Before joining Gilda’s Club in 2012, Laura Varon Brown spent 19 years with the Detroit Free Press before entering the non profit world. Laura is now Executive Director & CEO of Gilda’s Club Detroit, and a passionate champion for the cancer community. Laura also has a personal connection to cancer and understands the difficult path the disease can impose on families. Listen to her story and you will hear for yourself why she is a WCSX “Woman Who Rocks”.
Everyone needs a place.
That’s what Detroiter and comedian, Gilda Radner said when she was facing a cancer diagnosis that seemed insurmountable. Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is that place. Click the video to learn more about Gilda’s Club.
Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. With more than 150 monthly programs, Gilda’s Club provides support, education and wellness to anyone facing cancer and continues to set the gold standard of care. The program is no cost to anyone and ensures no one faces cancer alone. Gilda’s Club main Clubhouse is in Royal Oak with offsite locations in Saint Clair Shores, Dearborn and Farmington Hills.
In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from Turning Point Macomb. Were you off your game and tired this week because of “Daylight Saving Time”? You are not alone. Some doctors believe that just losing an hour of sleep can affect your health in some very negative ways. Cyndy and I discuss the grogginess and the dangers of being to tired.
Have you used tele-medicine yet? Many hospitals and health care providers are switching to this option to alleviate costs of actual hospital and doctors visits. While, in some cases this is a great cost saving measure for patients, at what point does it become to impersonal? Cyndy and I discuss why in some situations a face to face with a doctor should be the only option.
Facebook, the world’s largest social media site, will soon take aim against anti-vaxers. Parents are increasingly turning to social media to gather information and form opinions about their children’s health and the consequences of inaccurate information has been playing out offline. Cyndy and I discuss the ramifications when this information is spread and how we can be more vigilant in helping to end the spread of false information.
More and more celebrities are turning to social media to reach out to fans, especially in times of need. Pop star Justin Bieber is the latest to do just that. He recently posted on his Instagram about his recent struggles. The singer married model and actress Hailey Baldwin last September, after undergoing an informal detox in 2014. Cyndy and I have a very real conversation about Justin’s struggles and how they could benefit others who are going through similar situations with mental diseases.
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