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Pilot: What does a chronic illness sound like?

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Ambu-Lance Armstrong

Izzie has type 1 diabetes. Silvi has ulcerative colitis. Only one of them can drive. And they’re making a podcast.

What business do two chronically ill millennials have in touring the country in a beat-up old ambulance? Subscribe to find out  – and join these fully-sick friends as they go on the road to find other chronic illness-havers just like them.

Pill Pop is for anyone with a chronic illness who just wishes they had some mates who understood what it’s like … and for everyone else to dip into a world they potentially never knew existed.

Content warning: Discussions of severe illness, hospitals, medical trauma.

Sensory warning: Some scenes at the beginning contain loud ambulance sirens.

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In this episode

Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin. Mentorship and production support from Bec Fary.

Additional voices by Bec Fary and Ben Volchok.

Music: 'Dip Dop' by Barrie Gledden; 'Sad Marimba Planet', 'Where Was I' and 'Vaping in L.A.' by Lee Rosevere; 'Glitter Blast' by Kevin Macleod (CC-BY-4.0).

Sound effects sourced from SoundSnap.


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Portrait of Silvi Vann-Wall

Silvi Vann-Wall

Silvi Vann-Wall is an audio producer and podcaster, with a strong journalism background. She loves making weird and wonderful audio and is usually found with headphones on. She has lived with a chronic illness for ten years and this informs her current work.

Portrait of Izzie Austin

Izzie Austin

Izzie Austin is a zinester and postgraduate student who grew up in Brisbane with several cats, and now lives in Brunswick with just one cat. They are currently undertaking a PhD in cinema studies and working on Pill Pop – a podcast about chronic illnesses, including their own messed-up pancreas.

Pill Pop

An audio road trip for the chronically ill.

Pill Pop is hosted by two chronically ill people – Izzie and Silvi – who take you on a road trip through chronic-illness country. Izzie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young kid, and Silvi was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a teenager.

We've lived the majority of our lives with illness, and now it's time to share our stories with people just like us. So hop on in to the back seat of our secondhand ambulance and buckle up for the trip of a lifetime!

At each Pill Pop Pit Stop, we'll interview a guest about their life with chronic illness, covering everything from the funny, the sad and the flat-out gross. Each episode will take you on a journey – from diagnosis, to finding a good doctor, to accepting that your illness is forever.

For anyone who's wondering what it's like to be chronically ill, we use the power of audio to fully immerse each listener in the body of our guests! It's like the episode of The Magic School Bus Ms Frizzle didn't want you to know about.