81 episodes

Sharing patient stories and discussions while having a laugh and keeping it real.

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.

@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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That's So Chronic Jess Brien

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Sharing patient stories and discussions while having a laugh and keeping it real.

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.

@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.

Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Rosie Wilson & Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Coeliac Disease

    Rosie Wilson & Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Coeliac Disease

    Yay! It’s Tuesday! Which means another interview here at That’s So Chronic. Today we are heading to the UK, and hearing from Rosie Wilson. Rosie is living with a diagnosis of coeliac disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) which is what we are chatting about today.

    In this episode, Rosie takes us through her coeliac diagnosis (as well the important questions like what her final meal would be if suddenly the world ended in the next five minutes) before getting to the big one: when she started experiencing symptoms of MS, the four day hospital stay that resulted in a diagnosis, her treatment plan, what she has had to change, and the pressure that comes with being a teacher.

    Rosie offers a unique perspective, as she hasn’t been living with her diagnosis of MS for very long, and I really appreciated her willingness to share her story while she was still coming to terms with it herself.

    You can find Rosie on instagram: @cynicalcoeliac
     
    And as always, you can find me over on instagram & tiktok: @thatssochronic

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

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    Application form to share your story: 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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    • 39 min
    Amber Tresca & Ulcerative Colitis

    Amber Tresca & Ulcerative Colitis

    Welcome back to That’s So Chronic! Today I was able to sit down with Amber Tresca from the AboutIBD podcast to talk about her diagnosis of ulcerative colitis.

    In this episode Amber talks us through her diagnosis of UC, the effects not having insurance had on her level of care, the decision to go through with J-pouch surgery, why she does the work that she does, and some excellent advice for anyone out there who has just been diagnosed with a chronic illness. 

    If you want more of Amber (don’t blame ya!) make sure you check out her podcast AboutIBD, her website aboutibd.com and over on social media (instagram @about_IBD, and facebook & twitter @aboutIBD)

    The link to find out more about IBD Moms is here: ibdmoms.org

    And don't be afraid to reach out - you can find me over on instagram and tiktok: @thatssochronic 

    Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode, why not share it with someone who you think would enjoy it as well! 

    Have a great week!

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

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    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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    • 45 min
    Ben Hampton & Coeliac Disease (from A Gluten Free podcast)

    Ben Hampton & Coeliac Disease (from A Gluten Free podcast)

    Happy Tuesday! Welcome back to That’s So Chronic! Today I was able to sit down with Ben Hampton from A Gluten Free Podcast to talk about his diagnosis of coeliac disease.

    In this episode Ben runs us through his journey to a diagnosis, what coeliac disease even is, the somewhat silver lining of being diagnosed in the middle of a global pandemic, what he’s found the most difficult, and the importance of finding a community.
     
    You can listen to Ben over on A Gluten Free Podcast wherever you listen to your pods, and connect with him over on instagram @a.gffamily and on tiktok @aglutenfreefamily 

    And you can find me on instagram and tiktok: @thatssochronic. I love hearing from you so don't be afraid to reach out.

    Thanks for listening and supporting! Don’t forget to press follow and leave a review. You’re the best! 

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

    Free monthly newsletter: thatssochronic.substack.com

    Application form to share your story: 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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    • 34 min
    Spotlight On: Exsurgo

    Spotlight On: Exsurgo

    Happy Tuesday friends! For today’s Spotlight On episode, I’m chatting to Richard Little from Exsurgo - A company that combines neuroscience, engineering and data analysis to help treat a range of neurological conditions without the use of pharmaceuticals.

    In this episode we’re talking about what inspired Richard to begin working in this space, his definition of chronic pain, what the latest piece of technology Axon is all about, and some advice for anyone out there with an idea to make a change in the medical industry.

    Don’t forget to head to their website www.exsurgo.com for more information, and keep an eye on their social media (instagram, facebook, twitter and linkedin) @exsurgoneuro.

    The Spinoff article I mentioned at the beginning of the episode: thespinoff.co.nz/partner/25-08-2021/fighting-chronic-pain-by-controlling-brain-waves

    If you have a company, product, or exciting venture you would like to talk about on That’s So Chronic, send me an email: hello@jessbrien.com

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

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    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.



    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 31 min
    Cheyenne Welham & Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

    Cheyenne Welham & Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

    We made it! It’s Tuesday! Another That’s So Chronic episode! Today we are hearing from Cheyenne Welham, and we are talking about her diagnosis of hypermobile ehlers danlos syndrome (hEDS) and living life with an ostomy bag.

    In this episode Cheyenne explains what EDS is, the 10 year journey to her getting a diagnosis, the life changing decision to go through ileostomy surgery, the toll this has had an her mental health, and why she’s dedicated to sharing her story. 
     
    If you would like to find out more about Cheyenne, you can head to her instagram: @cheyber_space

    And you can find me on instagram and tiktok: @thatssochronic 

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

    Free monthly newsletter: thatssochronic.substack.com

    Application form to share your story: 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.



    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 45 min
    Megan & Vulvodynia, Endometriosis & Adenoyosis

    Megan & Vulvodynia, Endometriosis & Adenoyosis

    Happy Tuesday! Welcome to That’s So Chronic! Today I was able to catch up with Megan, to talk about her diagnosis of vulvodynia, endometriosis and adenomyosis.

    In this episode Megan talks us through her diagnosis story, what it was like being a part of the PIPI programme at Burwood Hospital, the importance of finding a good GP, her experience navigating the private v public aspect of the NZ health system, and everything in between! 
     
    Megan shares her story so openly, and I’m grateful that I could help her share her story with all of you.

    If you’re a new listener - Hi! Welcome! I would love you to hit that follow button (and maybe even a cheeky 5 star review?!) wherever you’re listening. Love you the most!

    You can find That’s So Chronic on instagram and tiktok: @thatssochronic

    See you next week! 

    @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic

    Free monthly newsletter: thatssochronic.substack.com

    Application form to share your story: 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.



    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

NewlymintedHUFFLEPUFF ,

Love this podcast!

Jess is a superstar! So kind, a great listener and super super SMART! Her podcast is fantastic if you are dealing with a chronic disease or even if you aren’t, this podcast is AMAZING!

Hetiyeti ,

Impressive

Just listened to two interviews. Both excellent. Loved the interview with Diana Divine about EDS and Dancing in the Pain. Great questions and such a good discussion about using mobility aids, and working. Great work Jess 💜

Ex Nurse x ,

Jess! When are we going to hear your story!?

I love this podcast so much. Jess is such a good interviewer and always shows genuine interest and empathy to her interviewees. I love her varied subject matter.
My only niggle is that I NEED to here Jess’ story, c’mon gurl we are ready for it!

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