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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  

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After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.