Happy Thanksgiving!

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From the bottoms of our hearts we are so thankful for our listeners. We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving with your families, friends and pets tomorrow.

We’ll be back next week with a brand new episode of the Deal With It podcast with guest Sue Redman.

Love and hugs,

Andy, Joleen and Alex

Ep 24: Magic Mushrooms, Genetic Mutations, Key To Living Longer

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Can magic mushrooms treat depression? Do you have a common mutation? What are the keys to living longer? We’re mixing things up today with a bonus style episode! Joleen and I dive into these health news stories, riff, share experiences and get really silly. We hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think, and if you’d like more episodes like this please consider joining our Patreon and supporting our podcast here: https://www.patreon.com/dealwithitpodcast

THE ARTICLES AND STUDIES WE TALKED ABOUT:

Magic Mushrooms Can Reset a Depressed Brain: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41608984

How Many Of These Common Genetic Mutations Do You Possess: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-many-of-these-common-genetic-mutations-do-you-possess/

Large Meta-Analysis Study Reveals The Key To Living Longer: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/large-metaanalysis-study-shows-that-staying-healthy-and-education-are-key-to-living-longer/

 

LINKS:

Recording this podcast is rewarding and fulfilling, but it’s also a lot of hard work. We want to bring you more shows like this one and we want to continue to grow our audience and we want to stay ad-free! In order to do this, we have set up a Patreon page where we are offering a bunch of really cool rewards and perks in exchange for small monthly contributions. We would love your support! So check out our Patreon page today and donate if you can! https://www.patreon.com/dealwithitpodcast

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We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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Ep 23: Depression, Dating, Empathy, With Henry Epstein

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The wonderful comedian and writer Henry Epstein joins us to talk about growing up and facing mental health and addiction at a young age. He shares how he hit rock bottom and when he was able to ask for help. He talks about the importance of medication in his life and we also talk about how dating someone who you don’t feel judged by makes a huge difference. We talk about anxiety medications and the inevitable trial and error, and the many levels of anxiety. We talk about sobriety and how as performers we aren’t always taken seriously and the challenges this can cause. We share the importance of therapy and the importance of friends and family to be supportive and to have empathy.

THE CHECK IN: Andy updates us about her cardiology appointments and the results from the Zio patch. Joleen talks about what she’s learned about trauma and it’s connection to ADHD.

 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“If you grow up in Manhatten you’re subjected to seeing someone poop in the street at a very young age.”

“Art school was a perfect storm of nurturing destructive behavior.”

“Being sober felt like I was being myself for the first time.”

“I’m doing everything right. Why don’t I feel okay?”

“Empathy is powerful.”

“We didn’t even get to talk about cats this episode. So next week it’s all cats!”

 

LINKS:

Recording this podcast is rewarding and fulfilling, but it’s also a lot of hard work. We want to bring you more shows like this one and we want to continue to grow our audience and we want to stay ad-free! In order to do this, we have set up a Patreon page where we are offering a bunch of really cool rewards and perks in exchange for small monthly contributions. We would love your support! So check out our Patreon page today and donate if you can! https://www.patreon.com/dealwithitpodcast

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

Follow Henry on Twitter @okhenryepstein: https://twitter.com/okhenryepstein

Follow Henry on Instagram @okhenryepstein: https://www.instagram.com/okhenryepstein/

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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Ep. 22: Diagnosis Adventures, Stigmas Around Weight, Patient Advocacy, With Sam Varela

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We sit down this week with the wonderful Sam Varela. She is a podcast nerd and accomplished comedy producer and our first fan girl guest! We dive into Sam’s medical “adventure” that has spanned her entire life. We talk about the difficult diagnosis and discovery process and how many appointments feel like starting all over again. We talk the burden and cost of being diagnosed with sleep apnea as well as dealing with feeling fatigued and tired throughout the day and trying to find a solution. Sam also shares how being overweight affects the way doctors treat you and diagnose you and the horrible scare tactics that are used. We talk the stigmas and misconceptions surrounding weight gain and the importance of advocating for ourselves.

We also talk the pains of migraines and Andy shares what it was like to have migraines as a child on Halloween and how it was so bad she wasn’t able to go trick-or-treating. Joleen talks about how being bullied ultimately lead to her developing her sense of humor and her decision to have plastic surgery.

Here’s the photo we mentioned in the podcast:

 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

“I’m not very good at… falling.”

“It’s like they’re trying to sell you a Sleep Apnea timeshare.”

“You have to figure out when to stand up for yourself and when to listen.”

“For the record, I do not have diabetes. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to tell the doctors that I don’t have diabetes. I don’t have diabetes!”

“I get jealous when I see the Kardashians go to their doctor appointments.”

“It’s privilege to have a diagnosis.”

 

LINKS:

Recording this podcast is rewarding and fulfilling, but it’s also a lot of hard work. We want to bring you more shows like this one and we want to continue to grow our audience and we want to stay ad-free! In order to do this, we have set up a Patreon page where we are offering a bunch of really cool rewards and perks in exchange for small monthly contributions. We would love your support! So check out our Patreon page today and donate if you can! https://www.patreon.com/dealwithitpodcast

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

Check out Sam’s website: www.nakedcomedy.org

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NakedComedy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NCProduction/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nakedcomedy/

Check Out the Shows Sam Produces in LA:

The Business at Little Joy, Mondays at 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/TheBusinessLA/

The Neil Hamburger Show: https://www.facebook.com/neilhamburger/

My Diary at UCB: https://www.facebook.com/mydiaryshowLA/

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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Ep 21: Comedy Central Stage LIVE show!

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This podcast was recorded LIVE at the Comedy Central stage on August 10th, 2017. This episode features stand up performances by Debra DiGiovanni, JF Harris and Danielle Perez. With interviews, sketches, music and a sweet monologue by your hosts Andy Erikson and Joleen Lunzer. Produced by Alex Stein. Special thanks to: Casey Moran, Xchel Hernandez, Tommy Ryman, Megan Ryman, Ryan Moran, Jay Washington, Al Vine, Charlsey Miller and Tom Mcnaughton. And a huge thank you to everyone who attended the taping!

This show was incredibly fun and we would love to do more! So please let us know what you thought!

Recording this podcast is rewarding and fulfilling, but it’s also a lot of hard work. We want to bring you more shows like this one and we want to continue to grow our audience and we want to stay ad-free! In order to do this, we have set up a Patreon page where we are offering a bunch of really cool rewards and perks in exchange for small monthly contributions. We would love your support! So check out our Patreon page today and donate if you can! https://www.patreon.com/dealwithitpodcast

We love you so dang much! Thank you for listening and for believing in us!

 

LINKS:

Join our Patreon for bonus contact and help keep us ad free: https://www.patreon.com/home

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What are your feelings about the Myers Briggs personality test? What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter @dealwithitpod: https://twitter.com/dealwithitpod
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Ep 20: Me Too, with Andy, Joleen, and Alex

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We decided to take some time from our regularly scheduled episodes to record a podcast discussing the current sexual harassment and women’s rights movement, in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Women are sharing their stories and we have been horrified, inspired and moved. Joleen and Andy share some experiences with sexism and sexual harassment and we discuss our fears as well as our hopes for the future.

We are listening. We are ready for change and we are ready for a world where everyone feels safe in their workplace and in their communities.

Andy and Joleen also chat with Alex and we get caught up on what’s new in our lives as well.

We love you all very much and are thankful for your support and we thank you for listening!

 

LINKS:

Do this research study and YOU earn $25 AND the podcast earns $25! Support our podcast here: impacthealth.io/dealwithit

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What are your feelings about the Myers Briggs personality test? What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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Ep 19: Fame, Family, Mental Health, with Jay Washington

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Jay Washington is a rising star in the comedy and acting world. He is beloved in the industry as a happy, funny, outgoing performer. On the surface, everything looks perfect, but we find out that things aren’t always what they seem. Jay shares the pressures he faces as a black man to appear strong for his friends, family, and kids. He talks about some of the darkest moments in his life and how he has battled with severe depression and anxiety, stemming from the death of his mother at a young age. He shares how seeing a therapist and getting a diagnosis has been helping to change his life.

Also in this episode, Joleen shares some updates on her search for a depression and anxiety medication that works for her brain chemistry and some of the misconceptions around medications. Andy shares her fears about memory loss.

If you are having thoughts of suicide and need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out and find help. For resources and contact information you can visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

Memorable Moments:

“Do they have a Buzzfeed quiz, Are You Depressed?”

“How about in a perfect world, Tom Cruise doesn’t get to have an opinion about my life.”

“Who is this dude? I’m a regular black dude who just hangs around.”

“Everything I do, I do it for my kids.”

“Professionally I’m phenomenal. Personally, I’m a wreck.”

“I fought back tears like 4 times this episode!”

 

LINKS:

Do this research study and YOU earn $25 AND the podcast earns $25! Support our podcast here: impacthealth.io/dealwithit

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What are your feelings about the Myers Briggs personality test? What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

Jay Washington’s IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5013848/

Follow Jay on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjaywashington/

Follow Jay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjaywashington

Jay’s Website: www.jaywashington.com

Listen to Jay’s Trusty Sidekick Podcast: http://www.trustysidekick.libsyn.com/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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Ep 18: Breast Cancer, Fertility, Chemotherapy, Friendship, with Sofiya Alexandra

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Comedian and writer Sofiya Alexandra joins us to talk about her battle with breast cancer. Sofiya shares that there are so many misconceptions around breast cancer and chemotherapy, and so much that people just don’t know. We talk about the difficult diagnosis process, the BRCA genetic test, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI’s and the importance of your family history. We talk about how birth control pills were feeding the tumor and the possible connection because of the tumors receptors and we talk about being an atypical patient. In the second part of this episode, we talk about the devastating complications chemotherapy can have on fertility and what Sofiya’s options were. Sofiya details the painful and difficult chemotherapy process and we talk about the effect cancer can have on relationships.

Do you have a friend or family member going through cancer and chemotherapy? Sofiya shares things that were very helpful for her recovery and tips and advice that might help others support their loved ones. Everybody is different, but this is what helped Sofiya.

Also in the episode. Andy updates us on lifestyle choices and how they have affected her health recently and Joleen shares her past and current experiences with studdering, including pronouncing her husband’s name incorrectly the first 6 months they dated.

October is breast cancer awareness month and we thank you for listening and sharing. We have a link below of the top breast cancer charities on Charity Navigator.

 

Memorable Moments:

“I have cysts too! This is going to be really fun.”

“You have really dense breasts. Oh my God, thank you so much!”

“The bigger your boobs are, the harder you fall.”

“I wish someone would have told me how alone I was going to feel.”

“I would have loved to have been prepared for the loss of friendships and relationships.”

 

LINKS:

Do this research study and YOU earn $25 AND the podcast earns $25! Support our podcast here: impacthealth.io/dealwithit

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What are your feelings about the Myers Briggs personality test? What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

Sofiya’s website: http://www.sofiyaalexandra.com/

Follow Sofiya on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesofiya/

Follow Sofiya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSofiya

The Surprise Comedy Show: https://www.facebook.com/SURPRISECOMEDY

Charity Navigator breast cancer charities with 4 stars: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?keyword_list=breast+cancer&bay=search.results&ratingstatus=rated&overallrtg=4

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter @dealwithitpod: https://twitter.com/dealwithitpod
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Ep 17: Dyslexia, Alcoholism, Cerebral Palsy, Standup Comedy, with JF Harris

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Comedian JF Harris joins us to talk about dyslexia, foot surgery, cerebral palsy, and alcoholism. We dive into the myths about dyslexia and how JF wrote a movie script to combat some of the challenges with writing and reading he has faced. He talks about his path to becoming a comedian instead of a firefighter and he also shares about how having mild cerebral palsy affected his childhood in surprising ways and how yoga has impacted his health as an adult. Joleen and JF share their experiences with telling jokes about drinking problems and the ways audiences and friends react to being around recovering alcoholics and we leave you with some inspiration and advice.

At the top of the episode, Andy shares her current battle with health insurance and we talk about our fears and hopes for the future of healthcare

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Memorable Moments:

“I read a lot of Harry Potter. You find time for the things you love!”

“People with dyslexia are often good with directions, but bad with names. I don’t remember your name, but I’m here!”

“I brought my wand to A LOT of shows.”

“Drinking is like a vacation in a bottle. My problem is that I wanted to live in Jamaica.”

“I talk about alcoholism on stage because I hope it helps other people. And because it’s funny!”

 

LINKS:

Earn $25 AND support our podcast here: impacthealth.io/dealwithit

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What are your feelings about the Myers Briggs personality test? What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

Follow JF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jfharris_comedy

JF’s upcoming shows and more info: http://www.jfharris.com/

Follow JF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jfharris_comedy

Follow JF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jfharriscomedy/

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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Ep 16: Crohn’s Disease, Mental Health, Physical Fitness, with Eddie Furth

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Eddie Furth joins us and talks about how Crohn’s disease has impacted his life. He shares the many career paths he has pursued from training raptors to producing historical roasts, to being a personal trainer and how he battled Crohn’s disease along the way. He shares how he changed his diet and activity to manage the condition and have a more normal life. At one point, Eddie was taking 64 pills a day. Today, Eddie doesn’t take any medication. We talk about how meals and eating out is such a big part of our lives. He talks about metaphysics and manifesting rejection within our bodies.

Eddie’s advice: Get back in the gym. Learn how to eat well. Study how food impacts your body. Do yoga and meditation. Your body craves activity, find an activity that you enjoy doing. Find discipline in working out and you will have discipline in other aspects as well. Also, focus on understanding your emotions and emotional health.

We start the episode talking hangovers, and we dive into the art of crying. Andy shares her experience getting scammed while buying an iPad on Facebook marketplace.

 

Memorable Moments:

“Are hangovers a health condition?”

“I was convinced that Bin Laden gave me Crohn’s Disease.”

“At my worst, I was taking 64 pills a day.”

“If I’m going to lose this battle, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it’s not my fault.”

“Crohn’s taught me how to take care of myself.”

 

LINKS:

Earn $25 AND support our podcast here: impacthealth.io/dealwithit

Want to get an email when new episodes are released? Subscribe via email here: http://dealwithitshow.com/subscribe-via-email/

We want to hear from you! Email us your diagnosis stories, share any inspirational quotes, questions, comments, and reactions. What are your feelings about the Myers Briggs personality test? What topics should we discuss? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

 

Follow Eddie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eddiefurth

Follow Eddie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iameddiefurth/

Follow Eddie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiefurth

Download the Streaks app for building better habits: https://streaksapp.com/

Download the Sworkit app for exercising: http://sworkit.com/

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

This podcast is edited and produced by Alex Stein. Listen to his podcast here: https://www.thealexsteinpodcast.com

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