Sharing intimate conversations between two people creatively contending with adversity. One person has a chronic health condition. The other is a professional working within a relevant field or facing their own, unique battle. Each episode is an invitation to lean into curiosity, compassion, and empathy, while recognizing that we can all live powerful lives despite – or because of – our challenges. This podcast is a co-lab between Unfixed and Beyond My Battle.
Dismantling Stigma with Dawn Averitt and Melody Moezzi
HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and activism. Three topics rooted in stigma. Not many dare to step into these challenging arenas, but for Dawn Averitt and Melody Moezzi fighting for better care for women has been their life’s work. After receiving life-changing diagnoses, they both had to fight for their own care, which turned into fighting for the health of countless other women. Together they discuss how activism doesn't require big heroic actions, but small steps that can create a ripple of change.
Finding My People - Online Communities with Jenny McGibbon and Stefanie Grant
Having a chronic illness as a young adult can be isolating. Healthy peers don’t understand and the medical world feels designed for older people. Then one day you find people like you online. A few brave pioneers paved the way for these safe spaces to take flight. Stefanie Grant and Jenny McGibbon discuss how they started sharing their health journeys online via blogs that now serve thousands. They talk about how they balance positivity with authenticity and the responsibility of holding space for others.
Approaching Terminal Illness with Openness with Pierre Zimmerman and Dylan Shanahan
Most of us don’t like to think about the end until we’re forced to. Two men suddenly confronted with their own mortality talk about the grace they found on the other side of suffering. Dylan, a writer and naturopathic and Chinese medicine doctor, was diagnosed with ALS in 2017. Pierre, a Buddhist Chaplain specializing in end-of-life care, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Together, the two discuss the transformative growth and meaning they found when they learned to let go and embrace their circumstanc
Our Heroes with Bethany Cook and Tamara Cook
Sometimes our heroes aren’t legendary figures, they're the ones right in our home. Bethany Cook’s world shattered when she was diagnosed with Narcolepsy and Cataplexy on the brink of young adulthood. Her mother Tamara was there to catch her as she fell into grief. As Bethany faced loss of identity, Tamara dealt with the loss of loved ones. The two dive into their bond that developed out of an unexpected place: mutual suffering.
Mystery Illness, Women, and Their Care with Sarah Ramey and Brianna Cardenas
The number of illnesses that qualify as mysterious is staggering. They also predominantly affect women. Author Sarah Ramey and Physician Assistant and professor Brianna Cardenas draw from a well of wisdom as patient advocates with mystery illnesses to explore the gender inequities, biases, and systemic barriers to getting proper care. They discuss how patients must stand their ground in seeking proper care within a broken healthcare system that often tells us it's all in our heads.
The Trauma Link with Veronique Mead and Kristy Boyd
Life is traumatic. But some of us get an extra whopping dose of it, especially before we've learned tools to help us navigate. Our guests explore the connection between the nervous system and chronic illness. Former family physician and trauma specialist Veronique Mead and trauma survivor Kristy Boyd share their research and personal stories living with chronic illness, illustrating that it's not “all in your head.”
Love this new facet of the unfixed community. Great format, great topics and stimulating conversations. Keep them coming!
Excited about these conversations!
Love the new format. So often we stay within our own bubbles of pain and adversity. Finding common ground through different walks is something we need more of right now.
So much better than the average podcast!