Episode 28 – Yvon

Yvon, a woman with long blond hair, smiles at the camera. There is an orange box superimposed around her face.

Yvon Stokkink talks about life after a stroke at 24, chronic fatigue, and choosing not to have kids.

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Hi, I’m Brianne Benness and this is No End In Sight, a podcast about life with chronic illness.

So before we get started, I just want to apologize that I’m still behind on transcripts. I overdid it last weekend and triggered a pain flare, and I’m finding I need a lot of time to rest around my current round of medical tests and appointments. If you follow me on twitter, then you might have seen me talking about how my MRI results came back with some potential issues in my cervical spine. If this turns into a whole new chapter in my health then I’ll do a followup episode to my story in episode 1 so that my random interview interjections continue to make sense. But for now, I just want to say that it’s kind of slowing me down on the transcribing front. As for transcripts, if I don’t catch up by next week then I’ll switch back to a biweekly schedule for a while until everything slows down.

Anyway, onto the show!

Today I’m talking to Yvon Stokkink about life after her stroke at 24, chronic fatigue, and choosing not to have kids. And also, Yvon is from the Netherlands and I very well may have butchered her name, so I’m sorry about that in advance!

Before we start, here’s my disclaimer:

This podcast is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Make sure you talk to your practitioner about any questions or symptoms.

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Interview transcript coming soon.

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Thank you for listening to episode 28 of No End In Sight! 

You can find Yvon on instagram @embracing_my_wings, you can find this show on instagram @no.end.in.sight.pod, and you can find me on both instagram and twitter @bennessb. 

I’ve got many more stories to share with you, so make sure you subscribe on itunes or stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. And if you’ve been enjoying the show, I would be so grateful if you could share a review on iTunes so that other people know what to expect.

As usual, don’t forget that I have a small Facebook Group called Chronic Hustlers for people living with chronic conditions who are self employed. It’s quiet but growing, and you’ll even find a few podcast guests in the group.

And finally:

This podcast is supported by my cross stitch company, Digital Artisanal. When I’m up for it, I make simple modern patterns that you’ll actually want to hang in your home. I love to cross stitch as a way to feel productive during flares when I’m stranded in front of the television. One of these days I’m going to get to work on some spring and summer patterns. I’d love it if you checked us out at digitalartisanal.com