157 episodes

The Major Pain podcast is a collection of interviews from people living with chronic illness and disability. Our goal is to spread awareness, empathy and community around experiences often lived through in isolation. Through sharing these stories important themes have become increasingly apparent, including the dangers of medical gaslighting, the importance of self-advocacy and the fact that none of us are in this alone. You can share your thoughts, your story, or inquire about appearing on the show at majorpainpodcast@gmail.com.

Major Pain Jesse Mercury

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

The Major Pain podcast is a collection of interviews from people living with chronic illness and disability. Our goal is to spread awareness, empathy and community around experiences often lived through in isolation. Through sharing these stories important themes have become increasingly apparent, including the dangers of medical gaslighting, the importance of self-advocacy and the fact that none of us are in this alone. You can share your thoughts, your story, or inquire about appearing on the show at majorpainpodcast@gmail.com.

    Cianna’s Journey: How Chronic Illness Changed This 19 Year Old’s Life

    Cianna’s Journey: How Chronic Illness Changed This 19 Year Old’s Life

    Cianna has been a dancer her whole life, saying “as soon as I could walk I was dancing.” Over the past few years chronic illness has altered her life’s course, and frustratingly taken her away from dance. While it has been difficult to leave her life’s passion behind, Cianna has […]

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kenny Returns to Major Pain With New Diagnoses and a New Outlook

    Kenny Returns to Major Pain With New Diagnoses and a New Outlook

    Kenny Alhadeff first appeared on the Major Pain podcast 3 years ago, sharing his experiences living in recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. This year Kenny will celebrate his 40th year of sobriety. Since first appearing on the show Kenny has experienced the most intense chronic pain of his life, […]

    • 1 hr 28 min
    In ‘Gender Without Identity’ Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini Propose A Novel Theory Of Gender Development

    In ‘Gender Without Identity’ Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini Propose A Novel Theory Of Gender Development

    This week on the Major Pain podcast we are joined by NYU Professors and psychoanalysts Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini to discuss the intersection of trauma and gender, as discussed in their book Gender Without Identity. They propose a new theory of gender development, that gender is something all […]

    • 1 hr 8 min
    LoveWarriorHugs on Living With Five Chronic Illnesses

    LoveWarriorHugs on Living With Five Chronic Illnesses

    Jamie is a social media chronic illness advocate under the handle @LoveWarriorHugs, but her advocacy extends beyond social media. She is an epilepsy ambassador with the National Epilepsy Foundation, and she’s also been involved in successfully lobbying to change pain management laws in Illinois. Her passion for advocacy stems from […]

    • 58 min
    Rasheera Dopson on Being Born Almost 5 Months Premature, Causing VATER and Goldenhar Syndromes

    Rasheera Dopson on Being Born Almost 5 Months Premature, Causing VATER and Goldenhar Syndromes

    Rasheera Dopson, host of the Womanhood & Disability podcast, is an accomplished author, public speaker and advocate spreading her messages of justice, disability empowerment and awareness. She came by this work through her own experience living with two rare syndromes, both caused by her being born about 5 months premature. […]

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Season 4 Premiere! Catching Up With Michelle, Bek and Simon

    Season 4 Premiere! Catching Up With Michelle, Bek and Simon

    We’re kicking off the fourth season of Major Pain by catching up with previous guests! Michelle and Bek both have new diagnoses that are recontextualizing their journeys, while Simon is feeling completely cured. As Major Pain enters its fourth season, now is a great time to support the show on […]

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

555387654 ,

Please continue

Your show means so much to me. It is at least the one place I feel seen. Please keep going it is a tremendous help. Thank you Sue

Emma Eileen ,

Enjoying this so much

Found this podcast during a time in my life where I really need it. Jesse, you are such an incredible, relatable host - you really have a gift for connecting with people and providing a space for folks to tell their stories. A big thanks to you and all the guests for sharing your stories and helping us know we are not alone.

jjulius2008 ,

I love your podcast!

Please keep doing this podcast, it is so informative and as somebody with a chronic illness I so appreciate listening to all the stories, it creates awareness for supposedly invisible illness that I don’t feel ever are invisible… at least not mine. ❤️

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