There is much to be done about hate extremism in the world today. But what can we do about Love Extremism? Ethan Lipsitz is on a mission to spread more love. Especially after his experience with brain cancer. What started as a terrifying seizure in his bed one night quickly turned into a scenario where he and his healthcare team needed to race against the clock to remove as much of a tumour as they could. Buckle up for a wild story and some extreme love!
The sun is always shining in beautiful LA, but it seems to shine even brighter at Justin Baldoni’s house. This week we sit down with easily one of the most genuine and charming humans we’ve ever met. Justin is an American actor, director and filmmaker. His latest film ‘Five Feet Apart’ is about to put Cystic Fibrosis on the motha f***in’ MAP! This beautiful and endearing film tells the story of Seventeen-year-old Stella who spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. This week we talk about the process of creating a film that will simultaneously speak to the masses and the cystic fibrosis community, The power of vulnerability, Being the most true and authentic version of yourself, and more. Huge shout out to our supporters on Patreon for this conversation wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for you.
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When Derric came out to his Dad, his father disapprovingly told him that he was going to get AIDS. Derric grew up in the Bible Belt, West Virginia, where in a lot of places being gay is still unaccepted. So a couple years later, when Derric tested positive for HIV, he was devastated. Opening up about his diagnosis was extremely challenging and within a short amount of time he moved west to be in a more accepting and supportive community. Derric's story is incredibly important because living with HIV and being gay is still wracked with stigma, which makes it hard for Derric to talk about it. By sharing his story he hopes that people living with similar challenges feel less alone and we know that this will resonate deeply with a lot of our listeners. Thank you, Derric for being vulnerable and open with us, you're a beautiful human being!
This week we take a deep dive into the past and present of nurse practitioner Verena Rizg. A conversation that taps into the nuances and complexities of faith vs culture when approaching grief. The boys finally get schooled on the difference between LPN, RN and Nurse practitioner (turns out LPN does not stand for Lower Paid Nurse, sorry dad) and a very much needed dive into how race effects both giving and receiving care.
This week we sit down with Estelle Thomson. Good friend and Nova Scotia yoga instructor and artist. We spend a solid 10 minutes beating around the bush and awkwardly avoiding the topic at hand... The death of Tommy, Estelle's two year old son. It's a perfect example of how so many of us are effected by the inability to know how to broach the tough subject of death. Estelle is a power house of a woman who has so much to teach the world about life, loss, and how to face the harsh realities of death. Thank you Estelle. Thank you Tommy.
Christa Angell is not related to Criss Angel but she knows a pretty gnarly magic trick. Like being born with her bladder on the outside of her body! AKA Bladder Exstrophy. We dive into full bladder reconstruction using sections of large intestine, self catheterizing, life long pelvic issues, acupuncture and Ayurvedic practices. But most importantly a full blown ASMR session near the end.
Aren Morris has spent a career changing the lives of a bunch of snot nosed kids from Sackville. She was basically Jeremie's Robin Williams and he was her Matt Damon. This ex drama teacher/competitive improv coach is moving through life dealing with a crippling case of Rheumatoid Arthrisis. From beautiful physiotherapists to highly aggressive rub & tugs this conversation goes ALL over the map with laughs and love.
In July of 2017 Molly was newly engaged to her partner of six years and beginning to think about starting a family. One day, out of nowhere, she felt a weird pain in her left breast. She instinctively reached her hand to the site of the pain and felt an obvious lump protruding from her side. Breast Cancer wasn't the first thing to cross her mind... she was only 29...
On this week we talk about Molly's experience being diagnosed, her physical treatment, and, even more importantly, Mammalgrams... they're like the animal crackers of boob exams...
This week is FULL of laughs, but don't get it wrong. Diabetes is not funny. Kylie joins the fellas in Halifax to drop knowledge on nearly 350 people about what life with diabetes is like. From the adorable sing songs at diabetes camp, to the most expensive liquids in the world, to Brian's Kale addiction, to giving yourself herpes, to shoving dirty needles into boys fingers, we this episode dives deep. Grab some Cineplex popcorn and an extra large coke and enjoy!
Tanya is your friendly neighbourhood family doc, or at least she was. She's been on leave for a good chunk of time because she's nasty boo boo in her blood. Leukaemia to be specific. This week we learn how cancer doesn't discriminate - doctors get it too! How being a doc can prepare you, in a way, for whats to come with cancer treatment. And we also find out that Brian really needs to deal with that twin brother health card identity fraud ordeal.
It might sound like a Lord Of The Rings character... however Tetralogy of Fallot is actually a combination of four congenital abnormalities in the heart. Sophie literally started from the bottom, now she here. And by bottom, we mean she was born in literally the worst rated hospital in her home country. A wild journey has brought her to where she is today! An exceptional young women with a funny foreign accent ;)
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