- YouTubers Hannah Witton and Hank Green recorded a special live episode of the "Dear Hank & John" podcast at this year's VidCon London.
- They spoke about everything from Renaissance fairs to disabled toilets.
- They also discussed the health condition they have in common — ulcerative colitis — and how being an organized person helps them manage it.
- Witton said she is a super organized person by nature. Green said he's learned to be due to the pressure of having to know his schedule.
- Having a chronic illness also makes you more aware of the wider disabled community, and make allowances for employees who may have different
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YouTuber Hannah Witton joined a special live episode of the "Dear Hank & John" podcast at this year's VidCon London. Witton joined YouTuber and science communicator Hank Green, and stood in for his brother John Green.
They spoke about a whole range of topics in their 45 minute chat, including clothing brand Lucy & Yak's new vulva print dungarees, Renaissance fairs, and the use of universal disability toilet keys.
Witton told Insider it was a real honor to be asked because the Greens' channel, vlogbrothers, was one of the main reasons she decided to start making YouTube videos in the first place.
On the episode Green and Witton also spoke about something they have in common — chronic illness. Both Witton and Green have ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic autoimmune illness that inflames the digestive system. After flareups that would wipe her out, Witton had surgery at the beginning of 2018 to remove her lower colon and fit a stoma bag, while Green is currently managing it daily.
The podcast's format is all about answering questions, which were thrown out to the live audience at VidCon. One question was about their shared health condition, and how their organizational skills help them out.
Witton said she's a super organized person who loves following instructions.
"I try and organize things that don't actually need it," she said. "I spend my spare time organizing and planning … I hate seeing people's emails where there are like 10,000 unreads, it makes me want to vomit."
Green said in regards to his UC, organization is simple part of his life.
"We have a pressure on us that is uncontrollable," he said. "So figuring out how to live a life with that problem. And for me it's oftentimes the hours between waking, the two and three hours after waking up, aren't going to be productive hours."
He said being able to schedule his life around his condition is how he manages it. This is much easier now he's his own boss, he said. Flexibility has also meant he can extend that understanding to people he works with who have UC, Crohn's or other disabilities.
Witton said a friend of hers with UC recently asked her for advice because she was embarrassed about using the toilets at work, and hadn't told her employer about her condition. This sparked a conversation about how many people don't disclose any health conditions they have before they are hired by a company.
"I had an employee, and it's good she had done this, we had just hired her," Green said. "Then the first conversation we had was 'I have ulcerative colitis, I'm sorry I didn't tell you beforehand, but I've been told not to.'
"And I'm like, 'Never will you have a more receptive boss than this.'"
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