New episodes coming soon!

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We love and miss you all so much! Joleen, Andy, and Alex have had surprisingly busy and chaotic weeks recently and have had to take a short break, but we will be back soon! We hope you are taking time to get caught up on past episodes if you were behind and have been able to re-listen to your favorite episodes as well.

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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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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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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'”

SUPPORT THE PODCAST ON PATREON:

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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Find Michael on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sielaffmichaelj

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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

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

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Ep 31: Anxiety, Death, Boners, Eating Snow, with Pat Susmilch

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Comedian, writer, cat enthusiast and game show contestant Pat Susmilch joins us to talk about anxiety and depression. He talks about the side effects he experienced taking Zoloft and we talk about what it was like to be prescribed Viagra in your 20’s. We talk about hair loss products, new years resolutions, following our dreams and much more.

THE CHECK-IN: Andy talks about the recent passing of her 98 year old grandfather and Joleen updates us on her depression medication status.

Take the quick listener survey and help us shape the future of this podcast! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2V2M68S

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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ARTICLE: So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists  – https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/23/463959512/so-you-want-to-eat-snow-is-it-safe-we-asked-scientists

Listen to Pat’s album on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3AqnK2xNT2a6ypYAhCoIJj

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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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 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 11: Sex, Sex Addiction and Relationships with Casey M – Part 2

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We continue where we left off on the last episode and talk to Casey about sex addiction. We discuss the stigmas and misunderstandings about not just sex addiction, but also sex. We also share what our sex talks were like growing up and how they perhaps differ between genders. We discuss the other side of sexual harassment that you don’t always hear about, and how important it is to get help.

We also check in with Alex and talk about how he played a killer in a murder re-enactment television show and we talk cat depression and cat therapy with Andy and Joleen

 

Memorable Moments:

“This cat could piss in my mouth. You don’t return family.”

“Dad advice: All guys lie. And don’t give something away you can’t get back.”

“If you’re feeling upset about something someone said or did, create something! Make a youtube video wearing a dinosaur costume.”

 

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Follow Casey on Twitter: @CaseyMoran1

Follow Casey on Instagram: @CaseyMoran11

Casey’s Discussing Depression podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discussing-Depression-173016789890587/

Sex addiction assessment test: https://www.recoveryzone.com/tests/sex-addiction/SAST/index.php

Sex Addicts Anonymous: https://saa-recovery.org/

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

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

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

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Ep 10: Major Depressive Disorder, In-Patient Care, Sex Addiction, with Casey M

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We are here today with the host of the Discussing Depression podcast. We talk about how depression affected being a sports broadcaster, and how sportscasting and journalism are lonely and competitive careers. We nerd out about stand-up comedy and the Minnesota Vikings! We hear how stand-up comedy helped save Casey’s life, the stigma around depression, the challenges he faced after his diagnosis and the battles and challenges with medications. We talk the importance of a strong support system and the cycles of depression. Casey shares his story of being both a patient and an employee at an in patient facility and how he feels this strong force and has an immense passion for helping others.

As we started wrapping up the episode, Casey reveals some details regarding a sex addiction and he shares a scary realization. We didn’t have time to follow up so we, unfortunately, will have to continue our discussion. So listen next week for part 2 to hear more about what Casey is dealing with.

 

Memorable moments:

“Andy got them dirty teeth!”

“This is the saddest baseball game I’ve ever heard.”

“I felt a physical shift in my brain one morning. It felt like a pen click.”

“Depression is a black cloud that is pushing you down.”

“You’re headlining… A lady?”

 

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Follow Casey on Twitter: @CaseyMoran1

Follow Casey on Instagram: @CaseyMoran11

Casey’s Discussing Depression podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discussing-Depression-173016789890587/

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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