Maggy was born with no esophagus. After undergoing 5 major surgeries she was able to finally live a somewhat normal life... except for the fact that, now, she pukes in her lungs if she eats too much! And if that didn't sound gnarly enough she also caught hepatitis c from a contaminated blood supply, the hospital only contacted her family 13 years later to inform them of this fuck up.
So by now you're probably thinking this is some crazy shit, but believe us this is only the beginning. What do you do when one of your parents doesn't accept your illness? How do you afford your treatment, get access to the help you need, and make it on your own? Is looking for a caregiver on doyoulookgood.com really a practical solution? All of this and more on this week's episode of Sickboy.
Dylan is your typical punk band drum player. Covered in tattoos, drives a motorcycle, has a full set of false teeth... wait, what?! While rocking out as a teenager Dylan began feeling the gnarliest of pains in his jaw. After some tooth extraction and a quick biopsy, the docs find a hardcore tumour growing on the inside of Dylan's face. So what does one do? Radiate that f*cker out! Unfortunately, this rotted out every single tooth in his head.
WOWEE, it's our 200th episode - and to celebrate, we're catching up with a few of our past guests! Over the past 4 years we've had the pleasure of meeting some incredible individuals whose stories have profoundly impacted our lives. We often find ourselves wondering how they're continuing to manage the challenges they face or if they've achieved the goals that they've set. If you've been wondering the same thing, than you're in for a treat because we've set out to answer some of those questions!
As always we couldn't do this without the support of our Patreon members, if you want to join our exclusive club head over to the Sickboy Patreon page!
In honour of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary, this week we throwback to our sit down with everyone's favourite astronaut Chris Hadfield. It's not every day you get to kick it with someone who's spent a total of 166 days in space. We talk about peeing out your bones, beer in space, how the moon landing may or may not have been faked, and how perspective on life shifts after orbiting the world 1000 times.
Asbestos is no joke. Just ask Laurel. Somehow, somewhere in her life she was exposed to Asbestos in a large enough quantity that it was likely the driving force behind her diagnosis os Mesothelioma! What the frick is Mesothelioma you ask? It's a very rare form of cancer that can affect the lungs and the lining of the stomach. Unfortunately Laurel is stage 4 and there isn't much the doc's can do for her (even the world famous Sugarbaker technique wouldn't do the trick) but that doesn't stop Laurel from taking life by the balls and living out ever last moment!
When David was 12 years old he grew up very quickly. Trauma can do that to an individual. And boy oh boy David is no stranger to trauma. Over the span of only several years his father, his older brother and his mother all died leaving him with no family. But David didn't let these circumstances get the best of him. "Shaped by our past, defined by our decisions" - Words that are tattooed on his mindset. David has taken his life story and is using it to cultivate change in others. Now working as a life coach and grief counsellor David is making the most out of the cards he's been dealt.
If you'd like to reach out to David you can find his work here -
Abigail has been an OG Sickboy listener from day one. But now it's time to share her own story. A story that begins with anxiety from the human chaos that was Magic Mountain, and brings us to today where the story hasn't quite reached it's ending. Abigail suffers from Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). This week we dive into a childhood of mental health issues, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, Shrink's and meds! Sit back and enjoy and we dare you not to giggle at the sound of a little snork or two throughout the episode!
Zachary was born with Umbilical Cord Syndrom. He also happens to be an elite para-athlete in the sport of Sprint Kayak! Oh, and he also identifies as queer. At 20 years old Zach is searching for an identity. Can one be gay AND a high-performance athlete? What does it mean when you throw a life long disability into the mix? This week we go deep into the life of para-athletics, one mans queer identity and the sacrifices that are made when sport trumps your ability to express yourself fully!
A couple of years ago Ashley woke up in her home in Inuvik (way the heck up north) with what felt like "dry eye" although she was also unable to see out of half of her left eye. Turns out it was absolutely not dry eye. It was ocular melanoma — a rare form of cancer. From needles into the eyeball to radiated watch batteries being surgically implanted into your head, to potential eye enucleation! This episode will make you stop taking those wet colourful head balls for granted.
Amy went through something that many women across Canada (and the world) experience. Stillbirth. This week we dive deep into the taboo subject matter of giving birth to a dead human. Bryde from Turn Me On podcast fills in for Tay and helps us navigate the world of women's health, reproductive health, abortion, stillbirth, endo and more. Sounds heavy, but Amy was a spectacular guest who in true Sickboy fashion knew how to roll with the punches.
Last week Taylor was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while riding nearly 50km per hour on his road bike. The fellas get together by Tays bedside to talk about the traumatic incident. From bouncing off windshields like a basketball to a mysterious theft of $400 glasses to lacerated internal organs. Taylor is extremely lucky to be alive and our baby boy has a long road to recovery.
Live from Edmonton, Alberta, the guys sit down with Jared, a Death Investigator with an aversion to throwing up. Jared is one of 6 Death Investigators covering thousands of square kilometres of Alberta cities and townships. He and his team are responsible for assessing all deaths that happen outside of the hospital and determine whether they might be suspicious... and if you're thinking that that sounds like a busy or daunting task, than consider this: on Jared's busiest weekend he's been to 35 different deaths (also, spoiler alert - Jared's weekend is the same for everyone else, Friday to Sunday... yeah, duh Jared). If this doesn't sound crazy enough, imagine what it would be like to be around all of these decaying bodies when you constantly are worried that you're going to throw up. Well, Jared hates spewing chunks so much so that he literally has what's known as hypochondriacs disorder... so, let's talk about it!
Live from the Atlantic Podcast Summit - the fellas sit down with Comedian and meditation facilitator Josh Dunn! Josh lives with Cerebral Palsy and gets around on a sick set of sticks. We dive into accessibility issues, disability discrimination, performing stand up comedy as a disabled person, Jeremie's phobia of horses, and the fact that Josh also dealt with a long and scary bout of psychosis! So grab a drink, sit down and join us for a good time!
It's been one year since one of our best friends died. Time flies. We miss you, buddy. Take a listen to why and how we fell in love with this beautiful gentleman.
Kenzie Brenna is an actor, creator, influencer and mental health advocate. This week she joins Jer and Bri in the beautiful city of Toronto to discuss all things mental health! After all, it is Mental Health Week! We take a deep dive into Kenzie's past and current struggles with an eating disorder. From being convinced that all of her food was being secretly poisoned, to committing self-harm we talk about the ways that Kenzies mental health spiralled for the worse. We also discuss how she wished the people in her life could have been there for her!
This weeks episode is also meant to spread awareness about the new mental health resource initiative launched by Jack.org called Be There. Just talking about mental health isn’t enough. We need the knowledge, skills and confidence to step up and be there for one another and this is where Be There comes into play. For more information head on over to bethere.org now.
Ever see those videos on YouTube where a colourblind person gets those cool glasses that allow them to see colour for the very first time? Well, Melissa is like that, only with hearing! Since a child she was deaf in her left ear, until very recently when she went balls to the wall and bought the Lamborghini of hearing aids. This thing not only allows her to hear, but she can also take calls and listen to Sickboy Podcast from it! The future is kick ass!
This week is what the kids would refer to as Gnar Gnar. We sit down with Ashleigh to talk about her traumatic experience of giving birth to her second child. She suffers "3rd world country type injuries" due to several complications. We're talking about things like gestational diabetes pumping sugars into the baby to create an unborn Hodor. A baby with a broken shoulder from birth. A pelvic organ prolapse (specifically a bowel and a bladder prolapsing into Ashleigh's vagina) and more. Jeremie could barely hold it together, so if you already are squeamish with birth stuff, good luck. Massive shoutout to Ashleigh for being a powerhouse and holding down the fort.
Chris Muise might sound like a cool country rock star. But no, he's a reporter living with a hella rare disease. This episode is chalk full of big words. Vasculitis! Aosinophils! Wrestlemania! Chris lives with a variation of a disease that only effects 1 in 6,000,000. Take a moment and read that again. Childhood Churg Straus Syndrome comes in stages and each one is as awful as the next. Buckle up for a wild story heartwarming story of a wandering billionaire making dreams come true near the end of the episode!
Meet Lainie! Three years ago she found a small bald spot on her head. Since that date, she has lost every single hair on her head cyclically at least twice! This week we take a deep dive into the world of Alopecia! Lainie gives us the rundown on life as a balding woman and the wild treatments in order to deal with her situation. Rogaine anyone? Who is the newfie Jew? The MADMAX look is so in right now. Also is it a wig? Or is that her hair? Brian makes a shocking discovery.
What consists of a good death? According to Caitlin Doughty, It is staring down your death fears—whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety of modern culture is not. Caitlin is a mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser. We dive deep into the different ways in which the world deals with death. From raking hot bones out of an oven to vultures ceremoniously eating human remains to wrapping bodies in a shroud and burying it three feet under the earth, there are many options for us to plan our death. This episode is not to be missed!
This week we come to you from Jeremie's ultra slick looking private hospital room! Everyone's favourite Sickboy host (obviously) was rushed to the ER after doing his best "death in a Quinten Tarantino film" impression by spewing movie FX amounts of blood out of his mouth with every cough. Don't worry, he's okay! Plus it gave us an opportunity to sit down and talk about the latest in weird and wild health news! From cures to HIV, to dudes eating their own body parts, to horrifyingly disgusting hospital food and beyond!
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!