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Join hosts Jeremie, Brian, and Taylor as they hangout and have an unapologetic, unpolished and unfiltered discussion about what it's like to live life with a disease, in the hopes of finding humour in an otherwise taboo and sometimes dark subject.
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Dec 10, 2018

Sh*t happens. And so does menopause! This week the fellas tap back into their female anatomy knowledge with the help of Shirley Weir, the founder of the online community Menopause Chicks. Her goal? Empowering women to navigate perimenopause and menopause with confidence and ease! Did you know that menopause isn’t just for old ladies? Did you know that the ovaries are different than the eggs? Of course you do. You’re not some dodo like Jer-Bear.

Dec 3, 2018

How does one live while born with huge hole in their infant heart? When your heart fails how do you survive?! Medical advancements have come a long ass way! The fellas sit down this week with Callie, a west coast gal who has had countless surgeries to fix a broken heart. Not through love loss, just through a congenital heart defect. 

Nov 26, 2018

Unlike Bob Marley, Oliver went through with removing a hunk of one of his cancer ridden digits. Unfortunately that didn't stop the cancer. From fingernail, to lymph and beyond Oliver has the "Bad" skin cancer. Was it from a mole? Too much sun? Well, chances are it was hereditary. Oliver is a well spoken dude who continuously drops knowledge on the fellas in this weeks episode. 

Nov 19, 2018

"This is going to get really intimate, really fast." This week we are talking about the vagina! Specifically a painful vagina. Michelle has spent her whole life experiencing an extremely sensitive and painful vulva. From excruciating "Q-tip tests", to discomfort from tampons, to the near impossibility of sex, it's been a rough road to recovery. The good news is, PVD can be treated! And spoiler alert - this episode has a happy ending. 

Nov 12, 2018

What is it like to have a 4 year old living with complex medical issues? Tough as sh*t. But Kaiti is a BAMF Mother! Her beautiful little daughter Layla was once considered a "Floppy baby".  She is unable to hold her neck up, sit, stand, walk, talk. After a 2.5 year search between Ontario and BC she was accepted to the Undiagnosed Disease Network at UCLA and were able to finally walk away with a diagnosis. She has PCH2d. It's a progressive, life limiting diagnosis. Parenting a first born is never easy. But nothing can prepare someone for parenting a first born who may die before their 5th birthday.  

Nov 5, 2018

Tracy is not pregnant. She may look pregnant, but she for sure is not. So don't ask her how far along she is. Don't touch her belly and exclaim "Ohhhh he's gonna be a soccer player". So why does she look pregnant? Why does her pee look like coca-cola? Why does she need blood thinners or have countless blood transfusions? Because Tracey lives with a rare life threatening disease called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). 

Nov 1, 2018

Audrey Parker is a woman with a plan. With stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her bones and her brain, she has decided to end the suffering on her own terms. Today, Audrey Parker dies through the service known as MAID (medical assistance in dying) and she is doing it with grace. Audrey is and will forever be one of the most gracious and beautiful guests we've ever had on our show and we are a million times more rich in LIFE for taking some time to talk to her about death.  

Oct 29, 2018

We have landed in Vancouver and kick it off with a doozy of a recording! We chat with Ken about how one day it started with a cough and the next thing you know he's been on dyalisis for 22 months. Kidney failure? Nah. Heart failure. Wait... no Kidney issues for sure. But what about the vegetables in his heart? Er... Vegetation in the heart? All we know is, Ken was all sorts of messed up. 

Oct 22, 2018

Bif Naked is a celebrated and notorious performer in music, TV, film,
and dance, and a tireless advocate and Humanitarian. Orphaned in
India, emancipated by punk rock, and empowered by surviving breast
cancer, kidney failure, heart surgery, divorce, and surviving as a
Woman in The Entertainment Industry for twenty-five years, Bif has
transcended any and all obstacles placed in her path to become one of
the world's most unique, recognizable and beloved icons.

Oct 15, 2018

Is he beatboxing? Oh... no, he just has a stutter. This week on the podcast we sit down and talk with Matt! He lives with a severe stutter. Matt dives deep into his history with this frustrating speech disorder. A compelling conversation that unpacks the struggles of prolonged sounds & syllables while speaking including a healthy dose of secondary behaviours like physical ticks! We touch on Mario Kart, strategically curating your vocabulary, horribly insensitive teachers, Billy Madison and more! 

Oct 8, 2018

Looking for some Thanksgiving dinner conversation? YOU'VE come to the right place. Colon mucus, bloody stool, the difference between anus, colon and rectum. This week the fellas travel to Toronto for a LIVE recording from Movember Canada and chat with their new poo pal Effie! This shit filled episode dives into her experience in being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. From making brown 25 times a day, to going into remission she's been through the ringer and back! 

Oct 1, 2018

Jewelia is a kindhearted and thoughtful meditation teacher, who (like all of us) owes half of her genetic makeup to her Dad - a world renowned sports psychologist with Alzheimer's disease. Wait, what?!

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia and memory loss and after that opening statement there's probably a billion questions you might have but perhaps the most puzzling one we had was: how does Jewelia tell her dad that he's sick and have him remember he's sick?

Chew on that for a minute...

Alzheimer's can be one of the most difficult things to watch a loved one suffer with, but simultaneously there are some genuinely comedic moments. Join us as we sift through those stories with Jewelia and get to know her experience with all of it! 

Sep 24, 2018

Ever wonder what it's like to pee out of your belly button? Brian's mom never did until she was corralled through a Chinese CT scan factory and realized she may have Bladder Cancer. This week we speak to Marie, Brian's MOM! She's a foul mouthed cutie pie and although she was a bit nervous to speak openly this ended up being one of our favourite episodes of the year. From 16" catheters to cat buttholes, this episode gets weird. 

Sep 17, 2018

You know what sucks? Cellulitis, Chronic Edema and Varicose Veins. Think about it... Constant swelling in your feet and legs. An inability to pump blood from your extremities. The need to wear cumbersome compression socks. But you know whats sucks even more? A priapism. So, things could always be worse. Our friend and member of PEI's Racoon Bandit, Fraser, pops by to talk about his struggles with Chronic Edema! Stay tuned to the very end to hear a full play through of the Racoon Bandit song, Twist In The Wind based off of the night Fraser, suffering from sepsis and a wild fever, almost flung himself out his apartment window. 

Sep 10, 2018

Imagine you ate a meal but instead of the food doing what it normally would do (travel through the entire digestive system) it just became stuck within your non working esophagus. As if your body was trying to mimic an emperor penguin by storing food for your baby. Except when you inevitably regurgitate your food, there is no baby penguin to receive it... because your a human woman. This is Kelsey's life. She suffers from Achalasia. 

Sep 10, 2018

Imagine you ate a meal but instead of the food doing what it normally would do (travel through the entire digestive system) it just became stuck within your non working esophagus. As if your body was trying to mimic an emperor penguin by storing food for your baby. Except when you inevitably regurgitate your food, there is no baby penguin to receive it... because your a human woman. This is Kelsey's life. She suffers from Achalasia. 

Sep 3, 2018

Pour a glass of wine, turn the lights down low, light some vanilla scented candles, turn on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and stick a "vaginal dilator" into your hoo-haw. Sounds like an enjoyable night? Well for our guest Molly it is quite painful. Vaginismus is a physical/mental condition causing extremely tight vaginal tissue making it nearly impossible for any sort of vaginal penetration. An issue, to say the least. 

Aug 27, 2018

This conversation is straight up bananas. Aaron is a rare breed. One of the rarest. One of only two Canadians who live with XLP syndrome. A rare and scary disease that can end Aarons life in the blink of an eye. We learn that mono is a herpe. BMT is not a tasty sandwich. The oldest person who has ever lived with XLP made it to 42. Genetics are bonkers. Get ready to have your mind blown wide open. 

Aug 20, 2018

According to the Canadian Medical Association, obesity has been declared a chronic medical disease! So how does one treat said disease? "EASY! Eat better and exercise more" right? Think again.  Crystal has been managing obesity for years and takes some time to drop knowledge on the fellas! 

Aug 17, 2018

In light of some feedback from the medical professional community regarding our latest episode Taylor and Jeremie sit down to discuss Chronic Lyme Disease and how it is viewed in the world of science and medicine. 

Big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the conversation! This is what this podcast is all about!

Meghan and the experiences she has faced over the past few years are not up for debate. That was her experience and hers alone. 

Aug 13, 2018

This week we sit down with the ever so lovely Meghan to talk all about Lyme disease. From tick bites, to Mexican medicinal vacations, to blended up food - we go through the awful disease that comes from those pesky little ticks. Like an out of control hotel party where the cops just can’t quite figure out how to shut it down, Lyme is a pain in the rear.

Aug 6, 2018

*Trigger Warning* This week we tip toe into some very sensitive and challenging subject matter. Wade lives with PTSD which stems from childhood abuse/trauma. What does one do to climb such a seemingly insurmountable obstacle in life? Athletics, yoga, therapy and simply finding people to hold space. "S'Wade" gets hella vulnerable with us, and made for a special and thought provoking episode. 

Jul 30, 2018

This week on Sickboy: What happens with your debt when you die? How can you take charge of your financial independence when you're sick? Will Jeremie ever become comfortable with money and numbers? Come along for the ride and find out how to plan for the unexpected in this week's episode with special guest, John Burris from Atlantic Credit Unions! 

 

Jul 23, 2018

Katie is your typical goofy fun loving gal living in Vancouver. She likes to laugh, she likes to sing, she likes to crack jokes. But for the past few years she's been dealing with huge pain in her ass... er... sacrum. This week we dive into living with a Giant Cell Tumor AKA Tuner AKA TOUMAHHHH (pronounced with an Arnold accent). Bet ya $20 she can't get through this episode without talking about CrossFit. We also talk about Taylors affinity for doo-doo photography. Important stuff people. 

Jul 16, 2018

What happens when one of your kidneys was locked up within your pelvis? We asked Breanna the news lady and she said  “get a new kidney.” Obviously. But that tiny pelvic kidney will just stay where it is… smushed up into your ovaries. ER buckets for puking, Barium enema’s and weak nerd ass organs. This episode has it all.

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