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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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 104 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.

    Rita Maureen Thompson, Living with POTS and Connecting to the “Why” Behind Her Writing

    Rita Maureen Thompson, Living with POTS and Connecting to the “Why” Behind Her Writing

    In Fall 2020, when I launched the Made Visible Writing Class, the editors at Health Magazine held a contest for my class participants. At the end of class, they selected one essay to publish on their website. Today's episode features the winner of the contest, Rita Maureen Thompson and her essay, “POTS Is an Illness Causing Fatigue, Rapid Heartbeat, and Nausea—Here's What It's Like to Live With It.”
    The next Made Visible Writing Class begins on May 4th. Space is limited to keep the group intimate, and a few spots have already filled. To apply and learn more, click here. 

    • 29 min
    Made Visible Writing Prompts & Class Announcement

    Made Visible Writing Prompts & Class Announcement

    Subscribe to receive Made Visible writing prompts directly to your inbox every Sunday. Click here to subscribe. 
     
    Want to be the first to be notified when we launch a new Made Visible Writing Class? Click here. 
    Email hello@madevisiblepodcast.com with any questions. 
    Follow @harper_spero on Twitter and Instagram for all updates in real time. 

    • 3 min
    Made Visible Writing Class Announcement

    Made Visible Writing Class Announcement

    Click here to learn more and apply for the Made Visible Writing Class. 
    Sign up for the Made Visible newsletter here. I promise we won't spam you! 
    Follow Harper on Instagram and Twitter. 

    • 5 min
    Harry Spero (My Dad), Speaking With Me About My Health Story as We Celebrate 100 Episodes

    Harry Spero (My Dad), Speaking With Me About My Health Story as We Celebrate 100 Episodes

    I’m excited to be talking with my dad, Harry Spero, for this final episode of the podcast. We talk about how Job’s syndrome has impacted my life from childhood to the present, how he and my mom have supported me in different ways throughout my life, and his impression of me as a person who is resilient and determined. My dad told me between Episode #30 and #40 that he wanted to interview me on Episode #100, and I’m so thrilled to be able to celebrate 100 episodes with him as my guest.
    Learn more about my dad, Harry Spero and check out the show notes here.
    Apply for the Made Visible Writing Class here
    Follow Made Visible on Instagram.
    Support for this episode comes from Lily CBD. Lily CBD’s hemp-based CBD oil offers an alternative way to nurture yourself, and can be especially beneficial for relieving anxiety and inflammation. Because Lily CBD focuses on small, single-farm harvests, more nutrients are able to make their way into each bottle. Think of it like a glass of beautiful natural wine from a small family vineyard. Click here to try Lily CBD for yourself and use code madevisible at checkout for 15% off your first purchase.

    • 55 min
    Trish Gauthier, A Breast Cancer Survivor Who Knows the Importance of Speaking Up

    Trish Gauthier, A Breast Cancer Survivor Who Knows the Importance of Speaking Up

    It was only a couple years after Trish Gauthier’s son had been diagnosed with leukemia that she received her own diagnosis: breast cancer. Even though she had just had her physical and everything had looked great, Trish knew that something was off in her body. On today’s episode, Trish talks to me about how she’s advocated for herself and her son through their journeys with illness, her determination to find a community, and her advocacy for equity in the medical system (and how we can all do our part). 
    Learn more about Trish and check out the show notes here.
    Apply for the Made Visible Writing Class here
    Follow Made Visible on Instagram.
    We want to learn more about you! Tell us about you and what got you listening to Made Visible here. 
    Support for this episode comes from Lily CBD. Lily CBD’s hemp-based CBD oil offers an alternative way to nurture yourself, and can be especially beneficial for relieving anxiety and inflammation. Because Lily CBD focuses on small, single-farm harvests, more nutrients are able to make their way into each bottle. Think of it like a glass of beautiful natural wine from a small family vineyard. Click here to try Lily CBD for yourself and use code madevisible at checkout for 15% off your first purchase.

    • 35 min
    Larissa "Larz" May, Empowering Young People at the Intersection of Emotional Health and Technology

    Larissa "Larz" May, Empowering Young People at the Intersection of Emotional Health and Technology

    As founder of #HalftheStory, Larissa "Larz" May is focused on an invisible struggle we’re all facing: our relationship with technology. Larz became aware of her own unhealthy relationship with social media during college, when she was experiencing challenging symptoms of depression and anxiety. On today’s episode, Larz and I talk about her mental health journey, why she’s passionate about digital wellbeing, and her work with #HalftheStory, which aims to empower the next generation’s relationship with technology. 
    Learn more about Larz and check out the show notes here.
    Follow Made Visible on Instagram.
    We want to learn more about you! Tell us about you and what got you listening to Made Visible here. 
    Support for this episode comes from Lily CBD. Lily CBD’s hemp-based CBD oil offers an alternative way to nurture yourself, and can be especially beneficial for relieving anxiety and inflammation. Because Lily CBD focuses on small, single-farm harvests, more nutrients are able to make their way into each bottle. Think of it like a glass of beautiful natural wine from a small family vineyard. Click here to try Lily CBD for yourself and use code madevisible at checkout for 15% off your first purchase.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 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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