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Meet Julie, who has Machado-Joseph Disease and survived a world tour with a famous rock band.

A Rock Band and a Rare DiseaseJulie
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Julie’s story is part of the BIRDS EYE VIEW Podcast, presented by StoryProjects, made with women inside the Darwin Correctional Centre.

Storyteller: Julie
Sylvia, Noelene, Kaye, Aimee, Kelly-Anne, Bianca, Trisha, Kiara, Brooklyn, Taise, Rocket, Deanne, Jessica, Naomi, Serafina, Julie, Tegan, Joan, Philomena, Yasmin, Sofi, Kirsty-Louise, Jessee, Beccy, Gillian, Karen, Kym, Tara and Ashley.

Executive Production: Johanna Bell
Production: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna Bell
Mixing: Hamish Robertson
Music Coordination: Ben Andrews
Theme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti Baker
Additional music: Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Sietta, Caiti Baker, Eleanor Dixon, Cassii Williams, Wildflower and Stevie Jean (full music credits)

Graphic and web design: Celia Neilson
Legal advice: Kathryn Wilson
Online production: Jess Ong


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“I got a visitor, my cousin, who came up to me and said ‘Look Cuz, we’re looking for someone to do background vocals and dancing. Have you got a passport?’ ‘Yes I do.’ And she got me into becoming the background vocals and dancer for Yothu Yindi Band.”

Please note that this story contains material that may be disturbing, especially for survivors of trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are advised that the story may contain the names and voices of people who have passed away.

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