EPISODE 59: The Impact of Becoming an Accidental Caretaker with Kristen Ryan

In this episode, I sit down with Kristen Ryan, who shares about two deep losses in her life: her friend Larry, and her friend Vanessa.

She talks about what it was like becoming Vanessa’s caretaker accidentally, and the mental toll it took on her. She goes into the trauma and self harm she experienced unexpectedly. 

Kristen is a yoga instructor, podcast editor, photographer and health and wellness coach. 

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [1:10] Voicing health concerns for her friend Larry and having no one listen to her
  • [5:00] How her friend Vanessa was disregarded when it came to medical care
  • [7:20] The mental toll grief and being a caregiver took on Kristen 
  • [14:45] Turning to self-harm to get people to listen and pay attention 
  • [23:10] The benefits of being under psychiatric care
  • [26:55] Tools Kristen used on her grief journey
  • [30:15] Courage in vulnerability 
  • [34:50] How Kristen practices self love

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