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Coping with Tragedy

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How can suffering through a tragedy actually help your future?
Air Date: 11/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Erica Kosal, PhD
Erica Kosal Although many hardships have come her way, Dr. Erica Kosal has used each one to learn and grow, becoming the resilience expert she is today. Just as her first child was learning to walk, Erica's husband, Jim Young, became very ill.

Over the next seven years they fought for his health, battling the health insurance companies and unbelieving physicians who argued neurological chronic Lyme disease couldn't do the damage they were seeing in Jim's body. Erica survived an IRS audit, became the primary caregiver for Jim and their two children – all while working full-time as a biology professor.

Erica's husband died in June of 2014. She now strives to help other widows and parents along with educating others on the serious nature of Lyme disease.

Dr. Kosal is the blogger of Traveling Troubled Times, where she writes about her experiences and the strength of focusing on the good that can come from any situation. She is also the founder of Bounce to Resilience, designed to provide information and help to people experiencing extreme stress and adversity. Erica is also a public speaker on Lyme disease and hope, inspiring people to take control of their own situation by adopting resilient strategies.

Erica is the author of the book Miracles for Daddy: A Family's Inspirational Fight against a Modern Medical Goliath. Her new book, When Miracles Aren't Enough: The Lessons Tragedy Taught Me, has just been released.
  • Book Title: When Miracles Aren’t Enough: The Lessons Tragedy Taught Me
Coping with Tragedy
Life can change in an instant.

One minute, everything is going incredibly well.

Then, all the sudden it can feel like the whole world is crashing down on top of you.

For this reason, it's important for everyone in all walks of life to learn how to cope with tragedy.

While everyone responds to tragedy in different ways, grieving– while painful – is nonetheless essential for true healing to begin.

No one knows this topic better than Dr. Erica Kosal, as her husband became very ill just as her first child was learning to walk.

Unfortunately, her husband's condition only got worse, and he eventually passed, leaving Dr. Kosal heartbroken and struggling to cope with these traumatic events.

Listen in as Dr. Kosal shares her personal story of grief and shares ways you can effectively cope with tragedy.