That's So Chronic

That's So Chronic

A weekly podcast where performer, writer, and MS-er Jess Brien interviews people from around the world that are thriving - and sometimes only just surviving - with chronic illnesses, life changing injuries and potentially disastrous diagnoses. In each episode we discover the positive, difficult, inspiring and random things as we dive deeper into the guests' lives. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Cover art: Molly's Pink Creative Music: Omar Chakor Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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July 26, 2021 43 min

Today I’m sitting down with my friend and midwife Laura Sheridan to chat about Adam Kay’s best selling book This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. The book is broken up into chapters filled with diary entries of Adam’s experiences as a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology. It has a 4.40 rating on Goodreads (but actually 5 stars from us both!) and there have been over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide. Whe...

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Welcome to That’s So Chronic! Today we are heading to Scotland, where I got to chat to Megan Raine all about her diagnosis of interstitial cystitis and endometriosis.

Megan is the founder of Symjo - a symptom tracker journal - which helps record appointments, notes, medications, pain levels, and many more important chronic illness things!

In this episode Megan talks about her unusually quick diagnosis of endo, what it’s like livi...

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July 12, 2021 52 min

HI! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. It’s Tuesday which means it’s the best day of the week! 

Today I’m chatting to Carlyn Reed, and we are talking about her not one, not two, but five diagnoses of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

In this episode Carlyn talks us through her initial diagnosis back when she was just 14 years old, and the subsequent diagnoses that followed. We also discuss the various treatments she has had, including having to fin...

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July 5, 2021 49 min

Today’s episode - I say this every single time - is a goodie! I’m talking to Karishma Ranchhod all about her diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease.

In this episode Karishma shares her diagnosis story - including the countless operations before anyone knew it was Crohn’s - how her time in Starship hospital has led her to be a volunteer for Radio Lollipop, her treatment journey (from feeding tubes and alternative treatments to surgeries and ...

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It’s the last Tuesday of the month (they come around quickly!) and today I’m sitting down to chat about Love Sick by Cory Martin. A book based on Cory’s life that follows the ups and downs of being 28, living in Hollywood, dating, and trying to make it as a writer, when suddenly she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). 

In this episode I talk about what resonated with me with my own experience of being diagnosed with MS in m...

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Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic! Today I’m talking to Chelsea Bruce, who you might recognise as @chelseatheceliac over on instagram, all about her diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and celiac disease.

In this episode Chelsea talks about being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s when she was just 9 years old, the importance of having doctors and specialists that you connect with, what happened when celiac disease entered her life, a...

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It’s Tuesday againnnn (Wednesday Thursday what) (anyone else completely sick of hearing that Friday song??? Lol just me??) Anyway! Hello!

I’m talking to my friend Emma Cusdin today, and she shares her story of being diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) - a condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks the platelets - the year after she lost her Mum, and started a year long contract touring New Zealand performing in ...

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Happy Tuesday favourite people! Today’s episode is coming to you straight from windy Wellington, where I sat down with Tom Noble. Tom was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, or, OCD, and I’m so honoured he chose us to share his story with today.

In this episode Tom talks about his anxiety and obsessions, what it’s like to be in a panic spiral, how medication and psychologists have worked for him, and even throws in a PSA...

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May 31, 2021 52 min

The best day of the week! Hello! Happy Tuesday. Today’s episode is about a condition that affects millions of people world wide, and I sat down with Christchurch local Ren to chat about her diagnosis of the condition. It is, of course, endometriosis. 

In this episode we learn more about the years and years of Ren’s diagnosis journey, the difference between public and private care here in New Zealand, a special type of water that i...

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May 24, 2021 39 min

Happy Tuesday my favourite humans! It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means another That’s So: episode! Today’s episode features the one and only Chelsea Bruce from @chelseatheceliac on instagram, and we are dissecting Self.com ‘s profile article and interview video with Gina Rodriguez that was published in 2018 all about her diagnosis and living with Hashimoto’s Disease. You might recognise Gina from the hit TV show ‘Jan...

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Yay! Here at That’s So Chronic we are SO excited to be bringing you another NZ International Comedy Festival collab, this time an interview all about mental health, dyspraxia, and comedy with award winning comedian Jadwiga Green.

In this episode Jadwiga talks about that big ol' week where she started performing stand up after being discharged from a psychiatric hospital, the thought process that goes into performing material a...

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It’s the best time of the year if you’re a comedian and if you’re a human who loves to laugh here in New Zealand! The New Zealand International Comedy Festival is on and for the next two episodes we are collaborating! YAY!

Today we hear from comedian and Billy T Award* Nominee Josh Davies, who is bringing his show ‘Look! I’m Blind’ to Auckland and Wellington.

* it’s the crème de la crème of NZ comedy!

In this episode Josh talks ...

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UMMM HI! Here it is! A very requested episode! (I hope it lives up to your expectations omg) Today, the tables are turned, and my friend Ilia Lindsay is interviewing me, and we are chatting about my diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and what it’s like being a medical mystery.

 

In this episode we chat about my MS diagnosis while in my final year of drama school, the effect of that dx on my life and career, what ha...

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Hi! Nice to see you! Today’s That’s So: episode features friend of the pod Morgan Mackenzie Moore from the online community How To Coeliac. We are chatting about Telemark’s 2017 documentary titled ‘Gluten Free’ (which is available for free to watch right here on Vimeo)


We talk about a whole range of people and things, and this article with filmmaker Bailey Pryor has all of the information! It's a great read.

For more informat...

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April 25, 2021 2 min

NEW SERIES ALERT! Welcome to That's So:

That's So: is a new series here at That's So Chronic, where on the last Tuesday of every month, instead of an interview we will be discussing and chatting about something that's in our TSC community. This might be a film, doco, book, podcast episode, newspaper article, literally anything! Sometimes it will be just Jess, sometimes a friend of the pod will join, and sometimes t...

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Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic! Today is a big one. When I was in Wellington I discovered that Eddy Hamling - who I had been working with in the same office for three weeks - had type type 1 diabetes, had had 3 brain surgeries (one where he died on the operating table and came back to life!) and has an epilepsy diagnosis …And that’s what we are going to chat about today!

In this episode we learn about that night when Eddy was sk...

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Hello! Welcome back to That’s So Chronic. Thanks for being so patient with me as I took a little break to get my health back on track. And we are back, baby! Better than ever. It's nice to see you again.

Today we are heading to Adelaide through the power of the internet, where I sat down with burlesque performer, producer and teacher Diana Divine to chat about her diagnosis of Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

In this episo...

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March 15, 2021 2 min

Hi everyone! Just a quick episode this week to deliver a PSA...

I'm taking a couple of weeks off! I'm getting my MS treatment next week, and it's a pretty big infusion that knocks me out, so I trying to be kind to myself and take a little breather. Which is kind of scary! Because what if you all forget about me?! But hopefully my infusion goes well and I'll be back in no time.

You can use this time to catch up on ...

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March 8, 2021 44 min

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today’s episode is coming to you from a bright yellow van named Maxwell, with Lauren Cayford. Lauren was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma at the end of 2019, which is what we are chatting about today.

In today’s episode Lauren talks about the road to her diagnosis, the process of going through IVF, how her mind and body handled chemotherapy, what happens to friendships when suddenly y...

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Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today I sat down on video call with Hayley Cockman, who was diagnosed with premature menopause - or primary ovarian insufficiency as it is called nowadays - when she was only 14 years old. 

In today’s episode Hayley talks us through her diagnosis, what that meant for her growing up, why she kept it a secret for so long, some tips and tricks to menopause, her adoption journey and why she has been i...

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