The Upside to Facing Downside
Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman and a New York Times bestselling author.
Leeza’s career in TV and radio reporting and news media is diverse, ranging from her years of hosting Entertainment Tonight and Extra, to hosting and producing her award‐winning daytime talk show, Leeza.
From the syndicated TV newsmagazine America Now to the PBS news shot, My Generation, Leeza is known for her interviewing skills and her ability to tell stories that people want to hear.
Family is at the core of many of Leeza's pursuits and it was her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease that inspired many of Leeza's actions. After winning Celebrity Apprentice, (in the final season in which Donald Trump was the host), Leeza took her earnings and invested them in her hometown, Columbia, SC to support family caregivers at her flagship Leeza's Care Connection location. Her focus on helping others "call on their courage" and "summon their strength" during a health challenge is a common theme to her life.
Living in the Moment: Focus on What’s Left Instead of What’s Lost
Leeza's mother and grandmother both died of Alzheimer's disease, so she knows the cruel reality of watching someone disappear. She felt helpless and hopeless, too, but ultimately will share what she learned through her mother's illness: how to really show up for life.
Leeza brings her hands-on experience as a caregiver as well as her expertise as the author of the caregiver guide, Take Your Oxygen First: Caring for Yourself while Caring for Someone You Love with Memory Loss.
Breathe, Believe, Receive: A Caregiver’s Lifeline
Leeza credits family caregivers as being the most heroic I people in the universe and says, "The husbands, wives, sons, daughters and friends who show up every day for someone they love are proof that we can care more deeply with more heart and energy than seems humanly possible.” When she created her nonprofit, Leeza's Care Connection, to support and sustain caregivers her admiration grew even stronger and now she has become one of the leading voices of advocacy for their cause.
She talks about Breathe, Believe, Receive as one of the guiding principles at The Care Connection, and how urgent is it for caregivers to "Take their oxygen first.”
The Upside to Facing the Downside: Learn to Face Your Fear
We hear it all the time; in order to grow you must face your fears, but how? Leeza breaks it down in a few easy steps. By giving examples from her own life of leaving her job in television, fearing failure and thinking she would never work again, she shares how she found more success and happiness than she ever thought possible.
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