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Tell Us Your Story ...
hosted by Bri Allison
Tell Us Your Story
New Treatment Options for Mental Illness: An Interview with Susan Mueller
Senior Anchor Bri Allison talks to Susan Mueller, founder and CEO of Relief Mental Health about new treatment approaches for mental health patients. This is an interesting and informative segment that should be watched by everyone.
Navigating Through Chronic Illness: An Interview with Anna Penenberg
Anna Penenberg is a healer who integrates neurobiology, psychotherapy, and wisdom traditions into her work with families and individuals affected by trauma. She is also a single mother of two whose life changed when her youngest daughter, Dana who was 16 years old at the time, became very ill. This was the start of the mother and daughter’s medical journey together. After 4 years of waiting, Dana was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease. Since her daughter’s diagnosis, Ms. Penenberg has been determined to find a cure for Dana. She also released a memoir, Dancing in the Narrows: A Mother-Daughter Odyssey Through Chronic Illness, which narrates their multiyear journey through illness and trauma while facing the desperation of saving her child. In this very special interview, Senior Anchor Bri Allison talks to Anna Penenberg about her story and about her book. It is a story about persistence and about advocating for a loved one.
Understanding the Challenges of the Caregiver: An Interview with Sally Duplantier
Sally Duplantier is a renowned gerontologist with a mission to help older adults live a longer, healthier life. Her research and professional work focus on increasing Healthspan. She also is the founder of Zing, a holistic wellness program focused on enabling older adults to take charge of their health. Zing provides education and coaching on lifestyle choices, including nutrition, movement, sleep, and stress. Furthermore, Sally partners with non-profits to improve health outcomes for underserved and under-represented populations. In this beautiful and informative interview, Sally and Senior Anchor Bri Allison have a heartwarming discussion about caring for a terminally ill loved one.
An Advocate and Caregiver for Brain Injury Patients: An Interview with Donna O'Donnell Figurski
Donna O'Donnell Figurski is an author, radio show host, speaker, and advocate for those with traumatic brain injuries. She also is the caregiver of her husband, David, who experienced a traumatic brain injury in 2005. Since then, Mrs. Figurski has created her own blog, Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury, where she interviews both caregivers and survivors of brain injuries. She also hosts a radio show that airs live and is archived as a podcast. And she has written a book called, Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale, which portrays David’s recovery and how the two managed to put their lives back together after the injury. In this in-depth interview hosted by Bri Allison, Donna talks about her advocacy work, her life as a caregiver to her husband, and why she wrote her book and began her podcast. This is a very moving and important interview to watch.
Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury: An Interview with Kelly Tuttle, NP
Kelly Tuttle joined the “head injury survivors club” (as she described it) in 2015, the night another car pulled in front of her as she was driving. It wasn’t until three months later that she realized something was seriously wrong. Kelly’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) marked the beginning of a new life and personal journey of self-rediscovery. A neurology nurse practitioner, Kelly has a front-row seat to observe patients struggling with many of the same things she experienced in her recovery. She strives to share her coping strategies and tools and help them continue to work and study while they heal. In this captivating interview hosted by Bri Allison, Kelly shares her thoughts on being a TBI patient and how she wants to spread hope to other patients that they can heal.
An Interview with Dawn Corbelli: Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury
Dawn Corbelli is a wife, mother, veteran, college graduate, and survivor of a traumatic brain injury. Her life was changed 14 years ago after getting into a car accident with her daughter, Veronica, who was just 15 years old at the time. Since their accident, Mrs. Corbelli has become a caregiver to Veronica and a mental health advocate raising awareness and educating others about traumatic brain injuries. Mrs. Corbelli also recently released a memoir, A Miracle a Day, One Day at a Time: Hope After Traumatic Brain Injury, that details their journey to recovery after the life-altering accident. In this very special interview hosted by Bri Allison, Dawn Corbelli tells her story and bravely lets the audience see the challenges of coping with traumatic brain injury. This is a very important segment for everyone to watch.
Advocating for Herself as a Patient and for So Many Others: An Interview with Amy Taklif
Amy Taklif is a wife, mother, and social worker who has cared for and worked with people with disabilities for years. She has a passion for bringing awareness to people with disabilities and strongly advocates for them, especially in medical situations. Mrs. Taklif became even more involved with people with disabilities when she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in November of 2009. Her prior knowledge and work have helped her understand her own disability and not fear it. In this moving interview hosted by Bri Allison, Amy talks about her advocacy work for herself and for so many others. This is a very inspiring interview.
Choices Faced by Women Carrying the BRCA1 Gene: An Interview with Stephanie Germino
Stephanie Germino is a social media personality, well-known to her many followers. She is also a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation, a mutation that is linked to a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Knowing that breast cancer has been diagnosed in members of her family, at a young age, she opted to have a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1. She also opted not to undergo reconstructive surgery. In this very candid and very informative interview hosted by Bri Allison, Stephanie shares her story and words of encouragement for other women facing the same medical prognosis.
A Loving Mother, A Dynamic Patient Advocate: An Interview with Lousin Mehrabi
Lousin Mehrabi is a world-renowned professional negotiator, trainer, and inspirational speaker. Aside from being one of the most influential negotiation professionals, she is the mother of Alex, 11 years old, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy also known as DMD. Mrs. Mehrabi has recently begun sharing her family’s story to inspire others who may be going through a similar situation, and in this very touching interview with Senior Anchor Bri Allison, Mrs. Mehrabi shares the medical journey she and her family have been on. She also comments on the healthcare system and some of the challenges that patients often face. It is an informative and important interview for everyone to watch.
Overcoming Eating Disorders: An Interview with Dr. Marianne Miller
Dr. Marianne Miller is an expert eating disorder therapist and binge eating consultant who is currently serving the San Diego area. She has been a psychotherapist for 25 years and has been treating eating disorders for over 10 years. Dr. Miller provides therapy and specialized training in treating adults and teens who are struggling with their relationship with food and/or body image issues. She has compassion for those who are struggling because she’s been in their shoes as she is recovered from binge eating. Dr. Miller wants to help clients reclaim their mental and emotional energy by shifting their relationship with food to be fully present in their life. In this fascinating interview hosted by Bri Allison, Dr. Miller discusses her journey and her work with clients who wish to deal with their eating disorders.
Tell Us Your Story - An Interview with Robert Koshinskie
Robert Koshinskie was a patient coping with pancreatic cancer, who was the author of the book, One Path Among Many, in which he shared his journey as a patient. He was also the author of two other books on the topic of critical and analytical thinking and enjoyed a very accomplished career as an expert in business decision making. In this candid and open interview with Bri Allison, host of Tell Us Your Story, recorded in the fall of 2022, Bob related his journey and provided inspiration for other patients facing cancer and other major diseases. His book is available on Amazon and is a must read for all patients. Bob passed away in the winter of 2023.
Nurse, Wife, and Caregiver An Interview with Diane Pinder
Diane Pinder, R.N. has been a nurse researcher in oncology at Duke University for the last 6 years. She is also the wife of Bob Koshinskie, one of our earlier guests. At the time this interview was recorded, Bob was battling pancreatic cancer. Sadly, he passed away in early 2023. In this moving and informative segment with Senior Anchor Bri Allison, Diane discusses her work at Duke, and the emotional transitions she had to make from oncology nurse to the wife of a pancreatic cancer patient. This is a segment that everyone should watch.
Patients Speak: Reflections by Patients on the Patient Experience
This video produced by Dove Sinclair allows patients from across the country to share their thoughts on what it is like to be a patient and visit the doctor's office. It is a revealing video that encourages all patients to feel empowered and to exercise their rights as patients.
Profile of a Patient Barbara Cohen
This is part of a series of interviews with patients to hear their stories and to allow them to share their messages of hope. Barbara Cohen is an MS patient and a patient advocate, and this is a fascinating account of her journey that she has been on for the past 40 years.
A Patient Shares: An Interview with Elizabeth Linden
Elizabeth Linden is a Senior Anchor/Producer with The Power of the Patient Project. As a patient, she suffers from a rare medical condition called cluster headaches. In this very personal interview hosted by Kacie Iuvara, who is also a Senior Anchor/Producer with the Project, Liz shares the challenges she faces every day and provides her insight on how patients can work better with their healthcare providers when presenting an unusual chronic medical situation.
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