An Interview With

Kristi Jacques

SEASON 4 | EPISODE 89 | 8 JULY 2024

Defying Chronic Illness: Kristi Jaques' Musical Journey of Determination

In this episode of The Living on the B Side podcast, musician Kristie Jaques shares her inspiring story of living with chronic lung illness while pursuing her passion for songwriting and performing.

She opens up about rediscovering her love of music during the COVID-19 pandemic and navigating the daily challenges of pulmonary sarcoidosis.

Despite her diagnosis, Kristie remains determined to follow her dreams, finding strength and solace in writing and recording original songs. Through our uplifting conversation, we discuss overcoming health obstacles, the importance of community support, and how facing challenges can uncover inner resilience and fuel creativity.

For those dealing with chronic illness or seeking motivation, this podcast provides an insightful look at one artist’s determination to pursue her musical dreams despite health roadblocks.

I am sure you will be encouraged by Kristie’s story of resilience and perseverance.

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Kristi Jacques

Currently based out of Myrtle Beach, SC, Kristi was raised in Charleston, and her background included heavy involvement in the local music scene, along with guitar lessons, singing, helping run a music store, and working for an entertainment newspaper.

While life would soon deal other cards, her early years spent immersed in the art-form defiantly contributed to her newly found ability and desire to recapture a lifelong passion.

Of course, while pursuing her dream, life took a drastic turn when a long term lung illness started to affect her ability to sing. She is now waiting to get on the list for a double lung transplant but is still writing and recording new music as often as possible, with the help of her trusty oxygen tank.

“I will do what I need to do to keep moving forward. Music is what I love, what keeps me going regardless of the obstacles. I look forward to a better tomorrow.”



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Kristi Jacques & I DISCUSSED

⏰ Timecodes ⏰

[0:00-5:00] – Kristie shares her lifelong passion for music and rediscovering it during the pandemic.

[5:00-10:00] – She opens up about her pulmonary sarcoidosis diagnosis over 10 years ago and its progression.

[10:00-15:00] – Birgit asks how Kristie dealt with realizing she needed support and past struggles with embarrassment.

[15:00-20:00] – We discuss Kristie’s determination to continue pursuing music dreams despite chronic illness. 

[20:00-25:00] – Kristie’s goals of improving health through treatment and potentially performing live.

[25:00-30:00] – The importance of gratitude, positivity and not giving up on passions.


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