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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast


Episode #254 A Family Unites to Triumph Over COVID: A Case Study

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The global pandemic has caused many families to live in a state of constant panic and fear. But, with the right tools, you and your family can turn a highly stressful situation into something much more manageable. On this episode of the Public Health Epidemiology Podcast, Dr. Huntley shares a personal story that holds valuable lessons which we all can learn from. She opens up about her family’s journey after her 89 year old mother tested positive for COVID. As a starting point, our host takes us through her various definitions of ‘family’. We then get keen insight into what her family dynamic is like and how one meeting of multiple siblings paved the way for a triumph over COVID! You’ll learn the importance of having good communication between family members, how to choose leadership over fear, the benefits of having a caring medical team, and why stepping out of your comfort zone is a necessity in a time of crisis. If you want to know why empathy, clarity, and respect are three words that can carry you and your family through the global pandemic, then be sure to tune into this episode!

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Conversation Highlights

  • Dr. Huntley chooses to be vulnerable while sharing a story of victory with us.

  • A definition of ‘family’ from the perspective of our host.

  • The family you are born into, the one you’re married into, the one you’re adopted into, and the family you choose.

  • How a friendship morphed into being sisters by choice.

  • Gaining perspective through our host’s family dynamic.

  • How siblings came together to discuss the care of their ailing mother.

  • The importance of having adequate communication between family members.

  • Her mom’s pre-existing medical conditions that made her vulnerable to COVID.

  • The fear that took over after a positive COVID test result.

  • How easily panic can set in, and choosing between panic mode and a leadership role.

  • Divide and conquer: Sisters in action.

  • How open communication and having a doctor that cares goes a long way.

  • Setting boundaries, emotional rollercoasters, and uniting to survive a stressful weekend.

  • Dr. Huntley’s key takeaways from today’s episode.

  • The importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and taking the lead.

  • How planning and communication build a necessary foundation.

  • Why you should fulfill your role, even when you don’t want to.

  • The decision-making process and why it matters for senior family members.

  • How to lead with empathy, clarity, and respect!

“You’ll never know what you’re able to accomplish if you’re always too afraid to take the lead.” — Dr. Huntley

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