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  • Let’s motivate GenZ, and discover how to build your brand in life, make the impact you want, and even with a chronic illness or disability, thrive in the daily. That’s exactly what we’re talking about, with a lean on the valuable ways we can cultivate a digital footprint that doesn’t burn us out or feel disingenuous. And our special is all about empowering this demographic, and doing it with style. It’s a fellow chronic illness warrior, Sports Illustrated Swim Search 2022 finalist, digital creator, GenZ advocate, model and podcaster Gigi Robinson.

    Here’s the Four Hot Takeaways from the podcast episode:

    At 3:57 we dish on some “Medical Pop Headlines” and talk with Gigi about her newsworthy moments in life. From the impact her SI Swim Search finalist status to other women with chronic illness like herself to the top four pieces of advice she’d give to GenZs so they can have them most fulfilling and self-empowered lives.At 21:16 we break through all the misconceptions and get real about the intersections between chronic illness and mental health, and these two health categories intersecting with social media. We dive into the reasons Gigi believes ‘social media literacy’ needs to be a thing, how to valuably use social media with tricks to aid your mental and physical health at any point, and Dominique gets real on why you need to map out even your private IGs and TikTok accounts like a business plan with a brand in order to have a healthy relationship with it.Intermission STORY TIME comes at 41:08 and Gigi tells us about tells us about how she shot her shot to create an event that combined sunset on top of the Empire State Building with yoga and wellness. And the episode ends at 43:50 with a real discuss on body image and body confidence. Gigi and Dominique talk about how chronic illness and disability play a deep role in body image, their different ways to combat that self-judgement, why no one should downplay talking about body image when you also live with health struggles or disability, how to respond to outsider criticism and why allowing yourself to feel your feels is better than wasting energy on outsider opinions.


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  • Get our fourth addition to this audio resource, InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: Audio Flash Files, and get ready for another boost of life advice and perspective that’ll provide a new empowering tool you can tangibly incorporate into life for more success and joy.

    This Audio Flash File gets you understanding the value of piquing someone’s curiosity bone and not their defensive bone. So often in today’s society, we are communicating our needs and perspectives to others, but if it’s not an experience they’re familiar with, it creates this barrier between their understanding and willingness to compromise, and our general accessibility. And it really relies on our reaction to an individual for us to have optimal success. InvisiYouth is teaching why using certain Q’s and responses to this misconceptions or downright misinformed comments will actually pull on someone’s curiosity so their guard is down, and they are more likely to be open-minded to learning more, understanding more, and overall becoming a better ally and supporter. Plus, if we’re even telling you Harvard believes curiosity is a trait that creates the most successful individuals, you gotta believe we’re teaching a life-improving technique that’s a game-changer for you in your life.

    In this podcast episode, you’ll discover what makes appealing to curiosity the most valuable tool in your reactive nature as a human, why InvisiYouth finds ignorance a starting point and not a downright negative, how you’re able to do that with just a few easy steps on reading a person’s response, and a great example of how it’s easily applied in life from a funny teen story with founder Dominique. Get curious, not defensive!


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  • Talking is a skillset, and getting to share your points of view, have authentic conversations and talk about those hot-button topics takes some knowledge to do it successfully. Especially when you’ve got a chronic illness/disability and you’re standing up for your experiences and the discrimination you face, having tools to have the best chats with people is vital. So this episode has a special guest that’s created a massive GenZ brand all about talking, it’s the founder and CEO of the non-partisan educational platform, The Conversationalist, Sophie Beren.

    The Top Four Takeaways from this episode are:

    At 3:06, Sophie and Dominique give out the step-by-step guide to sharing all the points of view like the rebel game-changer you are so you never fear those hot topics again. They chat on how to advocate for yourself versus a community, how to share POVs without being defensive and why you DON’T want to change someone’s point of view in a chat. At 17:30 it’s Chat Me Up and we’re running through all the different ways to have chats with every relationship in your life, and this gets gritty. Sophie shares what “conversational consent” is, Dominique explains why ignorance isn’t a bad thing, and you’ll learn how to talk differently with family, romantic partners, the DMs/comments and the general public.Intermission STORY TIME comes at 38:46 as Sophie gives twice the stories from her life that explain why taking risks have allowed her to become the strongest and most authentic version of herself. And the spectrum of stories range from a 7th grade “Annie” musical audition to the reason a phone charger lead her to a Michael Phelps selfie moment. And the episode ends with some major powerful advice at 46:48 when the ladies express how introverted people can still share their POVs and advocate…even if it’s silently (yes, you can be empowered silently) and what’s the tips on utilizing curiosity words and facts to get conversations to stay on track productively. Challenge the prejudice, share your voice and chat with open-minded curiosity, and let’s get talking today!

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  • It’s number three in our new audio resource, InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: Audio Flash Files, and get ready for another boost of life advice and perspective that’ll provide a new empowering tool you can tangibly incorporate into life for more success and joy.

    This Audio Flash File gets us talking about how to make the most out of our relationships with people, specifically when you wanna vent about your life moments or get advice and you don’t know who to go to first. Let’s be real, it might seem great to have a group of people like the TV show “Friends” in your corner share all your details and intermingle your communication, but it’s not super realistic to have select group of people you can talk about everything in every way you want. And when you’re chronically ill or disabled as a young person, you need that balance of “healthy/non-disabled” people along with fellow chronic illness/disability people in different circles in order to thrive in your chats and succeed in your life. And InvisiYouth’s got the life technique to reframe your relationships, strengthen how you communicate, and let you look at your people as tree rings that don’t need to intersect to be great.

    Get ready to be a pro in your friendships and relationship because you don’t need to rank your people to decipher their value. Stand in your power and have fun while you learn and grow as a young person on this quick podcast!

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  • How do you not get overwhelmed when you have a chronic illness/disability and work in the chronic illness/disability space? Well, it’s easy to say “find some balance” and not know some tangible steps to do it, so we’ve got a podcast all about the tips and tricks to making sure work and play and personal life are not overwhelming. Our special guest has fused her professional life, health life and personal life within the chronic illness/disability community, its physical therapist, chronic illness mindset coach and content creator of Days with Dani Nicole, Dani Fusaro. Living with complex chronic illnesses and working to empower young people with chronic illnesses to live fulfilled, well-rounded lives, Dani has created a lane in work and life that can show people you can work and live in the same space.

    The Top Five Takeaways from the podcast are:

    At 2:55, join the podcast for “Path to Power” as Dani and Dominique talk about the ways you can separate mindsets between work and health life and the top six ways you can handle the moments of feeling like chronic illness/disability is a 24/7 part of your life in all aspects.

    At 19:50 it's GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

    At 21:43, we’re building a toolkit for life that’s all about balance for the body and mind and you’ll want to take all the notes. Learn all the work and health apps, scheduling products, go-to medical bags, and TikTok accounts to unplug or stay on task, and how Dominique and Dani both love color-coding and fiction stories.

    Intermission with STORY TIME is at 38:46 and Dani gets really about her physical therapy school years when an incident with a sticky mason jar may have been the catalyst to discovering her chronic illnesses.

    Second half of the podcast starts at 46:05 and gives you the advice on tackling imposter syndrome, how to do your best working in the chronic illness/disability space when your chronic illness/disability is taking a front row seat, and how you can disconnect to set boundaries when there’s overload.

    And finally at 1:00:24, Dani answers the rapid-fire questions to learn about the expert like her favorite wedding dance song, best family game night, and a piece of advice to work with chronic illness/disability while living with one that will get you empowered to start.

    Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Dani @ dani_fusaro. And get one of our three exclusive SIGNED copies of the new paperback edition of Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal in our fundraiser book giveaway! Immediately entered when you donate ANY AMOUNT on our website by June 30th at www.invisiyouthcharity.com/donate. Please support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • Second addition to this new audio resource, InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: Audio Flash Files, and get ready for another boost of life advice and perspective that’ll provide a new empowering tool you can practically incorporate into your life for more success and joy.

    This Audio Flash File is all about our mindset of how to share and tackle those life moments when you know you gotta share some details but also want to keep some privacy. Whether it’s social media, jobs, classes, friends, dates, family gatherings or a random person in a store…we’ll all get asked questions that make us feel we gotta share the details, especially if you’re chronically ill or disabled young adult and those questions are about your health. And it’s important to learn a quick tactic to decipher how much to share. We’re teaching the independence of having flexible control when sharing your personals, and founder Dominique’s gonna reveal our latest addition to #InvisiYouthGalaxyGlossary that’ll get your mind flowing with ideas you can immediately implement the next time someone asks too much.

    Get ready to be a pro in those TMI moments with others and stand in your power, plus have fun while you learn and grow on this quick podcast!

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  • Drop into the world of books, and let’s get storytelling as we chat with a book characters living with chronic illnesses while having their stories being authentically told by writers with chronic illnesses. The power of reading stories representing the diversity and humorous lives of young people is so valuable. Debut young adult fiction writer Kristen O’Neal and her novel Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses, tells the story of Priya, living with Lyme disease, and her virtual friends on Discord as she goes on her coming-of-age road trip to meet one of her virtual friends, Brigid, who might be more “teen wolf” than chronically ill. Kristen has a fresh and funny take on authentic well-rounded life with chronic illnesses and is passionate lives like hers living with two autoimmune disorders, should be told in all its facets.

    The Top Five Takeaways from the podcast are:

    At 4:14 let’s dive deep into Kristen’s author tactics, how she came up with the concept that werewolves really resonate with a chronic illness experience, and why many story arcs like fitting in during your youth resonate with the chronic illness character experience. At 23:34 Dominique and Kristen play around with “Life Tinder Challenge” and swipe left and right on different books to read, which fall into the “chronic illness troupes” and which books could make their protagonists the best characters with chronic illness/disability in a rewrite. STORY TIME at 42:02 Kristen tells us a story that explains why wearing a sparkly jumpsuit and using a paper bag at an airport can definitely complicate your life. At 46:13, the ladies jump to breaking the stereotypes and stigmas that you’ll find when reading novels or absorbing media when it pertains to the perception of chronically ill/disabled young people. Kristen talks about the value of authentic storytellers being behind the books, and the benefits of having more diversity in books for young adult readers so they can get representation in the stories they read and full lives they live. End the podcast 1:00:24, we go through a rapid-fire of questions to learn all about Kristen like what’s her favorite way to spend the day, if she handwrites or types her books and her best advice for young people with chronic illness wanting to be writers.

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  • In the premiere episode from the newest audio resource from InvisiYouth Charity, InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: Audio Flash Files, we’re giving you a monthly boosts of life advice and perspectives that’ll provide empowering tools you can practically incorporate into your life for more success and joy. AND we’ll be doing it in 20 minutes or less, so you can get the boost and go on with your days for all of the “medically adult-ish™” young people.

    Today’s Audio Flash File is all about our practice of choosing daily serenity of chasing happiness! We know, a life improvement and empowerment nonprofit stating they’re not advocates for optimal happiness, shocking! But our methodology of why a state of serenity is the most practical and beneficial mindset to have is revealed. Along with the steps of how you can find your personal style of serenity, host (and founder of InvisiYouth Charity) Dominique will give you the latest addition to our #InvisiYouthGalaxyGlossary, and how this theory can become a game-changer in your daily life.

    Get ready to choose daily serenity over happiness like hundreds of other young people at InvisiYouth Charity, and have some laughs with Dominique while you’re empowered along the way!

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  • Class is in session, but it’s a lesson you’ll never want to end because we have double trouble leading the show. It’s an episode dedication to education, and how young people with chronic illness/disability can get all the academic support, modifications, accommodations and empowerment they need to thrive in any level of academia they choose. Being in school and living with chronic illness/disability is a major portion of time in life, so getting all the inner secrets and tips to make your school years enjoyable and successful is crucial. And our special guest is not only an expert on academic accessibility and advocacy, but she’s also founder Dominique’s older sister, Erica-Lee Viel DeSimone. Being a special education teacher for over nine years, Erica’s passion has been giving students tools, individualized advocacy skills and support to excel in their education. She’s even been an education advocate for young people with disabilities and illnesses from elementary through university years, taking her advocacy to social media with her co-founded platform Special Space in Our Heart.

    The Top Five Takeaways from the podcast are:

    At 3:56, get all your questions answered in “Top Search” when Erica explains the basic levels of accommodations and adaptions that you can get in school, the reason you need to research one particular topic, and why university academic support allows your independence to shine when you utilize it. At 22:22, the sisters get chatting about handling talks with teachers when you need support because your illness/disability is impacting the school days and work. And Erica explains her top four ways you can try communicating with your teachers when you need some modifications to achieve success, from extended deadlines, physical needs supports and more, PLUS, while emailing teachers early helps you in the long run. Intermission Story Time at 40:02, Erica brings up a story from her childhood, about how positive reinforcement got Dominique to go from a basketball wallflower to a major shooter…and made Erica’s childhood allowance go down quite a bit. Second half starts at 43:10, when Dominique and Erica talk about how social side of being in school can impact when young people will utilize their accommodations and supports. We tackle how to handle classmates making comments about her medical equipment or modifications, Erica gives the different ‘response personas’ you can take when people ask questions, and they discuss how asking for different tips on privacy with your teachers ahead of classes can actually curb the social strains. Final segment at 58:01 is a blast of fun as the Viel sisters answer questions about each other, and you’ll learn why they have very different dance styles, and a favorite sister memory. Let’s make going to school and university enjoyable and not another task we gotta accommodate.

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  • Season Four officially begins with a major refresh and incredible lineup of special guest experts on topics to empower your life the way you want. This episode is all about self-care…and not the façade of Insta-worthy self-care but real, authentic and attainable self-care that can adapt to your daily routine. And this is a major asset when you live with chronic illness/disability/mental health because self-care can bring pride and balance into life.

    Our special guest, creator of the platform Bun Undone and Self-Care Society, Morgan Raphael, is a specialist on advising others on authentic self-care you can maintain that’s focused on instilling inner confidence for your wellness journey. This podcast episode feels like a fun chat with friends that’s full of the widest range of self-care practices and changing your mindset for the better. The Top Five Takeaways from the podcast are:

    At 4:51, Dominique and Morgan break down all the stigmas around the self-care we see (and can be intimidated by) on social media and give you their insider tips on how to authentically add self-care practices that you’ll individually enjoy in your routine. Plus, Morgan explains how her work gives five hot tips that’ll impact the way you view self-care! At 27:16, it’s toolkit-building time as you’ll learn creative self-care practices for the extroverts, the social butterflies, the inner reflection lovers, and the cozy homebodies, while also sharing how to take self-care from indulgence to a five minute hack (and perhaps why a shower meditation or soundtrack with your morning coffee will be added to your routine). With Intermission Story Time at 43:01, Morgan gets deep about the origin story behind Bun Undone and Self-Care Society, and how breakups actually fueled two major life perspective and career upgrades she’s thankful for. Second half at 50:51 is all about the life hacks as Dominique and Morgan dish out the benefits of what InvisiYouth defines as passive and active self-care (plus their mutual love of subtitles is revealed!) and how journaling isn’t just a niche tool of self-care, but a tool that has variety, flexibility and lets you feel proud of your documented life evolution. Final rapid roundup at 1:09:32 let’s up get to know our guest Morgan better with her life superlatives, like the unique reason she’s most likely to travel to Bali, how she’s most likely to spend her Friday nights, best Instagram style post and best piece of life advice.

    Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Morgan @bun_undone and @selfcaresociety_. And exclusive promo code INVISIYOUTH for 10% off all Morgan’s e-books and journals at www.bunundonescs.com.

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  • Let’s get back outdoors, go exploring, and improving our sustainability for the environment. These are bolder-sized topics to tackle, and especially for those of us in the chronic illness/disability community, the concepts of adventuring outdoors or being an environmentalist can be complicated by our health struggles. But the truest fact is that exploring outdoors and being part of supporting the environment are experiences everyone with a chronic illness or disability should be able to have in life. Our guest, Kelcie Miller-Anderson, is a Canadian environmental scientist and disability outdoor adventuring specialist. Her complex chronic illnesses like Mitochondrial Disease, EDS and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome affect every aspect of her life, but her passion for science has maintained as she’s adapted with innovation. She’s founded two companies, MycoRemedy and Bumblechain, both aiding different aspects of the environment, and runs the popular Instagram account, The Chronic Explorer, showcasing how her treks outdoors with awesome mobility aids.

    Check out these five fun segments:

    At 4:00, we’ve got Five Second Challenge as Kelcie rapidly let’s off fun facts about herself, like her favorite science word to use, why Canada is truly a tourist’s dream, and why Kelcie might have a love-hate relationship with winter.At 10:05, get chatting about all things science, sustainability and innovation…but make it disability and chronic illness-friendly. Kelcie dives into her multi-year long career as an environmental scientist, explaining how her brother impacted her love of science, what are the intersections of sustainability and disability we can tap into so helping the environment can be accessible, and the innovative ways we can all get more knowledgeable on helping the planet.STORY TIME at 31:05 takes us on an epic story of humor and realness of a time Kelcie was a young leader in London dealing with hectic travel and a unique introduction with Sir Richard Branson and her wheelchair. Second half takes us on an adventure at 36:48 when Kelcie and Dominique give all the needed facts and advice to make nature and adventuring accessible and friendly no matter your experience level, and how to make outdoor activists affordable and fun with mobility aids. And hang in for our final segment at 52:15, building a playlist for adding spice of innovation, outdoor activities and sustainability into your life. With the best accessible travel apps, great outdoor adventuring hashtags, and documentaries/books to check out, Kelcie also digs into the multifaceted power of the IG Geo-Tag and you WILL BLOW YOUR MIND getting this tip!

    Let’s get outdoors accessible and safely with some fun to lead into 2022! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Kelcie @thechronic_explorer. Please check out the InvisiYouth Charity Shop to buy yourself or someone you care about our limited edition Subtle Activist Color Block bracelet on www.etsy.com/shop/invisiyouthcharity with free shipping globally, and please support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • Taboo topics are hard to talk about because it brings up nerves, pain and discomfort, and one topic in particular that doesn’t get talked about much is grief, bereavement and death. Especially for young adults, talking about the concept of grief can feel intimidating and ominous, but when you have a chronic illness, it can become part of our personal and social conversations. It’s important to not just normalize talking about how to grieve, but also building that relationship with talking about death and health. Someone breaking down the stigmas around grief is the founder and host of the popular, The Grief Gang Podcast, Amber Jeffery. After losing her mom unexpectedly at 19, Amber was thrust into grief, but her journey stemmed beyond personal and wanting to connect with others, thus creating her successful podcast. Now Amber’s goal is to remind everyone how grief and happiness can coexist. Check out the episode five hot sections: At 5:02, get to know Amber outside the podcast host as she reveals what she loves most about travelling to Thailand, why she got nostalgic at an arcade, and how long ago it was when Amber went deviceless. At 15:22, bringing back a fan favorite segment of “Life Tinder Challenge” as Amber and Dominique gave their hot takes, and quick advice on grief topics like buying floral arrangement or condolence cards, and how they truly feel about the concepts of ‘grieving being a phase.’ They have some major opinions that’ll spark some thoughts and lots of laughs, trust us! And STORY TIME INTERMISSION starts at 39:22, Amber shares her story about a moment from her mom’s funeral that she says only 19-year old Amber would react like, and it’s filled with the range of sadness, anger and laughter that comes from these moments of grief. It’s a realness when you can look back and laugh at times of sadness. Second half starts at 48:10 when Amber and Dominique break all the glass ceilings about grief and death, sharing what makes young adult bereavement different, tips on talking about your grief and supporting friends, and the major ways young people with chronic illness can work through their fears and compartmentalize when death hits close to home. And we cannot wrap up this jam-packed episode without giving you the ultimate grief guide at 1:12:23 to feel supported and successful in handling grief. They chat what’s the best times of bereavement therapy (and no, it’s not one-on-one counseling), favorite books and charities to utilize, and the best phrases to avoid AND use when you don’t know what to say when someone passes away. Just like life, this episode is filled with chatting about grief and having fun times while doing it, learning how to live with both feelings at once, and you’ll learn so much while listening to this episode, promise. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Amber @amber_jeffery, her podcast @thegriefgangpodcast. Thank you to our charitable sponsor Tee Spoonies for partnering for this episode (and visit @teespoonies to buy their products that donate directly to InvisiYouth), and please support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • It’s all about your deep, burning questions today as we have founder and podcast host Dominique lead her very first solo episode! And in Dominique’s signature sarcastically optimistic style, she brings the heat when answering all questions so you’ll have advice to interpret into your daily living growing and thriving with your chronic illness or disability. With a plethora of questions and topics anonymously submitted from the InvisiYouth community, Dominique had never seen any of the questions before reading them aloud (with some mega-shock reactions, you’ll laugh out loud) this is the podcast episode to dive deep into those burning questions you never wanna ask. In this episode, Dominique answers some rapid-fire questions about herself so we can finally learn some more about the woman behind the mic hosting the podcast. And you’ll learn all about her quirky nicknames, guilty pleasures, what else she wished she majored in university, dream podcast guests and favorite childhood costumes! When class comes into session, Dominique teaches practical life-improving advice sharing our staple InvisiYouth Theories! You’ll learn how to be the best communicator, improve your outlook on health flare ups, get better results from doctor visits, and have some fun in your days by each InvisiYouth theory Dominique teaches. This is a class session you don’t wanna miss. And with STORY TIME being focused on Dominique, we get some laughs when Dominique talks about her secret university life, and how one hospital bracelet led to an entire lecture hall learning about her secret chronic illness/public speaking life. Second half of the episode is all about YOU and your submitted questions that are some of the funniest, most intriguing, and most personal questions. And with Dominique having no preview, all her reactions are fresh and humorous. She’s chatting about aliens (yes, you read that correctly), the reason society feels inclined for the chronic illness/disability community to smile often, what kind of DETAILED ice cream flavor would be the best representation of Dominique, her appreciation of safe words (and no, it’s not the kind you’re thinking, trust us), our stance of ‘superficial’ struggles of living with health issues, her best tip for newbie entrepreneurs, and why she’d describe her chronic illness life like a circus. And she ends off with Dominique piece of advice on how you thrive when you are teammates and not competitors with our chronic illness/disability. This episode is super funny, impactful, teachable and quirky, so you’ll love every minute. And SPOILER: you get TWO sneak peek announcements about InvisiYouth 2.0 programming. Please like, comment and share this episode by making sure you DOWNLOAD and SUBSCRIBE. AND support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • Win the gold medal, it's the Olympic and Paralympic season and we’re celebrating our appreciation for sports, and the power of para-sports by having two special guests that have been athletes at the Paralympic Games. Talk about getting elite athletes that are competing for medals in Tokyo 2020! Say hello to Team Great Britain’s returning Track and Field athletes, Polly Maton and Livvy Breen. Both Polly and Livvy are para-sprinters and long jumpers (competing in different categories) and were introduced to sports at a young age. Their talents combined with determined hard work have made both of these ladies forces in the track and field community, both winning medals in international competitions and both being on Team GB’s Paralympic teams in Rio 2016 with Livvy also being on the London 2012 Paralympic team too! With these ladies being teammates and friends for many years, travelling the world competing in para-athletics and thriving, this episode feels like you’re hanging out with three friends laughing and giving advice. In this episode, Dominique, Polly and Livvy bring the humor as they answer our rapid fire questions, like why the Team GB Paralympic gear needed to have that bucket hat for Polly, and what other sport Livvy would love to compete in. We get our journalist hats on with our “Medical Pop Headlines” Paralympics News Edition segment as these Paralympians and Dominique give their hot takes on some of the biggest news stories, like the discussion of athletes’ mental health needs after Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka bring mental wellbeing to light in Tokyo 2020, their thoughts on combining the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris 2024, and how female athletes’ uniforms got way to much scrutiny this summer—including Livvy’s uniform briefs. We hit the middle of our episode with TWICE the Story Time with our guests about competing at the Paralympic Games. Polly remembers how she may not have been invited to an Olympic/Paralympic party at her school when she returned from Rio 2016. And Livvy talks about when she was the leader in the 4x100 relay at her first games in London 2012---and how it felt to have a full stadium and 300 classmates cheering in the stands. Second half of this episode will give everyone life advice, humor and example stories for those wanting to get active with a chronic illness/disability. Livvy and Polly talk about how sport has boosted their confidence as they’ve grown into young women with their respective chronic illness/disability, and what are the different options YOU can take if you’re wanting to try a new sport for the first time with your chronic illness/disability. They chat on why doing your Google homework on how other young people have played sports with disabilities/chronic illnesses will give you the advantage in getting to join school sport teams or clubs. And we give our thoughts on how to reply when you’re told you’re “inspirational and brave” for nothing but existing in your sport uniform. We end the episode with a burst of energy as these Paralympians drop some major nuggets of motivation. Learn how to combat stigmas of what doing “sports with a disability/illness” looks like, why these para-athletes make the BEST Instagram follows, how failure is the best thing to happen to you, give the details on why your relationship with your body strengthens through sports, and why you are just as capable as anyone to do sports. Polly and Livvy are reminding you in this podcast that you can do ANYTHING as long as positivity, humor, hard work and teamwork are attributes of your sporting experiences, from your backyard to the world stage. We’re cheering on these two elite para-athletes for gold medals in Tokyo 2020 and we hope you give this episode cheers too!

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  • Sister, Sister! We have a majorly special episode because the super fun Heringer sisters (Rachel and Abigail) are in the house for their first ever joint interview! Many will remember Abigail from the popular TV show The Bachelor for Season 25/Matt James (and upcoming Season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise) and she was also the first deaf/cochlear implants contestant on the franchise’s almost two decades on TV! Talk about bringing some much needed representation! And her biggest cheerleader, older sister Rachel, who also has cochlear implants, is an equally talented young woman crushing it in her work with commercial insurance in the Pacific Northwest. This dynamic duo brings the fun and upbeat energy for the entire episode, and we chat not only about Abigail’s Bachelor experience, but also about sibling dynamics (since there are actually four Heringer siblings) and they drop advice and encouragement that we know all of you with siblings will immediately resonate with. In this episode, Dominique, Rachel and Abigail give out their “Illest Superlatives” to each other, like Rachel planning what group date activity Abigail would’ve won the group date rose on, and Abigail knowing which reality show Rachel would do well on, and the sisters sharing their most proud sister moments. Abigail shares some great advice she got from Rachel that she thought of during her time on The Bachelor and what compelled her to share about her hearing loss and Rachel’s powerful older sibling influence on night one. The Heringer sisters give great pieces of advice they’ve learned from not only their dynamic as sisters with the same invisible disability, but also how they nurture their relationships with their two younger brothers, and it’s some great tips for all of us with an illness/disability trying to connect with our siblings without the same conditions. Spoiler: the three ladies all agree that a group chat with siblings is a perfect way to strengthen your bond to share your needs while also having fun with your siblings when you send good memes and videos. And we get two doses of STORY-TIME with our intermission segment because Rachel shares her experience watching Abigail graduate from university and feeling all the big sister feels, and Abigail shares a funny story from her elementary school days that involves a lost cochlear implant and one hysterical misunderstanding with a panicked classmate! Part Two of the podcast picks up the pace as the Heringer sisters share some of their life hacks, like all their must-haves for others with CIs, what their de-stressors are like some certain Netflix genres, good snacks, and in Rachel’s case, quality time with her adorable corgi Louie! And Rachel and Abigail give their different perspectives on how to feel more confident when your health or disability can sometimes make you feel lost in group settings. Just like two siblings are not alike, we have Abigail and Rachel give their different pieces of advice about working in careers NOT connected with chronic illness/disability and how to adapt and speak up for what you need. Plus, the inside scoop on how Abigail’s appearance on The Bachelor was how Rachel’s colleagues learned about her own hearing loss! Abigail also talks about how to handle the pressures of outside opinions on living life and not conforming to the stereotype of a ‘disabled person’ and while we all might not have 500k followers, Abigail gives so great guidance you can use! And we end the episode with our ‘One More Piece of Advice” with both Rachel and Abigail telling us one piece of advice that really resonated with them as young women with invisible disabilities. We’re officially welcoming the Heringer sisters into the InvisiYouth family, and we know you’ll adopt them too after checking out t

  • Log in for the a deep dive into reaping all the benefits of insider tips of online community! A first introduction into support as a young adult with chronic illness/disability often means using social media or nonprofits as a way to connect with others that are living similar health struggle experiences. But let’s be real, as we are teens and young adults, making friendships and bonds virtually can feel as awkward as a blind date, and we’ve got no handbook on how to master people an individual wanting a support network that gets it…until now. That’s what InvisiYouth’s platform is all about, and we’ve got a special guest on this episode that also specializes in authentic support online, the founder of the media/events company and online community ChroniCon, Nitika Chopra! Living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis along with her wide career in TV, her online magazine and podcasting, Nitika believes wellness and empowerment can be fused together when part of a community, and now her company provides workshops and content focused on support. In this episode, Dominique and Nitika get to chat about Nitika’s go-to karaoke song, the one thing she wish she invented and why Nitika’s first job only lasted a couple days. They dive into the reasons online community should be recommended to every older youth with a chronic illness/disability, what initial steps all you introverts can make into virtual friendships and comradery (any why the online dating mindset is the way to go) and their top three tips for family/friends that wanna have supportive conversations that aren’t all focused on your health. And our intermission “So That One Time” storytime is all about Nitika’s journey dreaming up for goal of a TV show becoming a reality. And she may give the best episode quote about how her and Dominique are chronic illness ninjas, and you can be one too! Part Two of InvisiYouth Chat Sessions gets deep with advice and fun motivation as Dominique and Nitika explain the how-to’s with combatting loneliness that sometimes follows you relying on virtual community, the best way to handle the cycle of pessimism or complaining that can fill online chronic illness communities, and their pieces of advice to break through that bogged down feeling on social media when you need some selfcare in a world all focused on virtual. And InvisiYouth’s ‘fly on a wall theory’ is discussed and we know you’ll want to add it to the backburner when following new people on Instagram. We got you in the ways you can DM slide, how to make a comment, and how to feel safe and comfortable on your socials when wanting to interact with new people in chronic illness/disability communities. And we end off the episode with these ladies making their life toolkit that you will be taking notes on 100% because it will improve your daily life. You’ll learn what you’ve gotta had to your bag, a favorite item to make your home office cozy, the fashionable clothes that will boost your confidence in flares, the must-have travel size item, and the books that they are reading lately. We’re ready to make you the best version of your passive or active social media-self. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Nitika @nitikachopra and ChroniCon @chroniconofficial and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • We love a good dog video on our Instagram feed, but when we see a service dog video, our love and intrigue is immediately peaked. And that’s because service dogs and their handlers are a group mainstream media doesn’t often share… especially for our young adult community. Over the years, we’ve gotten countless messages asking about service and therapy dogs as part of improving the quality of one’s chronic illness or disability life, and it’s one of the most requested podcast topics. So we’re FINALLY doing an episode all about this dog community, it’s with special guest invisible disabilities and service dog activist Bri Harris and her medic alert service dog Arrow! With her own dynamic chronic illnesses, Bri having dog Arrow improved her quality of life with Arrow’s individualized tasks for assistance. And with her fast-growing Instagram showing the daily life of service dogs, educating on the most common misconceptions, and sharing a behind the scenes of service dog life with Arrow, Bri proves that service dogs strengthen life immensely… and that Arrow is a model service dog AND model-status photogenic. On this episode, Bri and Dominique (with the help of Arrow too!) get to know more fun facts about Bri and Arrow’s like all about Arrow’s wonderful reintroduction to the movie theater since the pandemic started and how she’s not gonna fall for a jump-scare horror movie, and get the facts straight with our “Top Search” segment when Bri answers the most frequent questions about service dogs like why there’s no national registration program, how people should respond to seeing a service dog (and yes, that includes no petting!), what it means when a service dog is working and performing a task, and what the main difference is between emotional support animals, therapy dogs and service dogs. And those three differences are CRUCIAL to understanding the relationship between dog and handler! STORY TIME gets real funny as Bri tells an embarrassing moment she’s gained confidence sharing that involves waiting in a car line to enter Disneyland, Arrow’s epic speed running skills and public bathrooms. Second half of InvisiYouth Chat Sessions amps up the funny with so many life stories of founder Dominique experiences, and Bri after living with Arrow for four years. She tells her top two pieces of advice for those with service dogs or looking to get/train one so they can thrive in the professional setting, soar with success in their schooling life—know your accommodations, people!—and how having supportive friends and family means giving them KNOWLEDGE on service dogs so they can back you up in public. And we end the podcast with Bri and Arrow’s Life Playlist on the must-have items when you have a dog or service dog. It includes the papers you should definitely carry which differs per state/country, best harnesses, the best items to add to your bag like Bri’s “Arrow Pouch” and these gadgets are affordable, cute AND functional for your furry companion and service dog. Bri is a guest not just packed with knowledge, but super fun AND Arrow makes her podcast debut with InvisiYouth and certainly ends the podcast with a much-watch moment! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Bri and Arrow @followyourarrow_gsp, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • Being multifaceted in your professional and personal life AND having balance for both, especially in today’s world where you want to be your authentic self but virtually connect. And our special guest is an absolute boss when it comes to creating your lane in every aspect that fuels your fire, it’s the incredible chronic illness activist, content creator, editor, writer, model and all-around boss woman, Devri Velázquez! In 2011, Devri was diagnosed with a rare disease called Takayasu’s arteritis and she used her talents of writing and advocacy work to create a professional resume that rivals many for its diversity and skill. With her unique platform empowering others to create positive changes across communities of gender, race and identity, Devri has written for brands like Allure and 21Ninety.com and been a panelist of health summits. Now with over 96k followers, Devri is the queen of sharing how writing and visuals can empower women to focus on their individual wellness, activism in daily life, and inner powers. In this episode, Devri and Dominique fire off some quick takes about Devri’s favorite things like her favorite TikTok trend, how she starts and ends her day with two of the COOLEST things in her routine, and a guilty pleasure she has not shame sharing. Then the duo dives deep and gets real breaking the glass ceiling on misconceptions the diverse chronic illness/disability community deals with—like how to navigate social media while touching on topics of racial and gender inequality, and ways to be a person that advocates for MANY communities because that makes you a passionate badass. Allyship becomes a major chatting point as Devri mentions not only the starting points you can add to be an ally for underrepresented communities, but also how to amplify voices of those in communities like the BIPOC and AAPI communities, because as Dominique points out, being proactive and reactive are two different ways of advocating for change but two very needed styles of allyship! STORY TIME for our Intermission Segment gets a bit spooky and sentimental as Devri tells us about how her love of horror stories resulted in her creating a childhood side hustle that led her down the path as a professional writer today. Get your notepad ready for the second half of the episode because Devri and Dominique create the guidebook of how to be an entrepreneur and be a successful one as your creator and manager, every tip to make your social media a focal point like writing that best caption or taking that perfect photo, and lots of advice of how to create wellness and boundaries to protect your mind and health. Probably the best advice comes from our super uplifting conversation at the end of the episode when Devri mentions how to respond to those social hot button questions about things like racial ignorance, gender inequality and ableism and how to boost your confidence to NEVER be silence when you feel fearful of ‘saying the wrong thing.’ They even talk about how ignorance isn’t a bad word because that means you can STILL grow and learn from what you don’t know. And Devri’s BEST piece of advice is so empowering, so powerful, you will want to stick to the end of the episode. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Devri @devrivelazquez, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • Being just as elegant and passionate on the dance floor as she is in her philanthropy and activism, our video podcast guest is an unbelievable talent. Founder of the UK nonprofit Project Parent, wheelchair ballerina, model and disability activist, Kate Stanforth. Living with ME and other chronic illnesses, Kate had to adapt to make her life accessible, especially when she began needing a wheelchair. Her chronic illness journey helped her create Project Parent in 2014, delivering over 1,500 holiday gifts to parents with children in hospital. And this year, she launched Kate Stanforth Academy of Dance by fusing her past experience as a classical dancer and now teaching wheelchair dance with inclusive classes and its first set of classes SOLD OUT. In this episode, Dominique and Kate give their hot takes on hot button topics like TikTok and the social media like buttons in our “Life Tinder Challenge” segment, and you’ll be surprised at some of their answers. And the ladies dive deep into their conversation on philanthropy, getting into volunteering, and what makes running a nonprofit so different from a business. They have ideas of boosting your virtual volunteer opportunities and how your hobbies can be a key to fundraising for many nonprofits like Project Parent and InvisiYouth. We get to our intermission, halfway point of the podcast when Kate tells a life story that’s about two things: Kate’s loveable assistance dog Spencer and his fascination with walking up to a particular group of people when they got out. And in the second half of the episode, Kate talks about dance, wheelchair dance styles, how she was able to take a passion “pre-chronic illness life” of dancing and bring it full circle AND adapt it to fit into her new way of life. We get major details about why we all can use a bit of dance in our lives, and how using virtual connection can get up out of our comfort zones to try new things. Plus, our final segment of this episode is a masterclass on activism, fighting off haters, tackling disability hate and the ways you can get support for those negative situations and comments, and the top two things Kate and Dominique suggest you do to build more independence in your life when you need support. This is the BEST piece of advice for our older youth, so take note! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Kate @katestanforth, her nonprofit @projectparent and her dance academy @katestanforthdance to get access to her amazing work, thank you to our charitable sponsor Tandem Podcasts for partnering for this episode, and please support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

  • As we start Season 3B, we’re kicking off our monthly video podcast series with one of the chronic illness/disability community’s favorite rising stars on social media, it’s the creator and graphic designer behind the popular brand @thisthingtheycallrecovery, Jenny McGibbon. Based in Scotland, Jenny used her diverse health experience being born with gastroschisis and short bowel syndrome along with M.E. to connect her love of art with her desire to make the medical space connect better with young people like her. Now, Jenny’s brand, This Thing They Call Recovery has graphics being translated into 50 language in 90 countries, talk about taking on the world one creative graphic design at a time! In this episode, Dominique and Jenny talk about how chronic illness makes you pick practical superhero powers and why Jenny’s latest binge-watch TV show was a completely unique answer, chat about the role that are and design played in her health journey and why @thisthingtheycallrecovery was a happy accident that created her self-employed graphic designer career. The ladies dive deep into how you can stay private and be part of the chronic illness community online, and why you gotta water that curiosity to divide your life and personal activism. And Jenny explains why art, graphics and captions let you communicate with others, gain support and advice all while not sharing every bit of her journey. We stan good tips on how to respond to those comments (in life and in DMs) when people don’t agree with your choices and chronic illness/disability POVs and these ladies give MAJOR tips! Intermission Story Time is epic because who knew that dogs were the most adaptive furry best friends—and we might want to adapt Jenny’s dog as an InvisiYouth mascot after her story! Dive right into the second half of the episode as Dominique and Jenny talk about all the behind the scenes goodies of some of Jenny’s viral graphic designs and how they were created. Plus, we end this podcast episode with the best toolkit to get all your work-from-home and graphic designer needs met! Jenny and Dominique talk about graphic designing software, how to make captions, what you can do to make your workstation anywhere in your home automatically improve your mood and productivity, and why they both love a power hour! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Jenny @thisthingtheycallrecovery and her graphic design brand, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!

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