The Sit Down Stand Out Show

The Sit Down Stand Out Show

The podcast that shares personal stories of people who have adapted and overcome physical and mental challenges to achieve their dreams. To prove to themselves and all of us that your dreams are within reach.


June 7, 2023 19 mins

Light Sensitivity , long lasting headaches, and memory issues. These are some of the many challenges Warren Curle has to deal with as he lives his life with PCS Post Concussion Syndrome. On today's episode we discuss how multiple concussions can effect the brain overtime, how Warren has developed a positive support network to combat his memory issues dealing with ignorant people who are only seeing him on a surface level. While...

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Imagine being very competitive playing sports such as powerlifting, ice hockey, and golf just to name a few then suddenly feeling pain fatigue and exhaustion to point where the only thing you can do is your job and not knowing the cause for years. Ryan Syverson this was one of the hardest challenges of his life in this episode we discuss his journey discovering he had Lyme disease and mold exposure. We also discuss his struggles wi...

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Have you ever heard the expression you are what you eat? Usually if you feel sick you might take a pill to relive your headache , swallow something for an upset stomach or sleep it off. According to our guest Heather Gray a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist Practitioner we have been approaching our health the wrong way. After many years of living with chronic Lyme Disease, Mold exposure and a few autoimmune issues Heathe...

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There is no substitute for hard work Reginald Clark is a prime example of this as he moved from New York to Atlanta GA at 25 years old to pursue

his dreams of being an actor and male model. This major life change came with a cost the loneliness

and hard work caused Reginald to develop depression and at times become homeless

and resorted to sleeping in his car. We discuss the importance of finding your outlet, something to help y...

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 Cystic Fibrosis a genetic condition that affects For as many as 5,000 Canadians at the time of writing in many ways. For Paula van Wyk she grew up with an older brother who has CF and now she helps look after the next generation of CF warriors in her young son Jack. in today's episode we talk about the importance of doing research on family genetics, food and enzyme monitoring, the salty skin test, planning for the future and ...

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Being a parent is never easy at any stage but, for Liza Blas looking after her two children during their teenage years was especially difficult as both children contracted Lyme disease, a viral condition most commonly spread through bites from deer ticks. On today's episode Liza and I discuss the lengthly process of finding a treatment plan, how Lyme disease has the possibility to go unnoticed and untreated hiding with the huma...

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Born with Fused fingers on both of his hands Ryan Niemiller has always use his wit and sense of humour to see the positive

side to every situation. On Todays episode we discuss the importance of listening

to the needs of others with disabilities versus assuming we know them all. The importance of coming to terms with our conditions

and recognizing what's possible and what's


We also take a deep dive into the world o...

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April 19, 2023 25 mins

This week we conclude our two part series Meet the McGinns with Julie McGinn as she shares her experience raising her first child, William as a child on the Autism Spectrum. Where she went to for research on the subject, what steps the whole family to help Willam now into the man he is today. We also discuss Julie's on going career as a dentist to find out the answers to some age old questions Are children starting to like the ...

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April 12, 2023 23 mins

Willam McGinn has been creating for as long as he could remember from writing the Sly Cooper book series to voiceover work, book and film reviews and so much more. Willam was born with what was thought to be Aspergers Syndrome was later diagnosed as autism , the difference between the two being those with Autism are more likely to experience communication delays while those with Aspergers Syndrome may be more socially awkward but, ...

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Trigger Warning this episode contains discussions of self harming Listener Discretion is Advised

Born without a Tibula bone Keith has lived his entire life as an amputee. Life hasn't been easy for Keith dealing with being an amputee, and being unhappy with his appearance. All these factors caused hm to develop an eating disorder and a habit of self harming. This would not last as Keith would reach out to his high school Scien...

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Born with Cerebral Palsy people have doubted what Cayetana Uranga was capable, doctors doubted she could learn to speak English, university professors doubted whether or not she could complete her bachelor's degree in Fashion Management Cayetana Uranga has gone on two prove everyone wrong. Cayetana Uranga now works at Amazon and Target and films her free time exercising at the gym, playing with dog, cooking family dinners to ra...

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March 22, 2023 30 mins

Cerebral Palsy awareness month continues with fellow podcaster James Cox one of the host behind the When Words Fail Music Speaks podcast. on this episode we discuss a variety of topics including the challenges disabled people and the workforce face balancing accessibility and finances, the benefits of music and the right medication when dealing with depression, and the challenge everyone faces one day independence once we leave hom...

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On today's episode I sit down with teacher, student, and blogger Sam Bronstein, as we discuss how despite growing up without many disabled individuals in her life she has an incredible desire to educate and challenge the way we think about individuals with Cerebral Palsy among other conditions. Some important questions discussed include why are some people afraid of the disabled? What are people more afraid of? The challenges t...

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On today's episode I sit down with Caylin Mansfield a person who in recent years haas grown to accept herself as a person with Cerebral Palsy and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. We talk about how Caylin unlearned the behaviours taught by her family to hide her disability, the importance of studying the culture of the past in order to improve accessibility in the present. Most important of all you should  never be afrai...

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March 7, 2023 2 mins

In Honor of Cerebral Palsy awareness month I thought I'd share a brief letter I wrote to give people an example of the good the bad and the ugly of living with cerebral Palsy.


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Despite being born with Cerebral Palsy Lauren Grier has always had a passion for fashion. On this episode as we focus on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month we discuss the importance of get the right education, the challenges of developing a social media presence, and the power of always staying positive. Lauren currently works as a model for Gamut Management and Zebedee Talent Management as she hope to pursue her dream of having her ow...

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All her life Hajar Albattah-Thompson has lived her life visually impaired. Despite being visually impaired Haiar has always had a passion for learning new things which allowed her to receive a a bachelors degree of psychology and a minor in disability studies and Arabic language. From the University of Oregon. Hajar uses social media to educate others on how she lives her life. On this episode in honour of #Lowvisionawarnessmonth w...

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February 15, 2023 26 mins

Shelley Reid has always been resilient ever since the age ten having to care for her mother. both Shelley and her mother inherited a rare disorder CMT Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease a genetic nerve  disorder that wears away at the muscles and sensory nerve in the body this condition affects one in every 2500 people or 3 million worldwide. Despite the life long battle Shelley has ahead of her she continues to pursue her dreams as ...

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February 14, 2023 3 mins

Happy Valentines Day from all of us at The Sit Down Stand Out Show. Relationships can be challenging  no matter the amount of experience you have but, for individuals with disabilities and mental health challenges finding the right person to spend your life with can be more difficult for some than others. I hope this little Jazz number inspires you to keep searching for that special someone or, if you're already in a relations...

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February 8, 2023 24 mins

Lucille Seppi has always had a passion for learning whether she's preforming at a local theatre in her home of Frankfurt Germany, Scuba Diving, or pursing her degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience. Unfortunately at the age of fifteen Lucille learned how to make difficult choices as she left home to escape a bad family situation that had been going on for years causing her to develop PTSD. On this episode we talk about the importan...

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