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Toronto Skyscraper III: Kai-Cheng Unplugs

Kai Cheng is a social worker, poet, and workaholic. Her experiences growing up trans inspires her to help. She’s always there for others, but it’s exhausting. She needs to set boundaries, and focus on herself. Can she learn to say ‘no’?
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Capping off this awesome trio is Kai Cheng Thom. Kai Cheng is a social worker, youth therapist, and poet.

What inspires Kai Cheng to help others is her own difficult experiences growing up trans. She empathizes with the people she works with, which makes her great at her job. It also means she's over-worked and exhausted, and can't turn away those who need her.

Workaholic Kai Cheng needs to set her boundaries, learn how to say, "NO!", and take care of herself.

But before we can dig into her problem we have to figure out the sleeping arrangements!

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PHOTOS FROM THE EPISODE

We wake up, high above Toronto, overlooking train tracks. (Veronica Simmonds)
Kai Cheng Thom, 25 years old, is up and at ‘em. (Craig Desson)
So is Judy, beaming her bright smile. (Craig Desson)
Ben and Judy devour leftover pizza and cola from the night before. (Craig Desson)
Last up is Sook-Yin. (Michelle Macklem)
Kai Cheng drinks coffee. She’s a social worker, counsellor, writer and artist. She opens up about what’s bothering her. (Veronica Simmonds)
She’s overworked and exhausted. Judy shares some straight up advice. (Craig Desson)
It’s hard to say no when you don’t want to do something. (Veronica Simmonds)
Judy jokes about it. (Veronica Simmonds)
Ben bursts some bold advice. (Veronica Simmonds)
Kai-Cheng cracks up. A good sense of humour will help you through the tough times. (Veronica Simmonds)
It’s been an intense 24 hours together. We fall into bed for a group photo. (Veronica Simmonds)
Kai Cheng prepares to return to the world. (Veronica Simmonds)
We head to the ground floor. High fives. We did it! (Veronica Simmonds)