Category Archives: Chronic illness

Compassion Fatigue: Caring for the Caregiver (Loren Gelberg-Goff)

BTRadioIntThis program, taken from our archives, addresses a concern among all types of caregivers. Dr. Sutton, host of The Changing Behavior Network, interviews Loren Gelberg-Goff on this very important topic of compassion fatigue.

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A Good Quality, But …

Compassion is a good quality for any person to have. But too much compassion for too long can cause one to become dejected and weary. It can even make folks sick as it takes a toll on persons of high purpose and intent.

Compassion Fatigue

Loren Gelberg-Goff, Compassion FatigueWhen a person is a caregiver of others, either as a family member or as a profession, there will always be a risk for compassion fatigue. It’s a condition affecting good people, and, when children and grandchildren are in the home, how we deal with it is on display. How do we recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and how is it managed and treated, or, if possible, avoided? Our guest on this program, author and psychotherapist Loren Gelberg-Goff, will help us with answers to these very important questions and concerns.

Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW

Being Well Within, Loren Gelberg-GoffAs a licensed clinical socialworker, Loren operates a thriving private practice in which she supports and encourages individuals to live their lives authentically empowered and fulfilled. She also provides training and keynotes on related topics of work and family balance, managing anger, dealing with stress, and expressing forgiveness, just to list a few. Loren is the co-author of the book, Being Well Within: From Distressed to De-Stressed. (The other co-author is Carmel-Ann Mania, also a health service professional.) (26:47)

http://www.beingwellwithin.com

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Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Healer (Guest: Loren Gelberg-Goff)

BTRadioIntCompassion is a good quality for any person to have. But too much compassion for too long can cause one to become dejected and weary. It can even make folks sick as it takes a toll on persons of high purpose and intent.

LorenGphotoWhen a person is a caregiver of others, either as a family member or as a profession, there will always be a risk for compassion fatigue. It’s a condition affecting good people, and, when children and grandchildren are in the home, how we deal with it is on display. How do we recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and how is it managed and treated, or, if possible, avoided? Our guest on this program, author and psychotherapist Loren Gelberg-Goff, will help us with answers to these very important questions and concerns.

LGGbookAs a licensed clinical socialworker, Loren operates a thriving private practice in which she supports and encourages individuals to live their lives authentically empowered and fulfilled. She also provides training and keynotes on related topics of work and family balance, managing anger, dealing with stress, and expressing forgiveness, just to list a few. Loren is the co-author of the book, Being Well Within: From Distressed to De-Stressed. (The other co-author is Carmel-Ann Mania, also a health service professional.) (26:31)

http://www.beingwellwithin.com

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Turn September Gold: Fight Childhood Cancer (Steve Havertz)

BTSpotlightWhen I saw Emmalee exhale for the last time I was forever changed. I never dreamed my life would have so many twists and seemly impossible roadblocks. I firmly held the belief my children would bury me, not the other way around. Emmalee was only nine years old when she fell victim to the second leading cause of death among children. [Emmalee’s FaceBook page]

Steve&EmmaleeCancer Statistics
Accidents are the number one killer of children and cancer is the number one disease that kills children or second overall killer of children. One in five who are diagnosed will die from the disease. According to an article in TIME [link], 80% of children who survive cancer treatment will end up with a life threatening, disabling or serious health condition by the age of 45. Also, this article cited a study of 1,700 children, which showed that 98% of those children who survived cancer treatments ended up with chronic life long problems such as new cancers, heart disease or abnormal lung functions.

Is Chemotherapy the Answer?
Emmalee had two rounds of in-patient hospitalization chemotherapy. As a result of chemotherapy, she had to have her intestines removed out of her body to search for a hole caused by chemotherapy. A few cancers like Leukemia boast an 80% survival rate, but if the treatments cause a multitude of long-term, life altering issues, or other diseases and problems, then I dare say this is an archaic way of treating this horrific disease. For a nation that has made amazing technological advances and we still use chemotherapy as our best solution fighting cancer, I question our resolve.

Ribbons and Awareness
We all know that the pink ribbon represents breast cancer awareness, but how many know the gold ribbon represents awareness for all pediatric cancers? In October, which is breast cancer awareness month, we see the NFL players wearing pink socks, pink shoes and pink hand warmers… Breast cancer advocates have done wonderful job marketing for money and clout.

Appropriateness of Campaigns
I find it a little strange that high schools and even elementary schools are promoting breast cancer awareness, when their own classmates are suffering from cancer. Recently, I posted a photo on Emmalee’s FaceBook page [link] and one of the comments from a young man was “In America we like boobs, not kids.” I don’t believe this represents the majority mindset by any means, but it does speak to the over-sexualized society we live in. Is it appropriate for students to be advocating for breast cancer when there are plenty of youth-focused foundations?

DragonflywingsbookA Change is Coming
This year there is finally a change occurring. Major League Baseball is going gold for pediatric cancers [link].  This is great news for us advocates who have worked so hard to have pediatric cancers recognized.

Don’t ask How and Why
When we asked the doctors the taboo question of why and how Emmalee got this cancer, ultimately they had no answers. The first day she was diagnosed we were asked by at lease three different doctors if we had been to a third world country where Hepatitis B runs rampant. We had not, nor was she a drinker of alcohol, this being another cause of her type of rare cancer.

What Causes Childhood Cancer?
This is the case in most pediatric cancers: few answers to troubled questions. There is no rational explanation as to why or how each child ends up with this heinous disease. With some adult cancers there is at least an explanation, i.e. genetics, lifestyle or personal choices, but no casual root has been established for pediatric cancers.

Six Children Die Everyday
Any time we see a child die or killed on the news, our hearts skip a beat in sorrow. Every day, however, in homes and hospital beds across the country, six children die of cancer, according to www.cancer.gov.

In the last few days of Emmalee’s life we knew her time was up. She hated the hospital and we didn’t want her to die there, so we took a big risk and had an ambulance take her home to die. The doctors thought the ride would kill her, so we rode with her just in case. But Emm was strong and wanted to be in her favorite place at home to pass. When we arrived home, I gently picked her up from the gurney and carried her to the couch in our front room. Her breathing slowed and within 20 minutes she peacefully slipped away.

Plain and simple, we need to stop this disease. ###

Steve Havertz has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 22 years. He is the author of many articles and two books, including Dragonfly Wings for Emmalee [link about the book].

 

Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Healer (Guest: Loren Gelberg-Goff)

BTRadioIntCompassion is a good quality for any person to have. But too much compassion for too long can cause one to become dejected and weary. It can even make folks sick as it takes a toll on persons of high purpose and intent.

LorenGphotoWhen a person is a caregiver of others, either as a family member or as a profession, there will always be a risk for compassion fatigue. It’s a condition affecting good people, and, when children and grandchildren are in the home, how we deal with it is on display. How do we recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and how is it managed and treated, or, if possible, avoided? Our guest on this program, author and psychotherapist Loren Gelberg-Goff, will help us with answers to these very important questions and concerns.

LGGbookAs a licensed clinical socialworker, Loren operates a thriving private practice in which she supports and encourages individuals to live their lives authentically empowered and fulfilled. She also provides training and keynotes on related topics of work and family balance, managing anger, dealing with stress, and expressing forgiveness, just to list a few. Loren is the co-author of the book, Being Well Within: From Distressed to De-Stressed. (The other co-author is Carmel-Ann Mania, also a health service professional.) (26:31)

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Calming Our Kids, One Meal at a Time (Guest: Trudy Scott)

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Research now clearly states and continually reinforces the connection between dietary deficiencies and issues of mood and behavior in children and teens. The good news is that, in many of these cases, changes in diet and eating habits can relieve characteristics like anxiety, depression, frustration and outbursts of anger. (This is not to infer that all emotional and behavioral diagnoses stem from dietary concerns, but it is one of the easiest and quickest places to start positive changes.)

Trudy Scott, the guest on this program, brings us hope and encouragement based on her findings, her experience, and the hard evidence of cutting-edge research. She takes us through nine steps toward healthier and happier young people starting with the foods and minerals we serve them.

Trudy is an established food-mood expert, a Certified Nutritionist, and author of the popular book, The Anti-anxiety Food Solution. She is the immediate past President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and she serves as Special Advisor to that organization.

Trudy’s informative website is www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com (25:19)

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Conflict in the Schools: Addressing the Costs (Guest: Kenneth Johnson)

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KJohnsonphotoAny study of conflict reveals that it can be good or bad. According to the findings of Kenneth Johnson, the guest on this program, conflict that costs us dearly in terms of human potential and financial resources is the conflict we find in our schools.

Costs of conflict nationwide are staggering. If we don’t begin to deal with it more effectively, many folks fear it will become unmanageable. Taking action NOW is the topic of this program, as Dr. Sutton interviews Mr. Johnson on addressing concerns that should be paramount to us all.

Consider, for instance, the school issue of bullying. With all the attention and resources given to bullying over the past decade or two, is there less bullying today?

Consider also those at-risk students who, through no fault of their own, come to school with circumstances and disadvantages that hold them back from the start. Poverty, poor nutrition and health, backgrounds of abuse, alcoholism, drugs and addiction, plus poor readiness skills, cause these youngsters to experience stress and trouble with performance-based standards. Their frustration can lead to behavior problems, a high dropout rate, increased juvenile crime, and a strain on social services, law enforcement and judicial systems.  Suicide, the number one cause of death in young people, is, of course, the ultimate concern.

Schools and educators, bound by laws and burdensome expectations, are also under a great deal of pressure. Some of our best teachers leave the profession on a regular basis.

KJohnsonbookAccording to Mr. Johnson, resolution of conflict in the schools starts at the community level and involves everyone. In his comprehensive book, Unbroken Circles(sm): Restoring Schools One Conflict at a Time, Mr. Johnson outlines a comprehensive, step-by-step guided process for addressing concerns of conflict while getting everyone involved in the process. In activities of daily circles, for instance, students are taught restorative practices in ways that hold their interest and draw authentic participation. The potential for applied concepts like Restorative Justice is more than encouraging, it’s life-changing.

Kenneth Johnson is culturalist (a social scientist), a Collaborative Justice specialist in the field of Conflict Dynamics, and an experienced mediator and consultant. He’s an expert in what is called Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice–and he has a big heart for young people. (27:39)

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From Incorrigible to Incredible: What Toby Taught Us, Part 1 (Guest: Charmaine Hammond)

When Charmaine Hammond and her husband, Chris, adopted a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever named Toby, little did they know what the next few years held in store. They were tempted to give up on the big dog, but they didn’t. In return, Toby became an award-winning pet-assisted therapy dog and, in his brief lifetime, achieved Chicken Soup fame and left an indelible paw print in the hearts of all those he touched.

This is a story of love, patience, perseverence and faithfulness. It shows us once again what can be accomplished when we accept others unconditionally.

Charmaine is a professional speaker and seminar leader from the Edmonton area of Alberta. She travels the US and Canada speaking on topics of communication and team building to corporate audiences. But Charmaine continues to promote the values of kindness and caring to Toby’s favorite audience: school children. (15:27)

For more information about A Million Acts of Kindness: Toby’s Global Mission, the movie currently being made on Toby’s life and story, Charmaine’s work as a speaker/trainer, or her heartwarming bestseller, On Toby’s Terms, go to this website:

www.OnTobysTerms.com

 

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The Road to Resiliency (Guest: Troy Payne)

TPaynephotoStruggle is part of life, but when does struggle become adversity? And how do we overcome adversity in our lives and strive for resiliency?

Young people are especially vulnerable when it comes to adversity in their lives, be it poverty, loss, illness or abuse. Their resources for recovery are limited. For them, our involvement, our help, is worth the effort, and then some.

Our guest on this program, Troy Payne, will share, through his story, what resiliency is and what resilient components we need to have in order to overcome adversity. He will also share how we can be a valued resource to those that struggle.

TPayneBookFollowing a career as a youth and family counselor, Troy founded a company, Wellness Realization, and now dedicates his efforts as a speaker, musician and author to helping others overcome adversity and find resilience. His band, “Aside from Sorrow,” has completed two albums that carry their message. The first album, “Out of Darkness, Into the Light,” is the soundtrack to Troy’s internationally best-selling book, The Road to Resiliency. (24:35)

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Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Healer (Guest: Loren Gelberg-Goff)

LorenGphoto Compassion is a good quality for any person to have. But too much compassion for too long can cause one to become dejected and weary. It can even make folks sick as it takes a toll on persons of high purpose and intent.

In being a caregiver of others, either as a family member or as a profession, there will always be a risk for compassion fatigue. How do we recognize it, and how is compassion fatigue managed and treated, or, if possible, avoided? Our guest on this program, psychotherapist Loren Gelberg-Goff, will help us with answers to these very important questions and concerns.

LGGbookAs a licensed clinical socialworker, Loren operates a thriving private practice in which she supports and encourages individuals to live their lives authentically empowered and fulfilled. She also provides training and keynotes on related topics of work and family balance, managing anger, dealing with stress, and expressing forgiveness, just to list a few. Loren is the co-author of the book, Being Well Within: From Distressed to De-Stressed. (The other co-author is Carmel-Ann Mania, also a health service professional.) (26:31)

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Addressing Childhood Obesity (Guest: Randi L. Levin)

RandiLphoto The health of America’s children is at risk; not from disease, but from overeating. One out of three children in the US is severely overweight or obese. Without intervention, these youngsters will encounter even more health issues as they grow older.

Randi Levin, our guest on this program, notes that the recognition of a problem with childhood obesity is a big first step for a parent, but it’s such an important step. When Mom and Dad make the effort to provide healthier food and fun exercise fo their children, lives can change in many ways. Randi will share ideas and recipes from her new book that no only make sense, they are delicious, also!

RLevinbookRandi was enjoying a great career working with physically, behaviorally and emotionally at-risk youngsters when a life-threatening medical condition brought everything to a halt. As part of her recovery, Randi began baking. As a result, she quickly gained popularity as The Muffin Lady.

Two cookbooks and a lot of happy customers later, Randi felt a need to address childhood obesity. The resulting book, Love More; Feed Less: A Tasty Path Toward Avoiding Childhood Obesity, pulled together ALL of Randi’s skills. The book is featured in this program. (27:17)

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COMING SOON: Memory Problems in Young People: Impact and Intervention (Guest: Dr. Milton Dehn)