I have long taught that health isn’t necessarily the absence of dis-ease but how we show up in the face of it. Why?
Because life is FULL of dis-ease. Sometimes dis-ease comes in the form of relationship challenges, financial hardship, the loss of loved ones etc. And sometimes it looks like a diagnosis you never could have seen coming.
My client, dear friend and guest on today’s podcast, Claire Schulz Bergman, shares her experience of being diagnosed with ALS at 52 years young and how she is still pursuing health in the face of it.
In this interview, Claire generously shares:
- The road that lead to her ALS diagnosis,
- How her personal development work prior to the diagnosis is helping her now,
- How she is coping with uncertainty,
- Why she decided hard how she wants to be in the face of this diagnosis,
… and so much more.
If you or someone you love has been handed an unexpected hardship as of late, listen to this episode! I think you will be glad you did.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Claire Schulz Bergman
Claire Schulz Bergman is an avid athlete who has been focusing on endurance events for most of her life. She recently completed the Wisconsin Ironman, and she believes that the back of the pack is where the most fun can be found. Over a decade ago, Claire realized that she needed to slow down and reconnect with herself. That’s when she began her journey with yoga and meditation, which have become her daily lifeline and helped her navigate her most difficult challenges.
Claire has learned that health is not just about completing an athletic event, having a certain number on the scale, or lacking disease. Instead, health is how we show up in the face of dis-ease, and she believes that small, consistent changes can greatly impact our lives. Claire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with certifications in yoga, group fitness, grief counseling, and mindfulness coaching. She has over two decades of experience working in the mental health field and fitness industry, and she is currently teaching yoga and cycling classes in Madison, Wisconsin.
Having worked with hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds and with a myriad of challenges, Claire has seen the power of small, consistent changes firsthand. She is excited for others to join her book club and discover the transformative impact of cultivating daily habits that support physical, mental, and emotional health.
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