Radio Lady: Want to be part of a re-imagining of radio this year? Please read and reply! Thanks!
Edited on Fri Feb-08-08 02:22 AM by Radio_Lady
Dear Members of DU. You can be part of the show, and help us launch new programming on HD Radio, FM, or other new channels. Radio Lady Ellen Kimball will relay YOUR questions or comments... please read on.
Bestselling Author Richard M. Cohen offers hope and comfort to people with chronic illness by focusing on five individual histories in his new book. Cohen is the award-winning author of "Blindsided" (2003), a memoir of his own afflictions -- multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.
Are you -- or anyone in your family -- caught in the grip of an illness -- possibly chronic or even terminal -- and you feel you have little or no hope? Worse, you frequently feel that you are all alone?
On Friday, February 8, at 8AM Pacific Time/11AM Eastern Time, I will be recording an audio interview with Richard M. Cohen, author of "Strong at the Broken Places: voices of illness, a chorus of hope." You may also know him as the husband of NBC's Meredith Vieria and the father of three children.
The book is just out from Harper and already it's #14 on the New York Times list of top hardcover, non-fiction books. In this remarkable book, Cohen chronicles the lives of five different "citizens of sickness" -- each one struggles with a different illness, while determined to live his or her life in the on his/her own terms.
What would you ask or tell Richard Cohen if you were sitting with him during the recording session?
If you have comments or questions, I'd love to have your input here BEFORE we start to record at 8AM Pacific Time/11AM Eastern Time (please adjust for YOUR time zone) on Friday, 2/08. You can post your comments, questions, or stories or PM me. (I am hoping to be LIVE blogging and possibly LIVE streaming the audio at Oregon Public Broadcasting's Accessible Information Network soon!) Read about this feature at: www.opb.org/accessinfonet
As it is, my audio shows are available on Wednesday evenings at 5PM PT/8PM ET on the Internet and through local SAP Programming in Oregon and southern Washington state. Find out how to hear my show in the right column of my journal page: http://journals.democraticunderground.com/Radio_Lady
2. Share a cousin's difficulties, and also a friend's anguish... part of my personal history.
My husband, almost 74, likes to say that "Nobody gets out of this life alive," and while we know we are all terminal, some of us have so much more to endure than others. Many of us gather here on the Democratic Underground to grumble about big and small ills. We offer comfort to each other and help others know that they are not alone.
My first cousin, Lissy M., a woman in her 70s, was diagnosed several years ago with Parkinson's Disease. Lissy and her husband have had brief visits in New York City since her discovery of the disease. Yet, she remains remarkably active, teaching a yoga class, and trying new drugs to help stop the spread of her disease. Another friend, Natalie C., has psoriasis on her hands and other parts of her body. Yet she perseveres with this unrelenting disease and recently has shown some improvement in her condition.
6. Please tell me it's not about how people with chronic illness....
Edited on Fri Feb-08-08 10:13 AM by zanne
I really hate it when you're trying to get answers about something like living with a chronic illness, and all you get are "inspirational" stories of people with chronic or debilitating illness who manage to lead productive lives without "pitying" themselves. I'll take a look, but I hope it's something more realistic than that.
Richard has had multiple sclerosis since he was 25, plus two bouts with colon cancer. He was born on February 14, 1948. He is a US journalist and award-winning television producer, and formerly a senior producer for CBS News and CNN. He has won three Emmys and received a number of honors in journalism.
IMHO, he is right in there with you making each day happen the best he can and dealing with "miserys loves company" details.
I will ask him your question and you can hear his response when the recording replays. PM me if you want details on the show.
Zanne, I cannot imagine how difficult chronic illness must be. Right now, at age 68, I am relatively healthy, and the biggest problem I have has been managed with medications since I was 19 years old. I only have a very small dental problem going on since August 2007. I've been to three dentists and one of them just hung up on me yesterday because I asked too many questions. I guess I was just a bother after paying him $1,000. Or perhaps he was having a bad day himself. Who knows?
Appreciate your comment, and I'll add you to my buddy list if it's OK with you.
10. Zanne, he said, "This is not a self-help book." It is intended to help put people
Edited on Fri Feb-08-08 11:49 AM by Radio_Lady
in touch with others who are ill and trying to cope with their illnesses, a chronicle of five people who contacted him after his first book -- "Blindsided" -- was released in 2003. That book revealed his own story of contracting multiple sclerosis at age 25. He has blood relatives who had the disease but could do nothing about it because there is to this day no effective cure.
Again, you can PM me with any information and perhaps I can pass it along via email. Or consider checking out his free website: www.strongatthebrokenplaces.com
If you yourself are in need of support for some difficult illness, please consider purchasing the book via the usual sources, Amazon.com, your local bookstore, or elsewhere.
Peace, love, and happiness, (This was the sign-off we used on our children's show in 1957-58)
Radio Lady Ellen Kimball AccessInfoNet Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR
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