Join Jackie Shea as she interviews a guest on a vulnerable, enlightened and sometimes hilarious journey through the ups and downs of serious illness. This is a place to relate to the darkest days and be inspired by the ultimate triumphs. Walk away from each 45 minute episode informed, connected and with a new set of tools to help you navigate your own affliction.

10. Lipedema: The Diagnosis and the Treatments

  Lipedema: Often misinterpreted as obesity, lipedema is a chronic and painful condition where fatty tissue excess builds up  in the legs, hips and sometimes arms. Eleven percent of the female population is suffering from lipedema—an estimated 17 million Americans— and it is almost unknown in the medical community; A 2004 Stanford study showed that […]

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9. How to Self- Advocate at the Doctor’s and Why it’s Crucial

  “You are allowed to be demanding and annoying about your health”    Self- Advocacy: This is a topic near and dear to my heart. Probably because it saved my life. I have always said that I am my own primary care-taker and everyone else is supplemental—including doctors. Someone I agree with once said, “the […]

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8. In Sickness and Health: How to Thrive Romantically

The Intimidating Combo of Romance and Illness: Ian and I met immediately after my Lyme diagnosis, but it was another six or seven months before I got really sick. Suddenly all of the adventurous stuff we had bonded over was no longer accessible to me. I remember panicking with my rapid decline: How could I […]

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7. How to Navigate a Cancer Diagnosis, with Elina Fuhrman

“Cancer changed my life for the best…for sure” -Elina Fuhrman An Intro to Elina Fuhrman: Elina was in the best shape of her life when she grabbed her breasts in a moment of comical whimsy and felt a suspicious lump. That instant her whole life changed course—ultimately for the better. After sinking into a deep […]

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6. Low Immunity and How Essential Oils Help

The “Low” Immune System: There are many different versions of the low immune system story, none to be confused with autoimmune diseases (this is a completely separate topic). Today’s particular story started while my guest was in utero. Before Targa Sahyoun came out of the womb, she received three full blood transfusions. (I know, right!?) Her […]

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5. How to use Energy Healing to Get Well

Energy Healing Have you wondered just what energy healing is? All of this “woo-woo” stuff gaining traction in 2017? (Especially here in Los Angeles.) Learn about shamanism, reiki, and other weird but magical things in this episode from two unlikely women. Emily Wallace “Once I committed to my emotional, mental, spiritual health that’s when I […]

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4.How Trauma Affects us and How to Heal

Trauma: Most of us have it. From childhood trauma to sexual trauma, these experiences get locked in our bodies and affect our immune systems and inflammation responses. The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences)  study was performed at Kaiser over a four-year period in the 90’s. The study concluded that childhood trauma resulted in serious medical consequences. […]

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3. Lyme Disease: How to Self-Care with a Demanding Job

  Lyme disease:   Halley Feiffer ignored her symptoms until they were drastically affecting her lifestyle. It was backstage in the middle of a performance, when she realized that she couldn’t rely on booking effortless jobs and she needed to go to the doctor. Through treating Lyme and strategically monitoring her self-care, today Halley manages a […]

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Budd Chiari: How to Live Well with this Rare Liver Disease

Budd Chiari: Nick Smoke’s life was overwhelmingly altered the day he found out he had a rare and life-threatening liver disease called Budd Chiari. At 24 years old, he was a working actor with a flourishing career and no reason to be seriously worried about his health —he didn’t drink or smoke, he took good care […]

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1. Lyme Disease: How to Get Properly Tested and Other Healing Gems

  After two decades of harsh and debilitating symptoms, Jill Skibba finally got the Lyme testing she had been begging doctors for all along. The test came back lit up like a Christmas tree: Positive and then some. Find out what test was taken to get the reliable results, what Jill did/does to get better, […]

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