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Made Visible is a podcast that gives a voice to people with invisible illnesses. This podcast aims to change the conversation around invisible illnesses, helping those who experience them —whether as patients, caregivers, or friends or family members — feel more seen and heard.

Made Visible Harper Spero

    • Alternative Health

Made Visible is a podcast that gives a voice to people with invisible illnesses. This podcast aims to change the conversation around invisible illnesses, helping those who experience them —whether as patients, caregivers, or friends or family members — feel more seen and heard.

    68. Esther Crain, Illuminating Personal Narratives of Invisible Illness and Misdiagnosis

    68. Esther Crain, Illuminating Personal Narratives of Invisible Illness and Misdiagnosis

    As deputy editor at Health.com, Esther Crain has developed features that reflect the hidden health experiences of people today. Focusing on women who have been misdiagnosed or diagnosed with invisible illnesses, she looks for stories that are relatable and help shine a light on different conditions and experiences with healthcare. On today’s episode, we talk about what led to her interest in health publishing, the power of personal narrative, and how the humanity in stories can make them hit home.

    • 28 min
    67. Jessie Ace, Living with MS and Championing a New Vocabulary Around Disability

    67. Jessie Ace, Living with MS and Championing a New Vocabulary Around Disability

    For the first few months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Jessie Ace felt like her life was over. But, as she learned how to advocate for herself as a patient and reframe her mindset, her experience changed. On today’s episode, Jessie and I talk about what it was like to be diagnosed at age 22 and how she felt when she was suddenly labeled as having a disability. We also chat about her work as an illustrator, writer, and podcast host, and why she champions the term “enabled” vs. disabl

    • 33 min
    66. Lara Parker, Normalizing Vagina Problems by Writing and Talking About Endometriosis

    66. Lara Parker, Normalizing Vagina Problems by Writing and Talking About Endometriosis

    Lara Parker deals with vagina problems (which is also the title of her book, coming in 2020). On today’s episode, Lara I talk about why she started being upfront and open about how endometriosis and other conditions have affected her life, and why she feels a responsibility to tell her story. Whether she’s talking about dating with penetrative sex off the table or giving advice to people who are navigating endometriosis, Lara talks candidly about her experience...because as she puts it, why wouldn’t s

    • 33 min
    65. Mickey Trescott, Experimenting with Nutrition and Creating Her Own Road Map to Health

    65. Mickey Trescott, Experimenting with Nutrition and Creating Her Own Road Map to Health

    At age 26, Mickey Trescott had been diagnosed with both Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and celiac disease. With her symptoms becoming increasingly unmanageable, she decided to take her health into her own hands. On today’s episode, Mickey and I talk about her drive to learn about the impact of diet on autoimmune conditions, the role that experimenting with diet has played in her health, and why educating people about the Autoimmune Protocol--which she calls a template, not a diet--is so important to her.

    • 48 min
    64. Molly O’Malley Pitman, Turning Tragedy into Empowerment and Hope for People with Autism

    64. Molly O’Malley Pitman, Turning Tragedy into Empowerment and Hope for People with Autism

    Molly O’Malley Pitman’s son was diagnosed with autism before he was two years old. For Molly and her husband, the diagnosis was devastating, but it also gave her something to fight for. On today’s episode, Molly and I talk about how losing many family members to Huntington’s disease has influenced her life’s purpose, and how she aims to honor her family. We also talk about how her son’s life is impacted by his diagnosis, and her decision to start an activity center and preschool for kids of all

    • 38 min
    63. Katie Dalebout and Serena Wolf, Approaching Anxiety with Vulnerability and Laughter

    63. Katie Dalebout and Serena Wolf, Approaching Anxiety with Vulnerability and Laughter

    Katie Dalebout and Serena Wolf have embraced vulnerability when it comes to living with anxiety. They’re the hosts of Spiraling, dubbed an “optimistic” anxiety podcast, and they talk openly with me about what it means for them to live with anxiety, how they cultivate awareness around their mental health, and what strategies they’ve developed (or are in the process of developing) to manage day-to-day moments with anxiety. This episode features tons of laughs and relatable moments of anxiety real talk

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

bplatter ,

Been waiting for a podcast like this

Really love how Harper asks and listens to her guests. The variety of people on the show as well as their life perspective can apply to everyone. Really great podcast.

Vimto! ,

Must listen

Great podcast. Makes me think about different aspects of invisible illnesses

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Great job!

Excellent podcast, this is a must listen!

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