About the Episode
Season two is finally here! I've been beyond excited for this season to start because I fell in love with this episode!
This was a first in three ways for me: My first podcast episode published outside of the sphere of my honors project. I had a lot more independence in creating this episode and I'm proud of the work that I've put in to it. This episode also marks my first time talking about my own chronic condition, PCOS, in a public space. Sure, I've had conversations about it with friends and classmates, but I've never written or talked about it online. This was also the first episode I had not one, not two, but three guests! The four of us had such a fun time recording together. I was nervous that we wouldn't be able to keep a conversation going, but we literally talked so much that I had to split this episode into two parts to keep it from being so long!
I enjoyed getting to know my three friends better through this episode. Individually, I've spoken to each of them about their chronic illnesses and mine, but hearing their stories and advice and being able to validate each other's experiences added a lot of depth to our relationships. I also learned a lot about their own chronic conditions. I thought I knew a lot before, but this episode has taught me that there is always more to learn! I was also reflecting on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Danger of a Single Story" while editing, and thinking about how all of our experiences with chronic illness really only reflect us as individuals. there are millions of other people with chronic illnesses, and all of their experiences are just as unique as ours.