When you have as many allergies as I do, you start to think of life as an iceberg- there’s the parts of life that people see, but there’s also a huge amount of health management that goes on under the surface. For example ,throughout my childhood, I was responsible for sorting and counting my pills every Sunday nigh
While we were supposed to be setting up for Camp we found ourselves geeking out over our latest favourite discoveries in the world of music which suddenly led us into the story of his Cancer journey, a wild ride of love, heartbreak, beauty, terror and wonder. I feel so grateful to have met this human and have had the opportunity to escape the busy and hectic life of social media and technology, hunker down in a hut on the beaches of Maui and have an hour and a half of real talk.
That may mean two people from a car crash, lying on the floor, 1 with a stroke, 2 pregnant women in labour, three mothers with fevered children, two of whom are unconscious. The driver, with no medical knowledge, and a nurse, with limited skills, sit in the front while the patients fend for themselves in the back. There are no paramedics, no ‘pre-hospital’ or out-of-hospital care. But, if they survive long enough to get to the Emergency Department, they have a chance now whereas three and a half years ago they did not.
Throughout my childhood and adolescence people would occasionally marvel at how my knees extend backward when i stand or my elbows remained in a constant state of hyperextension, but it was normal, right? My mother and my sister and my grandmother, they all had the same traits so it couldn’t be that unusual.
Celiac is an auto immune disease. You know that because you listened to this podcast (I hope!). What I find fascinating about this disease is that the only cure is food – or lack of food. Namely gluten. It’s led me to spend many hours, probably too many, becoming obsessed with how food can heal and harm you at the same time. I’m not someone who believes that gluten is evil (well not for everyone at least) but I do think that some foods can do some serious harm to our bodies.
Wait a goddamn second… Jeremie Saunders? The guy who doesn’t even know what arithmetic means? The guy who stuck his balls into a laser? The guy who worked at X-citement video?! The guy who squished doo doo with his hands to make it flush?! They let HIM address a room full of med students!?!?!? I know. That’s exactly what I was thinking.
I had weird symptoms going on for about three years before I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. For a while, I was convinced I had a very large worm living inside my body. I went as far as naming it Tapey. Turns out I did have a worm, or several making a home of my digestive tract, but it they weren’t the reason I was getting chills, fevers and pooping a lot.
Hello, my name is Jim and I am 44 years old, I am a dad, a husband and I stand at 3’-6”, not 6’-3” you didn't read it wrong and that is not a typo. If that made you take a second look, you should spend a couple of hours with me and go for a coffee or go shopping. You would quickly notice how many heads turn. Add my 11 year old son to the picture and the fact we both use mini segway-like scooters for mobility and the attention we attract is beyond crazy!