We can’t believe that Summer 2019 came and went! We’re shocked at how fast it flew by as we’re here writing the September 2019 Monthly Round Up blog… and recapping our 41st episode! We learned a lot in September — for example, in episode 38 with Todd White, we reveal some pretty astonishing secrets from the wine industry (you’ll want to be seated for this one!).
Who did we talk to in September? We talked with Todd White about his company, Dry Farm Wines, and how to safely enjoy wines with chronic illness; Rachel Hill on hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease; and Ariel L. (twice!!) on his advocacy work and living in a disabled trans body.
Ariel L. has a powerful story that I’m sure many of us can relate to — a story of how chronic illnesses can intersect with many aspects of our lives and how medical conditions can interfere with self-realization. Our illnesses, while a significant part of our lives, do not define them, and we need to keep this in mind everyday.
Relate to one of our stories and want to share your own? We’re ready to listen. Contact Univisible Pod and let’s connect you with our Uninvisible community.
Todd White is the founder of Dry Farm Wines, and is a leading authority on organic/natural wines. His passion is in unlocking the best way to enjoy alcohol – how to enjoy moderate consumption while avoiding its potential negative side effects. Every wine sold is held to incredibly high standards, and safer for some of us with chronic illness to consume because they are sugar-free (< 1g/L), low in sulfites (< 75ppm), low in alcohol (< 12.5%), mycotoxin/mold-free, dry-farmed, additive-free, gluten-free, naturally or biodynamically farmed, and safe to consume for those following the Keto or Paleo diets, among others. Todd has a lot to share about the wine industry that we DON’T know – prepare to have your minds expanded!
Rachel Hill is an author, writer, thyroid patient advocate, and creator of the award-winning website, The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease, she talks openly and honestly about what it’s like to have these diagnoses, as well as what has helped her and many others to recover their health and to thrive. She is passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice, and is recognized as a valuable contributor in the thyroid community.
Ariel L. of @carpe_that__diem blogs about living in a disabled trans agender body, mental health, working with a SD (service dog), and death positivity. An academic by training and trade, Ariel’s perspective is eloquent, enlightening, and engaging. A complex and candid interview, Ariel paints pictures of frustration – and triumph – in his survival story.
In this second installment of Lauren’s interview with Ariel, we dig further into his conditions and lifestyle: what his advocacy work means to him, his journey through the workforce and struggle to find employment with disabilities, his experience as a service dog handler, and life with thyroid disease, bipolar II, borderline personality disorder, endometriosis as a gender-diverse individual, and chronic pain. He emphasizes that these experiences are not unique to him – but that he is privileged to share his unique experience.