Exhausted, Brad opens up about his fears post surgery.
Jeremy contemplates if there’s a right way to be a best friend.
Late night after Brad’s surgery, Dana and Margo do a short recap of the day, including the waiting period and the results of the surgery.
Brad and Dana - joined by Dana’s sister, Margo and her husband, Thomas - make jokes in the pre-op room before Brad goes in for surgery.
The night before Brad’s surgery, Brad, Dana and Marsie discuss their high and low moments since learning of Brad’s cancer diagnosis.
Marsie opens up more about her life & role as a mom with Brad and Dana the night before surgery.
Brad’s Mom, Marsie Frost Parker (and Brad’s Stepdad Bradley Parker) joins them in Cleveland the night before pre-ops. Together, they share about Dana and Mom’s roles and the experience over the last few weeks.
A cancer survivor herself, Dana’s process and Brad’s differs. She is trying to figure out just how to go about this situation.
Brad, Dana, Lindsey and Bill Dowling (Lindsey’s husband & Brad’s brother in law) learn the surgery recommendation from the Cleveland Clinic.
Brad and his older sister, Lindsey catch up. They talk about “things that need to be said.”
Brad, Dana and Jeremy discuss having a best friend doctor, and how to weigh his role in Brad’s treatment path moving forward. Josh’s role has already accelerated Brad’s care and diagnosis and secured an expert second opinion team. We explore the challenge/benefits of having a close friend involved, especially given the urgency of Brad’s surgery.
With Dave and Dana, Brad recounts a jarring and scary night after an urgent ER visit. We share our fears. And our love.
Early retirement with Brad, Dana, Jeremy and Dave. In this episode we talk about identity as it relates to your professional career. We discuss the possibility that Brad may not work again and how you fill your days with meaning and fulfillment outside of a 9-5.
Over two conversations, Dave, Brad and Dana reflect on a conflict they have had regarding Brad’s upcoming treatment decisions. This segment covers the control issues we all struggle with when dealing with cancer and people we love. In the second segment, Jeremy joins the fray, genuinely unable to even fathom that the fight is between the people closest to Brad. Together, the group covers issues of judgment, fear, and what systemic vs micro-decisions we can and can’t control moving forward as we all try to maximize Brad’s treatment path.
Dave and Brad share some more background about how they got into their respective fields, and what key moments in their teenage/collegiate years really propelled them to live how they do every day. Jeremy and Dana indulge them, as usual.
Brad's twin brother & wombmate, David Frost joins for the next 4 episodes after flying across the country from Idaho.
Best friends Jeremy Potter & Bradford Frost began podcasting 'Defending Your Life' (yes, with that exact name) in July 2016.
In launching this first episode, we skip ahead to the day after Brad received the cancer diagnosis on October 12, 2016. In it, Jeremy joins Brad and Dana, his wife who is also a 4-year cancer survivor. Together, they discuss the diagnosis and life ahead.