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"Impacting our community faster than our inflammation" Take a Pain Check (TAPC) is hosted by Natasha Trehan, a 19 year old university student. This is a podcast that engages in conversations about relationships, school, advocacy and much more while living with chronic illness. The host brings her life experiences and talks to guests about their lived experiences. If you're looking for inspiration and support, Take a Pain Check is the community for you. Tune in every other Sunday at 12pm EST on Youtube, Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.

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Take a Pain Check Natasha

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"Impacting our community faster than our inflammation" Take a Pain Check (TAPC) is hosted by Natasha Trehan, a 19 year old university student. This is a podcast that engages in conversations about relationships, school, advocacy and much more while living with chronic illness. The host brings her life experiences and talks to guests about their lived experiences. If you're looking for inspiration and support, Take a Pain Check is the community for you. Tune in every other Sunday at 12pm EST on Youtube, Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.

https://instabio.cc/takeapaincheck

    Episode 48 - Dribbling Through Chronic Illnesses

    Episode 48 - Dribbling Through Chronic Illnesses

    Imagine being 30 and needing to plan your funeral while also planning your will. This is the exact experience Amanda Ishii had to go through a few years ago. On this week’s episode, Amanda discusses her journey living with Lupus, Crohn’s disease, Colon cancer and Multi Organ Dysfunction. Amanda explains her initial symptoms and jumps into the importance of social and mental support when it comes to dealing with a chronic illness. Moreover, Amanda brings up therapy, a resource that not only helped her by providing her someone to talk to but also is used by many people in all communities as a tool for support. As the episode progresses, Amanda discusses what life was like throughout college to present day with an ileostomy bag in social settings, while playing basketball and when travelling. Since a young age, basketball was a passion of hers. Even with a medical device, Amanda continues to pursue basketball professionally while knowing her limits; she is unstoppable. Finally, Natasha and Amanda end off the podcast episode by talking about a new initiative Amanda is starting up to supply 3rd world countries with medical and school supplies for free, The Mango House.

    Check out Amanda's socials: Instagram: @haparae @themangohouse_cebu  

    Sign up for the July Joint Chat Rheum Session: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ofuCspjsoGdduKrpgemnDZa1As6TvwYhL   

    Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck

    • 45 min
    Episode 47 - Advocacy Queen At Fourteen

    Episode 47 - Advocacy Queen At Fourteen

    Devyn Nichols, a 14 year old content creator for Take a Pain Check, comes onto the podcast to discuss her diagnosis with undifferentiated Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. When talking about Devyn’s diagnosis journey, she brings up medical gaslighting to which led to her seeing many family doctors and rheumatologists. Natasha and Devyn discuss side effects they’ve experienced on Methotrexate and Prednisone, as well the insecurities that came alongside being teenage girls. Not only that, Devyn explains the struggle of having peers and school faculty not understanding that arthritis fluctuates, appointments can’t be on weekends and it's not “just joints that are sore sometimes but will go away”. From a young age, gymnastics was Devyn’s dream but soon after being diagnosed with arthritis she came to a realization that she had to let it go. With that in mind, Devyn mentions that letting go opened up a whole new world for her. Finally, they end the episode talking about Devyn becoming an arthritis advocate and discussing her involvement with Take a Pain Check, as well as her personal Instagram account @devs_jia_journey.  

    5 minute video explaining JIA:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CTxoNO4g_DS/ 

    Check out our socials: 

    Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​

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    Devyn's socials: Instagram: devyn_nicholsss, devs_jia_journey  Tik-Tok: devyn_nichols   

    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 

    • 42 min
    Episode 46 - Desi & Diseased

    Episode 46 - Desi & Diseased

    On this week’s episode, Afshin Bhimani discusses her journey living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. She starts off by explaining her lengthy diagnosis process and how she felt during this time. Once she started to go to doctors to figure out what was wrong, she was unable to find a physician who took her seriously. Moving from India to the States, Afshin discusses the cultural changes that occurred in her life. Natasha and Afshin both bond over Indian culture and holistic approaches they’ve tried. They discussed what they thought caused their diagnoses’ and both predict that changes in environments were a trigger for both of them. Due to Afshin's disability, she has a service dog - Sammy - who has been a great support in her life. Afshin talks about her struggles with US healthcare, as well as the ups and downs she faced with the comments of others when she brought her service dog. They end off the podcast by talking about “Desi and Diseased,” Afshin’s website and Instagram that she uses to raise awareness for South Asians living with chronic conditions.  

    Check out our socials: 

    Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck

    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck 

    Afshin's socials: Instagram: desi.spoonie TikTok: solo.spoonie 

    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara

    • 49 min
    Episode 45 - Pick me. Choose me. Love me.

    Episode 45 - Pick me. Choose me. Love me.

    On this week’s episode, Aleina Margos joins Natasha to discuss her journey with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). Being diagnosed during the pandemic, Aleina starts off the episode by elaborating on her rheumatoid arthritis, including symptoms, topicals and  pill medications that she was prescribed at first. Aleina and Natasha discuss the affects of their medication, like discolouration and how they abstain from scratching the skin. Aleina elaborates about her diagnosis period and how she received a lack of support from her friend. The conversation progresses onto the bonding of costochondritis, as well as the confusion and struggle a patient experiences when they start experiencing other pains that might not actually be arthritis.  Finally, Aleina and Natasha shine light on the power of community via social media. Aleina expands on her own Instagram page, as well as her involvement in Patients Rising and being a TAPC ambassador.  

    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by guests on this podcast do not represent or reflect the official policy or position of the Take a Pain Check Foundation and podcast. All information shared is from personal experiences and does not constitute medical advice. We do not take responsibility for any statements expressed during the Podcast and Take a Pain Check does not endorse any products or services. Any said products or services mentioned on this podcast may not be suitable for you or your condition. Please consult with your physician if you have medical questions as it may pertain to your condition.

    We've now launched the Joint Chat Rheum Program and our first session is on Sunday, May 29th at 4pm EST. If you're interested in hanging out with us and making friends with other youth with arthritis, you can sign up here: https://forms.gle/UEPfJSuc5ZSpbwpz8 

    Aleina's Socials: Instagram - @arthriticaleina 

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    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara

    • 43 min
    Episode 44 - Gracefully Jen

    Episode 44 - Gracefully Jen

    Take a Pain Check’s Mother’s Day special features Jenni Weaver, a mom of 3 kids, that comes on the podcast this week to discuss her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis and pustular psoriasis. The discussion starts off with the basics, specifically talking about Jenni’s original symptoms that led to a diagnosis after several years. Natasha and Jenni discuss the set backs in terms of communication in health care, focusing on the struggle of getting a copy of blood test results. The conversation continues with Jenni explaining how she went switched to different rheumatologists and was finally able to find the medication that didn’t cause several allergic reactions. Jenni and Natasha discuss the importance of having someone else advocate for them at appointments. The episode progresses to Jenni providing her tips and tricks on how to manage her disease and parenting with her kids. Finally, they end off the podcast episode talking about the power of social media and online advocacy. Jenni's Socials:  @Gracefully_jen @My_Spoonie_Sisters 

    Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck

     Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara

    • 34 min
    Episode 43 - Rae of Sunshine

    Episode 43 - Rae of Sunshine

    Dr. Rae Yeung started off her education journey dreaming to be pilot or an astronaut. But she realized quickly, that she had a passion for medicine, children, and rheumatology. The conversation on this week’s podcast episode starts off with a timeline of Dr. Yeung’s journey on becoming a pediatric rheumatologist and a researcher. Dr. Yeung talks about her primary research interest - precision medicine and specifically how this will be able to treat patients on an individualized level based on genes. Furthermore, she clarifies the availability of genetic testing (clinical vs research) for patients. Natasha and Dr. Yeung provide their perspectives on COVID-19 specifically: in person versus virtual visits, the effects and shortages of medications used for both COVID-19 and arthritis, the effectiveness and fears of being on immunosuppressive drugs, and finally the similarities and difference with your immune system with COVID vs arthritis. The discussion progresses into talking about Kawasaki disease, and it’s symptoms that may in fact be COVID-19 related. Lastly, the episode ends off with Dr. Yeung expressing her knowledge of what the future of rheumatology looks like including two major research projects she founded - UCAN CAN-DU and UCAN CURE.



    Dr. Rae Yeung's initiatives: https://twitter.com/ucancandu https://twitter.com/SickKidsNews https://twitter.com/CAPRI_Canada https://www.ucancandu.com/ Dr. Rae Yeung's Lab - https://lab.research.sickkids.ca/yeung/



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    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara

    • 57 min

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