12 episodes

A podcast about Millennial and GenX women living life with a wide variety of invisible disabilities, navigating work, family, romantic relationships and smashing stigmas. Created and hosted by Jackie Rosen, co-hosted by Cynthia Cheng Mintz with rotating co-hosts Samantha Moore and Sarah Patel.

Got a question or comment? Interested in being on the show? Contact us at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com or drop us a line at whatsthedifferencepodcast.ca!

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What's the Difference Podcast Jackie Rosen and Cynthia Cheng Mintz

    • Health & Fitness

A podcast about Millennial and GenX women living life with a wide variety of invisible disabilities, navigating work, family, romantic relationships and smashing stigmas. Created and hosted by Jackie Rosen, co-hosted by Cynthia Cheng Mintz with rotating co-hosts Samantha Moore and Sarah Patel.

Got a question or comment? Interested in being on the show? Contact us at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com or drop us a line at whatsthedifferencepodcast.ca!

Find us on Instagram at @whatsthedifferencepodcast
On Facebook at facebook.com/whatsthedifferencepodcast

    Episode 10: Breast Cancer, Motherhood and Toxic Positivity

    Episode 10: Breast Cancer, Motherhood and Toxic Positivity

    IN THIS FINAL EPISODE OF SEASON ONE:  Nikki Crowe received a diagnosis of triple negative stage three breast cancer in May 2018, only seven months after her second child was born.  At the same time, she was dealing with a serious heart defect that impacted how her cancer would be treated. After several rounds of aggressive chemo, a mastectomy and months of chemo pills, Nikki is now doing well and regaining her strength day by day, but she still faces two major surgeries that have been delayed due to COVID. Nikki talks about coping while raising two young boys, enduring body shaming and other harsh commentary from medical professionals, and dealing with toxic positivity from able-bodied people who just didn't get it.

    We invite you to leave your thoughts by visiting us on YouTube, Instagram at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, Facebook at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, or by email at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com, and through our website whatsthedifferencepodcast.ca. Thanks for tuning in!

    RECORDED: September 19, 2020

    FIRST AIRED: October 23, 2020

    AUDIO PRODUCTION: Jackie Rosen

    • 49 min
    Episode 9 (Part 2): Yes, We Can Have Kids Too!

    Episode 9 (Part 2): Yes, We Can Have Kids Too!

    IN THIS EPISODE: In part two of our discussion about having kids with special guest Shaini Saravanamuthu, we examine what it’s like to be pregnant when you have an invisible or visible physical disability and how difficult it is to find information online about anything beyond mainstream pregnancy culture and experiences. And why is it that some women who can’t or decide not to carry due to an invisible disability are diagnosed with infertility? But there are women who DO have both: we hear about Shaini’s battle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and how she managed to proactively take charge of her fertility well in advance of having a family. Finally, we explore the challenges of infant and child care and how simple tasks like bathing or cutting your child’s nails can be extremely difficult if you live with sight loss, epilepsy or other health issues. 

    There’s still plenty of stigma, but we are just as worthy of parenthood as anyone else – and we won’t stop talking about it!

    We invite you to leave your thoughts by visiting us on YouTube, Instagram at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, Facebook at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, or by email at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com, and through our website whatsthedifferencepodcast.ca. Thanks for tuning in!

    RECORDED: August 15, 2020

    FIRST AIRED: September 25, 2020

    AUDIO PRODUCTION: Jackie Rosen

    • 40 min
    Episode 9 (Part 1): Yes, We Can Have Kids Too!

    Episode 9 (Part 1): Yes, We Can Have Kids Too!

    IN THIS EPISODE: In part one of our discussion about having kids with special guest Shaini Saravanamuthu, we explore the myths and stigma surrounding child-rearing for people with disabilities. We delve into why we will be – or already are – amazing parents when it comes to raising our kids. We discuss Cynthia's incredible eight-year journey to parenthood, the options open to us if we cannot carry ourselves but at the same time, why the line “why don’t you just adopt” can actually be hurtful. Finally, we talk about the potential outcomes of having genetic children and how we would feel if our children are born with the same disabilities as we have. 

    We invite you to leave your thoughts by visiting us on YouTube, Instagram at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, Facebook at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, or by email at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com, and our brand new website whatsthedifferencepodcast.ca. Thanks for tuning in!

    RECORDED: August 15, 2020

    FIRST AIRED: September 18, 2020

    AUDIO PRODUCTION: Jackie Rosen

    • 38 min
    Episode 8: What it's Like to be Neurodiverse

    Episode 8: What it's Like to be Neurodiverse

    IN THIS EPISODE: We meet Sandra Perlstein and Mackenzie Salt, two adults living with Asperger's syndrome - often classified as a high-functioning form of autism. But what’s the deal with the terms ‘high-functioning’ and ‘low functioning’ anyway? Sandra and Mackenzie describe their lives starting with their childhoods, when they could sense they were somewhat different from their peers and what it's like to be diagnosed in your teens vs. in your 30s. They address some of the biggest myths about being on the autism spectrum and yes, neurodiverse people can get married and have their own families - just like everyone else!

    We invite you to leave your thoughts by visiting us on YouTube, Instagram at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, Facebook at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, or by email at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com, and our brand new website whatsthedifferencepodcast.ca. Thanks for tuning in!

    RECORDED: July 18-19, 2020

    FIRST AIRED: August  21, 2020

    • 36 min
    Episode 7: I Get Around ... Sort of! Mobility and Invisible Disabilities

    Episode 7: I Get Around ... Sort of! Mobility and Invisible Disabilities

    IN THIS EPISODE: While it's difficult to navigate life while using a wheelchair, walker or cane, people with invisible disabilities can face the same struggles. Except for us, others may look at us funny if we park in an accessible spot, take the last remaining seat in the subway car or cram into the elevator rather than taking the stairs or an escalator. Jackie, Cynthia, Sam and Stacie welcome special guest Shaini - who lives with a form of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa - to discuss the weird looks and comments they've gotten throughout the years when they've required some extra mobility assistance. But it's a problem facing fully able-bodied people too, including new mothers who are often forced to carry strollers up flights of stairs! So what can we do to fix these these issues and make life easier for everyone? Tune in to find out!

    We invite you to leave your thoughts by visiting us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, or by email at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for tuning in!

    RECORDED: June 20, 2020

    FIRST AIRED: July 24, 2020 

    • 50 min
    Episode 6: Disabled and Underemployed

    Episode 6: Disabled and Underemployed

    IN THIS EPISODE: What’s it like to be told you’re never going to get your dream job or climb the corporate ladder because you have a disability? It’s something Jackie, Cynthia, Sam and Stacie aren’t exactly unfamiliar with, but the more we are told we can’t do something, the more determined we are to smash that glass ceiling. The ladies also welcome special guest (and newly-minted lawyer!) Erica who discusses some of the amazing ways employers have accommodated her visual impairment.

    We invite you to leave your thoughts by visiting us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook at @whatsthedifferencepodcast, or by email at whatsthedifferencepodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for tuning in!

    RECORDED: May 30, 2020

    FIRST AIRED: June 26, 2020

    • 51 min

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