Have you listened to Only Human yet? It's a brand new show from WNYC and I would highly recommend it. Only Human is hosted by Mary Harris, who interviews folks who find themselves in extraordinary medical circumstances.
"A deaf composer gets a shot at hearing again. A woman with bipolar disorder tries going off her usual medication. Our host finds out she has breast cancer -- and is pregnant -- at the same time."
There are only three episodes so far, but I can already tell it's one I'll be tuning in to every week. The first episode shares host Mary Harris's story, where she finds out she has breast cancer and later -- just days before she's set to start treatment -- receives a call from her nurse informing her that she's pregnant.
Listeners hear a phone call where a doctor explains how little research there is on the health outcomes of children who underwent chemotherapy as fetuses. But she says, "A lot of my patients say their [chemotherapy] babies are their smartest ones!" You can hear nervous laughter on the line from Mary as she considers the sheer absurdity of this statement and the weight of her decision.
Ultimately, she decides to go through with both the pregnancy and the chemo as the episode's title suggests. But the last five minutes -- where Mary and her husband have a very honest conversation about death a couple of years later -- were the most captivating for me.
Go listen, now! Or have you already? I'd love to hear what you thought, if so!