A podcast about navigating life with a chronic illness, hosted by two adult human females who just want to know — how is anyone still alive?
A conversation with chronic illness advocate, Cienna, @chronicallypersevering (part 1)
In Pt.1 of this episode of How Is Anyone Still Alive? -- Gabby and Andrea talk with actual earth angel and chronic illness warrior, Cienna. At 5:30 Cienna shares where her health journey began. She discusses what school looked like as a "sick kid" and the accommodations necessary for her disabilities (20:00). A new doctor discovers a new diagnosis as Cienna recovers from Guillain Barre (60:00) and chair yoga reveals a rare disorder (65:00). Why do none of us sweat?! (73:00) So you're not breathing, what next? (93:00).
Cienna, Piper, & Opie
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Your privilege is showing during a pandemic
In this episode of How Is Anyone Still Alive? -- Gabby and Andrea discuss the very raw episode that came out weeks earlier about COVID-19. A listener emails in about her experience with anxiety, leading to a larger conversation around mental health and physical health as the world navigates coronavirus. The conversation turns to health as a privilege, and seeing able-bodied people face the idea of their own mortality. The episode ends with coping strategies that can be used during this very stressful and difficult time.
Being chronically ill in the age of coronavirus
This is a different episode of How Is Anyone Still Alive? Andrea and Gabby spontaneously record their thoughts and feelings about being chronically ill as cases of COVID-19 are reported in their communities. From politically to energetically -- this is a conversation of commiseration. Please wash your hands and take precaution as you listen. Sending all the love your way. Thanks for listening.
Self care is self love
At times, self care can feel like work for people who are chronically ill. Gabby and Andrea break down what is self care vs. self-numbing behavior. They also delve into abundance vs. scarcity mindsets and when to stop doing things that are no longer serving you. 19 minutes in, they share their favorite deep breathing exercises. At minute 31, they talk about the role of intimacy in self care. Around 39 minutes, they expand on how outward acts of self love toward oneself can work its way in.
The worst and preparing for it
This is the fourth episode of How Is Anyone Still Alive? -- inspired by recent events in the lives of Andrea and Gabby. Andrea explains how she ended up in the hospital for several days at minute 5. Around 13 minutes in, she explains how she mentally dealt with physical pain as she entered the hospital setting. About 16 minutes in, she explains what caused the pain, what that means for her overall health and the procedure she underwent because of it. She then reflects on what's to come physically and the role of therapy to cope with that mentally. 27 minutes in, Gabby talks about preparing for flare ups when they feel inevitable, which can lead to hospitalizations. Around minute 32, she explains the pattern in which her flares come in and the treatment she's going to test out next. The two end by talking about the role of spirituality and faith when feeling sick and in severe pain.
Relationships, pregnancy and body image
This is the third episode of How Is Anyone Still Alive? But, it's the first episode Gabby and Andrea dedicate to relationships, pregnancy and body image. These are all topics that will be explored more as they relate to chronic illness in later episodes. 2 minutes in, a listener asks about how to approach health issues when entering a romantic relationship and if there are qualities to look for in potential partners when having a lifelong ailment. Around minute 18, the question goes on to ask how kids fit in the picture when dealing with varying levels of autoimmune. At 31 minutes in, a listener asks how to navigate conversations around physical appearance when the external doesn't reflect internal. This episode is sponsored by Comrad socks. You can receive 20% off your Comrad purchase with the discount code STILLALIVE at checkout.