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That's So Chronic

A weekly podcast where performer, writer, and MS-er Jess Brien interviews people from around the world that are thriving - and sometimes only just surviving - with chronic illnesses, life changing injuries and potentiall
Latest Episode10/26/2020

Sarah Gandy & Breast Cancer

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic and happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Today I sat down with a cup of tea and a chocolate chip cookie to chat with the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s latest ambassador Sarah Gandy. You might recognise her from the radio (The Hits Breakfast Show, ZM) or perhaps you’ve seen her in a magazine or on the telly spreading awareness about breast cancer. Most recently, alongside her friend and the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Sarah has brought the Change & Check campaign changing rooms and workplaces around New Zealand. In today’s episode we chat about boobs… in particular her boobs, but also why it’s so important that you check YOUR boobs. We discuss in depth Sarah’s breast cancer diagnosis, what chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation looks like, the support she had throughout her treatment, and, of course, the inspiration behind the Change & Check campaign. Follow Sarah on instagram: @sarahontheradio Or Helen Addis who Sarah mentioned: @thetittygritty Order your Change & Check stickers HERE! www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz/landing/october-awareness or it's Sarah's link in her instagram bio The support crew website: supportcrew.co Find out more about Eckhart Tolle here: eckharttolle.com And the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation here: breastcancerfoundation.org.nz A gentle CONTENT WARNING: While Sarah is extremely positive and energetic, we do talk about death and the realities of cancer. If you are not feeling strong enough to listen on your own today, I recommend listening when you’re ready with someone you trust. TW: death/dying This is the week my laptop completely died mid edit lol, so if you liked this episode, have a listen to some of our others! And don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review and tell everyone you know! That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others.
10/26/2020

Sarah Gandy & Breast Cancer

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic and happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Today I sat down with a cup of tea and a chocolate chip cookie to chat with the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s latest ambassador Sarah Gandy. You might recognise her from the radio (The Hits Breakfast Show, ZM) or perhaps you’ve seen her in a magazine or on the telly spreading awareness about breast cancer. Most recently, alongside her friend and the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Sarah has brought the Change & Check campaign changing rooms and workplaces around New Zealand. In today’s episode we chat about boobs… in particular her boobs, but also why it’s so important that you check YOUR boobs. We discuss in depth Sarah’s breast cancer diagnosis, what chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation looks like, the support she had throughout her treatment, and, of course, the inspiration behind the Change & Check campaign. Follow Sarah on instagram: @sarahontheradio Or Helen Addis who Sarah mentioned: @thetittygritty Order your Change & Check stickers HERE! www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz/landing/october-awareness or it's Sarah's link in her instagram bio The support crew website: supportcrew.co Find out more about Eckhart Tolle here: eckharttolle.com And the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation here: breastcancerfoundation.org.nz A gentle CONTENT WARNING: While Sarah is extremely positive and energetic, we do talk about death and the realities of cancer. If you are not feeling strong enough to listen on your own today, I recommend listening when you’re ready with someone you trust. TW: death/dying This is the week my laptop completely died mid edit lol, so if you liked this episode, have a listen to some of our others! And don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review and tell everyone you know! That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others.
10/19/2020

Adele Louise Tunnicliff & Endometriosis

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today’s episode is all about endometriosis with secondary school drama teacher and endo warrior Adele Louise Tunnicliff. Adele had quite the journey to get to her diagnosis which included a whole lot of pain, surgery and passing out. Adele was so generous with what she shared in the episode… so generous in fact she even brought me pictures of her scans! I feel so honoured to share her story with you all today on the pod. In this episode Adele talks about her diagnosis in depth, how she navigates the public health system, the symptoms she lives with and how endometriosis affects her relationships and mental health. Adele mentions a favourite endo-instagrammer who is: @theendojournal And the gynaecologist from Melbourne I mention is Dr Joseph Sgroi: @drjosephsgroi While I will always try to publish correct information, I am aware that the research and knowledge around endometriosis is constantly changing and I am still learning. Feel free to let me know if you have anything extra to share! If you liked this episode, have a listen to some of our others! And don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review and tell eeeeveryone you know. That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others.
10/12/2020

Morgan McKenzie Moore & Coeliac Disease (from How To Coeliac)

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today’s episode is with the incredible Morgan McKenzie Moore from How To Coeliac. Since being diagnosed with coeliac disease Morgan has moved to London and has been baking up a gluten free storm all while building an online community of over five thousand. Her most recent project has been recreating all of NZ’s iconic biscuits and making them gluten free. In this episode Morgan talks about her diagnosis, the inspiration behind her online community How To Coeliac, how having the coronavirus is still affecting her taste buds, and offers a message of hope to those who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease but still want to go out to restaurants and travel the world. She also fondly describes a pizza she had in Rome which will leave your mouth watering! You can follow Morgan on instagram: @howtocoeliac, on youtube: https://tinyurl.com/youtubehowtocoeliac and on her blog: www.how-to-coeliac.com for recipes, info and hilarious videos. If you liked this episode don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review and tell everyone you know! That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others.
10/7/2020

SPOTLIGHT ON: Medicinal Cannabis

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic’s Spotlight On: series! This is where I dive a little deeper into a topic that’s in our TSC community. Today… it’s all about medicinal cannabis. I interviewed Sophia, who was diagnosed with crohn’s disease when she was 15, and Dr Anna Harvey from the Cannabis Clinic Auckland. Both of these interviews were extremely informative and eye opening and I feel grateful that they were so generous in sharing. I knew nothing about medicinal cannabis going into this episode, and now I feel really educated. I hope you do too. You can find out more about the Cannabis Clinic here: https://cannabisclinic.co.nz/ and @cannabis.clinic on instagram. If you’re in New Zealand ENROL TO VOTE HERE: https://vote.nz/ If you liked this episode please let me know, and if you want to continue the conversation drop me a DM on instagram @thatssochronic. If there’s something else you would like a spotlight shone on do let me know. I had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to make more episodes. Wherever you’re listening from don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review and tell everyone you know! That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others.
10/5/2020

Sam Smith & MS (Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis)

Hi! Welcome to That’s So Chronic. Today I chat with Sam Smith and learn all about his life with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Sam was diagnosed with MS in 2015 and was forced to give up a successful career as a dentist… only to have another successful back up career as a comedian. He has been a comedian and writer for TV shows such as 7 Days, Jono & Ben, The Project, Dancing With The Stars, Family Feud and Taskmaster. Sam talks about what it’s like to quit your job after diagnosis, what it’s like to be a new dad with MS, why he’s dedicated to spreading awareness, and randomly, about the Sound of Music. You can follow Sam on twitter and instagram: @reelbigsmith A couple of things have changed since recording: I am no longer on Tysabri/Natalizumab - I have switched to Ocrevus/Ocrelizumab and the fundraiser comedy show Sam talks about was postponed due to COVID19 so it is now 7:30pm, Tuesday 6 October 2020, at the Classic Comedy Bar in Auckland. You can get tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/comedy4MS If you liked this episode don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review and tell everyone you know! That helps TSC get into more ears around the world, to hopefully spread awareness, and more importantly… hope. @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #thatssochronic Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others.