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Improve your knowledge about organ, tissue and eye donation as your hosts Lori Steele, Sally Gentry and Joey Boudreaux have entertaining and informative conversations about donation. We address donation in the news, myths about donation, what's new in the community, new technologies, special guest interviews and much more.

Improve your knowledge about organ, tissue and eye donation as your hosts Lori Steele, Sally Gentry and Joey Boudreaux have entertaining and informative conversations about donation. We address donation in the news, myths about donation, what's new in the community, new technologies, special guest interviews and much more.
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Metairie, LA

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Improve your knowledge about organ, tissue and eye donation as your hosts Lori Steele, Sally Gentry and Joey Boudreaux have entertaining and informative conversations about donation. We address donation in the news, myths about donation, what's new in the community, new technologies, special guest interviews and much more.

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English

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(504) 648-3477


Episodes

Donate Life Hollywood

1/18/2019
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Show Notes: It’s our 100th episode & we are going Hollywood! First, we are joined by Shireen Razack, one of the writer’s for NBC’s hit television show, New Amsterdam. She shares the behind the scenes inspiration for the show’s 7th episode, The Domino Effect. Then we welcome Tenaya Wallace, with Donate Life Hollywood, and learn more about the importance of accurate story lines in the entertainment industry. Sally holds a roundtable discussion with our hosts and LOPA’s CEO, Kelly Ranum,...

Duration:00:47:58

End of Life Decisions

1/4/2019
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Show Notes: Happy New Year! On episode 99 we kick off 2019 talking about ways you can control your end of life decisions. What’s a will and what’s a living will? Should I declare that I’m an organ, eye and tissue donor in a will? Our guest, estate planning attorney, Paul Rabalais, has the answers. Sally gives us tips for shifting to a new perspective. We honor hero, Alan Varnado (Puissegur), and answer a listener’s question right here on The Gifted Life Podcast.

Duration:00:29:00

Savannah Smiles

12/21/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 98 of The Gifted Life Podcast, we welcome Jennifer Scharfenstein and Haley Orillion of Savannah Smiles to learn about the driving passion behind the nonprofit. The organization offers resources to families who have lost a child under the age of 18, and is also bridging the gap of grief between parents and their children through Camp Savannah. Sally gives us tips for managing negative feelings. We honor a hero, Nicholas Lewis, and we answer a listener’s question.

Duration:00:26:59

What's Your Grief?

12/7/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 97 we welcome Litsa Williams and Eleanor Haley of What’s Your Grief to put a spotlight on the need for various approaches to grieving. They have a plethora of resources, from their blog with entries titled ‘64 of the Best Things Ever Said to a Griever’, to trainings for professionals, to a podcast called What’s Your Grief. Then Sally guides us through tips for navigating the holidays, we honor hero Jeffrey Carr and answer a listener’s question about registering as an...

Duration:00:31:38

Eye Donation Month - The Power of You!

11/23/2018
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Show Notes: The Eye Bank Association of America has been celebrating Eye Donation Month in March for the last 35 years, but this year it is officially moving to November. Our hosts interview Julia Wallace, of the Baton Rouge Regional Eyebank, to learn about this year’s campaign and new ways they are honoring donors. Sally talks about the benefits of group therapy and we honor hero, Alexis Molliere.

Duration:00:19:49

Assessing Risk - Infectious Disease and Donation

11/9/2018
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Show Notes: We welcome Dr. Jonathan Hand to episode 95 and discuss the risks of disease transmission from a donor versus not receiving a transplant. Dr. Hand specializes in the treatment of infectious disease with transplant patients at Ochsner Medical Center, and explains why no one should rule themselves out as a potential donor. Sally talks about the importance of being able to take a break from grief and we honor Cooper Gibson in our Hero Segment.

Duration:00:28:10

Facts About Donation - Causecasts/Causepods Crossover

10/26/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 94 we take the guest seats on another podcast called Causecasts (now known as Causepods). Causepods host, Mathew Passy, takes us back in time to discover the origins of The Gifted Life Podcast and learn facts about registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Then we honor hero, Brittany Falcone, on this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast.

Duration:00:32:17

Fighting to Become a Living Organ Donor

10/12/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 93, we talk to with Nicole Gladfelter and Ted Sheldon. Two living donors who help us understand some of the hurdles they faced when they decided to donate a kidney to someone in need. Their persistence to give the gift of life will inspire you. Then we honor hero Barry Brown and answer a listener’s question about coverage under FMLA for living donation right here on The Gifted Life Podcast.

Duration:00:32:08

From Super Hero Fan to Super Hero, Xander's Story

9/28/2018
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Show Notes: Episode 92 of The Gifted Life Podcast brings us back in time to a special moment when a little boy named, Xander, is with his Paw-Paw, Lee Benoit. Lee is a cajun musician and interviewed Xander in his recording studio. The two talked about life, music and super heroes. We don't want to give too much of this narrative away, but a special thanks to Tulane Transplant Institute and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for their help in making this story possible.

Duration:00:30:01

Tiny Athletes Living a Big Life

9/14/2018
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Show Notes: We go back to Utah for a Transplant Games of America redux. Three families share how their tiny athletes are living a big full life, thanks to their donor heroes. Then Sally discusses research from the male perspective and how to begin having conversations about mental health. We honor a hero, Emily Lyons, from the Transplant Games website Reflection Room and answer a listener’s question on episode 91 of The Gifted Life Podcast.

Duration:00:29:23

Healing Through Writing and Donor Memorials

8/31/2018
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Show Notes: Our guest, Karen Hannahs, joins us from Intermountain Donor Services to share some of their special projects, such as the Celebration of Life Monument, designed to help families honor their donor’s gift of life. She and Sally also discuss the healing power of writing to donor family members and recipients. Then, Sally talks about how suicide attempts have surged amongst women in middle age. We honor hero, Tevin Reed, and answer a listener’s question about ordering Donate Life...

Duration:00:32:05

Sharing Experiences at the 2018 Transplant Games

8/17/2018
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Show Notes: The Gifted Life Podcast team is back from Utah and excited to share the stories captured at the Transplant Games of America (TGA). Meet Team Louisiana members Mary, Dusty, Warren, Ashley and Isiah. Hear about their individual journeys to TGA thanks to the gift of life. Sally coaches us on slowing down to enjoy life, we pull from TGA’s Reflection Room to honor hero Brayden Brantley and answer a question about donor families writing to their loved one’s tissue recipients on episode...

Duration:00:38:17

Transplant Games of America

8/3/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 88 we get you ready for the 2018 Transplant Games of America by chatting with TGA President and CEO, Bill Ryan. Sally talks us through some of the mental health benefits of exercise, and Bill Ryan rejoins the conversation honoring his hero and daughter, Michelle Ryan. Be on the lookout for more inspiring stories in the weeks to come as The Gifted Life Podcast team travels to Utah for the 2018 Transplant Games of America.

Duration:00:28:42

A Living Donor Tells Her Story

7/20/2018
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Show Notes: On Episode 87 we learn how The Gifted Life Podcast was part of inspiring one women to give the gift of life. Jennifer David called us a few months ago because she was searching for education about living donation, and found The Gifted Life. Now, she is officially a living donor, and we are honored to hear and share her experience. Then, Sally shares her expertise in our mental health segment, we honor hero Dion Pennywell and answer a question from out in the community.

Duration:00:36:19

Let's Talk About Donation of Organs in the Hispanic Culture/Hablemos de Donación de Órganos en la Cultura Hispana

7/6/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we are offering an overview of organ, eye and tissue donation facts all in Spanish to celebrate Donate Life ECHO, the national two-week outreach campaign honor multicultural communities. We invite donation and transplantation professionals, Ana Hands of Ochsner Multi-Transplant Institute, Susanna Ruddock of Southern Eye Bank and Maria Ospittia of LOPA to a lively discussion about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation and the...

Duration:00:27:16

Donor Family Aftercare

6/22/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast we welcome Courtney Tillota from Indiana Donor Network. We learn about the ways IDN is connecting with donor families and providing support after organ, eye and tissue donation. In our mental health minute, Sally tackles one of our most common family aftercare questions. We honor IDN hero Chris Curry and answer a listener’s question right here on episode 85 of The Gifted Life.

Duration:00:31:03

All My Tomorrows Author, Eric Gregory

6/8/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we welcome donor dad, Eric Gregory, who turned his journey into an inspiring book, All My Tomorrows. He shares his personal story of tragedy, transplant and hope. Plus, Sally sparks a conversation about personality. We honor Eric Gregory’s son, Chris Gregory, and hear a special voicemail from a listener who found our podcast and tells us what she learned about the gift of life.

Duration:00:33:07

Eye Donation for Research

5/25/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast we welcome Cindy Reed, executive director at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, who explains the medical advancements made possible by eye donation for research. Plus, Cindy shares her personal connection to the process. Then we honor hero Mathew Manning, a donor from Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Sally gives us suggestions for responding to someone who is grieving, and we answer a listener’s question, right here on episode 83.

Duration:00:30:24

Honoring Organ and Tissue Donors

5/11/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we take our microphones on the road to celebrate heroes giving the gift of life! Hear from several families who tell us personal stories about their loved ones. It’s our team’s privilege to focus on the organ, eye and tissue donors we celebrate on our podcast, including this episode’s hero, Joseph Prichard. Then we answer a listener’s question about contacting the recipients of a sibling’s gift of life, right here on episode 82.

Duration:00:32:32

Donation for Research of Diabetes

4/27/2018
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Show Notes: The Gifted Life Podcast is wrapping up National Donate Life Month by expanding our focus to different types of donation. We welcome Dr. Mark Atkinson of nPOD, Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes. Learn how every pancreas and associated tissues donated for research are allowing for insights in to the Type 1 diabetic process and possibly leading to enhanced medical care for the widespread disease. Sally talks to us about grief, we honor hero Keaghyn Parsons and hear...

Duration:00:28:52