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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
    • 5.0 • 100 Ratings

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.

    Tricia Huffman, An Expert on Joy Living with Fibromyalgia and Without the Word “Should”

    Tricia Huffman, An Expert on Joy Living with Fibromyalgia and Without the Word “Should”

    When she was 15, Tricia Huffman made a big decision--she wanted to move through life in a different way. On today’s episode, Tricia and I talk about this choice, which was wrapped up in the emotional and physical pain of her then-undiagnosed invisible illness. We also discuss her eventual diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and how she managed her condition while working as a touring sound engineer. Finally, we talk about why “should” isn’t in her vocab, and why she wants to remind us to claim our joy.

    • 43 min
    Pamela Hunter, A Mother to a Daughter with Sensory Processing Disorder Who Gives Hugs with Blankets

    Pamela Hunter, A Mother to a Daughter with Sensory Processing Disorder Who Gives Hugs with Blankets

    Since Pamela Hunter’s daughter Ransom was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder at age two-and-a-half, Pamela has done everything she can to get her daughter the help she needs. On today’s episode, we talk about what it means to be a parent to a child with this condition. We also talk about how difficult moments have given Pamela the conviction to stick with her gut, and how Ransom’s story also led Pamela to found Sheltered.Co -- a company selling handwoven weighted blankets made from deadstock.

    • 1 hr
    Este Haim, A Rocker Who Didn’t Let Her Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Cancel Out Her Dream

    Este Haim, A Rocker Who Didn’t Let Her Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Cancel Out Her Dream

    Fans know Este Haim for her ability to hold a killer baseline as part of HAIM, a band she formed with her two sisters, Danielle and Alana. Less well-known is the fact that Este was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in high school. On today’s episode, Este talks about how having a supportive family has meant that diabetes and music can always coexist in her life. We also talk about how Este manages her physical and mental health (especially while touring), and HAIM’s latest album, Women In Music Pt. III.

    • 46 min
    Jen Pastiloff, Listening Fiercely with Profound Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

    Jen Pastiloff, Listening Fiercely with Profound Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

    Jen Pastiloff has built her identity and career around connecting with people. She also has profound hearing loss and tinnitus and is deaf without her hearing aids. As a result, she’s had to cultivate other ways of understanding and hearing. On today’s episode, Jen and I talk about the specific challenges that come with tinnitus and hearing loss, the assumptions people make if they don’t know that she’s hard of hearing, and how a sense of courageousness helped her carve out a space to truly be herse

    • 46 min
    Sonali Gupta, A Writer Chronicling the Muscular Dystrophy Diagnosis that Brought Her to India

    Sonali Gupta, A Writer Chronicling the Muscular Dystrophy Diagnosis that Brought Her to India

    After Sonali Gupta was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy in 2008, she went on a trip to India with her dad to explore options for healing. As an NYU grad, Sonali had been eyeing a career in the music industry, but she found a health journey in India instead. She now lives in Mumbai, and is writing a memoir about this experience. On today’s episode, Sonali and I talk about what that trip with her dad was like, how being aware of her needs gives her independence, and her identity as a writer.

    • 34 min
    Mira Mariah, A Tattoo Artist Who Thinks Tattoos and Disabled People Are Rock 'n' Roll

    Mira Mariah, A Tattoo Artist Who Thinks Tattoos and Disabled People Are Rock 'n' Roll

    Mira Mariah thinks tattoos are rock 'n' roll, and so are disabled people. As she says, disabled people have to be really “innovative and creative”--and what’s more rock 'n' roll than that? Though Mira didn’t always associate with the word “disabled,” that sense of herself shifted once she had amputation surgery and got a prosthetic leg. On today’s episode, I talk with Mira about fashion’s role in her life, the invisible challenges that amputees face, her career as a tattoo artist, and leanin

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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100 Ratings

100 Ratings

misbruno ,

A sense of community

This is such a welcoming podcast for individuals like myself with chronic illness and often times feel invisible. It’s comforting to hear other people’s stories and openness around all the triumphs and tribulations as well. So glad I found this podcast.

Amymac80 ,

Saving Grace!

This podcast has been SO freeing to me & to all those with whom I’ve shared. WE ARE NOT ALONE! Thank you, Harper, for busting autoimmune issues & no diagnosis issues wide open! We are not alone.

tlvny ,

Incredibly important podcast

Harper’s podcast is truly incredible. Thank you, Harper, for bringing critically needed attention to invisible illnesses. You are helping so so so many people. Thank you.

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