Episode 56 – Alicia

Alicia, a white woman with long brown hair, smiles at the camera. There is a stylized purple hexagon framing the photo.

Alicia K. Anderson talks psoriatic arthritis and weight loss surgery and traveling while chronically ill.


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

Before we start, I wanted to share that I have a new piece up on Medium this week called My Disability is Dynamic. In a lot of the conversations I have on the podcast and on social media, we end up talking about where chronic illness fits in the disability community. Some of us might talk about invisible disabilities, but that’s never felt like it described my experience. My needs and abilities fluctuate so much from day to day that I need people to understand how dynamic it is more than I need people to understand that it’s invisible. Anyway, you can read lots more about that by heading to my Medium profile at medium.com/@bennessb. And yes, the at sign is necessary.

And of course, here’s a quick reminder that I have a patreon campaign, which is a really simple way for listeners to support the show financially on a monthly basis. So if you’ve been enjoying the show and you also have a couple bucks to spare, I’d be so so grateful if you’d sign up as a patron at patreon.com/noendinsight.

This week I’m talking to Alicia K Anderson about psoriatic arthritis and weight loss surgery and a whole lot of other components of life with chronic illness.

And I want to add a content note to this episode to let you know that Alicia discusses disordered eating briefly at the beginning of the episode, and also to let you know that we talk about weight a lot. We talk about weight loss and weight gain and weight loss surgery, and of course we’re talking about all of these experiences in the context of chronic illness.

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 56 of No End In Sight!

You can find Alicia on twitter @A_K_Anderson 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.

Plus, don’t forget to check out the new No End In Sight collection on Medium where you’ll find stories and essays about life with chronic illness. You can find that at medium.com/no-end-in-sight.

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’ve got some fun fall patterns in the shop, and dozens of very simple icons that you can customize to your heart’s delight. I’d love it if you checked us out at digitalartisanal.com