Karolyn Gehrig is an artist, writer, advocate, and performer known for creating HospitalGlam, a social media-based movement.
Karolyn suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disease that affects her joints and internal organs as well as being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She rarely goes more than two weeks without a visit to the hospital.  She's the creator of #HospitalGlam, a movement that utilizes photography and fashion to create awareness of invisible injuries and help empower patients. Topics discussed are PTSD, sexism, the difficulties of dealing with chronic pain and unresponsive doctors, finding a community online of "engaged patients" with the same diagnosis, and self-care. More About Our Guest  Follow her on Instagram @KarolynPRG Her website is www.KarolynGehrig.com The archived Tumblr site referred to is still at www.hospitalglam.com Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by  SquareSpace.  Go to www.SquareSpace.com/mental for a free trial.  When you're ready to launch use the offer code mental for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.   Paul's SquareSpace site is www.paul-gilmartin.squarespace.com This episode is sponsored by Roman.  To get started go to www.GetRoman.com/mental for a free online visit and free two-day shipping. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------
In this episode, I sit down with the hilarious Karolyn Gehrig, creator of the #HospitalGlam hashtag about sexuality, disability, and so much more. Our conversations touch on Karolyn's experience of EDS, her "How Much Blood is Too Much Blood", talking about the right to die and then getting her pussy eaten out with a date, and lots more. Follow Karolyn on Twitter here: @karolynprgGo to Karolyn's website here: http://www.karolyngehrig.com/
Karolyn Gehrig is an artist suffering from the connective tissue disorder Ehlers Danois Syndrome. When she found herself spending hours in hospitals and doctor's offices she decided to turn her visits into art. She joins Dwyer to talk about her chronic pain, using her art to asking people to not look through her eyes but to look at her, and the complications of dating when suffering from a disorder. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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4 hours, 31 minutes
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