Michel Varisco gets real about caretaking...(but please don't call her a saint)
All The Wiser · 41 minutes ·

Michel Varisco gets real about caretaking...(but please don't call her a saint)

*Rebroadcast* (originally aired 5/14/19)

In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we celebrate caregivers around the world including Kimi’s friend, and All The Wiser guest, Michel Varisco Gleason. Today we are re-airing their intimate conversation from 2019. #teamgleason #nationalfamilycaregivermonth

Mom, wife, artist and one of my all time favorite people, Michel Varisco, cozies up with All The Wiser on a couch in her native New Orleans. Michel walks us through the day of her husbands terminal diagnosis, finding out she was pregnant a month later and what it was like to watch a documentary about her life in a packed theater at Sundance Film Festival. She opens up about the pressure of living up to false expectations, the realities of life as a full time caretaker to her husband and newborn baby, their decision to have a second child and how her darkest days inspired her work as an artist.

In this episode:

  • Learning her husband, Steve, is terminally ill
  • The truth about care-taking for someone you love 
  • Having her life filmed for a feature length documentary
  • Creating unexpected and beautiful art in the walls of a hospital

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