— As a happily married, fifty-five-year-old professional woman, Susan Keller had it all—or thought she did—until the day of her shocking diagnosis with stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive disease. Within minutes of being admitted to the hospital, her beautifully ordinary life disappeared. How would cancer affect her marriage?
Facing a possible death sentence, Susan experienced visions so lucid and beautiful that she imagined she was looking into the foyer of death or a magnificent afterlife. Her mind and body melded into all that surrounded her. Bliss replaced fear. Cancer and spirituality were one. But during the darkest moments, Susan questioned the nature of mortality. Does death have the same shape, sound, and feeling for everyone? Did the father she yearned for think of her the moment he died? What would she think of? Would there be regret, celebration, or nothingness?
After months of grueling inpatient chemo, she faced another seemingly impossible hurdle. To survive, she needed a bone marrow transplant. But Johnny—her brilliant, off-the-grid brother—was the only possible donor. But he’d vanished decades earlier.
Blood Brother is a family saga of curing an incurable cancer and of the enigmatic events that led to finding a man who never wanted to be found. It also explores why he disappeared and delves into what it means to forgive the parents who abused and abandoned them. Susan survived twice: once a violent childhood and secondly a devastating cancer.
Blood Brother is a story of life after a bone marrow transplant. It’s a moving tale of rebuilding a family, recognizing the unexpectedly stunning gifts of cancer, and of how to embrace a profoundly generous second chance at life.
Valeria Teles interviews Susan Keller — The author of “Blood Brother: A Memoir.”
Susan Keller enjoyed a 30-year career as an award-winning medical writer. Her poetry won prizes in regional and national contests. She has a degree in Public Health and Immunology from U. C. Berkeley.
This background in science as well as poetry makes the voice in her first book, Blood Brother: A Memoir, both lyric as well as credible. A frequently fatal lymphoma inspired Susan to write Blood Brother: A Memoir. Articles about her story of hope and survival have been published in: Psychology Today; Conquer: The Patient Voice; two Guideposts Magazines; Patient Power; and several newspapers. She is a monthly blog contributor to Psychology Today and CURE Magazine. Susan is a presenter at Dominican University and at Stanford Cancer Center. All links available upon request. She is currently working on a novel entitled Flask. Susan lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Daniel.
To learn more about Susan Keller and her work, please visit: susankeller.com
— This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Otros episodios de "A Quest for Well-Being"
The Consciousness Paradox
46:16— It’s been a chaotic day. There are angry customers at work. Your daughter misbehaved at school, and you need to talk to the principal. The car won’t start. That sort of day. Stop. Control. Reset. Take ten deep breaths. Sing. Listen to soothing music. Walk into a garden and watch the birds. The human brain is an efficient, pragmatic, functional engine, of unfathomable complexity -- with the ability to invent, remember, project, and see relationships among people and ideas. I love my brain. I wouldn’t even go to the mailbox without it. My brain has allowed me to function and prosper in this uber-complex modern world. But all too often our brains run amok and drive us crazy. To retain sanity, we must not let our think-too-much-know-it-all-brains overtake the castle. In this podcast we will explore both our human and our animal consciousness and seek to understand why it is so vital to reach deep inside and listen to the Nature-Self within. Valeria Teles interviews him — Jon Turk — the author of “Tracking Lions, Myth, and Wilderness in Samburu , The Raven's Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness — among other titles. Jon Turk earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1971 and was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Between these bookends, Jon co-authored the first college level environmental science textbook in North America, followed by 30 additional texts in environmental, physical, and earth sciences. At the same time, he kayaked around Cape Horn and across the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska, mountain biked across the northern Gobi in Mongolia, and made numerous first ski descents and first rock climbing ascents around the globe. During extended travel in northeast Siberia, Jon’s worldview was altered by Moolynaut, a Siberian shaman, and his later books reflect these spiritual journeys. Jon has published four trade books: Cold Oceans (HarperCollins), In the Wake of the Jomon (McGraw Hill), The Raven’s Gift (St Martin’s Press) and Crocodiles and Ice (Oolichan Press). Tracking Lions, Myth, and Wilderness in Samburu delves more deeply into a “mind-body-spirit” theme, supported by adventure storytelling, integrated with an anthropological view of the role of art and mythology in human development. To learn more about Jon Turk and his work, please visit: jonturk.net — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Life After Food Addiction: Self-Love, Meaning And Joy
39:35— Many health outcomes depend on recovery from processed food addiction and understanding addiction to processed foods opens the door to recovery from stubborn diet-related diseases. Dr. Ifland has been looking for a reliable way to help people stop compulsively eating addictive harmful foods since Her 23-year quest finally yielded online programs that reliably give compulsive overeaters control over food for the long-term. Valeria interviews Dr. Joan Ifland — the author of “The Food Addict's Meal Prep Manual: Save Yourself From Food Addiction In Only 2 Hours A Week and Co-author of Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery.” Dr. Ifland has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction from 1999 with her first popular book to 2018 when her textbook, Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery was released by CRC Press. She founded the online Addiction Reset Community (ARC) in 2016, foodaddictionreset.com. The Facebook group, ‘Food Addiction Education’ (2014) and foodaddictionresources.com (2014) provide free support. Reset Week is the first online live video program for withdrawal (2018). ARC Manager Training is a program training future Addiction Reset Community leaders (2020). Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction and definition of addictive foods. Dr. Ifland earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University (2010); her MBA at Stanford Business School (1978) and her BA in Economics and Political Science at Oberlin College (1974). She currently resides in Seattle. To learn more about Dr. Joan Ifland and her work, please visit: foodaddictionreset.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Finding New Meaning & Appreciation For Life After Loss
42:59— Losing a loved one is one of the most lonely and painful experiences you will go though in life. It can be hard knowing how to pick up the pieces and move forward with your life after. This episode is about how Julie Derks let her husband's death teach her about life and turned this tragedy into something beautiful and meaningful. Julie truly found herself through losing her husband and it took her on a spiritual path and finding a life of love instead of fear. It led her to finding her passion and purpose in this life of helping those who are stuck in their grief to find gratitude, joy and love again for their life. Valeria interviews Julie Derks — she is a mom of two amazing boys, and she lost her late husband suddenly in a car accident in November of 2017. At the time her sons were 2.5 years and 7 months old. With a simple knock at her door Julie’s whole world was turned upside down and she lost all bearings to which way was up. In her time of uncertainty, she was certain of one thing, that she would find her way through this no matter what it took. The first year was awful and messy with so many downs (way more than ups) but with Julie’s two boys watching her, she knew they needed to see her save herself. At around the two-year mark she had someone asked her to tell them who she was (without giving her typical answer of “I’m a mom or widow”) and she didn’t have a clue how to answer. Julie knew being a widow didn’t define her, but she didn’t know who she was, she felt lost. This was a huge turning point for her on her healing journey. Julie began to reflect on who she truly was and began to love myself. When Julie lost her husband, she began to have a whole new meaning and appreciation for what life is. She was determined to properly heal herself and do all the work to get her there. It wasn’t always easy and many times Julie wanted to give up, but she is so grateful she kept pushing through. Diving headfirst into your pain doesn’t seem natural, usually we want to bury it, but at some point, that pain is going to come back up again no matter how deep you buried it. Diving into your pain headfirst is the only way through it. Julie was fortunate to have many different people help guide her on her journey. It’s so important to have support when you’re going through something so life changing. No one should have to do that alone. There really is a lack of resources and support for those who are grieving, which is so unfortunate since we’re all going to experience death of a loved one at some point in our lives. Which is part of why Julie decided to become a grief coach. In the spring of 2021, she dedicated herself to taking a grief coaching course and she is proudly a certified grief coach from the “From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program”. Julie hopes are that she can help just make someone’s grief journey a little bit easier by walking with them through their grief and help guide them back into gratitude. She wants to help empower people to open themselves up to grieve naturally, then help shift them to thrive again with their new normal. To learn more about Julie Derks and her work, please visit: inspirationalhealing.ca — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Feeling Good Again: No Problem Is Too Great To Overcome
42:27— Imagine feeling in control of your life again and confident in yourself to leave your house and not worry about what others think about you. Imagine feeling able to manage your emotions enough to get through a whole day and not feel controlled by them. Imagine having your life back. It’s possible. One of the hardest things about finding a therapist is the concern about feeling judged for needing help. Julia’s role is only in empowering you to remember what you are capable of, and she does it so from a very supportive and nonjudgmental approach. Julia’s approach is meant to create a safe space in which you feel comfortable processing the feelings that have been preventing you from achieving your goals for yourself. She helps you achieve those short-term goals that bring you here, while planting seeds of empowerment so that one day you will feel self-confident and capable on your own once again. Valeria interviews Julia Overlin — Described frequently as "the safest and easiest person to talk to" about uncomfortable things, Julia describes herself as "just one human doing my best to help other humans through their own Life journey." Julia is a nationally certified (NCC) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who has worked with individuals managing issues from extreme shyness to psychosis and many things in-between. Her goals with her work are fundamentally to put her clients at ease and learn self-acceptance believing that once one can accept their circumstance it is only then that progress can be made, until then all energy is being expended (fruitlessly) wishing things were different and feeling defeated for not being able to improve their situation. Julia has worked in many capacities largely with the same populace of people, those suffering from severe mental illness. She currently runs her own private practice Coronado Counseling where she helps those internally motivated to feel better learn new tools for becoming a better version of themselves. To learn more about Julia Overlin and her work, please visit: coronadocounselingca.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
A Modern Jungian Approach To Clinical Treatment
47:26— Dr. David Jernazian choses to pursue clinical application of mental health because he knows that no amount of material, social, financial, competitive, or skill based success can be appreciated, or even enjoyed, when a person’s mental health is poor. Valeria interviews Dr. David Jernazian — He is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Los Angeles, CA that works with a variety of issues, ranging from depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, acculturative stress, assertiveness, anger, addiction, and personal growth/development. He practices from a relational perspective in terms of clinical technique, though David’s conceptualizations are heavily influenced by the work of Carl Jung and his model of the psyche. David has been in full time private practice since early 2021, though he has had experience working in a diverse array of settings, including community mental health, hospitals, as well as inpatient drug rehab centers. David choses to pursue clinical application of mental health because he knows that no amount of material, social, financial, competitive, or skill based success can be appreciated, or even enjoyed, when a person’s mental health is poor. To learn more about Dr. David Jernazian and his work, please visit: drjernaz.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Healthy Living: Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating
46:26— In this episode will discuss mindful eating, intuitive eating and the most common cognitive distortions. How many times have you reached for the snacks at a party and munched through them without thinking, or ordered dessert even though you were already full, just because it looked so good? We eat for many reasons - because we’re stressed or feeling sad, because we feel like we deserve a treat or simply because it’s our scheduled mealtime. Eating mindfully is about expanding our awareness around food habits, so that we can make more conscious decisions about what we eat and when. According to Jan Chozen-Bays, MD, author of the book ‘Mindful Eating’, there are seven different types of hunger relating to different parts of our anatomy. Once we are more aware of these different types of hunger and their reasons, we can respond consciously and more appropriately to satisfy them. — source: Londonindful.com Valeria interviews Chelsea DiCicco — She is the owner of Chelsea Dicicco Counseling Services, LLC. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Connecticut, and she provides individual therapy services to adults struggling with anxiety, depression, life changes and transitions, trauma, disordered eating behaviors, and body image. Chelsea attended the University of New Haven for both her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees, and started her career doing in home therapy with children and families. After that, she went on to work at an outpatient eating disorder clinic. In 2018, Chelsea decided her next move was to start her own private practice, and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience that she is grateful for every single day. Starting therapy can be a really new and scary experience for many. Chelsea believes that a therapeutic relationship is a very special and unique type of relationship that can allow for and facilitate self-reflection, self-growth, and self-love. A therapeutic relationship can allow you to be vulnerable without judgment, and creates a safe space for you to explore your truest self. Chelsea’s goal in her practice is to provide relief from emotional distress, and to work with her clients through the difficult process of healing. Her therapeutic approach is strength based and client-centered, meaning she is here to support her clients, and want to hear their story. To learn more about Chelsea DiCicco and her work, please visit: chelseadiciccocounseling.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
How To Become The Architect Of Your Sleep
55:51— Our most frequent thoughts, feelings and behaviors directly correlate with the quality of our sleep. Valeria interviews Andrea Squibb — she is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified CBT-I Clinician. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Los Angeles, CA in 2010 and received her CBT-I certification via Dr. Gregg D. Jacob whose program was created and utilized at the Harvard Medical School for Insomnia. She also has a BA from Connecticut College in New London, CT. It is her personal goal to help each client realign their subconscious programming, so it is congruent with their conscious desires, hopes and dreams. With the help of Guided Imagery, Hypnotic Suggestion, NLP, CBT, CBT-I, EFT, Brain-Spotting, Mindfulness Techniques, Idiomatic Response Techniques, personal insight and professional experience, Andrea provides clients a safe place to be heard, free fears, reduce anxieties, weed out unwanted behaviors, grow and improve. It is Andrea’s mission to empower others to achieve their goals and dreams, to help people better understand themselves and the world we live in and to expand the world by enabling individuals to find their purpose and discover their soul’s unique preferences. She enjoys giving others the courage to uncover and “be” their true selves. She believes in working hard, taking risks, acting authentically, giving generously of herself and never being too tired or lazy to follow the code of ethics she has created for herself. Andrea believes that we create our own destiny and that our soul’s desires are guideposts to lead the way. She believes that the struggles, anxieties and joys of life are equally important in terms of living fully and that a person’s “soul power” can emerge out of even the most difficult times, during depression, failure and even in times of loss. She is committed to joining you on your path, through the labyrinth of life and helping you to make your journey as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. Andrea has been in practice since 2010 and is a member in good standing of the National Guild of Hypnotists, The American Hypnosis Association and The Hypnotists Union Local No. 472. She had also worked as a consulting hypnotherapist for several mental health and addiction facilities in the LA area for the last 8 years. To learn more about Andrea Squibb and her work, please visit: hypnotherapyandwellness.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Secrets to A Happy And Peaceful Life
53:34— We know if we put our focus on feeling good, and make it a priority, our life is going to change for the better. But still, we usually don’t do it. To add to this frustrating paradox, we often find that when we feel good, not only do we get better things in our life but we also tend to do better things for other people. Generally speaking, we become the best version of ourselves when we feel good— and better things happen for everyone involved. But, nonetheless, we still don’t usually focus on feeling good. And it hurts. It’s something that seems so simple yet we manage to screw it up again and again. However, we’re going to learn how to screw it up less with Tim! Valeria interviews Tim Grimes — He is the author of The Law of Attraction Simplified, The Joy of Not Thinking, Relax More, Try Less.” Relax into abundance with spiritual counselor Tim Grimes. Tim is the bestselling stress management author of books like "The Joy of Not Thinking," "Relax More, Try Less" and "The Law of Attraction Simplified." He is also the acclaimed editor of classic law of attraction teachings by Émile Coué and Neville Goddard, and host of the podcast "Law of Attraction Explored." To learn more about Tim Grimes and his work, please visit: radicalcounselor.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Do What You Love And The Rest Will Follow
50:22— Formulated to rock your world, oOYes’s products combine terpenes and cannabinoids CBG (cannabigerol) and CBD (cannabidiol) with beefused tantric honey. Each oOYes product is mindfully crafted with the finest, natural ingredients; including beefused tantric honey as a key ingredient. OOYes strives to be sustainable in its production of it’s honey based products and works with 501c3’s to donate proceeds of each sale to “Save the Bees.” While creating cannabinoid and aphrodisiac rich products, oOYes also strives to be sustainable in its interactions with our bees and their environment. We use the bee pollen, wax and propolis from the hives to utilize the most important parts of the honey production process and produce as little waste as possible. Valeria interviews Tanya Griffin — On her path from Colostrum to Cannabis to Cum, oOYes, founder Tanya Griffin has spent the last three decades following her dreams and doing what she loves. With a focus on women and family health, her journey started in 1995 with her stores, Kangaroo Kids, where, as a lactation consultant, she helped families with breastfeeding and parenting needs. As her kids grew, her attention turned to plant-based medicines and building cannabis companies. Relying on lessons learned and life lived, Tanya's energies now center on creating an ecstatic sex lifestyle brand focused on travel centric, cannagastic, oOYes experiences. To learn more about Tanya Griffin and her work, please visit: ooyes.love — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
The Awesomeness and Gifts of Aspies
46:43— Dr. Frank W. Gaskill is the co-author of Max Gamer. He is an awesome Aspie who uses his special abilities to become a superhero. The authors don't consider Asperger's a disorder. Instead, they see it as a potential gift that can include some amazing skills. While some define it by deficits, this book focuses on strengths that give these individuals the resilience and confidence they need to rise to their potential. Valeria interviews Dr. Frank W. Gaskill — He is an American psychologist and author who specializes in Asperger syndrome, effective parenting, and how technology and children can interface safely and successfully. Gaskill co-founded the largest private psychology practice in the country. Dr. Steven Walfish, president of the Division of Independent Practice for the American Psychological Association, noted in an interview with the Charlotte Observer that Gaskill's practice is "the most creative, innovative and best-run practices in the United States." Gaskill is the co-author of a graphic novel about Asperger’s. In addition to having a comic based on Asperger's, he is also the host of an online video series dedicated to promoting the idea that Asperger's is a more highly evolved brain. This show is called, "The Dr. G Aspie Show." Gaskill received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology and School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to founding Southeast Psych, he worked at The Devereux Foundation in Devon, Pennsylvania, serving as their Primary Therapist and Senior Research Psychologist for the Institute for Clinical Training and Research (ICTR). Gaskill is also a contributing author to the Travis Langley Popular Culture Psychology series. Gaskill was a panelist at Comicon San Diego for his work with Max Gamer. His work has been featured in USA Today, NPR, and other media outlets. Gaskill gives approximately 15 presentations/conferences per year across the southeast covering topics such as Asperger’s and “E-parenting.” To learn more about Dr. Frank W. Gaskill and his work, please visit: fatcatpsych.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.