Life can take sudden and unexpected turns that leave us feeling like the floor has dropped out from under our feet. Leah Barrett knows this all too well. In 2013, she was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer, in 2017 she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer and in 2019 recurrent ovarian cancer. In warm, insightful and sometimes funny conversations, Leah talks with people about what they’ve learned in those moments that changed their lives. Leah is a psychotherapist and health coach in private practice in Colorado.

Why So Precarious?

Episode 1 | February 24, 2020

Welcome Leah Barrett interviewed by the founder of Mental Health News Radio Network, Kristin Walker. They talk about her show and why the name of it is Precarious.

How Afraid Should I Be?

Episode 4 | March 19, 2020

In this episode, Leah talks about how experiences with cancer parallel the experiences of living in a time of a world-wide pandemic, a.k.a COVID-19. She poses the question, "How afraid should I be?". She examines our need to feel in control in order to feel safe in uncertain times. She challenges us to sit with the fear. She offers guidance, support and wisdom to help us through this precarious chapter in history.

Choosing Life or Death: A Story of a Cancer Crossroads

Episode 7 | April 21, 2020

In this episode, Leah shares the beautiful and heart-breaking story of her friendship with Tamara and how their lives intersected at the most pivotal moments in their decisions around treatment for ovarian cancer. While Tamara chose to end treatment and Leah chose to continue treatment, they found ways to support and love each other along the way.

Treat Often, Cure Sometimes, Comfort Always

Episode 10 | May 13, 2020

This is a very special episode of the podcast. Leah interviews one of her primary oncologists, Dr. Diana Medgyesy. Listen to this intimate and revealing conversation about how Diana works to balance hope and the reality of her patients' cancer experiences. She shares personal stories illustrating the strength, courage and love she witnesses on a daily basis even in the face of death. You will leave feeling hopeful about humanity.

Happy Alive Day!

Episode 2 | March 5, 2020

When Michelle Faris woke up on the morning of June 7th to go for a bike ride with her friends, she had no idea that her life would be forever changed that day. Listen to her story of how her precarious moment turned into her path of recovery from a severe, long-standing eating disorder.

Cancer & the Coronavirus: Is this a Crisis or a Chrysalis?

Episode 5 | April 3, 2020

If you asked her, Tracy Maxwell, a 4-time cancer survivor, would tell you that cancer is the best thing that ever happened to her. In this episode, Tracy talks about how a crisis like cancer or the coronavirus presents us with transformative opportunities. She is an author, speaker and coach. Tracy’s cancer story has also been profiled in Cure, Singularity, A Woman’s Health, Prevention and Denver Woman magazines among others.

I Have Reasons to Live

Episode 8 | April 27, 2020

Elana Miller always knew she wanted to be a doctor. In 2013, the finish line was in sight. She couldn't wait to start this new chapter of her life practicing Integrative Psychiatry. Elana's life took a detour when in December of 2013, she went to the ER because she was having trouble breathing. The chest x-ray revealed a huge mass in her chest. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a rare and deadly type of cancer. She was 31 years old. She survived and rebuilt her life when in the fall of 2019, she relapsed. Listen to her inspiring story of courage and resilience. "I have reasons to live!"

People are My Bucket List

Episode 11| May 20, 2020

Leah gives a health update about her cancer status and how her most recent doctor's visit was the impetus for this episode. Bucket List is a term that has been tossed around as a way to get clear about what you want to experience in your life before you die. Not a bad idea. The pandemic has certainly put a damper on pursuing "big" experiences. And, maybe that's a good thing. This has certainly given Leah clarity about her bucket list. It's not about big experiences. It's about people.

Love is Elastic

Episode 3 | March 13, 2020

Eryn Del Monte's life changed in an instant. A "typical" Wednesday marked the day she became a 29-year old widow. And, while her heart was broken, she learned that Love is Elastic. We never forget the ones we love and can learn to love again. 

Making Meaning From Life's Hard Stuff

Episode 6 | April 8, 2020

In this episode, Leah explores the concept of Resilience. Are we born resilient or can we learn to be resilient? Why do some people seem to bounce back from adversity more than others? She shares her personal experiences with cancer and what this challenge has taught her about becoming resilient. She offers that living through the coronavirus/pandemic is the perfect practice field to grow more resilient.

You're Not Going Crazy, It Just Feels Like You Are

Episode 9 | May 5, 2020

In this episode of Precarious, Leah shares her experiences of being a mental health therapist during the pandemic: the most collective Precarious chapter in our recent history. The level of stress we are experiencing is unprecedented. It has some of us feeling like we are "Going Crazy". She offers wisdom and support around how to manage the threat the pandemic presents to our mental and physical well-being.


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