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This week, host Lucy Pasha-Robinson is joined by Robin Hatcher, a comedian and MS Society ambassador who was diagnosed at the end of last year.


Just a few months later, he found himself self-isolating in lockdown as the world grappled with a deadly viral pandemic.


We talk about coming to terms with a degenerative diagnosis, living with uncertainty, family planning and why it’s so important to cultivate a truly “no fucks given” attitude when living with chronic illness.


Follow Robin @orangenextdoor


Stay tuned for more on all things Chronic by following host @LucyPasha on Twitter.


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