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Sickboy is determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Join Jeremie, Brian and Taylor as they tackle health taboos with people who have experienced them firsthand. Taking the lead from Jeremie's life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the three best friends help us understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh.

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    • 4.8 • 2.2K Ratings

Sickboy is determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Join Jeremie, Brian and Taylor as they tackle health taboos with people who have experienced them firsthand. Taking the lead from Jeremie's life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the three best friends help us understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh.

    Help Us Find A Kidney For Ellie

    Help Us Find A Kidney For Ellie

    In this heart-tugging episode, the fellas dive into a tale of resilience, love, and the complexities of kidney transplantation with one ultimate goal - finding a Kidney for our dear friend, Ellie. Ellie is a rockstar nurse battling kidney disease. She opens up about her journey through kidney failure, dialysis, and the quest for a second transplant after her first one has hit a rough patch. Ellie's story is nothing short of a rollercoaster. She sheds light on the emotional and logistical hurdles of finding a kidney match, all while juggling life with her superhero partner, Keegan, and contemplating the future of their family.

    But it doesn’t end there! Jeremie then chats with Candice Coghlan from the Centre for Living Organ Donation, who brings her own kidney transplant tale and heaps of knowledge about the kidney-paired exchange program. Candice debunks transplant myths, giving us the lowdown on how we can play a part in this life-saving process.

    To cap it all off, the boys share a laugh over a bizarre encounter with a patient simulation robot that's eerily reminiscent of a 10-year-old boy, because what's a deep dive into medical marvels without a touch of Chucky being sliced open over and over again before ultimately turning on his “care providers”?
    Here’s the thing folks. This isn’t just another episode of Sickboy. This is a mission. Help us find a kidney for Ellie! For more information check out the links below.

    Key Takeaways
    - Kidney disease can have a significant impact on a person's life, requiring dialysis and potentially multiple kidney transplants.
    - Finding a compatible donor for a kidney transplant can be challenging, especially for individuals with a high level of antibodies.
    - Kidney disease can affect decisions about family planning, and options such as freezing eggs may be considered.
    - The kidney-paired exchange program increases the chances of finding a compatible kidney for transplantation.
    - Donating a kidney can save someone's life, and individuals can enter the program as directed donors or non-directed anonymous donors.
    - Living with kidney disease can take away the ability to feel carefree, but it can also foster empathy for others.
    - Nurses play a crucial role in the healthcare system and are often underappreciated and undervalued.
    - Spreading awareness about the kidney donation program can help more people find suitable donors.
    - The kidney paired exchange program allows people with living donors who are not compatible to find a suitable match through a national registry.
    - Potential kidney donors go through a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they are healthy enough to donate.
    - Living kidney donors can live healthy, normal lives with just one kidney.

    In the event of a potential organ donor, please call (902) 473-2222 and have the on-call Donor Transplant Coordinator at the QEII paged.

    Follow Ellie's story on Instagram: @kidneyforellie

    Find more information on UHN Transplant:
    - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAMBVV4rdvQTo14ts34phBg
    - https://www.uhn.ca/Transplant
    - Instagram: @givelifeuhn

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    • 1 hr 50 min
    ANNOUNCEMENT: Sickboy is Evolving - The Future of the Podcast

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Sickboy is Evolving - The Future of the Podcast

    This is it. The end of Sickboy... as you've come to know it that is. This is the final FGF episode but fear not! We're not going anywhere. We're just evolving. It’s been almost ten years and hundreds of episodes since we sat down and recorded our first episode, which is crazy. For those of you who’ve been listening from the start, we love you so much! And today we have some big news. Starting next week, we’re experimenting with a fresh new format to bring you one epic episode a week full of all elements that make Sickboy what it is — We can't begin to express how much we love you for your continued support. With that, lets throw back to the very first Feel Good Friday recording we ever did.

    • 36 min
    Sperm Superfoods: Eating Your Way to a Baby

    Sperm Superfoods: Eating Your Way to a Baby

    Are those late-night snacks whispering secrets about your swimmers? In this episode, the fellas dive deep into the world of baby-making, but not in the way you might think. They sit down with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack and Lily Nichols, the brilliant minds behind "Real Food for Fertility," a book on how preconception nutrition and lifestyle choices support your health and vitality and lay the essential groundwork for your baby's development. The gang chew over everything from the mysteries of menstrual cycles to the nitty-gritty of nutrition for your swimmers. Ever wondered if that pea protein shake is messing with your mojo or why the quality of sperm is becoming a hot topic? We're talking the good, the bad, and the fertile, breaking down myths and munching on facts about what really goes into making a baby. Whether you're actively on the baby train or just curious about how your diet affects your fertility, this chat is packed with insights that'll have you looking at your dinner plate and lifestyle choices a little differently.

    Key Takeaways:
    - Understanding menstrual cycles and fertility awareness can help individuals and couples make informed decisions about contraception and conception.
    - Optimizing nutrition, particularly protein intake and quality fats, can improve fertility outcomes for both men and women.
    - Pea protein has been studied for its potential contraceptive effects, but more research is needed to understand its impact on fertility.
    - Sperm quality is a crucial factor in fertility, and guidelines for what is considered 'normal' may not reflect optimal fertility.
    - Reevaluating sperm quality guidelines and addressing male fertility issues are important steps in improving overall fertility outcomes. Detailed sperm analysis is important to assess sperm count, motility, and morphology.
    - Improving diet quality and taking targeted supplements can enhance sperm morphology and motility.
    - Certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, selenium, zinc, and folate, play a vital role in sperm quality.
    - Pregnancy cravings can be influenced by nutrient deficiencies or emotional factors, and finding healthier alternatives is encouraged.
    - Factors like diet quality, exposure to chemicals, sedentary lifestyles, and metabolic conditions may contribute to the decline in sperm count.

    Relevant Links:
    - Lisas Podcast: Fertility Friday Radio: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fertility-friday-radio-fertility-awareness-for-pregnancy/id953371091
    - Real Food For Fertility Book: https://realfoodforfertility.com/
    - Lilly Nichols Website: www.lillynicholsrdn.com
    - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack’s Website: www.fertilityfriday.com
    - For more of Lisa on tracking mensuration listen to Turn Me On Episode 200: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/turn-me-on/id1200938612?i=1000530319630

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    When You're Drowning, Become A Fish: Caring For A Child With Cancer

    When You're Drowning, Become A Fish: Caring For A Child With Cancer

    In a world where the only thing scarier than a monster under the bed is a diagnosis you can't pronounce, Sam Taylor steps into the Sickboy studio to unravel the tale of her journey as a caregiver for her 12 year old daughter Ellie, who is battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of sarcoma. Amid the whirlwind of treatment schedules and medical jargon, Sam found solace in yoga mats and breathwork, proving that sometimes, the best armour against the unknown is a deep breath. With an open heart, she discusses the crucial role of communication, the unexpected therapy sessions that became their stronghold, and how a little podcast called the Deep C is turning into a beacon of hope for many. As the conversation dives into the depths of parental fears, challenges, and triumphs, it's clear that the true therapy lies in sharing these stories. So, buckle up as the fellas navigate through this emotional rollercoaster, reminding us that the strength of a parent's love knows no bounds, and sometimes, the most powerful medicine is an open conversation.

    Key Takeaways:
    - Open communication and support are crucial for children and parents navigating a cancer diagnosis.
    - Leaving the door open for conversation and providing emotional support can help children process their experiences.
    - Therapy can be a valuable resource for children and parents, providing a safe space to process emotions and seek support.
    - The transition after treatment can be challenging for parents and caregivers, and ongoing support is essential.
    - Sharing experiences and connecting with others who have gone through similar situations can provide comfort and a sense of community.

    Relevant Links:
    - Check out The Deep C podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-deep-c-podcast/id1728343851
    - Campfire Circle: https://campfirecircle.org/
    - Pediatric Rhabdo Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pediatricrhabdomyosarcoma/

    Join the post-episode conversation over on Discord! https://discord.gg/expeUDN

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Period Pads From The Future?!

    Period Pads From The Future?!

    Who knew your period could be your personal health detective? Picture this: A period pad that does more than just catch blood—it catches diseases, too! Enter the Q-pad, a brainchild of biotech innovation that's transforming the way we approach personal health screenings. With over a thousand tweaks and the aid of a menstruating robot named Betty, this FDA-approved marvel allows for easy at-home disease detection, from diabetes to cervical cancer. But the boys don't stop there; they dive deep into the alarming rise of STIs, spotlighting the syphilis epidemic that's hitting hard across the nation. With cases skyrocketing, they stress the importance of awareness and testing.

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    • 44 min
    Patient to Pioneer: Emmy's Research in Healthcare Transitions

    Patient to Pioneer: Emmy's Research in Healthcare Transitions

    A new generation of bright minds is storming academia, and Emmy Schuler is leading the charge, armed with innovative ideas to mend the cracks in our fractured healthcare system. This week on Routine Checkup, the boys dive into the world of psychosocial support with Emmy Schuler, a Master's student and researcher who’s turning the spotlight on the hidden struggles of living with chronic illness and infectious disease. From the bustling heart of Nashville, TN, Emmy brings her firsthand experience and academic prowess to unravel the complex tapestry of stigma, transition challenges from pediatric to adult healthcare, and the power of personal narratives. With a keen focus on diseases like HIV and tuberculosis, she’s not just studying the science; she's challenging societal norms and rewriting the script on how we view and treat the sick. Emmy’s journey from patient to researcher offers a unique perspective on the importance of integrating psychosocial support into healthcare, the critical gap in care for transitioning adolescents, and the transformative power of reshaping illness narratives.

    Join the post-episode conversation over on Discord! https://discord.gg/expeUDN

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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2.2K Ratings

Candmcew ,

Great show!

Please continue to have guests like Dr. Jen Gunter - she’s so good! Your idea of myth busting ridiculous health claims and fads - it’s been done! Check out Dr. Timothy Caulfield. He had a great series on Netflix where he did exactly this. He’s so good. Would be a great guest.

Pricel101 ,

Compassionate and informative

Really great podcast, hosts are down to earth and sincere. The breast cancer episode was so good. Thank you!

DEB401 ,

I’d give Sickboy a 0 if I could!

I could only make it through part of a single episode — the one featuring David Ridgen whose work as a CBC podcaster I both admire & enjoy. However, I found the smugness of the hosts unbearable.

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