When Podcasts Can Offer You the Support You Need

It's probably no surprise that we're big fans of podcasts. Like many others, we get news from podcasts, entertainment from podcasts, ideas and inspiration from podcasts. But there’s something else we get from podcasts, something more valuable than all the aforementioned reasons: support skills.

One of the reasons podcasts are so great is that they allow people from all over the world and from all different backgrounds to share their stories. Their low-budget, DIY nature means that stories that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible can be shared across the internet. And this includes stories from people suffering from chronic conditions and invisible illnesses.

Despite the relatively low public and medical acknowledgment of invisible chronic conditions, like endometriosis, there are podcasts out there about them, recorded by experts and people with first-hand experience of the condition. You can tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience for free from the comfort of your phone! It’s so helpful hearing stories that are similar to yours or that of someone close to you, and it’s reassuring to hear that you’re not alone.

We can get tips from these shows that will help us understand these conditions, the struggles of those suffering from them, and advice for how best to support them. So to help you navigate this world of useful information and welcoming understanding, here are four podcasts to get you started.

This EndoLife PodcastFrom surgery to natural therapies, This EndoLife Podcast brings you guests who are challenging chronic illnesses and mental health issues in unique ways, and are changing lives with their inspiring work. As the name suggests, the podcast discusses endometriosis a lot, but it also covers other reproductive issues and conditions. The show is hosted by Jessica Duffin of ThisEndoLife.com.

The Fertility Warriors Podcast: Infertility is a tragic side effect of endometriosis and other invisible chronic reproductive conditions, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 12 percent of American women ages 15-44 have used infertility services. Host Robyn Birkin, who also understands what it’s like to go through a miscarriage, talks to other “fertility warriors” for tips on thriving in a painful and difficult process. Look to her podcast for tips on conception, understanding fertility treatments, and general well-being throughout your journey.

The Hilarious World Of DepressionThis next show doesn’t deal with a specific chronic illness, but rather with a common symptom that will be all too familiar to people suffering with them. The Hilarious World Of Depression is a series of conversations with comedians who have experienced depression. The shows generally don’t try to offer advice or counsel, but use reflection and stories with the intention of encouraging those with clinical depression. And they are still captivating and funny even for those without it.

In Sickness + In HealthThis show is about the relationships with our bodies and issues at the intersections of chronic illness, disability, healthcare, and mortality. It is a show where the “personal is political, and where bodily autonomy, healthcare, and disability rights are considered human rights without question.”