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Alex McFadden

Okay, your life is different now – you’ve accepted that. But the question remains: who do I complain to? Do you take this to Twitter? Talk to your family? Say ‘fibromyalgia’ really loud in a public place, and see who turns around?

Alex McFadden is a writer and performer living with fibromyalgia. We had a chat with them about support networks: where to find them, how to make them, and how to support (and how not to support) your chronically ill friends.

Content warning: this episode includes discussions of severe physical and mental illness, hospitals, medical trauma.

Further reading

  • Alex McFadden’s blog

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In this episode

Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin. Writer and performer Alex McFadden is our guest.

Recorded at Studio 757, Melbourne. This series is produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre’s Signal Boost programme. Mentorship and production support from Bec Fary.

Music: ‘Dip Dop’ by Barrie Gledden; ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ and ‘More on That Later’ by Lee Rosevere.

Sound effects sourced from SoundSnap.


Download a transcript of this episode here (Adobe PDF format).

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