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Podcast Episode: Navigating Marriage in Chronic Illness

Over the summer I ran a survey here on the blog, asking you readers what sort of things you were hoping to see. Topics you were interested in, ways to connect more here on the blog and social media and a variety of other ideas. Your responses were so helpful in shaping this blog space and today I’m introducing the Grit & Grace Podcast!

In today’s first episode, I’m integrating some of the questions from my Q/A corner on the topic of marriage in chronic illness. I’ve received a bunch of questions over the last few months so I envision this being a series we revisit to work through some of the common themes.

Marriage in chronic illness is tough. And there’s no way to sugarcoat it, it just IS.

So I’ve invited my husband on the podcast today to offer his unique perspective as the spouse of someone fighting chronic illness. Because, if you’ve been fighting illness for more than a minute you KNOW that this battle affects them, too.

So pour yourself a warm fall drink (or an icy beverage if you’re still in summer’s unending heat) and hit play to join our conversation!

Episode 1: Navigating Marriage in Chronic Illness


Listen in as husband and wife discuss some of the challenges that come with marriage in chronic illness, ways they are learning to navigate the grit of this life, and answers to some of readers' questions.

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How We Love Book by Milan & Kay Yerkovich

To email Trevin: trevin@livinggraceblog.com

We’d love to continue the conversation with you in the comments below, whether you’re in a relationship or wishing you were. Your story matters.

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6 comments

  1. Umm this episode was WONDERFUL!! I loved the part of the conversation where yal talked about being honest about your symptoms. I feel torn inside and am not always completely honest with my partner about the way I am feeling and how close to the edge I am in that moment. I hide all of my whirlwind of symptoms and will only tell him if it has become worse or he busts me because I am ‘crying over the stove’. Hearing Trevin talk about this made me realize I need to be a bit more vulnerable and transparent because he is asking because he cares and it kills him to see me hurt so bad. This helped changed my perspective and I thank you for that!

    • Kami says:

      I’m so glad to hear it was relatable and helpful for you, Kirsten. I feel you on being torn with how much to share and it’s still a struggle I’m working through. I think sometimes I think it will be a burden to him if I share, when he feels that will instead happen if I don’t. Haha it’s a learning process this illness + marriage life!

  2. Laci Hoyt says:

    Thank you for this Kami. The two of you touched on so many things that my husband and I experience and it was refreshing to hear about someone else’s married life with chronic illness. Thank you for sharing about your journey together.

    • Kami says:

      I’m so glad to read this, Laci. We know how isolating it can feel, lacking connection to other couples who are facing similar struggles and hoped we could comfort/relate to others in this way. Thank you so much for listening!

  3. Julien Sorel says:

    Nice podcast! I like it, you must be using a good quality microphone, the sound is crisp. One thing to consider though is de-essing, most audio processing software have this functionality.
    I have a question: I am considering starting a podcast using soundcloud. Which pricing plan are you using? And was it easy to set it up?

    • Kami says:

      Thanks for listening, Julien. I’m not familiar with de-essing, but thanks for the tip! SoundCloud was very easy to set up and there are some great tutorials online for any snags you run into. I am currently using their free plan, which allows for 3 hours of upload time. At that point you can upgrade to pro for an additional 3 hours I believe.

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