Ep. 696 – “Available As Is” with Debbie Weiss
In a heart-to-heart chat, our host Marianne Bailey and her guest, the ever-inspiring Debbie Weiss, author of “Available As Is: A Midlife Widow’s Search for Love” take us on a journey through the world of dating after 50, all from a woman’s viewpoint. They open up about the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences that come with stepping back into the dating game, especially after a significant loss. For Debbie, this new chapter began after the devastating loss of her dear George to cancer.
They go on to share that grief isn’t always tied to the loss of a loved one through death. Sometimes, it’s the end of a relationship, like a divorce, that can leave a deep emotional scar. The aftermath of such life-changing events can be just as heart-wrenching, and the thought of dating again can seem like a mountain to climb.
Navigating the maze of dating apps is another topic they delve into. They laugh about the challenges of trying to decode the true meaning behind people’s words on these platforms. The world of online dating can often feel like trying to solve a puzzle with missing pieces, making the quest for a compatible partner all the more adventurous.
What happens when we lose our spouse after decades of being together? What is caregiver guilt and how do you recover from that? Why would someone decide to go from being a lawyer to becoming a creative writer?
Debbie Weiss is a writer, a former lawyer, and a widow. Her mother passed away when she was 42 and then her husband passed away in his 40s. Debbie and her husband were together for 32 years – they had been high school sweethearts. He was a huge part of her life and he wanted to protect her from his cancer diagnosis. Sadly, his choices meant Debbie became his caretaker while not really understanding the progression of his disease.
Debbie has written a book to help others who have experienced a devastating loss. Her book, Available As Is, is a midlife widow’s search for love. In this episode, she talks with Michael about loss, finding a new passion in life, and letting go of the things that were holding her back.