Episode 1 - The Beginning

Natasha Trehan and Trish Peters talk about their journey with JIA. They discuss the hurdles along the way, their diagnosis story and what inspired them to advocate for others. This was the start of a new beginning for both of them.

Episode 2 - The Rheumour Mill

Manahil, the co-founder of Rheumours, comes on to talk about advocacy, research, working out and accommodations.

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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 watch it all!

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!


Episode 9 - Chronic Eileen

Today, Eileen Davison gives us insight on her rheumatoid arthritis journey, being a single mother, her blog, and elaborates on her lifestyle changes.

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.

Episode 35 - I Research The Hall Of Fame For Highest Inflammation Marker

“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.”

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.

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.

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!

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!


Episode 8 - Twin Telepathy

Have you ever met twins with the same chronic disease? 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.

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.


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!

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!


Episode 32 - 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.

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.

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.


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!