Sarah was one of the unlucky few who was struck with the stark reminder that Breast Cancer does not discriminate based on age. With no family history, an active & healthy lifestyle, and an otherwise clean bill of health… Sarah was definitely a little surprised when, at 26 years old, she heard the words “You have cancer”. From feelin' out the lump to, escaping to Hawaii for some clarity, to kicking the sh*t out of cancer in a no rules bar brawl, Sarah's journey was a big one. Big shout out to our sponsor for this week - Wicked Wiggity Wigs over in Burnside. Be sure to listen right to the end of the episode to hear the wonderful jingle that they produced exclusively for Sickboy Podcast. WIGS!
For more of Sarah's story check out her blog post over at www.sickboypodcast.com/blog
We're back for another light-hearted pick me up for your Quarantine Friday! Pour your Quarantini's and hunker down because Taylor was finally rescued from Ecuador and is finally back on Canadian soil and boy oh boy does he have a story to tell. A very very long story. But don't fret! We try and inject some humour and hope by hearing how a 70 some year old woman from Chicago is fed up and ready to kick some ass. Go get em Ms. Bonnie South Side Bonnie 2020 Chicago woman! Oh, we also take some time to get really real with past guest and palliative care physician Dr. Naheed Dosani about how COVID-19 is impacting those who are affected by homelessness!
Today on Sickboy, the guys sit down with Dr. Dawn Bowdish, a Canadian immunologist who, according to Wikipedia (and our measly intern Lauren), is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She is also a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity. She is known for several discoveries including the immunomodulatory properties of the antimicrobial peptide LL-37, how MARCO signalling complex recognizes Mycobacterium tuberculosis, age-associated inflammation and its effects on clearing pneumococcal pneumonia and how the ageing gut microbiome drives age-associated inflammation.... basically, she knows a hell of a lot more than we do. This is why we asked her to chat with us about COVID-19! Check it out!
This week the fellas sit down for a chat with Jerry, the founder of Microdelics, an online company that specializes in LSD microdosing. So what is Microdosing? The practice of taking tiny quantities of psychedelic drugs (such as LSD or Psilocybin) with the hope of gaining some kind of brain boost. People who microdose claim it makes them more productive, more creative and more focused. But this episode is much more than talking about tripping and the potential therapeutic positive's from psychedelics. Jerry's story is one that is worthy if it's own Netflix special. From 20 plus years of severe drug addiction, to getting clean and starting a dispensary, to cultivating and supporting a thriving community, to being busted by the feds! Buckle up and get ready for a heartfelt conversation about struggle and a hopeful story of advocacy.
Are you tired of the dire and repetitive COVID-19 news cycle? So are we! Tune in to hear Jer & Bri deliver some uplifting updates and discuss some of their favourite social isolation activities. Late night digital dance parties. Home work outs. Bri even shares some of his favourite (terrible) dad jokes. References include Band Camp support for artists. Modo Yoga online yoga classes. CTV social distancing practices and much more! Remember folks, it’s not about social distancing right now, it’s about physical distancing. Stay connected to your communities. Together we will get through this!
This week the boys and their new BFF Maia shake up an entire live audience with a live show for the ages! The fellas play a game of "Afterlife Price Is Right". What would you choose? Cryo with your willy out? Blasted into space? Or sprinkled into a vibrating dildo urn? Maia then takes everyone on a heart-wrenching story of trauma. On June 9th 2013 Maia and her mother were hit by a drunk driver. The accident resulted in years of recovery. Coma, avascular necrosis, scheduled amputation and more. Luckily for the world, Maia and her mother are still here! We hope that their story will make people think twice about getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Upon the day of releasing this episode, Maia has just returned home from a fusion/bone marrow transplant. She is in for a long long road to recovery and could use some positive vibes and love. Go follow her on instagram - @livingnowwithmaia
It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or is it? Do we even have the rights to use that song? Anyway, Jeremie, Brian and measly intern Lauren talk COVID-19. From underestimating the effect this may have on the immunosuppressed to overstocking on toilet paper, the gang gives you an update on this rapidly evolving situation. The bottom line- it’ll be ok (boomer). Take care of yourself and the ones you love by taking precautions, using a bidet and listening to our friend Rich Aucoin’s Feel Good Playlist For Anxious Times.
Andrew Cho is an extreme athlete. He flys down mountains on his bike, constantly putting his life at risk. So when you hear he suffered a spinal chord injury you may think it was due to his extreme sport? Nope. One day he just dropped like a sack of potatoes. Fully paralyzed from the neck down by himself in a locked apartment with his phone several feet away. His story is BONKERS! If that story isn't enough, he tops it with a beautiful tale of recovery.
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This week the fellas sit down with Katie to dive head first into the world of OCD, intrusive thoughts and eating disorders! Since a young lass Katie has been battling with a catalogue full of OCD rituals and intrusive thoughts that came with their own physical manifestations. A struggle that her and her brother both had to deal with. From being convinced she was a power ranger robot to her parent's guaranteed death her mind spiralled out of control to the point of developing an eating disorder. She is doing much better these days and is even doing her Master’s, researching how overmedicalized definitions of severe mental illness affect mental health policy! Buckle up for an eye-opening conversation!