Ep 44: Mental Health, Physical Health, Movies, Ask Reddit, with David Harris

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David Harris joins us again as we go down the rabbit holes of wherever our mental and physical health conversations take us! We talk seasonal allergies, parenthood, dating and more. We talk life coaches, anxiety, and the pressures to respond to emails, DM’s and texts.

And MOVIES! We talk about our favorite mental health, and physical health-related movies and TV shows and we share listener’s responses from our super fun and awesome facebook page! Don’t miss out, join our facebook family here: https://www.facebook.com/dealwithitpodcast/

We also go to Ask Reddit and answer the question: What is the one thing everyone should experience?

Here is the YouTube video about outer space that Andy talked about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Yi58jtNdY

See Andy and Joleen at Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis! June 26th-30th – Get your tickets here: https://acme-comedy-company-acme-comedy-company.seatengine.com/events/23538

 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“When did I take my allergy medication? Yesterday? Two Days ago? Do I want a baby?”

“I hope everyone got a cupcake because I had 4.”

“I might want to have kids, but gosh, I need to find an adult first.”

“Having a therapist is an attractive quality.”

“I get all my good mental health advice from Instagram.”

“The cure for anxiety is action.”

“Saturn’s light went into my eyeballs.”

“I frenched with a boy from French class.”

“Obviously I have hand sanitizer.”

 

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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 43: Anxiety, Depression, Therapy, CBD Oil, Sobriety, Minnesota, with David Harris

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We’re back after a short break with the amazing and wonderful comedian, magician and Minnesotan David Harris. We talk snow storms, our Minnesota roots and anxiety medications. We also discuss receiving a pre-diabetes diagnosis and the steps all people should take to be healthy. We talk food stigmas and inappropriate comments and then David dives into his diagnosis story and his relationship with therapy and the benefits it has had on his life. We also get into the relationships we have with our family members and how we enjoy trying to make our mom’s laugh.

Joleen and Andy have a big announcement! Andy and Joleen will be performing at ACME Comedy Club In Minneapolis June 26th to the 30th! Call 612-338-6393 to make a reservation.

We leave you with a reddit question and discuss alarm clocks.

THE CHECK-IN: Contact highs, CBD oil, back pain, sobriety, and traveling with OCD.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Well, I’ve been dealing with my wife going on dates with other guys!”

“Weed does it again!”

“2018 has been so great for me emotionally. 2017 sucked balls.”

“Put my alcohol in a baby bottle. That’s what I need.”

“I wonder if there are any meds that doctors recommend drinking alcohol with.”

“I’m trying to try to work out.”

“You should not be subscribed to the Chipotle newsletter, it does not make your life better.”

“I have an amazing mother but we’ll always remember the time she threw a shoe through the window.”

“It’s already got 400 likes, so I guess we have to get married.”

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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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(Replay) 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.”

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

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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

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Ep 5: Narcolepsy, Independence, Dreams, with Sam Howard

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(Replay) What is it like to not be able to wake yourself up? What is it like to wake up in strange locations? Can you sleep while you’re awake? Sam Howard shares the misunderstandings surrounding Narcolepsy and her journey to getting a diagnosis and finding a treatment that works for her.

Joleen returns from New York and shares her empowering experience in Manhattan. We talk about dealing with fears and trauma from living and using transportation in big cities and Andy offers some practical bus advice. Sam shares the power of a hug, the stigma surrounding body hair, and we discuss our ideal swimsuits. (Squirrel costume!) Sam talks dreaming big and taking on the world and she answers listener questions: “Are you allowed to drive?” and “Is Narcolepsy genetic?”

Memorable quote: “You’re my assistant, but I bring you coffee in the morning.” -Sam’s boss, recommending a sleep study

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Understanding Narcolepsy: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu

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

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

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Ep 42: Scientific Conspiracies, Resilience, Medical Marijuana and more!

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Joleen, Andy and Alex are joined by the wonderful Xchel Hernandez and we discuss medical news stories from our favorite sources. We get silly and serious and have a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy!

ARTICLES FROM THE EPISODE:

8 Scientific Conspiracies That Turned Out To Be True
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/8-scientific-conspiracies-that-turned-out-to-be-true/

Two Controversial Claims About Medical Marijuana Have Been Debunked
http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/two-controversial-claims-about-medical-marijuana-have-been-debunked/

The science of resilience: What are the ingredients that help people cope?
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/science-resilience-what-are-ingredients-help-people-cope

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Xchel’s personal website: https://hisilentx.com/

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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 41: Video Game Addiction with Xchel Hernandez

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Xchel Hernandez joins us today to talk about video game addiction. He is a Comedian, writer, director, and wonderful husband to Joleen. We hear his origin story, and how the addiction escalated as time went on to as much as 40 hours a week or more. Xchel shares with us how playing could be incredibly social in its own way, and how he was even married once before inside of a video game. Joleen has a lot to say about this! Xchel talks about how he was finally able to break the addiction and how his priorities and perspectives have changed. He has discovered and implemented new tools to combat addiction and to follow the goals that are more important to him. We also talk about how our cell phones have become a new source for video game addiction as well.

Xchel leaves us with some words of wisdom and the techniques that worked for him to defeat his video game addiction!

We also read a listener’s iTunes review and give a shoutout and prize!

THE CHECK-IN: Blood pressure updates and coping with negative self-body image and the pressures of Hollywood.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Stand up sit down fight fight fight whats my blood pressure?!”

“Andy! You said I could get a butt job!”

“After 35… Things are shifting!”

“I played video games so much it was like a day job.”

“I had a video game wife!”

“video games were a source of control.”

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Xchel’s personal website: https://hisilentx.com/

Follow Xchel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HiSilentX

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South Park Video: Dopamine explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t5aG9XEQgs

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 40: Blood Pressure, Eating, Comfort Dogs, Stem Cell Injections with Tom McNaughton

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Andy, Joleen and Alex sit down with Tom McNaughton to chat about medical news articles and talk health, hearts and even weiners! We take each other’s blood pressures and try to figure out what it all means. We give advice and have a fun light-hearted episode.

Come to a live taping of the Deal With It Podcast! Tuesday April 10th at 9pm at the Nerdist Showroom in Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. Get your discounted tickets here: http://bit.ly/dealwithitw

Biohacker Injects Himself With Stem Cells To “Get A Bigger Dick”
http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/biohacker-injects-himself-with-stem-cells-to-get-a-bigger-dick/

Making Comfort Dogs an Everyday Part of School
https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/50580

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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 39: Stealth Dyslexia, Cannabis, Positivity, with Alex Shifman

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Writer, Comedian and podcast host Alex Shifman joins us to talk about Stealth Dyslexia, Cannabis and his love of facts! He shares many lovely and awesome facts about helpful drugs, and his experiences with them, answering our many questions and being open and honest. We get his dyslexia origin story and he talks about the unique challenges people with Stealth Dyslexia face, and the amazing ways we can adapt. We also talk to Alex about mushrooms, acid, molly, and their potential usage for helping people with anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. Andy talks through her recent experience with CBD oil and shares the symptoms she felt and the effect on her chronic pain and we talk about stigmas around drugs.

We also get to talk to Alex about his amazing podcast called “At least there’s this.” The world can be a messy and awful place sometimes, but… At least there are things in our lives that make the world a better place. Each guest talks about something that makes the world beautiful. Listen here: http://www.nerdistschool.com/at-least-theres-this/

Joleen shares her connection with the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and we talk about a TED talk on embracing negativity.

The full TED Talk we listened to: https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage/transcript

THE CHECK-IN: Andy talks about trying CBD oil/Cannabis for chronic pain, and Joleen talks about being told: “We need to get a weight on you.”

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Just ask for your weight in kilograms and don’t do the math.”

“I love facts! Well, I love gossip and making stuff up!”

“I had no past and there was no future and I couldn’t think of a single memory… ANDY you hit Nirvana. Do you have any idea how lucky you are?”

“I posted on Facebook that I tried CBD and thought, could I go to jail?”

“Nobody liked to smoke weed with me. I just wanted to talk about World War II and Genocide.”

“Usually there’s a dude who gets high and wants to talk about swords.”

“Alex just wikipedia’d sword. Oh it’s a bladed weapon!”

“Buffy was powerful and able to defend herself, and I was drawn to that.”

“There’s so much cool shit about candles.”

“I can’t just choose happy, because there’s so many other emotions!”

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Alex Shifman: At Least There’s This Podcast: http://www.nerdistschool.com/at-least-theres-this/

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 38: Marfan Awareness Month, Part 2 with Avi Silver

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Improvisor and poet Avi Silver joins us for part 2 of this special 2 part Marfan Awareness Month series. Avi shares his diagnosis story and a quick family history including how he is a triplet. His Father and Sister also have Marfan Syndrome and we talk about how different Marfan Syndrome expresses itself even within the same family. Avi and Andy compare back brace stories and commiserate together and Avi talks about having osteopenia (weak bones.) Avi shares his harrowing aortic dissection adventure involving an emergency plane ride and a heroic supportive family. Avi’s mom is AMAZING. Avi talks about having 9 eye surgeries and several retinal detachments and shares another crazy story, this time about his vision, including being told that he may never be able to read again. Avi talks about improv, poetry and his desire to try standup comedy, which he absolutely must do! We ask Avi some personal questions and get some amazing insight and leave with an inspirational story!

Andy and Avi go through the signs of Marfan Syndrome and compare notes and we talk about the Marfan Foundation events going on around the country. You can get more info here: https://www.marfan.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/walk

For more information about the camp Avi was talking about visit here: https://chailifeline.org/about

We thank you so much for listening! If you’d like more Marfan action we recommend listening to episodes 1, 2, and 9, 37 and actually every episode touches on different aspects of life with Marfan Syndrome, through Andy’s experiences.

And remember Know Fight Win! #knowFightWin

THE CHECK-IN: Andy and Joleen talk bruising, bleeding and falling and the surprising ways people react to pain.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Let’s play the game, “What’s that clicking sound?””

“You just kept acting? Damn Meryl Streep!”

“I don’t want to go to the ER right now! I’m having too much fun!”

“I got one hour a day to do whatever I wanted!”

“Get out of the pool andy! Never!”

“My friends loved my back brace. Let me punch you!”

“Oh I could go blind? Why the ef didn’t you tell me?”

“I thought I was just Emo, but nope, I was depressed.”

“My little big heart. That should be the name of your memoir!”

“I wasn’t super involved in my health, as a 7 year old.”

“By the way, there’s a really good chance you may never be able to read again.”

“I just said, screw it. And I took my shirt off. And no one said anything. It was a turning point. I shouldn’t be ashamed about anything about my self.”

“Everyone can see that I’m 6 foot 9. I can’t not stand out. So I might as well stand out positively.”

 

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Find Avi at Da Poetry Lounge: http://dapoetrylounge.com/

 

Info about the camp Avi talked about: https://chailifeline.org/about

You can donate to the Marfan Foundation all month long at www.Marfan.org/dayofgiving18

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 37: Marfan Awareness Month, Part 1 with Michael Sielaff

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Actor, improviser, comedian and activist Michael Sielaff joins us for part 1 of this special 2 part Marfan Awareness Month series. We share our Valentines day stories and gush over our Minnesota roots, and Michael shares his Marfan diagnosis story, and what it was like to be diagnosed as a young adult and having to choose between pursuing theater or college basketball. We talk about our experiences at the National Marfan Conference and how Marfans has affected dating and marriage. We talk about the importance of yearly checkups, taking our medication, and how beneficial a diagnosis can be.

Andy and Michael go through the signs of Marfan Syndrome one by one and compare notes and we talk about the Marfan Foundation events going on around the country. You can get more info here: https://www.marfan.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/walk

We thank you so much for listening! If you’d like more Marfan action we recommend listening to episodes 1, 2, and 9, and actually every episode touches on different aspects of life with Marfan Syndrome, through Andy’s experiences.

And remember Know Fight Win! #knowFightWin

Get involved with Michael Sielaff’s passion project Laughtivism here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1552528655015826/

THE CHECK-IN: Andy and Joleen have a very special Valentine’s Day check-in, and share how they celebrated in their own non-traditional ways.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Mom, you need to understand that this is your son’s life. And Michael, you have to know what a mother goes through.”

“Its hard to keep my Marfan Syndrome a secret when my heart is going CLICK CLICK CLICK”

“We’re lanky! I like lanky!”

“Doesn’t Abe Lincoln have Marfan Syndrome?”

“Oh no, my mom has stretch marks! Am I a woman?”

“I remember a 3rd grader once looked me up and down as said, ‘dude, you’re going to die young'”

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Get involved with Michael Sielaff’s passion project Laughtivism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1552528655015826/

You can donate to the Marfan Foundation all month long at www.Marfan.org/dayofgiving18

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

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

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