Chronic But Iconic

The Co-Founder Of Lyme Disease UK Natasha Metcalf On All The Amazing Work Of LDUK.

An episode of Chronic But Iconic

By Chronic But Iconic
Presented to you by Sophie Ward, a Lyme Disease campaigner, blogger, author and radio presenter. Learning how to adapt living life with chronic illness. The challenges we face and the lessons we have to learn. There isn’t a text book with all the answers. We learn on the job, through experiences and fellow sufferers. Chronic illness is tough and there will be rough times but I hope my podcast will inspire you all to keep chasing your dreams and that you DO deserve to live life.
Laura Brown - New Music Release 24th May
Wow, how lucky am I to have the wonderful Laura Brown BACK on my podcast channel. So many of you were touched by Laura's fight and journey with Lyme Disease but were also so inspired by her amazing talent. Her music has been a massive healer of her's and GUESS WHAT? She is releases brand new music on Friday 24th May, 2019. You can pre-order NOW via her website: , so please head on over to Laura's website and be inspired by her wonderful musical talents. You can follow Laura's journey on her Instagram: @lcbrownmusic . I am so thankful to Laura for coming back on the channel and talking more in depth about her music but also her family life. It truly means so much to me and Laura has a BUSY summer ahead of her, so keep your eyes peeled for all the updates and exciting news. For Mother's wondering how to balance, health, life , relationships and a family the topics we talk about in this episode and Laura's hints and tips will REALLY help so many of you. Thank you Laura, you deserve all the success in the world, you are so talented and it was an honour to have you back on the channel. Take a listen now and enjoy. 
May 20, 2019
Julia Knight's Lyme Story & Being Lyme Disease UK's Media Manager
Julia is a superwoman is so many ways. She is extremely hard working and does SO much for the Lyme Disease UK community. She has a heart of gold, always making sure she is giving people the best advice possible and the best form of support to every single member. Her journey has been a heart-breaking one however, and I am so thankful to Julia for being so open and honest about her own Lyme journey which at some points even made me really upset hearing the pain and struggles Julia has gone through. We touched on many pressing subjects such as: awareness, education, the media, celebrities speaking out, the growing community & lots more. I think so many of you will be able to relate to the destressing circumstances that Julia faced with support networks, doctors and how she has come about learning to deal with her health. Please give this episode a listen, I am sure you will find this episode inspiring and informative. Thank you so much Julia for being an amazing guest and remember if you want more information on Lyme Disease please head to the Lyme Disease UK website: and if you kindly would like to donate to the cause please head to the website and head over to the donate page. Thank you. 
May 16, 2019
Kirk Haworth - Plant-based Cooking, Career Chat & Lyme Disease Journey.
Kirk is an incredibly talented chef, who's journey with Lyme Disease has led him to eat a plant-based diet. He has used this to his advantage to create amazing, show-stopping dishes and take his career in a new direction but also to help him heal. Kirk explains how hard it has been to deal with his health and balance his career & sport. I think he has a very motivation message throughout the interview that he has never really 'given up' he is still achieving, chasing dreams and adapting around his health in order to aid in his recovery and find a better work/life balance. We touch on the dark years before being diagnosed and some of the treatments Kirk has undergone. Kirk puts it perfectly that we are all in control of our own journey and have to listen to our guts when it comes to our treatments. We have to do what feels right for us not just dive in without really thinking things through or doing the research. Kirk caters for all sorts of events and if you want more information PLEASE check out his website: and his Instagram @Kirk_haworth & @plates_london . Kirk says on the podcast that please reach out to him, he is willing to give advice and help wherever he can. Whenever it is on a personal level, diet level or just about more information about Kirk's journey. Sometimes reaching out and having those hints, tips and advice can really help us. Thank you Kirk for being an amazing guest! You were a delight & I am so honoured to have been able to share your story, get to interview you and be inspired by your amazing work. Thank you!
May 13, 2019
The Co-Founder Of Lyme Disease UK Natasha Metcalf On All The Amazing Work Of LDUK.
This was a super fun and informative interview with the wonderful co-founder of Lyme Disease UK, Natasha Metcalf.  I am so pleased that Natasha agreed to kindly come on my channel and share how she came about setting up the wonderful Lyme Disease UK, the level of work that is put in behind the scenes every day, the support, the awareness work we do, the community, goals for the future. We really covered a lot and this episode is one that I think many people will be inspired by and will also help people begin to understand how much hard work goes into LDUK. So, that we can offer the best level of support to the community but also be out on the frontlines educating not just the people of the U.K. but the world in hope we can protect & save as many lives as possible. You can visit the Lyme Disease UK website: for more information and resources. You can kindly donate through the Lyme Disease UK website too and remember every little helps. Don't shy away from getting involved in raising awareness. Putting posters up in vets, local supermarkets, clubs, public areas is so very helpful and effective. Even just talking to friends and family members can protect and save lives. Hosting a fundraising event? THANK YOU, be sure to tag LDUK in all your amazing pictures on Twitter: @UKLyme and Instagram: @LymeDiseaseUK . I hope you all enjoy this interview, as much as I did. It was an honour to have Natasha as a guest. I am so thankful to her to not only agreeing to be a guest but inviting me to be an admin at LDUK last January. Natasha has helped me find purpose in life and I am so passionate about the charity and the fight. Thank you ! Please leave your feedback and enjoy this episode. Thank you. 
May 9, 2019
How To Handle Judgements When Battling Chronic Illness With Angie & Andrea
These two woman are amazing and I am so lucky and grateful to have them both on my podcast, sharing their amazing stories and tips for us all to learn from and gain inspiration. These women are driving forces in the chronic illness world. Their determination, outlook on health and life is something we can all draw a lot of motivation and inspiration from.  Please take a listen and I hope this episode shows the importance of BALANCE, inner beauty, healthy relationships with ourselves and others and also the importance of surrounding ourselves with positivity. We need to zap away the negatives because they only pull us down. It isn't always easy to do and there is no overnight fix, we have to work at it every single day and these lovely ladies are rocking it. It was such as honour to have these amazing women BOTH on the podcast today and I can't wait for next time. A MASSIVE thank you to Angie & Andrea. Take a listen and enjoy. xo
May 6, 2019
Sophie Ward - Swimming Mindset & Lyme
New episode! I can't tell you how strange it was not having a guest but I put a question out onto Instagram what would you like me to do my podcast on? So many came back to me wanting to know how I have used my swimming mindset to deal with my Lyme Disease battle. So, here we are. I get a bit emotional in parts, as it is a tough journey when it comes to Lyme Disease but also often talking about my past brings back lots of red flags. We see certain traits as massive positives and often they are but when they go to the extreme they can have a negative affect. My swimming days are upsetting and raw to me, in lots of different ways. Often ways I don't realise. In recent years I have run away from all emotions linked to swimming but often forget to give my time in the pool credit for the strong person I have grown into today. I know hand on my heart if I hadn't of been an athlete back in the day I probably would have allowed my Lyme to make me bedridden and defeat me. My discipline, drive and ambition has made me determined to keep 'living' and fighting. I talk about the importance of routine, setting goals, the drive never to give up and pain thresholds. This episode was harder for me than I thought it would have been, so I am so sorry for the emotional break down mid-way. I am only human though and this podcast wouldn't be 'real' if I wasn't open and honest with you all. I hope you enjoy, I hope you feel inspired and find comfort in my journey. Watch out on my Instagram to have YOUR SAY on what you want me to discuss next! Leave your comments and feedback, I love to hear from you. ENJOY! Follow me on Instagram: @sophiewardy , read more about my journey through my book 'IN THE LYME LIGHT' available on Amazon & follow my blog: . Thank you for being a Sophantastic Star!
May 2, 2019
Laura Brown - Music Dreams With Lyme
In this episode I was SO lucky to chat with the lovely Laura !Brown who is a songwriter & artist. Despite her hard time battling with Lyme Disease she is determined to use her passion - music to keep chasing her amazing dreams. You can find Laura on Facebook; Laura Brown where you can find links to all her website & music. We talk openly about how Laura is finding balance in her life and using music as a healing mechanism but also as a strong motivator. Please take a listen and offer your support. Laura’s new music will be released on 24th May, 2019! She will be back on the podcast towards the end of May but you can pre-order her music NOW. So get in there quick, Laura is amazing! Thank you Laura! Credits to Adam Simpson for the wonderful podcast edits & check out Laura’s Instagram: @lcbrownmusic !
April 29, 2019
Allergies, Dyslexia & Asthma With Adam Simpson
Welcome to an new episode of Chronic But Iconic. In this episode I am joined by Adam Simpson, who suffers with asthma, dyslexia and a peanut allergy. Allergies are on the rise globally and especially nut allergies. We have also seen over the News and the media how on planes nut products have to be limited and customers MUST inform the airline before boarding if they have an allergy to nuts. I felt it was important to highlight the dangers of allergies and how managing them can be really tough when ordering out or dining out. Labels aren't always clear and members of staff/chefs aren't always as careful as they should be when dealing with allergies & intolerances.  We also talked about asthma, again - this illness affects SO many. Whether it is standard asthma or sports induced. I used to have sports induced asthma back in my swimming days but since retiring, I am so lucky to be fine now and not need to take my inhalers. Adam opens up about the struggles when it comes to exercise, what the future looks like battling asthma, managing his inhalers and how careful he has to be day to day. People often forget how debilitating asthma really is. When you can't seem to breathe properly and are gasping for air, it is the most frightening thing.  We go on to talk about dyslexia and how Adam has used dyslexia to his advantage and not allowed it to be a hurdle. Adam is extremely inspiring as he talks about his difficulties growing up and working with his passion- music. Adam really proves how you can always adapt and learn to add your own spin on things. You don't have to follow a certain path or do things a certain way. If the passion is there you can still become great at whatever you put your hand too.  I know so many of you will be able to relate to Adam, and I am sure you will enjoy this episode. Adam will be back on the podcast in the coming weeks to talk about being a carer. We touch on it slightly in this episode but I think it is important to give care giver's a voice. Often we forget it isn't just the sufferer who has to deal with a hard diagnosis. The carer is only human as well and they have the hardest job trying to be strong but they too need support and care. I think so many of you will find comfort in Adam's story and I hope to give you all a place you can reach out and have your voice heard too. NOW, enjoy! You can follow Adam on Instagram: @ajsimpson . Thank you Adam.
April 22, 2019
Lottie Amor - Talking About Stem Cell Treatment & Balancing Life With Lyme
This episode is really worth a listen! The lovely, Lottie Amor speaks openly and honestly about her stem cell treatment in L.A. How she felt before her treatment and the road to recovery. We touched on hot topics throughout the interview such as balancing life, gratitude, dealing with loss of self and adapting to life with a chronic illness. Lottie runs her own blog Lottie Lyme, which documents her Lyme journey as well as her treatment diary. So please do take a read: . Lottie also understands that Lyme treatments are expensive and we are all unique. What works for one Lyme sufferer, may not work for another. All we can do is be open about our own experiences and give the best level of support/advice we can. We also state that we are NOT medically trained and our experiences and advice are from lessons from our own battles. Friendship, support, our out-look on life and well-being is also talked about. It is a jam packed episode and it was such an enjoyable interview. Even I need to take some hints and tips from Lottie about having rest time and not feeling guilty. I thank Lottie for being a wonderful guest and can't wait to have her own the channel again in the near future. Check out Lottie's Instagram : @LottieLyme ! Support my content and become a Patron, receiving discounts and goodies for being part of the Sophantastic family:
April 16, 2019
Gratitude With Andrea Kuczynski
Welcome to another episode of Chronic But Iconic. For this episode I was lucky enough to be joined by the wonderful Andrea from America, speaking about gratitude. Gratitude is the key to a positive mindset and an essential tool to help us in finding happiness. Our society is so focused on wealth, big gestures and material objects that we believe will bring us happiness. Chronic illness, chronic disease make us re-think our ideals, our beliefs and we have to re-wire our minds, teaching ourselves how precious our lives are and everything that is in it. We have to appreciate simply being alive and the people we are sharing our time with. When illness knocks us down, we go through a grieving and angry stage, whereby we hate our bodies, blame ourselves and often begin putting negative energy out into the world. We all need time to cry, it is healthy to let out the negative energy but we have to understand that putting negative energy into the world means that we receive negative energy back. The more we think positivity and act in a positive manner, we attract that energy back. Law of attraction is very real. Andrea shares her own experiences as well as hints and tricks on how to practise gratitude everyday. Andrea has her own amazing podcast channel - The Voice Of Hope, on Anchor - so be sure to give her a listen. She is amazing and speaks about some really important topics.  I can't wait to appear on her podcast in MAY, so watch out for that episode. It was a pleasure to have Andrea on and I am so blessed to have interviewed her on this important topic. Remember start being open minded, practising activities that make you happy, surround yourselves with loved ones and find peace within ourselves we can take a massive leap forward to our happiness selves. Enjoy, and please be sure to contact and leave your messages. 
April 12, 2019
The Importance Of Support- Joanne Monck
This interview is a very heart-felt and at times a heart-breaking interview but fear not it has an inspiring and happy ending. Joanne kindly agreed to be my guest and discuss her story, through her gender transition, her life, her lessons, her work and most importantly the support she has had around her. I think Joanne's story is so touching  to so many of us and really highlights the importance of support. We are surrounded by negativity, judgements and we can't allow these kinds of toxic energies influence us.  Joanne shows how finding the courage to follow your heart regardless of the judgements that you may face is key to a happier you. We only get one life and we must live it the way WE WANT TO. Our real friends, family and community will be supportive and they are the ones we should be loving, spreading time and energy on and surrounding ourselves with. Joanne has gone from strength to strength and through her process has been blessed with amazing support which has allowed her to blossom, grow and begin all the awesome work she does today. I hope that Joanne's story helps friends and family reach out to their loved ones, for people to find the courage to speak up, live the life they DESERVE and focus on the positive people in their lives that make us smile and life worth living for. I want to thank Joanne again, for her amazing work within her community, time, strength and inspiration. She is an amazing role model to us all and we can al take something away from listening to her story. As always, enjoy listening, engage, leave your love and support and I will get back to all your messages. You can follow Joanne on TWITTER and see evidence for yourselves of ALL the amazing work she does, day in day out at @JoanneMonck . There are parts in this interview where the connection was lost but we managed to create a full episode. THANK YOU Joanne, enjoy. xo
April 8, 2019
The Importance Of Self-Love With Angie Sudduth Walsh
This episode is such an important episode in many ways. Chronic illness, tragic events and traumas affect our self-love in many ways. For many it is a spiral, we can't seem to break free from or regain a healthy level of self-love. This topic is a difficult and an emotional subject for me because I battle with low levels of self-esteem, love & confidence everyday. Angie has been poorly most of her life and the story of how she has rebuilt her love for herself after hitting rock bottom and going through years of tragic events is encouraging to us all.  I love Angie, she is so amazing and all the work she does to help other's leaves me speechless. I know so many of you will be able to relate to the topics we bring up in this episode and Angie comes across so well and comforting. Please leave your feedback and comments on this episode as I will endeavour to help you all as much as I can and if you enjoy Angie and want her back on the show, be sure to give us some love and tell us. You can use Angie's website: To access all the wonderful services Angie provides and the addition help she can offer you please check out her website and contact Angie directly to book in with her. She is amazing and she won't disappoint you. I am so honoured to have had her my first guest on my podcast series, I can't wait to have her on again because we have so many hot topics we could really get into. I hope you all find this episode helpful, I know so many of you will relate and FINALLY let's appreciate ourselves and give ourselves some love. Enjoy- Sophie xoxo
April 2, 2019
Sophie Ward - Who Am I?
Before I kicked off the series I just wanted to tell you a little about the girl behind the microphone. Who is this lady? What is here story? Although I hope to go into more detail about certain aspects of my story throughout the series and I am aware many of my listeners will read my blog, follow my social and have read my book. There will still be many that don't know me, don't know me at all and wonder if they will be able to relate to my podcast, enjoy my podcast and gain anything from it. I felt it was important to do a little overview and for you all to understand why I am doing this podcast, what my aims are, what I am working on with myself through my own struggles and my goals for the helping others along the way. Again, please reach out and share your own struggles, stories and advice. I LOVE hearing from you and I truly hope many of you will get involved in my podcasts and that amazing friendships are built - RIGHT HERE. I am just 25 years old but I have experiences life in ways I never thought I would. I have faced many fears and gone from an elite swimmer to skin and bones. My self-confidence has hit rock bottom and it is a daily battle to build t back up. So, here is why I am here. To share my journey on how I have re-built my life, re-discovering myself, building strong relationships and still learning. We can all learn so much from each other and I can't wait to grow a strong community right here. If you want to read my blog please visit: or to purchase my book you can do this via Amazon & Amazon Smile : In The 'Lyme' Light by Sophie Ward.
March 29, 2019
Welcome To My NEW Podcast!
This episode is simply me introducing myself, my new podcast and the topics that I want to talk about through this podcast series. I, myself battle with Lyme Disease but chronic illness in any which way is so tough to live with. I hope with this podcast I am able to connect with like-minded people, bring comfort, friendship, entertainment but also discuss pressing topics that affect sufferers everyday. I hope to talk about hot topics such as: self-love, adapting to life with chronic illness, finding the positives, the community, awareness work, building and business and working from home, support and well-being to name a few. I hope to welcome guests to come on and share their own struggles, journey's, hints and tips to help my listeners as well. I would love your feedback and will always endeavour to get back to you all, as I appreciate the time you have taken to reach out to me. I hope you enjoy and thank you! If you want to read my blog please visit: or to purchase my book you can do this via Amazon & Amazon Smile : In The 'Lyme' Light by Sophie Ward.
March 29, 2019
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