The Transformative Power of Suffering [Podcast S06E01]

Michele’s Journey Through Cancer

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. My regular cohost, Michele Cushatt, is back after a harrowing battle with cancer. And in this first episode of the new season, we’re discussing the transformative power of suffering.

“Nobody wants to talk about suffering, but it is invaluable.” So says Michele Cushatt on her return to This Is Your Life. In discussing her journey through cancer, Michele distills three key takeaways any listener can use to prepare for, get through, and benefit from a challenging turn of events.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • One shift that can change how we experience practically any circumstance.
  • How suffering can help us sort out what’s truly important in life.
  • Why going to the limits of our experience can actually be more liberating than anything else.
  • The one thing we cannot escape—and why we do our very best to ignore it.
  • Why perfection is illusory to us and alienating to others—and how vulnerability opens doors.
  • What suffering can do to our friendships, pro and con.
  • Why the world needs us all to fight on, even in the midst of the worst suffering.
  • The one question you can ask anyone who’s going through any trial.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What’s one way you’ve seen good come from suffering in your own life?

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