Summary: On the anniversary of Brad’s Dad’s death, Brad always used this day to connect and reflect. In honor of both Brad and Bob - and the third anniversary of Bob's death - Jeremy, Margo, and Dana talk about what it means to be reconciled in your relationships.
Read Brad's post on Reconciliation, which inspired this podcast here.
Also, referenced in the podcast is the "Circle of Grief." Learn more here.
Summary: As they approach the one year mark since Brad started showing symptoms, Jeremy and Dana sit down and talk about the challenges of the anniversaries of Brad's illness, and the new level of grief and trauma that comes with that. This episode is raw and emotional, but important to talk about.
Summary: Margo joins Dana in Utah for some camping and hiking through several National Parks. They spend their final night together in Salt Lake City and discuss perceptions of life and some of the difficulties with friends, family, and those who want to show support. They also reference the episode of On Being with Sheryl Sandburg and Adam Grant. Check out that podcast episode here.
Summary: Dana reflects on her trip so far as well as anticipates the second half.
Summary: Dana visits Brad’s mom, Marsie in Pensacola and is joined by Dave, Lindsey, Jeremy, and Margo. They attempt to describe Brad’s indescribable qualities and life without Brad. Unfortunately, the podcast was cut off in the middle of the conversation, but what we did capture is full love, hardships, and truths.
Summary: Jeremy and Suneil hold down the homestead and podcast from Detroit, sharing stories of how they both met Brad and the influence he had on their lives.
Summary: Dana stops in Charleston to visit Brad’s cousin Luke, his wife Julie, and their three kids, where they talk about Brad’s impact and Dana’s solo journey.
Summary: Dana leaves Virginia and heads South, stopping at the University of Mary Washington (where she and Brad met) for some reflection followed by some South of the Border fun.
Summary: On her first stop on her road trip, Dana visits with her sister and brother-in-law, Margo and Thomas (Brad’s close friend) and talk about “high school Brad.”
Summary: Dana leaves Detroit for a 2 month cross country road trip. She shares her initial feelings on leaving home and friends behind to head into the unknown. (Audio is difficult to hear because Dana is in the car and the sound is muffled by traffic)
Summary: After a tough couple months, Dana and Jeremy sit down and talk about all the logistical barriers that Dana has faced following Brad’s passing. Everything from writing the will to dealing with health insurance is discussed in this "lessons learned the hard way" episode.
Summary: A solo podcast where Dana opens up about nighttime loneliness.
Summary: Jeremy and Dana talk about connection, the idea of “moving on” and perception vs. reality.
Summary: Suneil, a great friend of Dana and Brad, joins Jeremy and Dana to talk about the struggle to move forward without Brad and ways to cope throughout that process.
Summary: Dana talks about being alone on Valentine’s Day.
Summary: Jeremy and Dana - a little hesitantly - sit down for their first podcast together after Brad’s memorial service and reflect on life after Brad.
Summary: On the day of Brad’s passing, Dana, Jeremy, Dave, Lindsey, and Margo sit down and talk about their thoughts and feelings.
Summary: Part 2 of the “love story” continues with Brad, Dana, Jeremy, Dave, Lindsey, and Margo.
Summary: In this episode, Brad and Dana attempt to discuss their love story with Jeremy, Dave, Lindsey, and Margo. But with Brad on a cocktail of pain meds and others just on cocktails, what was supposed to be a love story, ends up being a hilarious, juvenile, laugh fest about sex, love, and relationships. Moms, Dads, and Grandparents, you may want to skip this one.
Summary: It's a new year and a new season of Defending Your Life. In this first episode of the year, Brad and Dana are given some bad news after the discovery of a pulmonary embolism.
Summary: In the last podcast of the year, Brad, Dana, and Jeremy talk about what they got out of the experience of podcasting and the direction of Defending Your Life moving forward.
Summary: Brad, Dana, and Jeremy reflect on transitions - both in life and in the podcast - as well as address using the podcast as a tool to discuss tough topics.
Summary: Dana reflects and reacts to the "Dana" episode (episode 49).
Summary: Brad and Dana are joined by friends and family in this Christmas episode, hosted over their dining room table with loved ones.
Summary: Jeremy reflects on the previous episode’s conversation regarding Dana.