Hashtag Authentic Episode 78: “You Look Okay To Me”, with Jameisha Prescod

Jameisha Prescod is a filmmaker and journalist, who also happens to live with a chronic illness. She brought all these things together in her digital space for documenting and sharing life with chronic illness, You Look Okay To Me, as a place for people to connect, share stories, get help and generally just feel less alone. I called her up on her lunch break at the BBC to find out how she got started, what sickness and seeking a diagnosis has taught her, and how she balances her creative work with the demands of an often unpredictable and uncomfortable illness to contend with.

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Things we talk about in this episode:

  • Jameisha’s video creation process
  • The realities of living with a chronic illness, and the importance of awareness
  • Jameisha’s experience of getting a diagnosis of Lupus
  • The pros and cons of being your own “google doctor”
  • Racism and conscious/unconscious bias in the health care system
  • How colonialism still shapes medical bias
  • How to advocate for yourself when seeking a diagnosis when you’re not being heard
  • The strength of online support communities
  • How You Look Okay To Me came about
  • How Jameisha stays connected to her drive to create dispute illness
  • How chronic illness can shape your career for better and worse
  • The pitfalls and benefits of being honest and vulnerable about your health online

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