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

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(Replay) 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!”

 

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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 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.”

 

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

LINKS:

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? What are your New Years Resolutions? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

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

Follow us on Twitter @dealwithitpod: https://twitter.com/dealwithitpod
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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

LINKS:

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? What are your New Years Resolutions? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

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

Follow Michael on Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaeljsielaff

Follow Michael on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michaeljsielaff/

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

Follow us on Twitter @dealwithitpod: https://twitter.com/dealwithitpod
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Ep 35: Epilepsy, Seizures, Mood Disorders, Beat Boxing, with Janine Hogan

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Comedian, actress, model, and musician Janine Hogan joins us to talk about life with Epilepsy. We talk about how she was diagnosed at a young age and has had to experience a condition that is widely misunderstood, with no known cause or cure. We learn about the many precautions she has to take to avoid having seizures, like not being able to go to live concerts. We discuss the surprising reason it took longer than it could have to be diagnosed with a mood disorder and we discuss how having mental and physical health conditions impacts our careers and affects what we choose to share with coworkers and employers. Janine is incredibly talented in so many ways and this was such a great episode! We learned a lot and a laughed a lot and we hope you enjoy!

THE CHECK-IN: Joleen updates us on her medication journey, and Andy shares a new goal she has set that she never knew she wanted to achieve. We also share our big news! That we now have a monthly show at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, and we invite you all to join us for our LIVE podcast tapings! The first show is April 10th at 9pm! Ticket Link coming soon.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“We need to start trusting people wearing tank tops more.”

“I spent too much time teaching my therapist how to put air in her tires. I was like, wait, can we talk about my mom?”

“I’m too okay with dying I should probably get medicine.”

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

LINKS:

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? What are your New Years Resolutions? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

 

Follow Janine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/j9_hogan/

Follow Janine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/J9_Hogan

Information about Epilepsy: https://www.epilepsy.com/learn

Watch Janine Beat Box on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTeNkYA6CVI

Article From Episode: There’s A Reason High-Stress Jobs Are Full of Psychopaths: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/theres-a-reason-highstress-jobs-are-full-of-psychopaths/

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 33: Eating Disorders, ADHD, Sweaty Palms, Kissing, Facial Exercises, with Sarah Dorfman

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Comedian, writer, and artist Sarah Dorfman joins us to talk about the surprising connection between eating disorders and ADHD, and her interesting diagnosis journey. She shares how therapy and psychoanalysis has helped, and she gives advice on who to confide in if you think you may have issues with food. We talk about how comedy helps us cope and sometimes we need more time before we are ready to tell vulnerable jokes. We close out the show with an article about facial exercises and some inspiration, tips and awesome advice.

THE CHECK-IN: Andy talks about what it was like when Alex kissed a girl on set for the first time, and we discuss what it’s like to be married to performers. Joleen and Alex share about their sweaty palms and a possible cure.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Fuck you flower lady!”

“My therapist told me I wasn’t interesting enough.”

“What’s hard about bulimia is that you can’t just stop eating food.”

“I’m like a mom. I pack a lot of snacks!”

“Seak out people who have high levels of empathy and are good listeners.”

“My grandma’s advice was: Don’t throw up, get bangs!”

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? What are your New Years Resolutions? Here’s a link to contact us: www.dealwithitshow.com/contact

Connect with the wonderful Sarah Dorfman: https://www.sarahpdorfman.com/

Women With Attention Deficit Disorder on Amazon: http://a.co/8yP8d44

Facial Exercises Help Middle-Aged Women Appear More Youthful: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/january/facial-exercises-help-middle-aged-women-appear-more-youthful/ – shared by Christy Nath

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 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

Follow us on Twitter @dealwithitpod: https://twitter.com/dealwithitpod
Follow us on Instagram @dealwithitpodcast: https://www.instagram.com/dealwithitpodcast/
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