I have to get this off my chest

Since the inception of Sickboy, I’ve become much more acquainted with the power of vulnerability. Being open about your struggles not only brings you personal relief, but it also allows you to connect with those you speak to on a much deeper level. When you’re able to...

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Allergic To Everything

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

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Crying On A Professional Level

The first time I sought to explain Borderline Personality Disorder to someone I shuffled through a few internal questions – How was I going to explain this to someone outside my head? Would it make me feel sad or proud? Where would I even begin? Did I even understand what was going on in my brain? 

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Eye Jizz

The pain was immense(!!) and the visual, when I finally decided to take photos, was disgusting. I watched at a white blob of pus grew, grew and grew consuming my eye. I was scared.

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My Soundtrack For Brain Cancer

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. 

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27 years in the ER

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.

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My story of Flesh Eating Bacteria

Then the painful part was when she scrubbed down the sides, which was basically raw nerves, to clean off any infected cells. She then pressed new packing up against the inside of the hole until it was completely full. It was so painful that I passed out after she was done.

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Celiac – That’s When You Get Super Skinny From Not Eating Wheat Right?

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.

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I am a man.

I think what makes a man is the same thing that allows anything on this earth to exist with strength and grace, and that is balance. If you lift weights, you have to stretch. If you eat shitty food, get up and get outside. If you want to be masculine, you have to discover your feminine. 

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Who Need's Arms And Legs Anyway?

I don't feel like I've actually done anything amazing, because I don't want to be "good for someone without arms and legs" I want to be good. I don't want to be good at rugby or CrossFit for someone missing all limbs, I just want to be good. 

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You Don't Need A Degree To Simply Be Human

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. 

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Normal is Relative

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. 

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Little People Rule The World!

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!

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And What Is Madness

The linear story of recovery from mental illness is a harmful one.  It tells us that emotional pain is bad.  The truth is - I’m not so sure about that anymore.  Pain seems to me to be a necessary part of how we grow, how we learn to appreciate joy and all of the other emotions on the spectrum.  

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