Ep 57: Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Therapy, Stand Up Comedy, with Lynn Stein

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We are joined by comedian, improviser and podcaster Lynn Stein to promote her upcoming podcast Lady Friends, and to also talk about her journey with persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, and standup comedy. She has a unique perspective as she has her Masters in Clinical Psychology and we talk about what it was like to be on both sides of a therapy session. We talk about ageism and sexism in the entertainment industry and how it effects our personal lives and careers. Andy and Joleen share their hopes and thoughts on parenthood and get raw and vulnerable with Lynn. And we leave you with some of our comedy mantras.

Be sure to subscribe to Joleen’s YouTube page here! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ycJ5UTbJ5DlIqwW6se6wQ

BIG NEWS: The LIVE podcast taping of the Deal With It podcast is August 31st at The Ruby LA! Featuring comedian Maggie Maye! Get your tickets here: https://therubyla.com/events/deal-with-it/

Check out Lynn’s show at the Comedy Central Stage on Wednesday, August 22nd at 8pm, also featuring Andy Erikson and Joleen Lunzer! Reserve your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/age-of-aquarians-tickets-48622687768

THE CHECK-IN: We catch up with producer Alex and his acting career, and Andy talks about panic attacks and a racing heartbeat and Joleen updates us on her search for a sobriety community within the 12 step program.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“What did you do today? Oh you made money? You can stay!”

“We can hear you living. I love itl”

“If I die, I die. If I don’t, I guess I’ll go eat cheese.”

“I have a lot of empathy, I take people’s problems home with me.”

“I always felt like I was apologizing for how I was feeling.”

“When I went into psychology I wanted to find out about why I was feeling this way.”

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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 56: Depression, Mania, Chronic Pain, Sobriety, with Guest Host Casey Moran

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Casey Moran joins us this week as a special guest host. We start out with our check-in and talk about 24-hour news programs, intermittent fasting, and Joleen opens up about her desire to look into the 12 steps and finding a sobriety community. Joleen has to head out early, but Casey and Andy keep the podcast train a-going! Casey talks about the progress we’ve made as a podcast and shares his excitement for the next live show. Casey opens up about his depression and how he has had to come to terms with his mental health and remain active in vigilant. A very powerful quote from this episode: “I thought I could ‘man up’ and beat depression… But now I know I’m never going to overcome this, but I know I can still live a good life with it, and maybe my story can help other people, and that’s what I think I’m here for.” Andy and Casey talk about our purpose and talk about what it’s like to have invisible illnesses, like depression and chronic pain. We missed you Joleen! <3

We strongly encourage all of our listeners to befriend Casey on all his social media accounts and to listen to and follow Casey’s Discussing Depression podcast on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Discussing-Depression-173016789890587/

BIG NEWS: The LIVE podcast taping of the Deal With It podcast is August 31st at The Ruby LA! Featuring comedian Maggie Maye! Get your tickets here: https://therubyla.com/events/deal-with-it/

THE CHECK-IN: Andy talks about 24 hour news programs and how they affect our mental health. Casey talks about intermittent fasting and Joleen opens up about her sobriety journey and a new path she wants to take.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Of course they hide that from the menu! It’s like animal style!”

“Can I talk to the person who put their 2 week notice in?”

“I have this new best friend now, and she’s not imaginary.”

“I have dealt with depression, so I can handle the pain of eyebrow threading.”

“I’m ready for a butthole wax!”

“I thought I could “man up” and beat depression… but now I know I’m never going to overcome this, but I know I can still live a good life with it, and maybe my story can help other people, and that’s what I think I’m here for.”

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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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Ep 55: Discussing Depression, Intermittent Fasting, Comedy, Inspiration, With Casey Moran

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Casey Moran is back and we are so glad to have him on the podcast again! In this episode, we talk a lot about depression and Casey’s current battle with his mental health. He talks about how he is just coming out of the longest bout of depression he has ever had and we talk about what that was like and how he is staying proactive with his health. He shares tools he uses to get him through his darkest days and talks about the power suicidal thoughts can have and how being open, vulnerable and honest is one of his greatest strengths. Casey also talks about his experiences with intermittent fasting and offers another perspective. We dive into the world of stand up comedy and gush about our admiration for Casey, and he says some delightful and sweet things about Andy and Joleen as well. It’s a mini love fest with great conversation. And if you love this episode you will absolutely love Casey’s podcast, Discussing Depression, so be sure to check it out!

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

BIG NEWS: The LIVE podcast taping of the Deal With It podcast is August 31st at The Ruby LA! Featuring comedian Maggie Maye! Get your tickets here: https://therubyla.com/events/deal-with-it/

THE CHECK-IN: Andy shares her awful experience with fasting and Joleen talks about being an emotional eater and drops some sweet insights into how eating healthy needs to become a way of life, even though it is rarely easy.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Should I tell those kids to stop setting off fireworks in the parking lot? I’m over 30, fuck it.”

“The hardest part about depression is not knowing how long it’s going to last.”

“Here’s your homework. Reach out to someone you went to high school with and tell them something positive you remember about them.”

“Put some respect on my name!” – Thai Rivera – Joleen Lunzer

“I know what you’re thinking, Joleen’s an emotional eater, she’s going to internalize this shit and eat a donut. I am NOT!”

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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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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

Follow Felicia Michaels on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feliciamichaels/

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

Follow the Marfan Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheMarfanFoundation/posts/

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 53: Super Mini Recap of the 34th Annual Marfan Conference!

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We are so excited to share this recap of the 34th annual Marfan Conference in Stanford. Andy talks about the amazing activities, medical appointments, workshops, seminars and more! And she shares how beneficial the conference is on so many levels. She talks about her performance with Katie Lasky Lovebomb and Joleen and Alex ask questions and we discuss the importance of community. Joleen reads a listener iTunes review! And we share some sound clips from the performance and from a video with Andy’s mom.

To watch the live stream with Andy, Katie Lasky, Dominga Noe and Austin Carlile go here: https://www.facebook.com/katie.lasky.92/videos/10160681213145080/?hc_ref=ARTZg_oRs4YoBJSrMzp9FXs4zcDJ6dyKFhGSWFNkZVEjcHg02-A5muvri8K2FeSZpB0

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“How does your filter process stuff? Oh I don’t have one!”

“We can’t cry. We don’t have enough time!”

“I’m picturing this is like Comic Con for Marfan stuff!”

“Did you get your degree from Wikipedia?”

“Honey, this is soap!”

“Everyone who has ever gone to the Marfan Conference wishes they would have gone sooner.”

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

Follow the Marfan Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheMarfanFoundation/posts/

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 9: Marfan Syndrome, Eyes, Hearts and Indigenous Rights, with Laura Hernandez

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(Replay) Laura shares her experiences with vision loss, including seeing shadows, undergoing surgeries, and retinal detachment. We hear her vision bucket list and we talk aortic heart surgery, echocardiograms and being told at a very young age that you’re not going to live past the age of 14. We also discuss depression, finding the medications that will work for you, and being on suicide watch. Laura shares her unique experience being both a therapist and a patient and how it helps with diagnosis and empathy. We chat about techniques for forming good habits and coping.

Laura is also very involved with fighting for indigenous rights and she talks about how her heart was calling her to the North Dakota Access Pipeline. She shares her experiences about what was really going on at and during the protests.

We leave you with some of the surprising and patronizing things people do and say to blind people and the comedic material Laura has developed as a result.

Be sure to join our facebook page and facebook group. You can join the private group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1540038079631032/

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Kombucha is basically puddle tea.”

“I had thick glasses, back when it was uncool to have thick glasses.”

“A lot of my material began in doctor’s offices.”

“I love Forest Gump because of the leg braces! I just wish the whole movie was that!”

“They assume you’re a victim and act like they’re a superhero.”

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Laura Hernandez (Ojos del Alma) Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003143345994

Laura Hernandez Twitter page: @badassblind

American Indian Movement Southern California (AIMSOCAL) Community Page –

Indigenous Defense Resistance Unity Movement (IDRUM)

Nestle – teleSur video

Protest against Nestle Press Release

The Story of Stuff Project – Petition Against Nestle

“Black Snake Killaz” a documentary by Unicorn Riot of the fight for the protection of water. #NODAPL #StandingRock #MniWiconi #WaterIsLife #DefundDAPL
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/21/dakota-access-pipeline-ing-sells-stake-loan-standing-rock

Evictions of Camps at Standing Rock

Productivity app mentioned: Streaks

Self-Help book mentioned by Andy: “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero.

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 52: Sobriety, Marijuana, Addiction, Family, The Eileen Lunzer Experience Part 2

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We’re recording again today from Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis with Joleen’s mom, Eileen Lunzer.  This episode Joleen and Eileen explore their relationship with each other, as well as their relationship with alcohol and addiction. They share stories and we ask questions and provide some insight into the journey to sobriety. We talk about the role alcohol plays in our lives and we talk about what defines an alcoholic. Eileen also talks about a new desire to try eating pot brownies and we talk about the slippery slope that marijuana can play in sobriety. We share some words of wisdom and we share our hope for a future where addiction isn’t stigmatized and is more understood.

THE CHECK IN: Andy and Joleen talk about their awesome week working at ACME Comedy Club in Minneapolis! We had so much fun and have met so many amazing people. If you are new to the podcast this week and saw us at Acme WELCOME! Be sure to join our facebook page and facebook group. You can join the private group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1540038079631032/

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“Yeah, I love Taco Bell.”

“I tried edibles and it gave me anxiety and I didn’t have memories, so I don’t think you’re missing out on much.”

“Drinking gave me so much anxiety the next day! I was always wondering, what did I do? Who did I call? How did I get home?”

“From 90210: Give me your keys.”

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Ep 51: Sobriety, Mental Health, Suicide, Faith, with Joleen’s mom, Eileen Lunzer

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We’re recording today from Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the one and only Eileen Lunzer! Eileen shares her path to sobriety and her mental health journey, as well as sharing her experiences being the mother to a child (Joleen) who was also dealing with addiction and depression. Eileen is open, honest and inspirational, as well as being a gosh darn delight! We may now know where Joleen gets her sense of humor from! We hope to have Eileen on again very soon, as this was such an important episode.

THE CHECK IN: Andy talks about presenting her first Marfan Webinar and Joleen talks about the huge loss her family has recently suffered and the unfortunate stigmas around addiction.

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:

“I was Dianna Ross, and the Supremes!”

“She acts like she’s shy, but she loves the spotlight!”

“I love believing in faith, the afterlife and just not judging others.”

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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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(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/

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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

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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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