Sickboy podcast fights illness and stigma with laughter
Halifax's Brian Stever, Jeremie Saunders and Taylor MacGillivary host the Sickboy Podcast.
Jeremy spends two hours a day loosening and removing the mucus in his lungs. But he sees humour in his illness, and now he channels the laughter in a podcast with two of his best friends, Taylor MacGillivary and Brian Stever.
"It's a comedy podcast," he said. "The idea is to mine for the humour within the human experience of being sick."
Co-host Brian Stever says there's nothing funny about illness in and of itself — but the experiences that go along with illness can sometimes be laughable.
"The circumstances when you go to these hospital visits and they ask you to get into these compromising positions that you usually wouldn't talk about — that kind of humour is what acts as a catalyst to broach some of those subjects and take away some of the awkwardness," he said.
The team says Sickboy tackles these subjects head on in the hope that people will be more open to talking about illness, rather than tip-toeing around difficult conversations.
"The idea is to make these conversations more approachable to the everyday person, [who] might feel like this is a sticky situation that they want to stay away from," said Taylor MacGillivary.
"A lot of people associate sadness and grief with these stories, and we're trying to go in the opposite direction to make them more accessible for everybody."
With files from CBC's Our Vancouver
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