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Discomfort Zone

16 EpisodesProduced by Jason HerterichWebsite

Discomfort Zone is a podcast about living with chronic illness and disability. Through interviews, conversations, and stories, each episode uncovers what it means to be chronically ill and disabled. Jason helps listeners understand that the best way to cope with the discomfort of illness is to turn … read more

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10 - The Night of the Speech

October 15th, 2020


I was too sick to attend my sister’s wedding, so she wasn’t expecting me to deliver a speech.

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Bonus Episode - Default

September 16th, 2020


My gym teacher ridicules me in front of my peers, prompting the question: was my child-acting career a fluke? If so, what does that say about my …

9 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 4 - Unlocking Bryson's Brain: Keith McArthur

August 18th, 2020


About Keith

Keith McArthur is an author, speaker, kidney transplant survivor, and rare disease dad. He is the host of the CBC Podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain, an 8-part documentary-style podcast about his son Bryson, …

8 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 3 - A Rare Disease Family: Keith McArthur

August 8th, 2020


Keith’s son Bryson is a charming and outgoing 13-year old who loves his family, friends, and school. But he faces tremendous challenges. He lives …

7 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 2 - Firefighter Without a Hose: Lindsay Couture

August 4th, 2020


Lindsay is no stranger to adversity. While most 11-year olds were out playing with their friends, she was at home caring for her mom. Now a …

6 - Caring in a Crisis Pt 1 - Echoes of a Community: Melissa Graham

July 28th, 2020


Early in the pandemic, Melissa spent all day on the phone with disabled people living in fear of COVID-19. Their fears echoed many of her own. Melissa shares her recommendations on how the government can better meet the …

Bonus Episode - A Monastic Skunking

July 26th, 2020


Meditating at a jungle monastery in Thailand brought me inner stillness. Then Rob showed up.

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5 - We Are Visible: Karina Sturm

July 24th, 2020


Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Karina Sturm joins the show to talk about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder she lives with. She opens up about the medical gaslighting she experienced …

4 - COVID-19 Has Arrived...In My House?

July 17th, 2020


My parents returned from their vacation in Cuba on March 7th. A few days later, my dad developed a cough and fever. His symptoms rapidly progressed. …

Bonus - COVID Rap: Stay the F**k Home

July 7th, 2020


Checking in from quarantine with a special message. This one is for you, Missy Elliot!

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Show Notes

Produced by: Jason Herterich with help from Djevon Earle

Audio engineering by: Justin Maradin

Music: Streetwise

Big News for Discomfort Zone!

July 6th, 2020


Big News for Discomfort Zone - I'm joining Invisible Not Broken Podcast Network!

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3 - Unconditional Support: Lisa

June 23rd, 2020


Chronic pain tore my life apart and brought me and my sister closer together.

A full transcript with photos is available in the show notes


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2 - Soap Addict

June 23rd, 2020


I was getting better! I left the house to meet women. It didn’t go well.

I was getting better! I left the house to meet women. It didn’t go well.

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1 - Struggling to Stay Afloat

June 22nd, 2020


I was in constant, excruciating pain and spent 22 hours a day in bed. I never could've imagined that someone else's life would fall into my hands. In …

Introducing Discomfort Zone

June 22nd, 2020


Introducing Discomfort Zone: immersive stories on chronic illness and disability that showcase our vulnerability, wellness, and resilience. My guests …

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