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Take a Pain Check

By Natasha
"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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Episode 51 - No Pain, No Gain
“Managing my arthritis can be compared to being the mayor of a village” Sadiq told Natasha, on this week’s episode. Sadiq Jiwa, a 26 year old professional golf player from Vancouver, Canada currently on the road for the PGA tour. The conversation starts off with Sadiq’s diagnosis story at the age of six and what life was like being young with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Moreover, the comments from people in school as well as the emphasis of confusing growing pains with arthritis pains. As the discussions progresses, he talks about his journey moving from pediatric to adult care and the difference in care as well as his way of articulating his health. Being a professional golfer, Sadiq explains that he had to start learning pain management techniques from the beginning. Lastly, Natasha and Sadiq both discuss their work with the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board from Arthritis Research Canada and other smaller arthritis awareness groups to help spread awareness and share their stories about overcoming their adversities. Sadiq's blog on TAPC: Arthritis Research Canada: Check out Sadiq's socials: Instagram: @jiwanator   Check out our socials: Website: Twitter:​​​Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
August 14, 2022
Episode 50 - Embracing My Disability
“Don’t say you're disabled” they said. These were comments Anna Samson received when they were using mobility aids to help them get through their daily tasks while living with a chronic illness. This week on Take a Pain Check, Anna Samson comes on the podcast to to talk about their life with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia as a 23 year old. They start off the conversation by talking about their initial symptoms and explaining the 4 year wait to get a diagnosis. After receiving a diagnosis, Anna talks about their experience finding resources to help them understand their own conditions. Moreover, Natasha and Anna discuss the benefits of physiotherapy. The conversation progresses to talking about disability in different settings, specifically the blue and red seats on the TTC subway. Throughout Anna’s journey, they learned how to advocate for themselves in a health care setting and how they become more confident. Not only did they have to talk about their symptoms, but they had to “get better at talking to people.” Finally, Anna explains their involvement in Take a Pain Check as an ambassador, as well as their work in Health Union. Next Joint Chat Rheum Session on Tuesday, August 16th at 7pm EDT: Self-Advocacy Live: Makeup Live: Health Union:  Check out Anna's socials:  Instagram @chronicallyillxo TikTok @chronicallyillxo Twitter: @chronicallyillx   Check out our socials: Website: Instagram: Twitter:​​​ Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
July 31, 2022
Episode 49 - Eat, Sleep, Live Jewellery
During the pandemic, Haley and her boyfriend went to the grocery store and a few minutes later, she fell to the ground. On this week’s episode, Haley Crespo joins Natasha to discuss her journey with lupus and Evan’s syndrome. Haley starts off the episode by discussing how her boyfriend was her main support system through her diagnosis story. Consequently, Haley discusses her symptoms and how her lupus varies from others in the sense that it effects  only her blood. Natasha and Haley bond over not only Selena Gomez being an amazing lupus role model, but how they both don’t have the typical rheumatic disease symptoms, like a fever or rash. Additionally, Haley discusses her experiences being on blood thinners and the difference between the location of her injection including how that made her feel. She talks about growing up quickly and being given responsibilities from her parents once she was diagnosed. Finally, the episodes ends with Haley talking about her collaboration with Lupus Canada where she created her jewellery shop to raise awareness for Lupus Awareness Month this past May — Haley Made. Check out Haley's socials: Instagram @haleymadeshop + TikTok @haleymadeshop Check out our socials: Website: Instagram: Twitter:​​​ Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
July 17, 2022
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:    Check out our socials: Website: Twitter:​​​Tiktok:
July 03, 2022
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:  Check out our socials:  Website: Instagram:  Twitter:​​​ Tiktok:  Devyn's socials: Instagram: devyn_nicholsss, devs_jia_journey  Tik-Tok: devyn_nichols    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
June 19, 2022
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: Instagram:  Twitter: Tiktok:  Afshin's socials: Instagram: desi.spoonie TikTok: solo.spoonie  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
June 05, 2022
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:  Aleina's Socials: Instagram - @arthriticaleina  Check out our socials:  Website:  Instagram:  Twitter: Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
May 22, 2022
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: Twitter:​​​Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
May 08, 2022
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: Dr. Rae Yeung's Lab - Check out our socials: Website: Twitter:​​​Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
April 24, 2022
Episode 42 - Clipping Through Education
This week’s episode features Savannah Lohnes - a second year university student from Windsor living with Juvenile Arthritis. Savannah starts off by remembering the time when she woke up bed ridden; she couldn’t get out of bed. Previously, her dad was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and to no surprise, Savannah was diagnosed with JA and then later Hemochromatosis. Natasha and Savannah both bond over being diagnosed with the same condition at 13, thinking it’s due to a sports injury, being high achievers in school and what that actually came to be.  Savannah played competitive soccer all her life but had to stop when she was diagnosed. However, Savannah still incorporated her love for sports in a less rigorous way - recreationally. The conversation continues to go through the school timeline and the differences accommodations were like from elementary school to high school and finally now to university. Finally, they end off the episode talking about Savannah’s initiative, Clips 4 a Cause. Using her love for arts and crafts, she creates resin-based clips and donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. Savannah's Socials: Instagram: @savannahlohnes @clips4acause Check out our socials: Website: Instagram:  Twitter:​​​ Tiktok: Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
April 10, 2022
Episode 41 - Kicking Arthritis In The Butt
In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, our second special guest of the month - Alejandra Van Dusen comes on Take a Pain Check to talk about her story with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis alongside Ulcerative Colitis. Diagnosed at 2 years old with JIA, Alejandra talks about childhood memories of being at the hospital and soon realizing that it’s okay to be different. Her symptoms went from her hands to elbows and at 12 years old jaw complications arose. Alejandra explains her experience for jaw surgery and what it felt like waking up and not being able to open her month. Alejandra and Natasha bond about having brothers, gym class exceptions, technology and more. Lastly, they dive deep into the Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) program where Alejandra and Natasha conducted research alongside other young adults living with arthritis on patients with arthritis.  Alejandra's Socials: Instagram: @alej4ndra  Twitter: AlejandraVanD    Check out our socials:  Website: Instagram:  Twitter:​​​ Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara  #juvenilearthritis #research #IBD #ulcerativecolitis #jawsurgery
March 27, 2022
Episode 40: The Chronicles Of Arthritis
In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, Morgan Harris comes on Take a Pain Check to talk about her story with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Diagnosed at 8 years old, Morgan discusses how she didn’t know what was happening to her body, let alone even trying to explain the concept to her friends. At 13, Morgan underwent a period of remission. Unfortunately, the arthritis came back. Morgan and Natasha discuss their experiences and preferences on pills vs injections, their support systems and some pain management strategies. The roles swap for a second where Morgan asks Natasha how she went from telling 1 person in high school about her arthritis to now running this whole podcast. Not only that, they discuss all things transition and Morgan’s experience at a transition clinic in Toronto. Lastly, they dive deep into the Patient and Community Engagement Research program where Morgan and Natasha conducted research alongside other young adult living with arthritis on patients with arthritis. Registration for The Mind, Body, Bluetooth Event: Morgan’s Socials - Instagram: Check out our socials:  Website: Instagram:  Twitter:​​​ Tiktok: G Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
March 13, 2022
Episode 39 - Accidentally On Purpose: How Pregnancy Changed My Life
Carrie Zamudio joins our host Natasha this week on Take a Pain a Check to discuss her journey with rheumatoid arthritis. Her story starts off with a long period of time in which she was not being treated and then finally getting diagnosed during the pandemic. We discuss all things arthritis, including bone deformity, her medication journey prior to pregnancy and the fears of afterbirth with rheumatoid arthritis. Carrie now has a newborn daughter. But, flashback to October, she was 5 months pregnant when this conversation happened. Some major questions brought discussed the possibility of remission during pregnancy and if a baby is really healing you internally? Throughout Carrie’s life, she gave up the party life and fashion trends, such as heels and much more. The conversation ends off with the importance of mental health, well-being, lifestyle changes, and being in a good emotional state. Carrie's Socials:  Instagram: @arthritiscarrie   Check out our socials: Website: Instagram:  Twitter: ​​​Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
February 27, 2022
Episode 38 - Makeup With A Flare Up
This week on Take a Pain Check, we welcome Ravia Khangura who joins our host Natasha to talk about her journey living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Ravia starts off by explaining how she initially spent weeks in the hospital to get her diagnosis. Growing up, Ravia studied and became a pharmacy technician. However, once we dive deeper into her life, she reveals that she switched her careers to pursue her passion for makeup. Ravia is now a MAC makeup artist, and she shares her workplace accommodations and answers the big question “how and when did you tell your boss you have arthritis?” The episode ends off, with a segment on her elimination process for food, lifestyle changes, the developed love for guided meditation and mindfulness. Guided meditation resource mentioned by Ravia: Do you want to help support Take a Pain Check? Our growth relies on you. Support us today on Patreon:  Ravia's socials: Instagram @sunshineravz  & @makeupbyravia  TikTok @sunshineravz_   Check out our socials: Website: Twitter: Tiktok:  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
February 13, 2022
Episode 37 - I Was An Empty Shell Running On Fumes
“No one knows you better than you, so why let someone else talk for you?” quotes Kasey Bouslaugh, an arthritis advocate from Kansas City. This week Kasey joins our host Natasha on the podcast. We start off with the basics: her story of being undiagnosed for 7 years. Then she opens up about her mental health experiences throughout her arthritis journey. The conversation moves to middle school, when she got bullied, forcing her to put on a brave face. Kasey and Natasha discuss the difference between the Canadian and American health care system, specifically, doctor appointments, labs, and medication. Throughout all of this, Kasey still remains positive and involved in advocacy initiatives such as PR-COIN, PR-COIN PAT, and the Arthritis Foundation, in which she advocates for patients and shares awareness of JIA.   Do you want to help support Take a Pain Check? Our growth relies on you. Support us today on Patreon:   Kasey's socials: Twitter: @BouslaughKasey Instagram: @kaseybouslaugh  PR-COIN socials: Check out our socials:  Website: Twitter:​​​Tiktok: Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara #kansascity #advocacy #disability #juvenilearthritis #rheumatology #unitedstates #rheumatic
January 30, 2022
Episode 36 - Feeling Numb In The Freezer Section
On this week’s episode, Natasha and Katie converse about what it’s like to live with Scleroderma and Raynaud's. Her diagnosis story went from rheumatologists thinking she was making up her symptoms, to Katie now being under remission. Katie is also a registered nurse who is passionate women’s health. She believes that her story has helped her become a more understanding nurse to her patients. Additionally, the conversation covers Katie’s life as a high school student on a dance team, the psychological aspect of giving yourself a needle and discusses grip strength tips. Stay tuned for our exciting podcast game on our Instagram this week!   Katie's socials: Instagram: @kspilkz   Check out our socials: Website: Twitter:​​​Tiktok:
January 16, 2022
Episode 35 - I Reached The Hall Of Fame For Highest Inflammation Markers
“I felt a metallic blood taste coming from my mouth, then my nose, then my eyes. The girl beside me yelled.” This was one of the many situations Jodie Shea was going through in college. This week, Natasha talks to Jodie, a young woman living RA, about what it’s like to enter this world with a chronic illness. The conversation starts off with transitioning at 23 years old and leads into how the media portrays sickness as “acute and goes away”. This inspirational Clinical Research Coordinator at IQVIA gives tips on how to be honest with the people in your life, as well as tools to get back to a healthier version of yourself. The discussion progresses to using humour as a coping mechanism. And finally, don’t forget to kiss your wrists hello and goodbye because as Jodie quotes “they are doing you favours.”   Check Out Jodie's Socials: @Jodie_Shea and @Jodies_Joints Check out our socials:  Website: Instagram:  Twitter:​​​ Tiktok:
January 02, 2022
Episode 34 - Toddling Into A Charity
Have you heard of Cassie and Friends? Do you know the face behind Cassie and Friends? Cassie? Well, Take a Pain Check explores Cassie and her life in today’s episode. We discuss more of the social aspects of living with a rheumatic disease. When is it the right time to tell your friends about your chronic illness? The conversations heads into what it’s like living with arthritis but also being diagnosed with celiac disease. We also talk about dance and the modifications she had to make during practice and on stage. Stay tuned for our game with Cassie on Instagram this week!   SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PATREON & GET YOUR BENEFITS: SHOUTOUT TO JOSEPH CAFAZZO OUR NEWEST PATREON! Twitter:   Check Out Cassie's Socials:
December 19, 2021
Episode 33 - What It’s Like To Be An Adult At 16
This week, Take a Pain Check converses with Kayla Mozill, a university student at Dalhousie living with rheumatoid arthritis. We dive into true university life of exams, accommodations, note taking and study strategies while living with a chronic illness. Interestingly, Kayla never received pediatric care and her first rheumatologist appointment was one that she had to attend solo. To wrap it all up, we share and bond about our joint injection experiences. Check out Kayla's social media channels:
December 05, 2021
Episode 32 -The Apple That Couldn’t Have Fallen Closer To The Tree
Kristen joins Take a Pain Check this week for a conversation about the impact of therapy and behaviour. Kristen was lucky with her diagnosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren's, surprising right? The discussion leads into the topic of friends and family support and jumps right into answering the big question of "how do we as a patient make the right decision for our medications?". Well you might be able to figure that out, if you stay tuned until the end of the episode! Check out Kristen's social media channels: @WarriorsMoveMountains & @ConnectBehavioralCoaching
November 21, 2021
Episode 31: Avengers: Age of Remission
This week on Take a Pain Check, Alexandra DiGiacomo, comes onto the podcast to talk about her international knee draining experience. We dive deep into Ali's passions when it comes to script writing, acting, and being a casting assistant for several popular movies. Not only that, Alexandra shares more about her fitness page, workout modifications and training to go into the junior Olympics! Take a Pain Check's game show host, Brianne, also facilitates a game with the host and guest. Make sure to check it out tomorrow on IG TV so see who wins!
November 07, 2021
Episode 30 - A Mom's Guide On Sick Kid Parenting
This week on Take a Pain Check, the host interviews Marissa Sangers. She is a parent to an 8 year old girl, Charlotte, who lives with Juvenile Arthritis. We discuss the interesting visit to a plastic surgeon, the parent perspective, and the adjustment of parenting skills. Not only that, we talk about going down the rabbit hole in internet searching.  American College of Rheumatology Conference Registration:  UPLiFT Conference Registration:  Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Management Webinar:    Instagram @rissasangers & @charlottes.superstars  Facebook JM Sangers Twitter @rissasangers   TikTok @rissasangers  
October 24, 2021
Episode 29 - They Thought I Stole The Handicap Pass
Take a Pain Check stars Effie K from Chicago, the founder of the growing platform, Rising Above RA. We talk about the basics, diagnosis life and story but things starting getting more interesting as the episode progresses. Want to know why they thought the handicap pass was stolen? The police showed up? Stream the full episode now!  Check out  Effie's Socials:
October 10, 2021
Episode 28 - How To Run A Business When Your Body Is On Fire
Chaufa Nguyen comes onto Take a Pain Check to talk about living life with Lupus while being entrepreneur. We discuss trauma culturally, dealing with a diagnosis by yourself, and developing a positive mindset. We end off with an advice segment that ends up being very inspirational. Chaufa's social media channels: @chaufanguyen
September 26, 2021
Episode 27 - UCAN CAN-DU
This week on Take a Pain Check, your host Natasha gets the chance to talk to pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Joost Swart from the Netherlands. They discuss Take a Pain Check's amazing sponsor for the summer, UCAN CAN-DU, the collaboration between Canada and the Netherlands as well as healthcare similarities and differences. The conversation also includes the inside details of what ideal health is, the future of technology and comfortable discussions with patients.   Check out UCAN CAN-DU:  
September 12, 2021
Episode 26 - Arthritis Life
This week we have Cheryl Crow come onto our podcast to discuss her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, the platform she’s created called Arthritis Life, as well as medical gaslighting. In the middle of our conversation, we dive deep into methotrexate and pregnancy. Not only that, we talk about acceptance and commitment therapy, some life hacks that she loves to share with others as well as the importance of mental health.   We have linked some articles here for all of you to read if you are interested in learning more about methotrexate and pregnancy:   *Suggested by the Medical Advisory Board of Take a Pain Check*
September 05, 2021
Episode 25 - Karmatology
We had the honor to talk to Dr. Monica Shah - one of the few South Asian rheumatologists on television - this week on Take a Pain Check. We start the discussion off by learning about her passion for rheumatology. We also dive into how it feels to be Ms. India Florida. Additionally, the part everyone has been waiting for, we talk about life as an actress on the reality TV show Bravo’s Family Karma.
August 29, 2021
Episode 24 - Pretty in Pain
Megan Green, the founder of takinpain2pretty, joins the weekly conversation with some very interesting experiences with her diagnosis. We talk about comfort care, the importance of our hair and nails as well as advocating for beauty.
August 22, 2021
Episode 23 - TRANSITION-Q
Dr. Michelle Batthish, a pediatric rheumatologist at McMaster Children's Hospital, comes on our weekly podcast Take a Pain Check to engage in the very important topic of transition care. We discuss how teenagers at the stage of transition have so much going on in their lives and an app that was implemented in her hospital that has helped with transition. We end off by talking about the many initiatives Dr. Batthish is involved in and how important the patient voice is when it come to research.
August 15, 2021
Episode 22 - Skateboarding into a Diagnosis
Today, we have Spencer Hamilton talk about his story of being diagnosed in years, being a pro skateboarder and changing his lifestyle to one that suits his needs. Spencer talks about how he managed to remain a pro skateboarder even though his ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis took quite a while to diagnose.   
August 08, 2021
Episode 21 - The Oily Spoonie
To start off season 3, we have Julie Bastarache talk to us about her incredible work advocating on social media. As well as her journey to being diagnosed with RA while living in a separate province (state) from her own family, having to change career paths due to her diagnosis and having to learn how to advocate for herself. To end off we play a game of arthritis Would you Rather!   Check out her social media: @the.oily.spoonie   Website:
August 01, 2021
Episode 20 - The Future of Work
To end off season 2, we have Dr. Arif Jetha talk to us about vulnerable people in the workplace. His research has shown several findings when it comes to youth and young adults being hesitant to pick the right job for them due to workplace accommodations. We also give our perspective on which jobs we love and are scared to enter!
July 25, 2021
Episode 19 - Chronic Genie
We got the pleasure to interview Ingrid He this week on Take a Pain Check. We cover an abundance of interesting topics such as the struggle to obtain a diagnosis of Sjogren's Syndrome and this rheumatic disease once thought as a mental illness from several doctors. Throughout this episode, we learn about advocacy. Join us as we learn about the app Ingrid created to help herself and others suffering from Sjogren’s and other chronic illnesses! Youtube: Check out Ingrid's Social Media: Instagram: Facebook:
July 18, 2021
Episode 18 - Accessibili-tea
This week we have Jalesa Martin come on our podcast to talk about her diagnosis with lupus that led to other chronic illnesses. Not only that, she shares her medication journey, knee replacement and the fears she has for the future. Jalesa ends off with showing us her advocacy work at university, her podcast and the articles she writes to convey her battles.
July 11, 2021
Episode 17: Part 2 - From Strangers to Friends
Rahul Vivekanandan, a close friend of Natasha, comes on our weekly podcast Take a Pain Check. We talk about how their friendship started, the accommodations made in the friendship whether it’d be at hanging out at a friend’s house or at school, and finally how they both support each other regardless of the situation. We end off with a game and some valuable advice to takeaway!  Be sure to watch part 1 of friendship edition week to hear about a different perspective of friendship.
July 04, 2021
Episode 17: Part 1 - Becoming Besties
Today, we have a fun and serious conversation with Brianne Chou about friendships and arthritis. We explore school, accommodating friends with a disease and learning about what they go through on a daily basis.
June 27, 2021
Episode 16 - How Softball Changed my Life
This week we have Vina Mohabir, one of our favs, come on to talk about her diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia. We discuss expectations of parents on their kids with chronic illnesses, how trauma can be resolved with psychological measures, and how experiences in a field can turn into a full time enjoyable job.
June 20, 2021
Episode 15 - The Option Map
Dr. Karine Toupin April - a scientist in Ottawa - and Laurie Proulx - her lead patient partner -  talk about their stories in regards to Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Asthma. They talk about their struggles in the rheumatology world and how their research project can change the lives of youth and adults diagnosed with arthritis. They also discuss the importance of options and complementary therapy.
June 13, 2021
Episode 14 - Snowy Pains
Take a Pain Check stars Spencer O’Brien on this week’s episode. Being in the Olympics while managing a disease, additional injuries and surgeries that come with this career, and the differentiation between what is arthritis and what isn’t are all topics that are discussed. We end off with a cute game. Stay tuned till the end to hear it all!
June 06, 2021
Episode 13 - Stronger Than JIA
Sarah Fischer, a teen with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, joins us for a conversation about her swimming career with a disease, her JRA warrior platform and a genetic component. Not only that, we compare the Canadian and American resources when it comes to rheumatology in our experiences.
May 30, 2021
Episode 12 - Stylish Soreness
American Fashion Designer, Michael Kuluva comes on Take a Pain Check this week to talk about schooling, his fashion label, how it felt to have Kendall Jenner on the runway, professional skating for Disney on Ice and his rheumatoid arthritis journey.
May 23, 2021
Episode 11 - We're Back
Hey all! Thanks for supporting us through season 1. We are excited to be back with season 2. Today, it is just the co-hosts talking about their experiences with COVID-19, new life updates, different treatments they have had experiences with and going to specialists for check ups.
May 16, 2021
Episode 10 - The 20th Anniversary
This week we have Laura Trenton come on our podcast to talk about her journey with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Art in Motion, Runanthropic and being a high school teacher. We feature a few questions from our followers as well!
May 09, 2021
Episode 9 - Chronic Eileen
Today, Eileen Davison gives us tons of insight on her rheumatoid arthritis journey, being a single mother, her blog, and elaborates on her lifestyle changes.   You can find this week's game on our IG TV where we compare JIA and RA with some laughter and informative explanations!
May 02, 2021
Episode 8 - Twin Telepathy
Have you ever met twins with the same chronic disease? There's only a 4% chance of fraternal twins being diagnosed and this week we were lucky enough to get twins on! This week we have Makayla and Carly Fox come on our podcast to talk about Ankylosing spondylitis, Make a Wish Foundation, moving out and living their lives with JIA.
April 25, 2021
Episode 7 - Rheulationship
Jordan Colangelo comes on our weekly podcast to talk about what it is like to be in a relationship with someone that has a rheumatic disease. His JIA knowledge is also tested and he might actually be more knowledgeable than we thought!
April 18, 2021
Episode 6 - Skating with a Jinx
This week's guest is speed skater Bethany Mckinley-Young. Having suffered from JIA since the age of 13, speed skating at the national level and the Canadian Games, she joins us to talk about being an athlete with a chronic disease.
April 11, 2021
Episode 5 - Growing up with JIA
This week we have Julie Beausoleil, a mental health advocate, on our podcast to talk about JIA as the only thing she ever knew, mental health, medications, and we end off with some laughter:)
April 04, 2021
Episode 4 - I Have Arthritis (And It's So Much Fun)
Maggie also known as Arthritis Kid, comes on our fun weekly podcast to talk about music as a form of escapism, a viral TikTok, arthritis camp and being confident with juvenile arthritis.
March 28, 2021
Episode 3 - The Story behind Cassie and Friends
David Porte, the chair of Cassie and Friends, comes on our weekly podcast to give us the parent perspective, the behind the scenes of his charity organization and information about support out there.
March 21, 2021
Episode 2 - The Rheumour Mill
In our second episode, we have the president and founder of Rheumours, an organization and University of Alberta club that aims to dispel rumours about rheumatic diseases. We laugh and cry in this episode as we talk about the journey that got her here and her own fight with arthritis. 
March 14, 2021
Episode 1 - The Beginning
Hi everyone! This is our new podcast Take a Pain Check. This is the beginning of our journey together as two young adults sharing our stories with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Medications, advocacy, support groups and much more! 
March 08, 2021