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
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.
This episode is pretty heavy in neuro, psych, and pain terminology, and Dr. Jill was nice enough to help me out with defining those for you. This stuff is interesting, I promise... once you get past all the boring vocabulary stuff, anyway. Also, no one really understands or agrees on how chronic pain happens or should be treated, and there is a surprising lack of good information resources on all this stuff, so take it all with a grain of salt—as Dr. Jill points out in the interview, each person needs to find what works best for them.Read More
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.Read More
I am SO excited to finally be able to share some of what we've been working on. We're releasing a new episode every day this week to honor Dysautonomia Awareness Month. I am SO excited to finally be able to share some of what we've been working on. We've releasing a new episode every day this week to honor Dysautonomia Awareness Month. Each of the episodes are with dysautonomia patients that have different primary diagnoses and stories to share. We looked at dysautonomia in the setting of autoimmune disease, immune deficiency, the genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Arnold Chiari Malformation, a structural defect when the brain meets the spine.areness Month. I'll be updating this post as we add the rest of the episodes.Read More