A Survivor’s Story

Guests: Bill Vancil

Six years ago, Bill Vancil was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Bill’s daunting pursuit of treatment choices took him to Loma Linda University in California where he underwent a course of treatment called proton radiation. Joined there by his daughter, Tori Lou, Bill tells the story of his journey back to health and the close relationship he shared with daughter in his book, Don’t Fear The Big Dogs.

Cancer free today, Bill faced another health crisis this past year which resulted in a new liver. Now just months out from his liver transplant at UW hospital, Bill shares this amazing chapter in his life on All About Living. You will also enjoy excerpts from Bill’s recent book, Roy and Kitty, the story of the endearing friendship his dog and cat share.

What Women Veterans Need To Know

Gundel Metz, Women Veterans Coordinator Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Eve Galanter, Chairwoman Wisconsin Women’s Network

Of the 427.000 veterans in Wisconsin, about 28,000 are women. Women serve important roles in all branches of the armed forces, often directly in harms way. Yet too many women veterans don’t know they are eligible for the full range of VA benefits and are unaware there are special programs just for them. This program addresses these issues and the challenges facing women veterans today.

For more details on specific benefits, call 1-800-WIS-VETS or 608-266-1312 or to go to www.wisvets.com/womenvets

To reach the Wisconsin’s Women’s Network, call 608-255-9808


Guest: Ellie Schatz, Ph.D.

There are many different kinds of “smart”, says Ellie Schatz, founder of the WIsconsin Center for Academically-Talented Youth. The key is let children lead the way in discovering their strengths and to encourage them to follow their curiosity. It is important for children to learn what they don’t like as well what they do enjoy in order to discover their strengths. On this program, Ellie Schatz explains the WOW factor, what is an Optimal Match, and how parents can inspire their children to be the best they can be.

The children’s book Ellie authored, Grandma Says It’s Good To Be Smart, illustrations by Brenda Palmer, teaches children to ask questions and seek answers. In the end, they find, “It’s cool to be smart!”

More insights into education as well as how to order her book can be found on Ellie Schatz’s blog: www.allkindsofsmart.com.

Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement And Other Joint Solutions

With 40% of referrals from primary physicians related to joint and musculoskeletal health, being able to actively enjoy life without aches, pains, and movement difficulty is a major concern in health care today. At the same time, orthopedic surgeons are moving into increasingly sophisticated procedures to help people with joint issues maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

One of these procedures is Robotic-assisted Partial Knee Replacement. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at UW Health, Dr. Richard Illgen, describes the breadth of orthopedic treatments today, what we can do to prevent the wearing out of joints, and the precision and accuracy of the new robotic-assisted knee replacement option.

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A Conversation With Dr. Richard Botham

Truly considered and outlier in medicine, Dr. Richard Botham reflects on his intriguing life and pioneering path in medicine, first as a surgeon and then developing the team of surgical specialties at the Dean Clinic. Under his outreach leadership, the Dean Clinic expanded from one clinic in Madison to serve people throughout south central Wisconsin. While well recognized as a stellar surgeon and teacher, less is known about his days in the cattle business and later growing grapes for wine. You can “see” the twinkle in his eyes as he shared these moments from his fascinating life.