Discomfort Zone is a podcast about living with chronic illness and disability. Through interviews, conversations, and stories, each episode uncovers what it means to be chronically ill and disabled. Jason helps listeners understand that the best way to cope with the discomfort of illness is to turn towards it and laugh at it.
Jason is an engineering graduate who reinvented himself as a podcaster and chronic illness/disability advocate after developing fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
10 - The Night of the Speech
I was too sick to attend my sister’s wedding, so she wasn’t expecting me to deliver a speech.
Bonus Episode - Default
My gym teacher ridicules me in front of my peers, prompting the question: was my child-acting career a fluke? If so, what does that say about my legacy? What does free pizza have to do with any of this?
9 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 4 - Unlocking Bryson's Brain: Keith McArthur
Keith has dedicated the past few years of his life to finding a cure for his son Bryson who lives with a rare brain disease that has left him unable to walk or talk. But along the way, he began asking himself, "Would Bryson want to be cured?"
In Part 2 of our interview, Keith discusses the ethical considerations surrounding curing a disability, the motivation behind his podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain, and the lessons he's learned from Bryson.
If you haven’t listened to part 1 yet, click here to listen.
8 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 3 - A Rare Disease Family: Keith McArthur
Keith’s son Bryson is a charming and outgoing 13-year old who loves his family, friends, and school. But he faces tremendous challenges. He lives with a rare genetic disease that has his brain locked at the developmental level of a 1-year old. The closure of schools has been especially hard on Bryson as he no longer has access to many of the tools he uses for therapy.
Keith, host of the CBC Podcast ‘Unlocking Bryson’s Brain’, talks about life as a rare disease dad, the impact COVID has had on his family, and his search for a cure to Bryson’s brain disease.
7 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 2 - Firefighter Without a Hose: Lindsay Couture
Lindsay is no stranger to adversity. While most 11-year olds were out playing with their friends, she was at home caring for her mom. Now a front-line healthcare worker in the midst of a pandemic, she is faced with unprecedented challenges. Lindsay shares her insights on how the government could ensure the safety of personal support workers and their clients.
6 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 1 - Echoes of a Community: Melissa Graham
Early in the pandemic, Melissa spent all day on the phone with disabled people living in fear of COVID-19. Their fears echoed many of her own. Melissa shares her recommendations on how the government can better meet the needs of the disability community.
Great insight into life with chronic illness!
This podcast is such a gift to anyone who is currently (or ever has had) to live with chronic illness. The honesty and vulnerability makes it so relatable. It's also a great listen for anyone who has a friend or family member suffering from chronic illness. I believe that virtually everyone has something to learn from this. It's incredibly entertaining and inspiring and I highly recommend it!
Somethings soapy here...
Combining pain with humour and persistence seems an unlikely combo, but episode 2 of discomfort zone manages it easily. Jason delves deep into the funny side of moving through life with chronic pain. A lighthearted romp through tough times reminds us all of the human journey through suffering and finding our way back. Way to go Jason!
Well written & well produced. An inspiration for those suffering from any sort of ailment to keep pushing and to focus on what drives you. Never give up.