalist who has worked for Reuters, The Globe and Mail, and Global News. She’s won awards for her investigative journalism. And she’s struggled with major clinical depression for most of her adult life, attempting suicide several times. On this episode of Lifespan, Anna talks about her experience of mental illness, the stigma of mental illness, and the history of the treatment of mental illness. Anna’s courageous, compelling, informative book, Hello I want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, was recently released in the United States by Th ..read more
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“Grievous Loss: Death of a Spouse”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3y ago
Steve Bild, Renee Pollock, and Mary Costello have all lost their longtime spouses. In this episode of Lifespan, they describe their spouses’ lives and legacies, their partners’ deaths, and their own adjustment to living in the aftermath of grievous loss. Steve, Renee, and Mary also offer advice to others coping with similarly profound loss. If you want to view Steve’s wife’s art, you can visit Mary Ellen Croteau’s website at https://www.maryellencroteau.net/. You can read Renee’s blog at https://reneerocks.blog ..read more
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“A Tale of Two Recoveries: Alcoholism and Co-Dependence”
Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery
by WOUB Public Media
3y ago
Debbie and Doug have been married for more than 40 years. In this episode of Lifespan, Doug talks candidly about his addiction to alcohol and his ongoing recovery. Debbie describes the meaning and effect of co-dependence, and the invaluable help she received from Al-Anon. Doug is now a substance abuse counselor, so his description of his recovery offers professional as well as deeply personal insight into the disease of alcoholism ..read more
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