I’ve written before about podcasting and how I’ve learned a lot about podcasting, which seems to be an ever growing industry. You can read that post and the specifics about a live podcast that I did earlier in 2020 here. Now that celebrities and famous people like Michelle Obama are getting into podcasting, I think it can safely be called “mainstream.”
For the 4th quarter of the year, I’ve partnered with Laura Carfang at SurvivingBreastCancer.org to pull together some amazing webinars that will both be streamed live on her Facebook Page and used as audio on her podcast. For anyone who would like to attend, please navigate to the Events Page on SurvivingBreastCancer.org to RSVP! Unless otherwise noted, all webinars are hosted in Eastern time since I’m in Miami, Florida and will be moderating. Since the webinars will be conducted live, there are options for questions and answers during the webinars and feel free to submit on this blog post as well!
The first webinar is on October 5th at 8:00 p.m. and will be a panel on anticipatory grief, what real people are doing to prepare themselves and their families, particularly children, for their death from MBC. This panel features Amanda Raffenaud, a widow with teenage sons living with MBC; Ann Camden, a mother of teenage girls living with MBC, and Ginny Mason, a grandmother living with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Each of these women will share from their various perspectives and I will both moderate and share from the perspective of a mom with younger children living with MBC.
The second webinar will be on October 19th @ 8 p.m. and will include a conversation between myself and my Dad, Tom Schroeder, Jr., LMHC about grief, death, what comes next, and what to do to prepare for death.
On November 2, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., we will host a panel of estate planning attorneys talking about specific things to do and documents to focus on from a legal perspective. This panel will feature Anna Spender, Esquire, an experience estate planning attorney in Orlando, Florida who is also a dear friend.
On November 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., we will host a panel on the subject of Palliative care and will address the differences from Hospice Care, reviewing the differences between the two, what people should look for when addressing Palliative care and how to go about getting it. This panel will feature Dr. Suleyki Medina, a Board Certified Palliative Care Doctor at the Miami Cancer Institute in Miami, Florida (and my Palliative care doctor), Marianne Sarcich, a Palliative Care Patient Advocate, and Jennifer O’Brien, the author of A Hospice Doctor’s Widow, a journal.
On November 30, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., we will host a panel on Hospice and end of life issues. This panel will include a hospice doctor, representatives from Compassion & Choices, along with other professionals we are recruiting at present.
On December 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., we will feature a discussion with Jennifer O’Brien, the author of The Hospice Doctor’s Widow alone.
On December 28, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., we will host a panel of grief counselors to discuss a wide variety of issues specific to grief. This panel will feature Margie Grebin, who is the moderator of MBC Grieving Together along with other experts in the field.
There are few other webinars still in the planning stages for 2021 and we welcome your thoughts as to other webinars that might be helpful for the Metastatic Breast Cancer community or the community at large. I think the subject of death and preparing for death isn’t as mainstream or welcome as it could be. It is my intention to confront that directly with these webinars and tools we are developing to share after each discussion.
I’ve also found some really helpful information about podcasting and I thought I could share this guide on How to Record a Podcast Remotely And Get It Right The First Time which contains some useful information on streamlining remote recordings for interviews or other similar content. We will be doing a lot of the things noted in this resources as we prepare the webinars for everyone to view.