JDS Creative Academy: Empowering Creativity and Disability Inclusion

This week on the Major Pain podcast we speak with Diane Strand, founder of the nonprofit JDS Creative Academy, which offers training and job placement in the entertainment industry to people with disabilities. JDS caters to individuals with a passion for creativity who hope to turn this passion into a Read more…

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Season 4 Premiere! Catching Up With Michelle, Bek and Simon

We’re kicking off the fourth season of Major Pain by catching up with previous guests! Michelle and Bek both have new diagnoses that are recontextualizing their journeys, while Simon is feeling completely cured. As Major Pain enters its fourth season, now is a great time to support the show on Read more…

Jesse Mercury on Starting the Major Pain Podcast and Seeking a Diagnosis for Mystery Illness

This week on the Major Pain podcast, our host Jesse is interviewed for a change! This interview is taken from a recent rheumatoid arthritis summit hosted by Andrea Dunn. She asks Jesse what inspired him to create the Major Pain podcast, inquires about his health journey and recent diagnosis of Read more…

Chanda Hinton, Founder of the Chanda Center for Health, Tells Her Incredible Story

When Chanda Hinton was 9 years old she suffered a spinal cord injury due to an accidental discharge of a firearm. This moment would forever alter the course of her life, but looking back, Chanda isn’t sure she would change anything. Her work as a disability advocate has altered countless Read more…

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Meet the Stimpunks, Supporting Neurodivergent and Disabled Individuals Directly

The Stimpunks Foundation exists for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people. Oftentimes that can look as simple as just giving people cash, as studies have shown that no strings attached financial aid is one of the most effective ways to prop up individuals in need. Read more…

Years After Being Propped Up as a Bipolar Success Story, Genevieve Questions the Messaging She Was Directed To Share

As a senior in high school, Genevieve won an essay contest writing about the changes she’d like to see with the stigma surrounding bipolar disorder. This brought her to the attention of a foundation aimed at raising bipolar awareness, and at 19 years old she began touring with a state Read more…

Crohn’s Disease and Deep Vein Thrombosis Inspired Douglas To Become a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Sex Therapist

Throughout his life, Douglas had been plagued by random episodes of fever, but they usually passed on their own and he was able to mostly ignore them. That all changed in his late 20s, when a particularly horrible fever took him to the emergency room. Doctors discovered an infection from Read more…

Maintaining Employment with a Disability: Learn if Vocational Rehabilitation is Right for You

Vocational rehabilitation (voc rehab) services are available in every city of the United States, but many qualifying individuals are unaware of this pathway towards long term employment. These services are designed to help people with diagnosed physical and intellectual disabilities, mental health challenges, and some chronic illnesses to find and Read more…

A Diagnosis from Every Category: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Vestibular Migraines, Bipolar Disorder and More

Kevin has been on a diagnostic roller coaster over the past few years. He was working in a management position at a museum when he started having trouble walking, difficulty straightening up and intense pain in his feet. He also developed uveitis in his eyes, a painful inflammatory condition that Read more…

Living with Stickler Syndrome, RLS, Blindness and More

Lily is a grad student researching human development and culture, focusing on how cultural mindsets around disability impact infrastructure. She was born with a rare connective tissue disease called Stickler Syndrome, which is likely the root cause of a constellation of health challenges she has faced throughout life. In second Read more…