Episode 63 – Michelle

Michelle, a white woman with long grey hair, rests her chin on her hand and smiles at the camera. There is a stylized purple hexagon framing the photo.

Michelle Irving talks autoimmune hepatitis, migraine and vertigo. Michelle also shares a lot about her spiritual and emotional experiences of illness, her focus on self-compassion, and how she’s used Greek mythology to build a map that makes sense of the chronic illness cycle.

Transcript

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

First, I want to apologize for how erratic my release schedule has been so far in 2020. I know I have a lot of new listeners tuning in and I just want you to know that I’m usually way more consistent! 

If you follow me on twitter or instagram, then you probably know that one of the reasons I’ve been so distracted is that I just gave a TEDx talk about chronic illness and the diagnostic experience. It’s basically 18 minutes of everything I wish I’d known when my body first went off the rails, and I hope it will become a good resource for explaining this whole mess to people who still have no context for the quagmire of chronic illness diagnosis. 

The video of the talk won’t be available for a few months, but I did share the text over on Medium if you want to give it a read. You can find it by clicking the article called Disease Begins Before Diagnosis on my Medium profile at medium.com/@bennessb. And if you’re out of free reads on Medium, the link pinned to my twitter profile right now will get you past their paywall.

This week I’m talking to Michelle Irving about autoimmune hepatitis, migraine and vertigo. Michelle also shares a lot about her spiritual and emotional experiences of illness, her focus on self-compassion, and how she’s used Greek mythology to build a map that makes sense of the chronic illness cycle.

I also have a big content note for this episode, because early in the story Michelle describes the suicidal ideation that she experienced as a steroid side effect. It comes up twice in the first 20 minutes or so, and the second time she gives some details about what that ideation was like for her. But once that conversation is over it doesn’t come up again.

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 63 of No End In Sight!

You can find Michelle on instagram @michelleirvingmelbourne 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.

And if you’ve been enjoying the show and you also have a few bucks to spare each month, I’d be so grateful if you became a patron of the show over at patreon.com/noendinsight. Or, if you want to support the show but don’t have a few bucks to spare, I’d be just as grateful if you left a podcast review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes.

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 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