Ep 54: Caregiving, Crohn’s, MRI’s, Grief, with Felicia Michaels

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We are joined today by the absolutely wonderful and talented comedian, writer, and Director, Felicia Michaels, to talk about a condition that has plagued her family. We talk about her mother’s diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease in the 1970’s and how this greatly impacted her life from a young age. Felicia also shares her own personal journey with Crohn’s disease and the bizarre and terrifying pain that resulted in a surprising diagnosis. We get raw and real and we also laugh and smile and Felicia inspires us with her strength and tenacity. We also talk about our country’s healthcare and social welfare programs that were a great asset to Felicia’s life, especially in the midst of daunting and overwhelming responsibility as she found herself taking care of her mother as a child. We talk about the progress made in treating and understanding Crohn’s Disease and acknowledge that there is still a long way to go. We leave with some final words of wisdom and urge you to check out Felicia’s podcast with Jessica Wellington, The Liars Club. And keep an eye out for her films: My Hole Story, and Pervs. (links below)

THE CHECK-IN: Andy got an MRI of her heart and talks about the results and her love of hospital gowns. Joleen talks about the healing process and grief journey following the sudden death of her cousin.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Just ask me, I’ll tell you what’s wrong with me.”

“The worst thing is when you give a bunch of advice to a new comic and then you go on stage and eat it. So now I don’t give advice before my set.”

“Make friends with people who are funnier than you.”

“I would like to be the voice of positivity today.”

“I’d like to advocate for all the children who are taking care of a parent in this country.”

“Oh my god! My mom pees 30 times a day!”

“My kids caught me… licking the bread.”

“I have so much empathy for what people go through.”

“Take a screen capture of your tweet and put it on Instagram!”

“M&M’s, rainbows, and butterflies. M&M’s, rainbows, and butterflies.”

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Checkout Felicia Michaels’ award-winningg documentary, Pervs, and watch the trailer on her website: https://www.feliciamichaels.net/

Listen to Felicia Michaels’ podcast, The Liars Club: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-liars-club-w-jessica-wellington-and-felicia-michaels/id1399754888?mt=2

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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.”

 

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