Season 5 Episode 1 - Interview with Debra LaCoppola

Season #5

In this deeply personal episode, Susanna chats with Debra LaCoppola as they explore Debra's journey through caregiving for her father. Debra shares insights from her book, "360 Care: A Handbook for Caregiving to Your Parent," which blends practical advice with heartfelt stories. The episode highlights the importance of self-care, the emotional challenges of caregiving, and the profound impact of this experience on personal growth. Debra's story is a testament to the transformative power of love, dedication, and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Episode Highlights

2:06 Introducing Debra LaCoppola 

13:36 Debra discusses why she juices, how it changed her life, and her favorite recipe. 

19:40 Debra talks more about what it's like being a caregiver to a loved one. 

28:02 Debra shares the gifts she received as a caretaker and why she wouldn't trade that time for the world. 

Get To Know Debra LaCoppola

Debra LaCoppola was born, raised, on Long Island New York. A photographer, director and producer, she holds a BFA in photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

LaCoppola and her husband/ business partner Charles Meier have spent the majority of their photography career working in New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle creating award winning photography and Advertising campaigns, for the Chopra Center, Hilton Resorts, Disney, Microsoft and more. Her work as a visual storyteller has created several short film (stories) for business as well as documentary style.

Debra’s journey as a caregiver for her father lasted 4 years as she continued to work, flying coast to coast completing photography assignments and using self care as a means of survival to find balance and grace while staying creative.

When the pandemic hit in 2020, she wrote her first book about her experience as a caregiver and how she managed to navigate the treacherous waters using self care. She interviewed 7 additional caregivers using her tools as a visual artist in the same manner in which she creates visual stories – This is how she created her first book, Care 360° A Handbook for Caregiving to Your Parent. Debra and her husband currently live in Palm Springs California and work coast to coast. She is now in the process of writing her second book with the continued theme concerning end of life stories about Grief.

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