Podcast explores what life is like for those with disabilities

PUBLISHED: 16:53 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:04 27 September 2018

Wedaeli Chibelushi, from Norwich (left) started the The Diss(ability) Track with her friend Steph Wilderspin (right). Photo: Wedaeli Chibelushi

Wedaeli Chibelushi, from Norwich (left) started the The Diss(ability) Track with her friend Steph Wilderspin (right). Photo: Wedaeli Chibelushi

Wedaeli Chibelushi

Whether it is trouble on public transport or being let go from jobs, having a disability can create a myriad of problems in everyday life.

Even with the confines of friendships and relationships telling others you have a disability can be daunting, and treatment from others can leave people marginalised.

Now, a new podcast exploring the challenges for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions has been launched by a Norwich woman.

Wedaeli Chibelushi, from Norwich, started the The Diss(ability) Track with her friend Steph Wilderspin.

Miss Chibelushi, 23, has Crohn’s disease, a lifelong condition where parts of the digestive system become inflamed.

There is no cure for the condition, where symptoms range from diarrhoea, stomach aches and fatigue to depression and anxiety.

Miss Chibelushi was first diagnosed in September 2008. She said: “I’ve never felt so relieved. Doctors had put a name to my troubles and, moreover, they told me my condition would be ‘manageable’.”

But the condition led to Miss Chibelushi having ileostomy surgery and needing to use a stoma bag.

While Miss Wilderspin, 24, has generalised anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Miss Chibelushi said: “We found ourselves talking about disability a lot and how people get treated by society. We’re trying to make [the podcast] very broad in the sense of talking about disabilities in relation to sex and relationships, for example, we really want to explore every area.”

But the pair were insistent the podcast was for those who live with disabilities as well as those who do not.

“I think you don’t get it until you get it,” Miss Chibelushi said. “But there are people, especially carers, who I think I would love to educate. I’m hoping it will raise awareness of the plight of disabled people in the UK.”

The first episode is already available on iTunes, or can also be found on Soundcloud or Acast.

It discussed news concerning those with disabilities and explored the definition of a disability.

They also discussed the travel issues Norwich-based comedian Tanyalee Davis had faced on both trains and planes.

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