I had an amazing conversation with Eva Minkoff in my latest episode of Planning on Call. In this episode, I had the opportunity to learn about living with chronic illness and the support structures that can be built through humanizing healthcare. A Planning on Call listener connected me to Eva because they thought she had a unique perspective to discuss, and I could not agree more! Chronic illness and its treatment is a topic I knew very little about before speaking with Eva. I found our conversation very illuminating personally, so I hope it resonates with listeners as well.

I would encourage you to listen to full interview of this episode of ‘Planning on Call,’ the podcast, here:

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Eva has an impressive background which consists of but is not limited to being a serial entrepreneur in healthcare, Nutrition Scientist, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She also has spent a lot of time developing an impactful podcast, [Human]Care . This podcast features conversations with health entrepreneurs, care professionals from all walks of life, patient advocates, and industry change-makers all with the mission to humanize healthcare… and is part of a top-rated chronic illness podcast and network, Invisible Not Broken. Also, you can listen to her TEDx Talk, “5 Minutes to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System”, this talk boldly hypothesizes how elevating the patient-physician relationship through a proposed structured conversation can improve the healthcare systems.

Eva has dealt with chronic illness in her own life, suffering from Fibromyalgia, Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (among other ailments). Navigating the difficulties of living with, diagnosing, and treating chronic illness for most of her life has given her the firsthand experience needed to help find solutions for other individuals living, struggling, and persevering with chronic illnesses.

Helping individuals with chronic illness can be very difficult because there are not always clear answers to their problems. That can be challenging, especially for doctors whose years of training have taught them to find problems and ultimately fix those problems. To overcome this, Eva stresses the importance of making a human connection with patients and validating their pain even if there may not be clear answers to their problems. Eva remarks in our conversation that the focus needs to be on not just the patient, but also the relationship. This makes a lot of sense to me, as this is important in financial planning as well. Long-term financial relationships inherently deal with uncertainties at some point, which is why our primary job is creating durable relationships built on trust, rather than just providing a certain financial product or vehicle.

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