In this week’s episode, Cara talks to PhD candidate in Disability Studies, Kim Sauder, about #OrangeGate, the collision of sustainability and accessibility, and her blog post about the kerfuffle sparked by a single snarky tweet.Read more
In this week’s main episode, Cara talks to Heather about developing post traumatic stress symptoms after the medical experiences related to their chronic illnesses. In today’s bonus episode, they talk a bit about some of the therapies that have been studied as treatments for PTSD, including Heather’s experience with EMDR. They also talk about rates of PTSD among survivors of different kinds of traumatic events, and how it is often portrayed in the media, which comes witha few Grey’s Anatomy spoilers, though nothing from this current season.Read more
In today’s episode we talk about some of what Soul has been through during faer childhood, including three skin expander surgeries following the removal of a birthmark on Soul’s head. Fae talk about those surgeries, being undermedicated most of that time, finding out about a codeine allergy the hard way, not realizing how traumatic it all was until later, and how that’s complicated the process of transitioning from pediatric to adult care. In today’s bonus episode, we talk about needle phobia and figuring out Soul was autistic late in faer teens.Read more
In today’s episode Cara talks to K about what is considered "normal" vs. "disordered" behavior, being non-gender, the intersection of fat hatred, sexism + ableism, embodying the fears of the able bodied, imagined expertise, and the dual reality of self diagnosis—especially for those living with difficult to diagnose conditions.Read more
This week’s episode is a solo show; Cara talks about her period problems, but don’t let that discourage you from listening to this one, she doesn’t even get too graphic about it! She talks about the stigma surrounding menstrual health, and why we need to talk about this stuff more. Cara also explains the difference between PMS and PMDD, and what living with PMDD has been like for her. So grab your snacks and your heating pad, and curl up and listen.Read more
In this week’s episode, Cara talks to former med student and current PhD candidate Cyrena about her experience pursuing higher education in the biomedical sciences, other ways to pursue related interests, what it’s been like to deal with both Bipolar Disorder and Lupus along the way, and the systemic ableism baked in to medicine and medical education.Read more
On this week’s episode, Cara talks to Dior Vargas, Latina feminist mental health activist, about her experiences with depression, suicide rates, and her People of Color with Mental Illness photo project. In honor of Festivus, Cara airs some grievances about medication and its place in our culture, and the false division between mental illness and physical illness. She talks about the Feats of Strength required to make it through the holiday while living with chronic illness, and they discuss getting help, media representation, and how Dior got invited to the White House.
I am so, so excited to bring you this week’s episode of the podcast—and for those of you living with chronic pain, I think you’re really going to enjoy this one too. I talked to Jill Fancher PhD, a pain psychologist who lives with chronic pain herself. We talked about how she came to study pain, the devastation of being stuck in diagnostic limbo, stigma, existing in the liminal space between patient and provider, and the feedback loop between chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.