Patient Name: Cathy
Cathy talks about grief (especially denial), The Spoon Theory, parenting with chronic illness, how her condition has affected her music career, and what it’s like to be “one of the lucky ones,” by having definitive disease markers in her blood. Cara makes an impassioned plea for you to get a flu shot this year, and Cathy shares two songs that she wrote while processing the grief of her illness.
She lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjögren’s Syndrome, POTS, complex chronic headaches, and Interstitial Cystitis.
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This episode is the fifth in a series of interviews with dysautonomia patients. We've posted a new episode every day of this last week of Dysautonomia Awareness Month. Dysautonomia is a blanket term for conditions that affect the Autonomic Nervous System, which is responsible for all the stuff that's supposed to happen automatically in your body. The Dysautonomia Series features interviews with multiple POTS patients with different primary diagnoses to give a better understanding of the varied issues we each face.