In this episode of the In Sickness + In Health podcast, Cara talks to filmmaker, activist and ME/CFS patient, Jen Brea, about her documentary Unrest.Read More
We're bringing the In Sickness + In Health podcast back from the dead! After an extended hiatus, we're back with this month's episode featuring recurring guest, Christopher Snider. They talk about what Cara's been up to while she hasn't been working on the podcast, representation of chronic illness on screen, and get a house building update from Christopher. They discuss the recent Diabetes episode of Blackish, and the documentaries, Gaga: Five Foot and Unrest, as well as the mixed emotions of seeing these issues get wider attention--especially when a public figure comes out about their health issues.Read More
I talked to Australian Appearance Activist and writer, Carly Findlay, about her experience living with Icthyosis, telling our stories on our own terms, the value of our personal information, identity, and the Australian healthcare system. She also told me about living through my worst nightmare when one of her photos was misused and went viral on Reddit.Read More
In today’s episode, I talk to Keah Brown about her writing, growing up disabled with an able bodied twin sister, visibility and intersectionality, learning to be nice to ourselves, not seeing herself as a black disabled woman represented in media, and what Keah plans to do about it.Read More
In today’s episode I talked to Erica Lupinacci about her health advocacy with HIV/AIDS and through Suffering the Silence, her own experience living with Lupus, 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.Read More
Friend of the podcast Abby Norman (from episode 16) and I got together to debrief about the Endometriosis Foundation of America conference we attended. We actually didn't wind up talking about it much (sorry), but we covered some of it, what patients really need until there's more consensus on how to treat the condition, medical debt, menstrual stigma, bleeding on things, personal care, and living with chronic fatigue.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
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.