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Living with chronic illness completely changes your life but nobody talks about it. It's so easy to feel that you are the only one struggling but I am here to tell you that you are not alone! As a therapist living with three autoimmune conditions, I know exactly how it feels to lose your old self and life and I am here to share how I learned to cope with many changes chronic illness brings and all those other things your Doctor didn't warn you about. Let's talk about real life with chronic i ...
 
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If you have ever experienced body hypervigilance before, then you will know how debilitating it can be. Hypervigilance is a symptom of trauma and PTSD where you are left scanning your environment constantly for any potential external threat. When you have body hypervigilance, the threat is internal and it can feel like your constant awareness and v…
 
Dating no matter what your age or situation is absolutely guaranteed to bring out all of your insecurities and living with chronic illness adds a whole new level of difficulties. How do you deal with feeling "less than" you were before? How much do you share about your illness? How do you work around dietary issues? How and when do you disclose you…
 
If you live with chronic illness, then you have probably experienced some form of Medical Gaslighting. In fact, having an experience of Medical Gaslighting seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Gaslighting in any setting is a form of emotional abuse, however Medical Gaslighting is not only emotionally damaging, it can result in disability…
 
So there I was, home from my second hospitalisation with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, physically frail, very underweight and emotionally traumatised. I had my diagnosis of LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) and was left to sort out my new life as an insulin dependant person. Chronic illness isn't just the physical issues though. The emotional is…
 
After several months of worsening health, extreme weight loss and becoming physically unable to care for myself, I was admitted to hospital and spent 5 days in intensive care where I came close to dying. I emerged a week later with a new diagnosis of type 1.5 LADA (Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) that I had difficulty accepting, feeling traum…
 
We all know that acceptance is key to living your best life with chronic illness. But how can you accept something that has so dramatically changed your life and taken so much from you? In this episode, I share with you a very special mind shift technique that I normally only share with my clients and take you through a visualisation exercise so th…
 
On one level, we know that chronic illness is life changing and that it has a huge impact on us physically, emotionally and mentally. But when it comes down to actually acknowledging that fact in the choices we make or don't make, we can so often expect ourselves to go on exactly as we did before. Recently I have experienced a severe Celiac flare t…
 
There is a lot of research including the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) studies, that show a strong correlation between experiencing trauma in childhood and going on to develop chronic autoimmune disease in later life. But what other types of research is there between trauma and chronic illness and what impact does having unresolved trauma have…
 
Avoiding the news and fear of the Corona Virus at the moment is pretty much impossible as the whole world goes into lockdown, panic buying is everywhere and there is so much uncertainty and speculation. But there are opportunities here for those of us with chronic illness to help our friends and family who are getting just a small taste of what we …
 
When you become chronically ill, your first instinct is to fight for your life against this disease that feels like it has taken so much from you. The illness becomes the enemy, something that you need to battle against and beat. But when you have chronic illness, is this actually the best thing you can do for your health and happiness? And if figh…
 
When you become chronically ill, you really want those closest to you to understand what you have lost, why the illness feels so devastating and how you feel about what chronic illness has done to your life. But needing people to understand how you feel can be a big emotional hook that you can get stuck on. When the people around you don't understa…
 
Of all the emotional issues that come with chronic illness, guilt is the most damaging and the most common. In this episode Kerry breaks down the most common reasons that people with chronic illness feel guilt and why it is so damaging to you and the people you love. Stuck in toxic guilt? Then you need to listen to this episode!…
 
Lisa Douthit developed her first cancer at age 25, having had no prior health issues before. She noticed that she was having trouble breathing when exercising and a few other worrying symptoms. A chest x-ray showed a baseball sized tumour on her heart that required open heart surgery to remove. All in all, Lisa has experienced four different cancer…
 
Four years ago, Jessa Lewis was pregnant with her daughter when she received a diagnosis of Hashimoto's Autoimmune Hypothyroidism Disorder. Her body was attacking her thyroid and threatening the pregnancy, as it likely had with two prior miscarriages. Hashimoto's Autoimmune has 400+ potential symptoms with some of the most common being fatigue, sen…
 
V Capaldi otherwise known as "The Paleo Boss Lady" is a force to be reckoned with. V was raised in a very dysfunctional family where chaos was the norm in life. At 23 years old and 6 weeks after marrying her childhood sweetheart, V was given a death sentence diagnosis that she had an inoperable brain tumour and lived for almost 6 months believing h…
 
Prior to her illness, Crystal who is single, was teaching music full time, was an avid cross fitter and weight lifter, sang with the Houston Symphony Chorus, enjoyed pottery and was a volunteer at her Church. In 2013 all that changed when a car accident became the catalyst for an eventual diagnosis of Post Concussion Syndrome and Dysautonomia. Bit …
 
Stacey can trace her symptoms all the way back to her childhood but it wasn't until years later that she knew she needed to figure out her health. Experimenting with food, figuring out what works for her and what doesn't has changed her life and she feels so much better. Have a listen to Stacey's story and see what you can learn from her experience…
 
Melissa Bergstrom remembers being anxious since childhood. Her anxiety manifested with physical symptoms and it was rare for Melissa to have a full week of school. She had always had dry skin but over time, it began to turn into something worse. Melissa was formally diagnosed with psoriasis in 2014 and getting the diagnosis of an actual autoimmune …
 
Sigal has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 17 years. She first developed gestational diabetes when pregnant with her son. After moving to Canada from Israel when he was two months old, Sigal was busy being a new Mom, in a new country where she didn't know the language and undergoing fertility treatments to try and conceive again. One night…
 
Emily was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 6 years ago, but it is only in the last 9 months that she has been really feeling the impact of chronic illness. As a Mom of two young children ages 4 and 2, trying to explain her fatigue and the pain in her hands from arthritis has been a challenge. Emily shares her story about chronic illness, seeking help and…
 
One night twenty years ago, Krista Rowan went to bed feeling normal and woke up the next day in acute pain from a full body flare that turned out to be Rheumatoid Arthritis. She spent most of those years looking for the next medication once the old one failed and trying to find a way to fit herself back into her old life. It took a big wake up call…
 
James's first experience with autoimmune disease was when he was diagnosed with psoriasis on his scalp and behind his ears at age 14. He remembers his Dad getting mad with him and thinking he wasn't washing his scalp properly and sending him back to shower with some medicated shampoo. He also remembers the fatigue. James had trouble getting out of …
 
When you are a young, type A Alpha female with big goals and dreams, what do you do when you get hit with Multiple Sclerosis? Robyn's initial response was to do everything she could to prove that she was "stronger than MS" by committing herself to running 20 races which only left her feeling worse. Find out how Robyn made the shift from MS warrior …
 
In this podcast, we chat about Kirstie's experiences of Hashimoto's, Endometriosis, IVF, pregnancy and Motherhood. Kirstie shares openly and honestly how she prepared emotionally, how she does what it takes for her to feel like a present and resilient Mother and why she didn't discuss her pregnancy publicly until she passed the 7th month mark.…
 
Christina was diagnosed with Adult Onset Still’s Disease at age 18 which presented with high spiking fevers, extreme fatigue, rashes and inflammation. When she was discharged from the hospital after her initial diagnosis, she realised there must be more she could do to support her health than just pharmaceuticals that were suppressing her symptoms.…
 
Jameisha Prescod was still in school when she began feeling tired and wanting to sleep all the time. She knew something wasn't right but her Doctors seemed to have an explanation for it all: Anemia, vitamin D deficiency, perhaps depression. Even with Lupus markers in her blood, it still took a few more tries with different doctors to get a confirme…
 
After suffering health issues for over a decade, Shanna Nemrow was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and told by her Endocrinologist that there was no cure, there was nothing she could do and had no suggestions for anything to relieve her symptoms. Shanna walked out of that appointment as a warrior, ready to do everything that she coul…
 
The first signs of chronic illness for Samantha were GERD and an increasing inability to deal with the stress and demands of her job as a Chef. In the quest to find work that she could manage, she found her dream job as a persona Chef, but chronic illness took away her ability to enjoy it or continue with it and finding the root cause of her increa…
 
Lori Pierce was diagnosed with Hashimoto's at age 19 and scleroderma and Raynaud's at the age of 25. She has fought hard to stay alive and live a productive life in spite of her multiple chronic illnesses. Through it all Lori feels that though it has never been easy, it has been so worth it and through the experience, she has found her purpose and …
 
Jaime Hartman was just 19 years old when she was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. After going in for a necessary bowel resection, which later turned septic, Jaime left hospital as a frail invalid with an ostomy bag and went through 7 surgeries. How she recovered and changed her life is both amazing and inspiring.…
 
After developing an illness on a cruise, Beth Chen's health was never truly the same. She developed multiple, severe food intolerances, that caused enough pain to send her to the E.R. However it was only after discovering that she was pregnant that the gloves really came off and the illness worsened. Find out how Beth dealt with chronic illness, pr…
 
Andrea Nakayama shares her experiences of her young husband Isamu's diagnosis of a terminal brain tumour, shortly after finding out that she was pregnant. She shares how she and Isamu lived until his death, her eventual diagnosis with Hashimoto's, how these profound experiences completely changed her life and career and how she now lives with Accep…
 
At 55 years old, thinking she had decades before her, Sue Holly was given the diagnosis of pulmonary sarcoidosis. She was told by her medical team that she was terminal and to put her affairs in order. Sue's journey back into life and improving her health is both amazing and inspiring. Have a listen.…
 
Dr Terry Wahls shares how she began to slow the decline of her progressive Multiple Sclerosis, to become remarkably better. Terry firmly believes that our choices define who we are and shares what drove her to making those choices for wellness and health.By Kerry Jeffery and Dr Terry Wahls
 
Bill Gasiamis experienced 3 strokes from a bleed in his brain. After surgery to repair the blood vessels, Bill then discovered that he had a thyroid condition that would leave him hypothyroid. How Bill made his recovery will inspire you.By Kerry Jeffery and Bill Gasiamis
 
Eileen Laird shares the changes that Rheumatoid Arthritis made to her life including how her blog, Phoenix Helix was created, how she made the emotional transition to medication and how she deals with flares. So much wisdom in this one. Listen in.By Kerry Jeffery and Eileen Laird
 
Indira Shyju remembers waking up, screaming from the pain in her shoulders, that was eventually diagnosed as Rheumatoid Arthritis. She shares her struggle to gain a diagnosis and find out how to help herself begin to heal.By Kerry Jeffery and Indira Shyju
 
After years of digestive issues, Jesse was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 19 while she was still a sophomore in college. As she was living a very active social life, getting this diagnosis hit her like a ton of bricks. Jesse shares her journey from denial to acceptance and taking control of her health and life.…
 
Kerry Jeffery shares her experience of going from "normal and healthy" to disabled and chronically ill with Hashimoto's and celiac disease. One of the biggest challenges is coming to terms emotionally with all the changes and grief that chronic illness brings. Kerry talks about how it felt for her and takes you through her 9 phase model "Moving thr…
 
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