Life With Kidney Disease: Making Room for Love, Navigating Chronic Conditions and Relationships

2021-04-15

Episode 175: Life With Kidney Disease: Making Room for Love, Navigating Chronic Conditions and Relationships. Navigating life with kidney disease can have its own challenges without the added stress of managing relationships in the modern world. From appointments, to medications, to everything-in-between, you have your plate full. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lana Lipe shares tips to help those living with a chronic condition like Chronic Kidney Disease make room for love and relationships.

Topics discussed:
Loving yourself and addressing common challenges
Who to surround yourself with
Being Vulnerable
Everyone has struggles
Starting a new relationship - disclosing your chronic illness
Telling others about your chronic illness
-Out and Proud
-Waiting
-Preparing for questions
You deserve to be seen, valued, and loved for who you are

► Learn more about Making Room for Love: Navigating Chronic Conditions and Relationships at Lana's blog https://www.honutherapy.com/blog/making-room-for-love-navigating-chronic-illness-amp-relationships

Lana Lipe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Honu Therapy Services, LLC. She is a private practice therapist in Honolulu, Hawaii who helps adult clients living with: chronic conditions, grief, loss, stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, as well as gender identity & sexual orientation exploration.

Lana earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2017.

She has over six years working in healthcare and non-profit settings to include: a skilled nursing facility and nursing home, a non-profit Chronic Kidney Disease agency, and 4 intensive care units (ICUs). During this time, Lana has worked with countless patients and their families as they navigate the challenges associated with critical illness, chronic illness, and end-of-life care. She has extensive training in crisis intervention, grief counseling, end-of-life planning, advocacy, intersectionality and health equity & trauma-informed care.

During her time as an ICU Social Worker in a level-one trauma hospital, Lana helped co-create a Critical Incident Stress Management team (CISM) that was implemented hospital-wide.

In addition to her work as a healthcare professional, Lana’s work has been published in The New Social Worker Magazine. She has been featured as a recurrent guest mental health expert on James Fabin’s Chronic Kidney Disease Channel—Dadvice TV. Her work has also been featured in numerous other online publications.

As of October 2021, Lana has completed training as a Certified Grief Educator with world-renowned grief expert, David Kessler.

To learn more about Lana and her work, please visit her website at HonuTherapy.com.

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