7 Chronic Illness Podcasts To Get You Through the Day

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Amazing podcasts on chronic illness by and for the chronically ill!

Chronic Illness Podcasts

One of the most isolating things about living with a chronic illness (or illnesses as if often the case) is how isolating it is. The great thing about podcasts is that they offer a great to feel less alone in the world.

Here are 7 chronic illness podcasts that cover a variety of topics in the lives of chronically ill people. Best of all, each of the podcasts are created by chronically ill and disabled people that are empathetic and relateable.

1. This Is Not What I Ordered

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Living with multiple sclerosis, Lauren Selfridge created This Is Not What I Ordered "to help create connection for folks who can sometimes feel like we're on this path alone." The weekly podcast covers topics like body positivity, finding love while chronically ill, and so much more!

2. In Sickness + In Health

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In Sickness + In Health, created by Cara Gael O'Regan, is a chronic illness podcast in which "personal is political, and where bodily autonomy, healthcare and disability rights are considered human rights without question." While it doesn't seem to regularly update at the moment, episodes are still very relevant and insightful.

3. Chronic Sex

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Kirsten Schultz created Chronic Sex as a way to generate conversation about lesser talked about topics for the chronically ill, including "self-love, relationships, sex, and sexuality" and how they "are all affected by chronic illness and disability."

4. Invisible Not Broken

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Invisible Not Broken is a weekly podcast created by Monica Michelle. It was born from a desire to "help" others by building "tribes and those me to moments," helping folks "be kinder and more gentle with each other," educating the public about illnesses, and getting "city planners to consult wheelchair users" when it comes to accessibility.

5. Painiac

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With more than 1.5 billion people suffering from chronic pain worldwide, Shelly Jackson Buffington saw a need to provide a voice for those with chronic pain. Painiac is the result. She says the podcast began as a way "to help people even when life hurts" and because she is "committed to changing the landscape of chronic pain."

6. Ouch: Disability Talk

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Brought to you by BBC, Ouch: Disability Talk is a weekly podcast that covers a wide variety of disability and illness related topics. Hosted by Damon Rose, Kathleen Hawkins, and Simon Minty, recent episodes include, "You can't go there, you're disabled," "Making sign language more beautiful," and "How a plan to reveal my new boyfriend ended in a spinal fracture."

7. Disability Visibility Project

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The Disability Visibility Project, created by Alice Wong, is "an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture" with the goal to support the work and lives of disabled people and organizations. The Disability Visibility Project Podcast is a continuation of this, featuring episodes about chronic pain, disability justice and community organizing, and using public transit.