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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.

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That's So Chroni‪c‬ Jess Brien

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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.

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    Joshua Phillips & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Joshua Phillips & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today I am bringing you an interview with ‘aging acrobat’ (his words!) Joshua Phillips. Back when Joshua was around 11 or 12 he was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.

    In this episode we chat about his diagnosis, what obsessions and compulsions are like for him, we discuss the misinformation floating around about OCD, and there’s even a message for Kylie Minogue.

    I consider Josh to be a really good friend, and when he messaged me to be interviewed on That’s So Chronic that was the first time I had ever heard him talk about OCD. I feel really honoured that he trusted me and the That’s So Chronic community to share his story, and I love that I get to share it with all of you today.

    For more info about the ‘97 movie As Good As It Gets: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119822/ PS I did watch it… It’s definitely dated, but it holds up okay. It was interesting!

    The episode of Scrubs with Michael J Fox that is mentioned is: ‘My Catalyst’ season 3 episode 12

    And I recommend following Joshua on instagram: @joshuakirayoshi it's truly amazing the things he creates and the tricks he performs!

    If you enjoyed this episode, share it with everyone! Tag me (@thatssochronic) in a pic of you listening. I love to see it! And don’t forget to subscribe, follow, and leave a review. That really helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… Hope.

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    Want to share your story on That's So Chronic? Here's the application form: https://forms.gle/csebLkwfwAjiLApK9 

    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.



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    • 41 min
    Lauren Dewhirst & Musculocontractural Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (mcEDS)

    Lauren Dewhirst & Musculocontractural Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (mcEDS)

    Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Ohhh this episode is a big one!! Today I sat down with Lauren Dewhirst during a rainy Dunedin day. Lauren was finally diagnosed after years of uncertainty with mcEDS - musculocontractural ehlers danlos syndrome. There are 13 different subtypes of EDS and mcEDS is very rare. At the time of recording, Lauren is one of two people living with this diagnosis in New Zealand. It’s kind of like a “That’s So Chronic exclusive” if you will! 

    Lauren also has a variety of other diagnoses - including anaphylaxis, arthritis, mast cell activation syndrome, osteopenia, and gastroparesis which we will talk about today. 

    In this episode Lauren shares the journey to her diagnosis, explains what anaphylaxis feels like, gives us an insight into the countless hospital admissions she has experienced, and teaches us the ins and outs of life with a feeding tube. 

    Content warning: throughout this episode we do talk about death, which might be distressing to some listeners.

    It has been a real honour getting to know Lauren, and I think the episode really speaks for itself. I can’t wait for you to listen!

    If you want to reach out feel free to send me and email, or a DM on instagram: @thatssochronic and tag a pic of you listening to the podcast! I love seeing and hearing from you all!

    If you enjoyed this episode make sure you subscribe on Apple Podcasts, follow on Spotify and leave a glowing review! That really helps us get into more ears around the world to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope.

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    Want to share your story on That's So Chronic? Here's the application form: https://forms.gle/csebLkwfwAjiLApK9 

    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.


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    • 56 min
    Abbie Madden & Congenital Glaucoma

    Abbie Madden & Congenital Glaucoma

    Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today you are in for a treat as I interview my friend Abbie Madden. Abbie was born with congenital glaucoma, which has led to a variety of different diagnoses for her eyes. This hasn’t stopped her though! Abbie has traveled the world, founded a circus and dance company called Blindful, and has most recently been awarded Arts Access Australia’s National Leadership Award… Yeah! She’s a pretty big deal!

    In this episode Abbie talks us through her diagnoses, fills us in on the time she washed a contact lens down the drain, how her company Blindful came to be, and she has a message to everyone with 20/20 vision. 

    You can find out more about Blindful and the work Abbie does for accessibility over on instagram @bliindful 

    Here’s a link explaining what Arts Access Australia’s awards are all about: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/celebrating-outstanding-achievement-at-the-2020-national-arts-and-disability-awards/

    Find out more information about the term “legally blind” or to book an eye test at specsavers.co.nz 

    And as always, feel free to reach out to me, I’m @thatssochronic on instagram

    Anyone still reading? Do people read the show notes?! If you are still here and you've been enjoying That's So Chronic, I would really appreciate you shouting it from the rooftops! Take a photo of you listening, or screenshot you listening on your fave podcast app and tag That's So Chronic! The support has been overwhelming, and I can't wait to reach more ears around the world... To hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly... hope.

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    Want to share your story on That's So Chronic? Here's the application form: https://forms.gle/csebLkwfwAjiLApK9 

    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.



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    • 51 min
    Dearna Doglione & Borderline Personality Disorder

    Dearna Doglione & Borderline Personality Disorder

    Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic! Today I sat down with a cup of tea to chat to Dearna Doglione all about borderline personality disorder.

    Content warning: this episode talks about mental health and suicidal thoughts.

    In today’s episode Dearna shares the journey it took for her to get a diagnosis, she explains what her symptoms look like, the importance of having a good GP, and she leaves us with a message of hope that everything will be okay… Which we learn is something she didn’t always believe.

    I feel truly honoured that Dearna trusted me and That’s So Chronic to share her story. Dearna and I had a conversation after she listened to Morgan’s episode about coeliac disease, and she wondered why we couldn’t talk about mental health in the same way… I then got another message from her saying that maybe she could help change that, and that she was ready to share her story.

    If this episode brings anything up for you please remember you can always free text or call 1737 here in New Zealand to talk to a trained counsellor at any time.

    If you want to reach out, feel free to message me on instagram @thatssochronic and don't forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review! That truly helps me get into more ears around the world to hopefully spread awareness... and more importantly, hope.

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

    Want to share your story on That's So Chronic? Here's the application form: https://forms.gle/csebLkwfwAjiLApK9 

    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.



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    • 53 min
    Olivia Odey & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Neural Sensitisation Syndrome

    Olivia Odey & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Neural Sensitisation Syndrome

    Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today’s episode is super exciting for me as I have had Olivia Odey on my wish list since the very first idea of making this podcast! Today she shares with us how she came to be diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome and neural sensitisation syndrome. It's a goodie!

    In this episode Liv talks us through what happened that day at high school when she suddenly couldn’t use her legs anymore, the months she spent in a wheelchair with doctors unsure what was going on, what happened when she was finally diagnosed, and how she manages her pain.

    I feel very grateful to be telling her story, and if you want to find out more you can find Liv on instagram: @oliviaodey

    Here's the viral video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xfDV8YiDXo

    We don’t mention it in the episode, but she also has an recipe ebook out called “Sweet Dreams” which you can check out here: payhip.com/b/qYaC

    As always, if you want to reach out you can find me @thatssochronic on instagram, or send me an email hello@jessbrien.com

    I’m always looking for more people to interview! So if you want to share your story here's an application form: https://forms.gle/csebLkwfwAjiLApK9 

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic
     
    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.



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    • 41 min
    Emily Spink & Crohn's Disease

    Emily Spink & Crohn's Disease

    Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today I am chatting with Emily Spink all about Crohn’s Disease. Emily was diagnosed in 2014, and since then she has done some incredible things!

    In this episode Emily talks us through her journey to a diagnosis, what it’s like to volunteer for Camp Purple - a camp for young people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease run by Crohn’s and Colitis NZ, and she tells us all about her experience of a lifetime... Driving a rickshaw with two fellow Crohnies across the length of India raising money for Camp Purple.

    I have always wanted to go to India but sometimes when you have a diagnosis of something it feels like you will never get to do fun things ever again. Talking to Emily made me realise that anything is possible.

    Find out more about Camp Purple and Crohn’s and Colitis NZ here: crohnsandcolitis.org.nz

    As well as The Adventurists who run the Rickshaw Run: theadventurists.com

    Feel free to send me a message, I always love to hear from you! I’m @thatssochronic on instagram.

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    As always, if you liked this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review, and tell everyone you know! That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. 

    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.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

Mackyy37 ,

Would do more than 5 stars if I could

One of the best podcasts I have ever listened to. Jess has such a wonderful presence on this podcast you can tell she truly appreciates, loves and cares for all of her guests. I’m already excited to go for my walk today so I can listen to another episode. Can’t recommend it enough ❤️❤️

alice.ridley66 ,

Easy listening

Really easy to listen to and Jess (the host) will always make sure that technical terms are defined so you aren’t stuck wondering what the hell they mean. Really well put together and relaxing to listen to! It’s interesting to hear about these chronic illnesses from a NZ perspective too. Great work Jess I look forward to hearing your voice in my ear holes in the future 💙

H R Lane ,

Informative and interesting (in a good way!)

A really easy listening podcast, great guest speakers too!! Awesome work Jess xx

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