Dealing with HD means having to jump through a lot of legal hoops to get the support that you need. Today on the HOPES Podcast, we feature special guest Allison Bartlett, Esq., a licensed disability attorney who currently serves as the manager of disability programs at the Huntington’s Disease Society for America (HDSA). Allison walks us through disability, both private and public, long-term care insurance, health insurance, and how someone with HD and their loved ones might approach the process of accessing those benefits. It’s very complex, and she’s the expert! Listen in to hear what she wants to share with the HD community about this topic.
This podcast was produced by Lauren Hinkley and Cat Fergesen. The graphic is by Cat Fergesen.
Disclaimer: HOPES is a team of faculty and undergraduate students at Stanford University dedicated to making information about Huntington’s disease (HD) more readily accessible to the public. We emphasize that we are not medical professionals or legal professionals, nor are we affiliated with the legal professional whom we interview on this podcast. The information we present is intended for educational purposes only should not be construed as offering diagnoses or recommendations. The legal professional whom we interview is providing ideas about disability insurance that listeners may consider according to their own judgment but should not consider advice specific to their situation.
“Planet Zero” by Jahzzar, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Dark Matter” by Podington Bear, CC BY-NC 3.0
In this episode of the HOPES podcast, we meet Dawn, who took care of her partner of 35 years, Tom, throughout his life with HD. For caregivers, looking after a loved one with HD means facing the unfortunate realities of the disease, and looking for moments of connection in the worst of times. For some, it also means grieving your loved one before they pass. Listen in to hear Dawn and Tom’s story and how they weathered the end-of-life stage of HD that can be so difficult.
Content warning: This podcast discusses death and grief. There is also discussion of some everyday bodily functions, medical care, and hospital settings. Note: in the podcast, Dawn uses the term “BM” to refer to a bowel movement.
This podcast was produced by Cat Gonzales Fergesen. The illustration is by Kenneth Ronquillo based on photos contributed by Dawn.
Songs in this podcast:
“The Devil is a Sad Spirit” by James Beaudreau, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
“DJ” by Jahzzar, CC BY-SA 4.0
“Space (Outro)” by Andy Cohen, CC BY 4.0
“Interlude 9” by Ending Satellites, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
“We’re from near and far” by Ending Satellites, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
“A Day in Port-Royal” by Ending Satellites, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
“Vladimir Estragon’ by Jahzzar, CC BY-SA 3.0
“No-End Ave” by Jahzzar, CC BY-SA 4.0
“Country Young” by Pheasant, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0