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Listen in as Allison Breininger and Justin Bajema, millennial caregivers for their chronically ill spouses, speak honestly about what life is like when there are more days spent in sickness than in health.

May 4, 2021

Justin and Allison both married their spouses years before either of them became ill, but have now spent more years of their marriages as caregivers than not. In this episode, they talk about how married life, roles, and relationships have changed in the time since the diagnoses, as well as what it feels like looking...

Apr 20, 2021

After attending a summit on caregiving, Allison shares what she learned about potential policy changes that may support caregivers. She and Justin talk about what they would wish for in terms of systemic change and what it feels like to have this role seen and recognized by people in positions of power. Also, Justin...

Mar 30, 2021

Justin and Allison talk openly about the state of their mental health before becoming caregivers and the ways this role has impacted their anxiety and depression. Justin also shares how a new medication is impacting his wife's overall well-being.


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Mar 16, 2021

After multiple treatments were unsuccessful, Justin and his wife had settled into the reality of life with her chronic illness. At a recent appointment, their doctor mentioned a promising new study in which some Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) patients saw improvements when adding a new medication. Listen in as Justin...

Mar 2, 2021

Allison found out about her husband's most recent cancer diagnosis when an alert popped up in his MyChart account announcing a new Test Result. Listen in as she describes to Justin what the moments and days after opening that message have been like as her family sits with a diagnosis but not yet a plan.