Bryson is a beautiful, happy and loving boy. But a mysterious illness means he can’t walk, talk, or feed himself. After years without a diagnosis, even Bryson’s parents have come to accept that he may never be able to live independently. Then one day, everything changes. Scientists working at the cutting edge of genetics believe they know what’s causing Bryson’s disease — and think it could be reversed. Motivated by the hope for a cure, Bryson’s parents search for the miracle key that could unlock Bryson’s brain.
The Sickboy podcast is determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Hosts and best friends Jeremie, Bryan, and Taylor tackle health taboos with people who have experienced those challenges firsthand and take their lead from Jeremie's life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Together they help us understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease, and life is simply to laugh. More episodes are available at smarturl.it/sickboycbc
Episode 8: Two Futures
After months of waiting, the “Bryson mouse” is finally ready for lab tests that will provide new insights into treatments and cures. And Bryson’s parents explore two possible versions of Bryson’s future.
Episode 7: Pilgrimage to Boston
Bryson’s parents travel to Boston/Cambridge, the global capital for rare disease research. Their goal: to ask private biotech companies to help in their search for a cure. Scientists provide new clues, but also raise difficult questions.
Episode 6: The Ethics of Cure
Finding a cure for Bryson no longer seems impossible. And that raises new questions about the ethics of this journey. Bryson’s family seeks out new perspectives and learns why “cure” is a loaded term in the disability rights community.
Episode 5: Making a Mouse
Scientists in Toronto get to work building a mouse with Bryson’s precise genetic variant. Plus, the family travels to Atlanta to provide blood samples for a researcher to create DNA-based “mini-brains” in his lab. Could this cutting edge science provide clues to unlocking Bryson’s brain?
Episode 4: A New Hope
Bryson’s family travels to meet other GRIN1 patients, including Bryson’s GRIN-twin Olivia. And research on mice offers new hope for finding a cure. But a new illness means that the family now needs two medical miracles.