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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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We want to hear from our listeners. Tweet us your diagnosis story at @PillPopCast, or send us an email at

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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