PODCAST: Managing Chronic Illness as a Young Adult

PODCAST: Managing Chronic Illness As A Young Adult

About the Episode

Part one of two of an awesome (count how many times I say “awesome” in these episodes; I was so pumped!) discussion about managing chronic illness as a young adult . Featuring three of my friends, Rose, Analisa, and Shauna, who each have their own experiences navigating the ups, and especially the downs of chronic illness and disease. Part one features an introduction to each of our chronic conditions and diagnosis stories, use of diet to manage symptoms, comparing “good” and “bad” days, how chronic conditions can affect mental and social health, feelings of guilt, shame, and self-blame, advocating for yourself, and wanting to feel normal. This episode is continued in “Managing Chronic Illness as a Young Adult, Part 2”. 

Featured chronic conditions: Type I Diabetes, Meniere’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). If you are wanting more information about these conditions or any others, we encourage you to do research! Google will turn up a lot of reliable sources (think .org, .gov, and .edu!). 

Behind the Scenes

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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. 


Minnesota-based grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert! Natalie is currently a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota, and is on-track to becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 2019 from St. Catherine University.