Episode 40 – Olivia

Olivia, a white woman wearing sunglasses, a light headband, and a yellow tshirt, looks at the camera. There is greenery and open water in the background. There is a purple hexagon superimposed over the photo.

Olivia Spring talks CFS/ME, lyme disease, the role of mental health in chronic illness, and navigating school while sick. Plus, she shares her vision for the forthcoming SICK Magazine.


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

Before we start, I have a very exciting podcast update. Since I’ve been super behind on transcripts for quite a while now, I’ve decided to start a patreon so that I can hire somebody to help me. If you’ve been enjoying this show and you have a couple bucks to spare, I’d be so so grateful if you’d sign up as a patron at patreon.com/noendinsight. I don’t have any fun perks set up yet, but once I figure that out I’ll make sure that early subscribers don’t miss them. Plus, if you have any ideas for fun perks, please send them my way! Right now I’m thinking about the usual stickers, pins or tshirts, but I’m hoping to get a little more creative soon.

Today I’m talking talking to Olivia Spring about ME, lyme disease, and navigating all levels of school with a chronic illness. Olivia is the editor of the forthcoming SICK Magazine, which you’ll hear more about later during our conversation.

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 40 of No End In Sight!

You’ll be excited to hear that the intro issue of SICK Magazine is now available for preorder at sickmagazine.co.uk, and it includes a piece written by Mairi from episode 33. You can also follow SICK on twitter and instagram @asickmagazine. You can find Olivia on twitter @oliviaspring8 and on instagram @olspring.

And of course you can find me on instagram and twitter @bennessb and you can find this show on instagram @no.end.in.sight.pod. I’m still 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. In fact, that’s the whole reason i’ve started a patreon account! Which I’ll go ahead and plug again: it’s patreon.com/noendinisght.

Next week I’ll be talking to a woman with ehlers-danlos syndrome, so make sure you subscribe in your podcast app to find out when new episodes are available. And if you’ve been enjoying this show, I would be so grateful if you’d leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that new listeners know what to expect from the show.

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. I’ve got a few fall patterns in the shop that are about to be seasonal, so I’d love it if you checked us out at digitalartisanal.com