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Check in for a dose of stigma-break, humor-filling, empowerment building life hacks and motivation for all the “medically-adult-ish” young people. The InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: A Video Podcast Series, is part of InvisiYouth Charity. This international nonprofit helps teens and young adults with various chronic illnesses and disabilities gain the right lifestyle programs, empowerment and fun events to learn how to keep living life. Twice a month, our founder, Dominique Viel, will bring guest experts from all illness/disability fields, like mental health, rare disease, and bereavement, to YouTubers, activists and motivational speakers, adaptive athletes and actors, that are all game-changers for young adult healthcare. We’ll tackle the topics that are often too taboo, or uncomfortable or common sense, and provide some lifestyle management. Join this series, as it will be a one-of-a-kind chat show that clusters motivation and advocacy, entertainment and humor, and life hacks and tips.

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Check in for a dose of stigma-break, humor-filling, empowerment building life hacks and motivation for all the “medically-adult-ish” young people. The InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: A Video Podcast Series, is part of InvisiYouth Charity. This international nonprofit helps teens and young adults with various chronic illnesses and disabilities gain the right lifestyle programs, empowerment and fun events to learn how to keep living life. Twice a month, our founder, Dominique Viel, will bring guest experts from all illness/disability fields, like mental health, rare disease, and bereavement, to YouTubers, activists and motivational speakers, adaptive athletes and actors, that are all game-changers for young adult healthcare. We’ll tackle the topics that are often too taboo, or uncomfortable or common sense, and provide some lifestyle management. Join this series, as it will be a one-of-a-kind chat show that clusters motivation and advocacy, entertainment and humor, and life hacks and tips.

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    E38—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with our founder Dominique Viel in our Bombshell Q&A and Quirky Theories for Chronic Illness/Disability Young People

    E38—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with our founder Dominique Viel in our Bombshell Q&A and Quirky Theories for Chronic Illness/Disability Young People

    It’s all about your deep, burning questions today as we have founder and podcast host Dominique lead her very first solo episode!  And in Dominique’s signature sarcastically optimistic style, she brings the heat when answering all questions so you’ll have advice to interpret into your daily living growing and thriving with your chronic illness or disability. With a plethora of questions and topics anonymously submitted from the InvisiYouth community, Dominique had never seen any of the questions before reading them aloud (with some mega-shock reactions, you’ll laugh out loud) this is the podcast episode to dive deep into those burning questions you never wanna ask. In this episode, Dominique answers some rapid-fire questions about herself so we can finally learn some more about the woman behind the mic hosting the podcast. And you’ll learn all about her quirky nicknames, guilty pleasures, what else she wished she majored in university, dream podcast guests and favorite childhood costumes! When class comes into session, Dominique teaches practical life-improving advice sharing our staple InvisiYouth Theories! You’ll learn how to be the best communicator, improve your outlook on health flare ups, get better results from doctor visits, and have some fun in your days by each InvisiYouth theory Dominique teaches. This is a class session you don’t wanna miss. And with STORY TIME being focused on Dominique, we get some laughs when Dominique talks about her secret university life, and how one hospital bracelet led to an entire lecture hall learning about her secret chronic illness/public speaking life. Second half of the episode is all about YOU and your submitted questions that are some of the funniest, most intriguing, and most personal questions. And with Dominique having no preview, all her reactions are fresh and humorous.  She’s chatting about aliens (yes, you read that correctly), the reason society feels inclined for the chronic illness/disability community to smile often, what kind of DETAILED ice cream flavor would be the best representation of Dominique, her appreciation of safe words (and no, it’s not the kind you’re thinking, trust us), our stance of ‘superficial’ struggles of living with health issues, her best tip for newbie entrepreneurs, and why she’d describe her chronic illness life like a circus. And she ends off with Dominique piece of advice on how you thrive when you are teammates and not competitors with our chronic illness/disability. This episode is super funny, impactful, teachable and quirky, so you’ll love every minute. And SPOILER: you get TWO sneak peek announcements about InvisiYouth 2.0 programming.  Please like, comment and share this episode by making sure you DOWNLOAD and SUBSCRIBE. AND support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

    E37—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Team Great Britain's Track and Field Paralympians, Polly Maton and Olivia Breen

    E37—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Team Great Britain's Track and Field Paralympians, Polly Maton and Olivia Breen

    Win the gold medal, it's the Olympic and Paralympic season and we’re celebrating our appreciation for sports, and the power of para-sports by having two special guests that have been athletes at the Paralympic Games. Talk about getting elite athletes that are competing for medals in Tokyo 2020! Say hello to Team Great Britain’s returning Track and Field athletes, Polly Maton and Livvy Breen. Both Polly and Livvy are para-sprinters and long jumpers (competing in different categories) and were introduced to sports at a young age. Their talents combined with determined hard work have made both of these ladies forces in the track and field community, both winning medals in international competitions and both being on Team GB’s Paralympic teams in Rio 2016 with Livvy also being on the London 2012 Paralympic team too! With these ladies being teammates and friends for many years, travelling the world competing in para-athletics and thriving, this episode feels like you’re hanging out with three friends laughing and giving advice. In this episode, Dominique, Polly and Livvy bring the humor as they answer our rapid fire questions, like why the Team GB Paralympic gear needed to have that bucket hat for Polly, and what other sport Livvy would love to compete in. We get our journalist hats on with our “Medical Pop Headlines” Paralympics News Edition segment as these Paralympians and Dominique give their hot takes on some of the biggest news stories, like the discussion of athletes’ mental health needs after Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka bring mental wellbeing to light in Tokyo 2020, their thoughts on combining the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris 2024, and how female athletes’ uniforms got way to much scrutiny this summer—including Livvy’s uniform briefs. We hit the middle of our episode with TWICE the Story Time with our guests about competing at the Paralympic Games. Polly remembers how she may not have been invited to an Olympic/Paralympic party at her school when she returned from Rio 2016. And Livvy talks about when she was the leader in the 4x100 relay at her first games in London 2012---and how it felt to have a full stadium and 300 classmates cheering in the stands.  Second half of this episode will give everyone life advice, humor and example stories for those wanting to get active with a chronic illness/disability. Livvy and Polly talk about how sport has boosted their confidence as they’ve grown into young women with their respective chronic illness/disability, and what are the different options YOU can take if you’re wanting to try a new sport for the first time with your chronic illness/disability. They chat on why doing your Google homework on how other young people have played sports with disabilities/chronic illnesses will give you the advantage in getting to join school sport teams or clubs. And we give our thoughts on how to reply when you’re told you’re “inspirational and brave” for nothing but existing in your sport uniform. We end the episode with a burst of energy as these Paralympians drop some major nuggets of motivation. Learn how to combat stigmas of what doing “sports with a disability/illness” looks like, why these para-athletes make the BEST Instagram follows, how failure is the best thing to happen to you, give the details on why your relationship with your body strengthens through sports, and why you are just as capable as anyone to do sports.  Polly and Livvy are reminding you in this podcast that you can do ANYTHING as long as positivity, humor, hard work and teamwork are attributes of your sporting experiences, from your backyard to the world stage. We’re cheering on these two elite para-athletes for gold medals in Tokyo 2020 and we hope you give this episode cheers too!  

    Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Polly @polly_maton and Livvy @livvy_breen, and support the Paralympics by watching the games/following @paralympics. AND su

    E36—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with sisters and hearing loss advocates, Abigail Heringer (from Season 25 of The Bachelor, and Season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise) and her older sister, and commercial insurance accounts manager, Rachel

    E36—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with sisters and hearing loss advocates, Abigail Heringer (from Season 25 of The Bachelor, and Season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise) and her older sister, and commercial insurance accounts manager, Rachel

    Sister, Sister! We have a majorly special episode because the super fun Heringer sisters (Rachel and Abigail) are in the house for their first ever joint interview! Many will remember Abigail from the  popular TV show The Bachelor for Season 25/Matt James (and upcoming Season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise) and she was also the first deaf/cochlear implants contestant on the franchise’s almost two decades on TV! Talk about bringing some much needed representation! And her biggest cheerleader, older sister Rachel, who also has cochlear implants, is an equally talented young woman crushing it in her work with commercial insurance in the Pacific Northwest. This dynamic duo brings the fun and upbeat energy for the entire episode, and we chat not only about Abigail’s Bachelor experience, but also about sibling dynamics (since there are actually four Heringer siblings) and they drop advice and encouragement that we know all of you with siblings will immediately resonate with.  In this episode, Dominique, Rachel and Abigail give out their “Illest Superlatives” to each other, like Rachel planning what group date activity Abigail would’ve won the group date rose on, and Abigail knowing which reality show Rachel would do well on, and the sisters sharing their most proud sister moments.  Abigail shares some great advice she got from Rachel that she thought of during her time on The Bachelor and what compelled her to share about her hearing loss and Rachel’s powerful older sibling influence on night one.  The Heringer sisters give great pieces of advice they’ve learned from not only their dynamic as sisters with the same invisible disability, but also how they nurture their relationships with their two younger brothers, and it’s some great tips for all of us with an illness/disability trying to connect with our siblings without the same conditions. Spoiler: the three ladies all agree that a group chat with siblings is a perfect way to strengthen your bond to share your needs while also having fun with your siblings when you send good memes and videos.  And we get two doses of  STORY-TIME with our intermission segment because Rachel shares her experience watching Abigail graduate from university and feeling all the big sister feels, and Abigail shares a funny story from her elementary school days that involves a lost cochlear implant and one hysterical misunderstanding with a panicked classmate! Part Two of the podcast picks up the pace as the Heringer sisters share some of their life hacks, like all their must-haves for others with CIs, what their de-stressors are like some certain Netflix genres, good snacks, and in Rachel’s case, quality time with her adorable corgi Louie! And Rachel and Abigail give their different perspectives on how to feel more confident when your health or disability can sometimes make you feel lost in group settings.  Just like two siblings are not alike, we have Abigail and Rachel give their different pieces of advice about working in careers NOT connected with chronic illness/disability and how to adapt and speak up for what you need. Plus, the inside scoop on how Abigail’s appearance on The Bachelor was how Rachel’s colleagues learned about her own hearing loss!  Abigail also talks about how to handle the pressures of outside opinions on living life and not conforming to the stereotype of a ‘disabled person’ and while we all might not have 500k followers, Abigail gives so great guidance you can use!  And we end the episode with our ‘One More Piece of Advice” with both Rachel and Abigail telling us one piece of advice that really resonated with them as young women with invisible disabilities.  We’re officially welcoming the Heringer sisters into the InvisiYouth family, and we know you’ll adopt them too after checking out this episode!  Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Abigail @abigail_heringer and Rachel @heringer_rachel

    E35—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with founder of media and events company and online chronic illness community, ChroniCon, Nitika Chopra

    E35—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with founder of media and events company and online chronic illness community, ChroniCon, Nitika Chopra

    Log in for the a deep dive into reaping all the benefits of insider tips of online community! A first introduction into support as a young adult with chronic illness/disability often means using social media or nonprofits as a way to connect with others that are living similar health struggle experiences. But let’s be real, as we are teens and young adults, making friendships and bonds virtually can feel as awkward as a blind date, and we’ve got no handbook on how to master people an individual wanting a support network that gets it…until now. That’s what InvisiYouth’s platform is all about, and we’ve got a special guest on this episode that also specializes in authentic support online, the founder of the media/events company and online community ChroniCon, Nitika Chopra! Living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis along with her wide career in TV, her online magazine and podcasting, Nitika believes wellness and empowerment can be fused together when part of a community, and now her company provides workshops and content focused on support. In this episode, Dominique and Nitika get to chat about Nitika’s go-to karaoke song, the one thing she wish she invented and why Nitika’s first job only lasted a couple days. They dive into the reasons online community should be recommended to every older youth with a chronic illness/disability, what initial steps all you introverts can make into virtual friendships and comradery (any why the online dating mindset is the way to go) and their top three tips for family/friends that wanna have supportive conversations that aren’t all focused on your health. And our intermission “So That One Time” storytime is all about Nitika’s journey dreaming up for goal of a TV show becoming a reality. And she may give the best episode quote about how her and Dominique are chronic illness ninjas, and you can be one too! Part Two of InvisiYouth Chat Sessions gets deep with advice and fun motivation as Dominique and Nitika explain the how-to’s with combatting loneliness that sometimes follows you relying on virtual community, the best way to handle the cycle of pessimism or complaining that can fill online chronic illness communities, and their pieces of advice to break through that bogged down feeling on social media when you need some selfcare in a world all focused on virtual. And InvisiYouth’s ‘fly on a wall theory’ is discussed and we know you’ll want to add it to the backburner when following new people on Instagram. We got you in the ways you can DM slide, how to make a comment, and how to feel safe and comfortable on your socials when wanting to interact with new people in chronic illness/disability communities. And we end off the episode with these ladies making their life toolkit that you will be taking notes on 100% because it will improve your daily life. You’ll learn what you’ve gotta had to your bag, a favorite item to make your home office cozy, the fashionable clothes that will boost your confidence in flares, the must-have travel size item, and the books that they are reading lately. We’re ready to make you the best version of your passive or active social media-self. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Nitika @nitikachopra and ChroniCon @chroniconofficial and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

    E34—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Invisible Disabilities and Service Dog Activist, Bri Harris and her Medical Alert and Service Dog, Arrow

    E34—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Invisible Disabilities and Service Dog Activist, Bri Harris and her Medical Alert and Service Dog, Arrow

    We love a good dog video on our Instagram feed, but when we see a service dog video, our love and intrigue is immediately peaked. And that’s because service dogs and their handlers are a group mainstream media doesn’t often share… especially for our young adult community. Over the years, we’ve gotten countless messages asking about service and therapy dogs as part of improving the quality of one’s chronic illness or disability life, and it’s one of the most requested podcast topics. So we’re FINALLY doing an episode all about this dog community, it’s with special guest invisible disabilities and service dog activist Bri Harris and her medic alert service dog Arrow! With her own dynamic chronic illnesses, Bri having dog Arrow improved her quality of life with Arrow’s individualized tasks for assistance. And with her fast-growing Instagram showing the daily life of service dogs, educating on the most common misconceptions, and sharing a behind the scenes of service dog life with Arrow, Bri proves that service dogs strengthen life immensely… and that Arrow is a model service dog AND model-status photogenic. On this episode, Bri and Dominique (with the help of Arrow too!) get to know more fun facts about Bri and Arrow’s like all about Arrow’s wonderful reintroduction to the movie theater since the pandemic started and how she’s not gonna fall for a jump-scare horror movie, and get the facts straight with our “Top Search” segment when Bri answers the most frequent questions about service dogs like why there’s no national registration program, how people should respond to seeing a service dog (and yes, that includes no petting!), what it means when a service dog is working and performing a task, and what the main difference is between emotional support animals, therapy dogs and service dogs. And those three differences are CRUCIAL to understanding the relationship between dog and handler! STORY TIME gets real funny as Bri tells an embarrassing moment she’s gained confidence sharing that involves waiting in a car line to enter Disneyland, Arrow’s epic speed running skills and public bathrooms. Second half of InvisiYouth Chat Sessions amps up the funny with so many life stories of founder Dominique experiences, and Bri after living with Arrow for four years. She tells her top two pieces of advice for those with service dogs or looking to get/train one so they can thrive in the professional setting, soar with success in their schooling life—know your accommodations, people!—and how having supportive friends and family means giving them KNOWLEDGE on service dogs so they can back you up in public. And we end the podcast with Bri and Arrow’s Life Playlist on the must-have items when you have a dog or service dog. It includes the papers you should definitely carry which differs per state/country, best harnesses, the best items to add to your bag like Bri’s “Arrow Pouch” and these gadgets are affordable, cute AND functional for your furry companion and service dog.  Bri is a guest not just packed with knowledge, but super fun AND Arrow makes her podcast debut with InvisiYouth and certainly ends the podcast with a much-watch moment! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Bri and Arrow @followyourarrow_gsp, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

    E33: InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with entrepreneur, content creator, editor, writer, model and activist, Devri Velázquez

    E33: InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with entrepreneur, content creator, editor, writer, model and activist, Devri Velázquez

    Being multifaceted in your professional and personal life AND having balance for both, especially in today’s world where you want to be your authentic self but virtually connect. And our special guest is an absolute boss when it comes to creating your lane in every aspect that fuels your fire, it’s the incredible chronic illness activist, content creator, editor, writer, model and all-around boss woman, Devri Velázquez! In 2011, Devri was diagnosed with a rare disease called Takayasu’s arteritis and she used her talents of writing and advocacy work to create a professional resume that rivals many for its diversity and skill. With her unique platform empowering others to create positive changes across communities of gender, race and identity, Devri has written for brands like Allure and 21Ninety.com and been a panelist of health summits. Now with over 96k followers, Devri is the queen of sharing how writing and visuals can empower women to focus on their individual wellness, activism in daily life, and inner powers. In this episode, Devri and Dominique fire off some quick takes about Devri’s favorite things like her favorite TikTok trend, how she starts and ends her day with two of the COOLEST things in her routine, and a guilty pleasure she has not shame sharing. Then the duo dives deep and gets real breaking the glass ceiling on misconceptions the diverse chronic illness/disability community deals with—like how to navigate social media while touching on topics of racial and gender inequality, and ways to be a person that advocates for MANY communities because that makes you a passionate badass. Allyship becomes a major chatting point as Devri mentions not only the starting points you can add to be an ally for underrepresented communities, but also how to amplify voices of those in communities like the BIPOC and AAPI communities, because as Dominique points out, being proactive and reactive are two different ways of advocating for change but two very needed styles of allyship! STORY TIME for our Intermission Segment gets a bit spooky and sentimental as Devri tells us about how her love of horror stories resulted in her creating a childhood side hustle that led her down the path as a professional writer today. Get your notepad ready for the second half of the episode because Devri and Dominique create the guidebook of how to be an entrepreneur and be a successful one as your creator and manager, every tip to make your social media a focal point like writing that best caption or taking that perfect photo, and lots of advice of how to create wellness and boundaries to protect your mind and health. Probably the best advice comes from our super uplifting conversation at the end of the episode when Devri mentions how to respond to those social hot button questions about things like racial ignorance, gender inequality and ableism and how to boost your confidence to NEVER be silence when you feel fearful of ‘saying the wrong thing.’ They even talk about how ignorance isn’t a bad word because that means you can STILL grow and learn from what you don’t know. And Devri’s BEST piece of advice is so empowering, so powerful, you will want to stick to the end of the episode. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Devri @devrivelazquez, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

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Dominique is AMAZING. Her InvisiYouth podcast delves deep into life with chronic illnesses amongst young adults, addressing all the facets. It is about thriving, and even if you don’t have a chronic illness, the life lessons are so profound. Everyone needs to listen to this podcast series. It’s life.

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