Ep 8: Comedy, Trauma, Anger, Acceptance and The Price Is Right, with Danielle Perez

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(Replay) We talk to comedian, actress, show producer, and model Danielle Perez who at the age of 20 lost her legs below her knees in a train car accident. We talk to her about what it was like to experience something so traumatic, the decisions she had to make, what was going on in her head and when she first started to find humor. We dive into dealing with anger, grief, and acceptance and the insensitive questions strangers ask. Danielle shares the time she won a prize on the price is right! A treadmill and a walk in Sauna… It’s a legendary and hilarious story. Danielle talks about the dehumanizing messages she’s received from “devotees” on dating and social websites.

Andy, Danielle, and Joleen share their unique “calling 911” stories. And we learn why Andy can’t wear glasses and the day her lens dislocated. We also learn why Joleen doesn’t like to press buttons. We share listener comments on the unsolicited advice they hate to hear. Lastly, we talk about how sharing your story can have a powerful impact and why diversity in comedy is so important.

Memorable moments:

“Two questions, can I be taller, and can I wear heels?”

“You’re saying my life doesn’t have value because I don’t have feet? F*** you.”

 

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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

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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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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 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.”

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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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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Do this research study and YOU earn $25 AND the podcast earns $25! Support our podcast here: impacthealth.io/dealwithit

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Jay Washington’s IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5013848/

Follow Jay on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjaywashington/

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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 47: Life, Death, Love, Mother’s Day and Delegates, with Bin Lee

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This episode we are joined by writer, filmmaker and author Bin Lee, to share a different perspective on Mother’s day. Andy and Bin connect and compare experiences with losing a parent at a young age and Bin shares the heart-wrenching story of his families journey with his mother’s breast cancer. We talk about grief, family and the difficult choices we have to navigate. We talk about the importance of therapy and the universal state of denial that people are in regarding death. Bin is an amazing person and I’m so glad we got to hear about his wonderful and supportive mother who helped make his dreams come true. He was open and honest and we are so appreciative of his willingness to share. Bin offers some advice and recommends the movie “A Monster Calls” for a great perspective on grief and loss and we talk about the complex emotions surrounding taking care of an ailing parent. So definitely check that movie out!

Bin also talks about his debut Comic Book “Delegates” now available on Comixology. It looks and sounds incredible! You can purchase it here: https://www.comixology.com/Delegates/comics-series/111231

THE CHECK-IN: Joleen shares an important message about mental health awareness month regarding the media, and Andy and Joleen talk about mother’s day gifts.

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:

“30 is too young to be doing this.”

“Someone gets what I went through.”

“If you find this phone and I’m dead, here’s a bunch of thoughts!”

“Process THAT.”

“I make Father’s day like a 2nd Birthday.”

“It’s okay to feel guilty that you want it to end.”

“The second you get famous we’ll be emailing you.”

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You can reach out to Bin Lee on his Delegates accounts:

facebook.com/delegatescomic

twitter.com/delegatescomic

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.”

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:

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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

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

Follow Sofiya on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesofiya/

Follow Sofiya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSofiya

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 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

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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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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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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

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Ep 18: Breast Cancer, Fertility, Chemotherapy, Friendship, with Sofiya Alexandra

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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.”

 

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

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

Follow Sofiya on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesofiya/

Follow Sofiya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSofiya

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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