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25 minutes | 7 days ago
My Vulnerability Hangover
Maybe I said too much? Maybe I went too far in exposing myself? Those were my immediate thoughts after listening to my interview with Dr. Craig Heacock. Embracing my mortality means I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Right? I do believe that risking being vulnerable in an attempt to be authentic is the path to closeness and connection. Yet, there is no guarantee. Is it worth it?
50 minutes | a month ago
On the Path Where Our Lives Intersect
Want to know what it's like for me to practice psychotherapy while going through cancer treatment again and again, suffering from the illness and treatment and facing my mortality? Well, here's your chance. Dr. Craig Heacock, Psychiatrist , interviews me for his own Podcast, "Back from the Abyss". How do I keep showing up for others given what I am going through? Connecting to my struggle brings me closer to understanding your struggle. And, I will happily meet you on that path where our lives intersect.
21 minutes | a month ago
We Are More Alike than You Think
It's normal to think your experience is uniquely yours. Well, because it is. And, when we are struggling, suffering, in pain, we often believe that no one could possibly understand what we are going through. It is a source of isolation and loneliness. It's also normal to run away from other's pain. We insulate ourselves by believing that "we are different" and therefore that awful thing couldn't possibly happen to us. I argue that we are more alike than we think. And, running and distancing from the painful part of being human is a missed opportunity to foster connection. This episode is also an invitation to you to reach out to me and let me know what you are hearing in the Precarious Podcast. Tune in and find out more.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Sitting in the Sacred Space
As a psychotherapist, I feel privileged to sit with my clients in their hardest moments. I see it as a Sacred Space. Dr. Brooke Schneider, Integrative Psychiatrist, and I talk about what it's like for us to do this type of work. Brooke is both open-hearted and vulnerable in sharing her story of becoming a psychiatrist. Letting go of what she thought she was supposed to be and embracing her true self, messiness and all, is the practice of medicine and the key to creating this sacred space.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
I Have Nothing to Lose
Joe and I first talked about Radical Acceptance back in July and how our life paths are more similar than different. In this episode, Joe checks in with me as I am back in treatment for cancer. I love that he asked me what some people might say "the hard questions" about my illness. It gave both of us the opportunity to break down barriers and connect in a heart-affirming way about our struggles, our fears and our hopes as we walk this shared human path. Listen to our transparent and vulnerable conversation about what it means to live life with nothing to lose.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
It's Okay to Call it Quits
Have you ever felt shame for wanting to quit something? A job? A relationship? I've been thinking a lot about this concept lately as I'm enduring treatment for cancer yet again. It's been hard in so many ways that I often want to quit. Yet, I'm aware that I feel pressure to not give up, to keep going. We live in a culture that encourages us to persevere in the face of adversity when maybe the best decision is to stop and listen to our hearts and minds about what is best for us.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
I Finally Found Self-Compassion
Cancer and cancer treatment are not for the faint of heart. I ended up in the ER and a hospital stay last weekend. During the darkest moments of that experience, I stopped fighting what was and surrendered to what is. I was overcome with a sense of peace. And, then the tears came. I realized what I was feeling was self-compassion: a feeling I had not felt in the seven years of living with cancer. Self-compassion is the key to self-soothing. Yet, it is often misunderstood and and so many resist its practice. Let me tell what I learned from facing fear.
67 minutes | 4 months ago
In the Face of Unimaginable Loss, She Endured
How much pain can one person endure? That's what I was thinking when I heard Michell Venus tell her story of two unimaginable losses. And, as heart-breaking as her story is, I left the interview feeling hopeful about the human spirit and the the ability of our hearts to heal. This is a story of resilience.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
You Are My Person
Over Christmas, I found out that cancer is growing again which means I'm facing more intense chemotherapy. Living with terminal cancer has shown me how much I need people. The person I've needed the most is Brian. He is My Person. This is my love story about him, the power of two and how love conquers all.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
The Opposite of Certainty - My Conversation with Janine Urbaniak Reid
Leah and Janine have much in common. They both know what it's like when best-laid plans go awry. Janine tells the beautiful and heart-breaking story tracing her son's diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a brain tumor. Janine is the epitome of grace and hope. Her book, "The Opposite of Uncertainty" captures her struggle with making sense about something that makes no sense. You will fill uplifted after listening to this episode.Janine Urbaniak Reid has been published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and widely syndicated. Hoping to bring humanity into the healthcare discussion by sharing her experience as a mother of son with a brain tumor, she penned a piece for the Post which went viral. She has been interviewed on national news networks, and continues her work as a spokeswoman for healthcare justice. Janine writes about her imperfect life, what connects us, and addresses the question of what it means to love fiercely in a sometimes dangerous and always uncertain world. She lives in Northern California with her family and a motley assortment of pets. She attends St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City: all are welcome
40 minutes | 5 months ago
The Healing Power of Animals
As a psychotherapist, I've drawn on the healing power of animals with my clients. I've always had Therapy Dogs as part of my work and witness first hand the comfort they provide beyond what I do. In this episode, I sit down with Prairie Conlon, a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is an expert in the field of Animal-Assisted Therapy. She shares amazing stories of animals transforming people's lives. She is also the host of the podcast, "The Animal Effect".
20 minutes | 5 months ago
The Story My Scars Tell
The stories we tell shape how we see ourselves in the world. The scars left by my numerous surgeries through cancer treatment tell my story. I could easily tell the story of loss and pain. But, I choose to tell a different version. We are the authors of our stories. Do you see yourself as the hero or the victim? Which story do you want to tell. It makes a difference.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
How Watching Birds Saved My Life
Numerous times through cancer treatment, I have found myself isolated at home or enduring a long hospital stay. Not being able to connect with nature has been one of the hardest parts of being sick. And, then, I found that I could get a front-row view watching birds through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Cams Project. Research shows that bird watching boosts mental health. It is my secret weapon to fight off sadness, anxiety and loneliness. Listen to my fascinating conversation with Ben Walters of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about the healing power of nature.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
What is Gratitude Anyway? A Conversation About the Power of Practicing Being Grateful
On this Thanksgiving in the midst of a pandemic, Leah shares her guest appearance on "Faith in Progress", a show on our local Colorado Public Radio station. She and Rev. Joseph Moore explore the definition of gratitude, how it's practiced and how to reclaim its true power. In a world that is suffering and searching for solace, a meaningful gratitude practice is a path to comfort.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness
What makes life truly worth living? What brings richness to our worlds? According to Emily Esfahani Smith, it's not the traditional pursuit of happiness which often includes striving for success and measuring our worth in accomplishments. In her New York Times Best-Selling book, "The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness", Emily lays out the four pillars that make up a meaningful life. Listen to this fascinating and informative conversation that will leave you feeling like you have a road map to creating a more meaningful life.Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning, an international bestseller that has been translated into 16 different languages. Her articles and essays about psychology, culture, and relationships have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other publications. She is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Catholic University.
45 minutes | 6 months ago
There is No Place I'd Rather Be
This is a love story. Two years after Leslie was married, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She told her husband she wouldn't blame him for leaving. He not only stayed, he assured her that his love was bigger than cancer. Shortly after her recovery, he was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Listen to Leslie's beautiful telling of her story of "love conquering all".
48 minutes | 6 months ago
Healing Hope: Finding Happiness in a Storm
Dr. Wendy Harpham was launching her career as a physician, happily married and loving her life with her three young children, when she was diagnosed with an incurable cancer. The life that she had worked so hard to create was suddenly gone. She knew as a physician that Hope was an important part of healing for her patients. It was only when she found herself being the patient, struggling with feelings of hopelessness, did she come to really understand the power of Healing Hope. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, 30-year cancer survivor and nationally recognized leader in survivorship. Her children were 1, 3, and 5 years old when she was first diagnosed with a type of cancer with no cure. Over the next 17 years, she underwent many courses of treatments – including three clinical trials—that led to her current, lasting remission. When ongoing illness forced Dr. Harpham to retire from patient care, she turned to writing and speaking to continue to educate, comfort and inspire patients. She has received numerous national awards for her 8 books and her regular column in Oncology Times.
21 minutes | 6 months ago
Are You There God?
When things fall apart, we look for reasons and we seek solutions. What if there are no reasons and no acceptable solutions to our pain? How do we prevent slipping into despair? In this episode, Leah explores the concept of "God" as a way give us perspective in times when nothing makes sense.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
At one of my lowest points in cancer treatment, I thought that this must be what is meant by "Karma". It drove me to reach out to someone I hurt deeply. This is a story of love, regret, shame and healing.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
Everything is Going to Be Okay
When things fall apart, when we lose our sense of security, when we can't find our way, nothing feels okay. Leah knows this first hand as she lives with a terminal illness. In this episode, she shares how she reconnects to knowing that Everything Will Be Okay.
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