Episode 41 – Annie

Annie, a white woman with blonde or auburn shoulder-length hair, looks at the camera. The photo is cropped close around her face and framed by a purple hexagon.

Annie Smith talks autism, ehlers-danlos syndrome & feeding tubes.


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

Quick reminder that I just started a patreon so that I can hire somebody to help me catch up on transcripts. 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 supporters don’t miss them.

Today I’m talking to Annie Smith about autism, ehlers-danlos syndrome, feeding tubes, and incorporating diagnosis into your identity. 

And as a quick content note for this episode, we do talk a fair bit about weight loss in this episode. Both as a symptom and as something that inspires a lot of unsolicited feedback.

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 41 of No End In Sight!

You can find Annie on instagram @keepingstars and you can find me on instagram and twitter @bennessb. And of course you can find this show on instagram @no.end.in.sight.pod. I post each episode as a story but haven’t posted to the main feed in a while because I’m so behind on transcripts. But of course, that’s the whole reason i’ve started a patreon account! Which I’ll go ahead and plug again: it’s patreon.com/noendinsight.

Next week I’ll be talking to a nurse who now lives with severe ME, 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