Jan 17, 2023
Karen Austin experienced both anguish and joy as she walked
with her husband, Tracy, after a cancer diagnosis that took his
life, but never his optimism and spirit.
In our conversation this week with Karen, she shares with
intimacy, vulnerability and, yes, humor about what she describes as
her “crucible life” – the early death of her mother, her brother’s
suicide and the cancer that took her husband in 2017 -- two months
before their 20th anniversary.
From the ashes of those tragedies, she explains, she taught
herself how to thrive through grief and help others do the same as
a certified grief companion. She explains that grief and mourning
are not synonymous – the first happens to us, the second is
something we must actively do to heal.
You’ll also hear in this interview Karen talk about a medical
test scheduled for after we recorded our conversation. That test
revealed, she discovered after we talked, that she has cancer … and
she’s already begun to, as she puts it, “make friends” with the
challenges ahead – taking her own counsel as walks through this new
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