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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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Feb 25, 2019

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. 

Feb 18, 2019

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.

Feb 11, 2019

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. 

Feb 4, 2019

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.

Jan 28, 2019

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...

Jan 21, 2019

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! 

Jan 14, 2019

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. 

Jan 7, 2019

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 ;)

To follow Sophie's story check out her blog: 

http://Achdandme.blogspot.com

Dec 31, 2018

Mylene is like a real life stretch armstrong! Although this may sound like a super power, it most certainly is not. Loose joints may help with flexibility but this is just a small part of life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. From chronic pain, to insomnia, to jacked up adrenalin levels, the fellas and Mylene dive in deep into life with EDS! 

Dec 24, 2018

Meet Laura! A part time mad food scientist, story telling, should be rapper living in New York. She lives with a rare genetic skin disorder called genetic skin disorder. Sure her skin is flakey and dry but it goes SO much deeper than just that. Horribly painful, constantly sloughing off, hours upon hours of daily maintenance. This week Laura leads the fellas through the meaning of Spoon Theory, stories of a painful childhood into adulthood, the difference between pain tolerance and threshold and much much more. 

Dec 17, 2018

Alexis was born missing a large portion of her left arm. This didn't stop her from following her dreams of having her own successful YouTube cooking show. Nor did it stop her from doing anything she damn well pleases! Live from SAIT the fellas and Alexis have a giggle filled conversation about disability, naming your limbs, the benefit of having a stump for a kitchen tool, sex, stump biting and more.  

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. 

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