The Show

In Sickness + In Health is an audio podcast, hosted by Cara Gael, about our relationships with our bodies, and issues at the intersections with chronic illness, disability, healthcare, and mortality. It is a show where the personal is political, and where bodily autonomy, healthcare, and disability rights are considered human rights without question.

In year one...

  • We talked A LOT about misdiagnoses and diagnostic delay, stigma, grief, mental health, working (or not), relationships, period problems, ableism, and the day-to-day challenges and opportunities faced by those living with chronic health conditions and disabilities.
  • We discussed where illness + disability intersect with issues such as sexuality, poverty, gender bias, racial bias, disability rights + justice, reproductive rights + justice, drug policy, and the environment.
  • Guests also talked about activism and advocacy in the many different forms it can take: blogging, starting nonprofits, working in policy, lobbying and letter writing, and other, less conventional forms.

Going forward...

  • We will be talking even more about how illness + disability intersect with issues such as sexuality, poverty, gender bias, racial bias, disability rights + justice, reproductive rights + justice, health policy, housing policy, education policy, drug policy, and the environment.
  • We will be fighting even harder for disability rights and healthcare as a human right. For those of us who are sick, and for medically complex individuals. For reproductive rights. For all human bodies. To save the Affordable Care Act, to expand access to healthcare, and to save our lives.
  • We believe it is imperative to address, and stand in opposition to, how the Trump administration and GOP-led Congress have positioned themselves as existential threats to people with disabilities, chronic health issues, and other marginalized groups in America and around the world.
  • We believe it is imperative to highlight various forms of resistance; from getting out in the streets, to creating art, to reporting Actual Facts (as opposed to the administration's preferred "Alternative Facts"), to interacting with our elected representatives, to tuning it all out for moments of joy and self-care.
  • We will resist.

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behind the scenes

In Sickness + In Health is hosted and produced independently by Cara Gael between her many naps and doctor appointments.

Cara Gael - Creator, Host + Producer

Cara Gael - Creator, Host + Producer

Cara Gael is an artist, health advocate, and podcaster with more than two decades of lived experience with complex chronic illness. For years she struggled within the healthcare system trying to find a diagnosis that fit her symptoms, racking up many misdiagnoses along the way. She understands from first hand experience the importance of patient involvement in their care, and wants to help expand the conversations about healthcare that so rarely include Actual Sick People.

Cara's painting, Syndrome, was published in the Fall 2015 issue of The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. She is also a Clue Ambassador for menstrual + reproductive health, and a 2016 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar.

To learn more about her complex chronic illness, you can read Cara's "30 Things," or take a listen to her interviews on the Just Talking, Dear Friends & Family, and Lyme Voice podcasts.


Cara holds a BA in Contemporary Arts with a concentration in Screen Studies. You can also hear her on #KeanuClub: The Keanu Reeves Podcast discussing her favorite time traveling buddy comedy franchise, Bill & Ted. She tweets about life and living with chronic illness @bimpse, and you can find her artwork on

Special Thanks

A whole hearted THANK YOU to each and every one of our guests on the show, each of whom have been so generous with their time and sharing their intensely personal stories and experiences with us.

Caitlin Carey for all the conversations and brainstorming and writing that went into getting this podcast off the ground

Robert Guizio for sound help

Vincent Tabulka for design + music help

Dominic Nicosia for editorial help

Joel Kutz for guidance on podcasting