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When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

What do we say to a loved one who is battling cancer? How do we best support that person and their family? And how do we interact with others when we're the one who is ill?

On the first half of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with psychologist Tamara McClintock-Greenberg about her book When Someone You Love Has a Chronic Illness: Hope and Help for Those Providing Support.  McClintock-Greenberg tells us how to not only cope, but thrive in day-to-day life, and we'll learn the important tools to help lighten the burden we all feel when someone we love is ill.

Tamara McClintock Greenberg, Psy.D., M.S., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Her most recent book is When Someone You Love Has a Chronic Illness. She is also the author of Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness and The Psychological Impact of Acute and Chronic Illness. She teaches and speaks nationally on a wide variety of topics, including health psychology, the culture of Western Medicine, psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychology, and medical consultation. She is in private practice in San Francisco. More information about Dr. Greenberg can be found at tamara-greenberg.com.  

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Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.