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“You have to talk to people about it. You have to have community. You have to ask for help and get help, because it’s such a brutal disease that there’s no graceful way to do it, there’s no right way to do it, and there’s no way to do it alone.” – Kimberly Williams-Paisley


Today’s guest is Kimberly Williams-Paisley, someone I met decades ago when I was a talent agent. We reconnected a few years ago, but it has been so fun to watch her flourish. What’s amazing about Kimberly is how down-to-earth she is all these years later. She is so giving and her joy is infectious. 

She joined me on the show to talk about her journey with her mom, who was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a rare type of dementia. Kimberly candidly shares her family’s struggles and how she embraced the changes in her mother despite the challenges they all faced. 

We also chat a bit about Kimberly’s acting career and how being famous affected her. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.


  • 2:30 The experience that brought Amberly to where she is now
  • 6:10 The one percent chance that changed Amberly’s life
  • 8:20 Amberly’s experience with CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)
  • 11:30 How Amberly went from fitness fanatic to alcoholic
  • 16:35 The response Amberly had to her book and journey
  • 18:15 Handling shame around scars
  • 20:00 Terri’s takeaways from Amberly’s story
  • 23:40 The types of clients Amberly works with

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley has been starring in film, television and theater for over twenty-five years. Now a New York Times Best Selling Author, Williams-Paisley has garnered praise and admiration across the film, television and publishing arenas.

In addition to her acting work, Williams-Paisley is an accomplished writer, with her first full-length book Where The Light Gets In landing on the New York Times best-seller list in 2016. The book, for Crown Archetype, was born out of an essay she wrote for Redbook magazine in 2014 called Is My Mother Gone? which chronicled the impact of her mother’s dementia.

Williams-Paisley has become a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association, speaking at various fundraisers and events throughout the country over the last couple of years.

In other charitable work, Williams-Paisley hosted the critically acclaimed series, NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis for Nashville Public Television. She is actively involved with JP/HRO, Sean Penn’s Haitian relief organization, which is currently working to improve the lives of the people of Port-Au-Prince. She is also a member of the Entertainment Council for Feeding America, a Nashville Zoo Board member, and a supporter of various animal rescue organizations.

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