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Season 4 Episode 19: Sympathy Fatigue


This week Mary and Alex discuss Sympathy Fatigue. Is it really a “thing” and what can be done if we are suffering from it?



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Episode Highlights

  • Intro [0:13]

  • Welcome Back! [1:25]

  • Is Sympathy Fatigue a thing? [2:28]

  • Cancer muggle [3:05]

  • Compassion Fatigue [4:45]

  • “I’m sorry.” [5:23]

  • “Es tut mir leid.” [6:49]

  • Cancer jokes [8:35]

  • Communication from patient [9:20]

  • Be intune to the patient [9:28]

  • Difficult subjects [12:23]

  • Leukemia [14:45]

  • Fertility was the cost of treatment [17:30]

  • Lynch Syndrome [18:05]

  • Hank Green [18:18]

  • Parent’s response to sympathy [20:17]

  • “No” is a complete sentence. [21:05]

  • Thanks for listening! [22:06]

Summary Keywords

Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, sympathy, fatigue, Hank Green, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Lynch Syndrome, leukemia, compassion, cancer, communication, fertility



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