Leah and Janine have much in common. They both know what it’s like when best-laid plans go awry. Janine tells the beautiful and heart-breaking story tracing her son’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a brain tumor. Janine is the epitome of grace and hope. Her book, “The Opposite of Uncertainty” captures her struggle with making sense about something that makes no sense. You will fill uplifted after listening to this episode.
Janine Urbaniak Reid has been published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and widely syndicated. Hoping to bring humanity into the healthcare discussion by sharing her experience as a mother of son with a brain tumor, she penned a piece for the Post which went viral. She has been interviewed on national news networks, and continues her work as a spokeswoman for healthcare justice.
Janine writes about her imperfect life, what connects us, and addresses the question of what it means to love fiercely in a sometimes dangerous and always uncertain world.
She lives in Northern California with her family and a motley assortment of pets. She attends St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City: all are welcome