Podcasts Every Chronic Illness Patient Should Listen to

Back in 2019, I wrote a blog post about my favorite autoimmune disease YouTubers. These are YouTube channels that I personally follow as they document life with a chronic illness.

As a follow-up to that blog post, I wanted to share my favorite podcasts on the topic of managing life with a chronic illness. Although I still do watch YouTube videos fairly frequently, I also enjoy listening to podcasts since it’s so convenient to tune into a podcast while I’m working, doing chores, driving etc. without having to watch something visual.

So, without further ado, here’s my list of chronic illness podcasts that I enjoy listening to!

1. The Chronic Illness Therapist

The Chronic Illness Therapist is a podcast run by Destiny Winters, a licensed therapist in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Destiny has several chronic illnesses herself, including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and Mass Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). Since she’s both a therapist and a chronic illness patient herself, Destiny understands the impact that managing an illness can have on a patient’s mental health.

As part of her podcast, she delves into a number of challenges that chronic illness patients face, including:

  • Medical gaslighting and questioning one’s own sanity
  • Lack of support or understanding from family and friends
  • Coping with pain and other difficult symptoms
  • How to live a meaningful and full life while battling illness
  • Adverse childhood experiences and the mind-body connection
  • Grief and acceptance

I have found all of these topics to be relevant to my own life, and I think that many readers would find the same. Plus, I highly appreciate her perspective as a therapist and as a patient, because not many people have both the academic and real-life expertise of both of these roles!

2. Sjogren’s Strong

Sjogren’s Strong is a podcast co-hosted by Lupe, a patient living with the autoimmune condition Sjogren’s Syndrome, and her partner Brian. I first learned about this podcast via their blog, after I was first diagnosed with Sjogren’s myself and was looking for information from other patients. The podcast delves into many subjects specific to living with Sjogren’s Syndrome, such as:

  • Managing common symptoms, like dry eyes, dry mouth, joint pain, fatigue, and brain fog
  • Sjogren’s medications, treatments, and medical insurance
  • Living an active lifestyle with a chronic illness

Although the podcast is clearly specific to Sjogren’s, I think it’s valuable for many chronic illness patients, such as those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.

3. The Chronic Ills

The Chronic Ills podcast is co-hosted by Alina and Angelica, two Australian women who talk about living with a chronic illness as young adults in their twenties. Some of the topics they discuss in their podcast episodes include:

  • Body image with chronic illness
  • Medication and alternative therapies
  • The cost of being ill
  • Living with a chronic illness and anxiety about the global pandemic
  • Navigating relationships and friendships with a chronic illness
  • The portrayal of disability in the media

Alina and Angelica have had very different experiences as a chronic illness patients; one of them experienced becoming ill gradually, while the other had a sudden onset of their symptoms. What I like is that they show that not all cases are alike, and that every patient’s story is unique.

Those are the top three chronic illness podcasts that I’m listening to at the moment! Do you have any Spotify podcasts that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Podcasts Every Chronic Illness Patient Should Listen to

  1. Tish November 14, 2022 / 9:46 am

    I love A Spoonieful ; Chronically Candid Convos.

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    • Isabel November 14, 2022 / 9:55 am

      Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll have to check those out!

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