33 – Mairi

Mairi, a white woman with short dark hair and red framed glasses is smiling at the camera and giving a thumbs up. There is a stylized purple octagon superimposed over the photo.

Dr Mairi MacPherson (PhD, not MD) about myalgic encephalomyelitis, POTS, and finding peace inside chronic illness.


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

Before we get started, I want to ask you for a huge but simple favor! (If you’re listening to this in real time, or at least in July 2019.) I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I’ve been nominated for a WEGO Health Award, and your super quick endorsement could help me get these stories in front of more people who need to hear them.

Here’s what you need to do. Open up your phone or laptop and head to tiny.cc/helpNEIS. That should take you to my nominee profile. Underneath my photo, there’s a little orange button that says Endorse Brianne. Click that button! They’ll ask you for your name and email, but you can absolutely unsubcribe immediately from anything they might send you. That’s it! Thank you!

Today I’m talking Dr Mairi MacPherson (PhD, not MD) about myalgic encephalomyelitis, POTS, and finding peace inside chronic illness. Among other things, we ended up talking about gardening and universal basic income and having your period while chronically ill. 

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.

[interview transcript coming soon]

Thank you for listening to episode 33 of No End In Sight!

You can find Mairi on twitter @highlandseeds and on instgram @highlandseedlings. Plus, you can learn all about her garden, workshops and seedlings over at highlandseedlings.com.

You can find this show on instagram @no.end.in.sight.pod, I’m still a little slow on posts because I’m still behind on transcripts. But that’ll pick up again once those pick up again, which should be soon. And you can find me on both instagram and twitter @bennessb. 

Next week I’ll be talking to a woman with functional neurological disorder, so make sure you subscribe on apple podcasts 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 apple podcasts 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

Looking for transcripts? Episodes 1-47, 54-57, and 62+ are fully transcribed.
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