32 What is This Life? (episode page)
CW: weight and diet
Description: I talked to Erica Lupinacci of Suffering the Silence about her health advocacy with HIV/AIDS and through STS, her own experience living with Lupus, media representation of chronic illness and disabilities, challenges she’ll face as an actor with a disability, doing everything right and still being sick, illness on social media, the nightmare of American health insurance, and traveling with an unpredictable illness.

[intro]
Hey there and welcome to In Sickness + In Health, a podcast about chronic illness, disability, medical traumas, and everyday uncomfortable healthcare experiences. My name is Cara Gael; I’m not a doctor or medical professional, I’m just a person and a patient who really wants to talk about this stuff more.

Nothing said on this show should be considered medical advice. If you’re experiencing a medical issue, please seek qualified medical help. I know the system sucks, but I wish you a lot of luck. Every person is different, even within disease groups, so none of my guests should be regarded as official representatives or spokespersons for their conditions. Please respect their very personal choices, and unless they ask for it, please don’t make suggestions about treatments or lifestyle changes. Unsolicited medical advice is never not annoying.

In today’s episode, I talk to Erica Luppinacci of Suffering the Silence about her health advocacy with HIV/AIDS and through Suffering the Silence, media portrayal of chronic illness and disability, challenges she’ll face as an actor with a disability, doing everything right and still being sick, illness on social media, the nightmare of American health insurance, and traveling with an unpredictable illness.

We recorded at Erica’s apartment in the West Village on one of the first very hot day so far this summer, so we did have to sit in front of a fan the whole time.

As always find resources and more from us at insicknesspod.com and on social media @insicknesspod, and you can find links to Erica’s projects on the show page.

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And I hope you enjoy this episode…

[interview]

[outro]
Thanks for listening to In Sickness + In Health. Find resources and more from us at insicknesspod.com and on social media @insicknesspod.

And don’t forget to be excellent to yourselves and each other.