Hellcat’s Hope: Finding Humor, Healing, and Hope

Hellcat’s Hope is for people looking for hope and seeing what’s possible in their lives, relationships, business, and community. In each episode, Hellcat (her legal name!) will share personal stories and practical takeaways to motivate and inspire you to find your own inner Hellcat in your day-to-day life.

Suicide: End The Stigma

TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide, Depression

This is a heavy one: Suicide. But it's important to talk about, especially during the Holidays and especially during the Holidays during a Pandemic. 

Hellcat interviews Heather Loab, founder, creator, and author of UnrulyNeurons.com. Hellcat first interviewed Heather in Episode 14: Finding Hope and Healing in Living with Depression and Mental Illness. They talked about the importance of talking about and ending the stigma of mental illness and depression. 

Today is more specific: How can we destigmatize the conversation around suicide? We dive into some data and facts surrounding suicide, risk factors and warning signs for teen and youth, and Heather shares her powerful story of her life with suicide. 

The CDC reported an increase of 57% in suicides among 10-24 year olds and that’s only from 2007-2018. That doesn’t even consider data from during the Pandemic, where isolation and depression are likely pervasive. 

Listen in and learn how to have that direct conversation and not tip-toe around it.

We will also dispel the myths surrounding suicide:

"You shouldn’t bring it up."

"Someone who doesn’t have depression won’t commit suicide." WRONG. 54% of those who die from suicide, there is no known cause and the family and close friends had no idea.

"It's just selfish."

"They're just attention-seeking or being dramatic."

We will dispel these myths today. 

You will hear Heather’s real life story and experiences with suicide and what it looks like.

So, get educated and armed with tools to take action today.

END THE STIGMA.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741

www.UnrulyNeurons.com

 

Today, Hellcat interviews her nephew, Jaden, and his pal, Megan, as they discuss their new Podcast, "Our Minds Work Like THAT". Jaden and Megan are Freshman at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. They discuss what their Podcast is about as well as other funny tidbits on how their minds work, and boy, do they work! 

Listen in for tidbits on hair, My Pretty Pony, Texas Tech and Big 12 football (sort of), nosey Burt Women (that we are), why Jaden and Megan are so mean to Jaden’s sister Emma, College slang, gay slang, Snap Chat, and the political climate on campus this past Fall.

So, check out this interview if you want to know more – or – just hop on over to their podcase, OUR MINDS WORK LIKE THAT (you can find them anywhere you listen to your podcasts) and for more entertainment and inside peeks into their great minds, go over and follow them on Instagram at LIKETHATPOD. You can see their antics AND listen to them over there!

You'll feel younger just by listening. 

We find ourselves in a highly politicized climate right now, from the Presidential race to Covid-19, masks, and education.  

How can we maintain our friendships when we find ourselves on the opposing side of these issues? How can find common ground from a place of respect, insight, and understanding? 

Tune in today as Hellcat interviews one of her closest friends, Amanda Doolittle Crawford. Amanda and Hellcat are polar opposites in terms of political affiliations, pandemic protocols, and yes, even football. But they've managed to do so without sacrificing the true tenets of their relationship: love and respect. They've managed to have discussions and discourse without divorce. 

Their hope is that you can walk away today with a little bit of humor and maybe find a place of healing, hope, and a way to get through this season with your true self and your true relationships intact once we reach the other side. And we will reach the other side, together.

Amanda and Hellcat share recent experiences with social media keyboard warriors and how they have been able to move past it and work together for the common good by finding common ground.  

The opinions expressed herein by Hellcat are her own and do not represent those of the Deer Creek School District.  

What better way to bring our Country together than to hear some great stories from Coach Mike Burt on football, coaching, and BBQ. You will hear stories about what it was like being the oldest of 11 siblings and growing up on the gridiron as a player and coach. Coach Burt and Hellcat also attempt to settle their 47-year dispute over an alleged turtle assassination.  

If you need a good laugh today, come listen to some random rants about air conditioning, passwords, and Weight Watchers Points. 

Coach Burt shares stories from playing football at Lewisville High School in the late 70s and early 80s, as well as his recruiting experiences with the University of Texas (Fred Akers), Arkansas (Lou Holtz), and Rice University (Ray Auburn).  Old Southwest Conference fans will enjoy hearing about what it was like to play against Eric Dickerson and the Pony Express as well as coaching football in Texas throughout his 33-year coaching career - where football is king. 

Coach Burt has some great advice for those interested in being a coach and how parents, administrators, and the community can best support their student athletes and athletic programs. 

Finally, your mouth will water as Coach Burt shares some BBQ stories and secrets about his BBQ Food Trailer and The Sammich Guy, including what it's like working with Momma Burt sometimes. And all of you listeners, WORLDWIDE, receive an open invitation to have the Sammich Guy come make you the best BBQ you won't soon forget. 

Special Shout-Outs: 

Coach Que Brittain

Coach Tom Everest

The Sammich Guy BBQ sammichguy.com and follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammichguy/

 

 

Bariatric surgery. Gastric Bypass. Gastric Sleeve. 

These are now a part of Hellcat's discussion and journey to long-term health. 

Come along as Hellcat shares details about her decision, her initial tests, and how she's using all her tools to live her best life. 

Hellcat shares that finding and living your own inner Hellcat is to own your story, unapologetically, and without shame. 

Maybe you don't share your story just because you are a private person, and that is OK and clearly understandable. But if you are not sharing your voice and story from a place of shame, this episode is for you. 

Hellcat shares how you can process other people's opinions as well as how to bring your WHOLE self in the moments and not be afraid of who you really are. We have to heal ourselves before we can try to heal the world. Unless you are willing to be you, how can you encourage others to be themselves. 

Shout Outs: 

Dr. Bertice Berry 

Integris Weight Loss Center

Dr. Hamilton Le

Dr. Kim King

Amanda Crawford, Birthday Girl and Mighty Friend 

Beth Skipworth, #5, Birthday Girl and Sister 

The Greatest Showman, This is Me

Dopey Challenge, Walt Disney World

Jeff Galloway Training Plan 

#WLS #gastricbypass #RNY  

 

Many of you may find yourselves in the middle of some life transitions right now, whether it's heading back to school, work, relationships, your business, or even your health. Hellcat finds herself in the same transitional boat! 

Today, Hellcat will walk you through what those transitions may look like and how you can manage your mind through any of them. She shares her specific health journey and how that, too, is in transition as she prepares for gastric bypass surgery. 

You will walk away with several ideas on how to manage your mind in whatever transition you may find yourself through the simple use of the Think Feel Act cycle tool. Pay special attention to details on how to handle and process other people's opinions about your decisions with a simple, easy-to-use system of evaluating people's opinions. 

In the end, Hellcat will walk you through an example of the Think Feel Act cycle that you can apply to your life TODAY.  Instead of telling yourself, "I don't know what I'm doing" and feeling confused and lost, you will learn a better thought that leads to curiosity and confidence, a much better feeling to drive your actions and get the results you want. 

Hellcat lovingly reminds us all that this isn't our first rodeo and we can saddle up and hit the trail to the results we want in our life. 

Trigger Warning: binge eating disorder 

Trigger Warnings: depression, suicide, mental illness, postpartum depression, post-weening depression

Heather Loeb, founder, creator, and writer for UNRULY NEURONS (www.unrulyneurons.com) shares with us today the principle of Tikkun Olam – it means to heal the world with whatever platform you have, to use it to help others and improve whatever corner of the world you’re in.

Heather shares what she calls her moral obligation to share her story, to normalize depression and mental illness. The stigma surrounding mental illness can be deadly, literally. Heather helps us understand that by releasing the shame and judgment around depression and mental illness, you are free to find peace, healing, and hope. Once she threw off the shame shawl surrounding her limitations, then and only then was she able to get real help through the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas and other forms of therapy like Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Heather will leave you with some powerful thoughts on how you can help yourself or others not just survive and live, but live warrior strong and how her conversion to Judaism has helped her along that journey.

Heather’s Blog: www.unrulyneurons.com

The Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas

https://www.menningerclinic.org/

 

 

 

Today, August 6, 2020, Tanya Dodd-Hise would have been 50 years old. As a friend, sometimes we are called to do the hard things and for Hellcat, that was delivering the Eulogy at her dear friend's memorial service. Tanya fought like hell for years in her battle against breast cancer, with many wins and many disappointments, when eventually it just spread too far.

Tanya died November 10, 2017.

Hellcat wants to remind everyone who knew Tanya, and even those of you who didn't, of the lessons Tanya brought to our lives and how we can keep her spirit alive through our loving acts for others.

Use your voice to stand up for what's right.

Don't be afraid to voice your raw unapologetic truth.

Do for others even when you think you don't have time.

Make that sacrifice because you never know whose life you are enriching.

Even invite a complete stranger to your house for the weekend... it should be fine, right??

Love those around you like Tanya loved - with open acceptance and fierce loyalty.

Finally, take the damn picture... No one has ever said, "I wish I wouldn't have taken so many pictures." 

Are you about to send your kid off to college, the military, or the workforce? Then you will want to give this one a listen. Hellcat shares her day of taking her Baby (with the beard) to his new college town. Come along and listen to the fun stories from their day together and the lessons Hellcat learned by simply changing her thoughts around her circumstance. You'll laugh about beard trimming and maybe cry about how we learn to let our children run around all willy-nilly. You'll learn when to say something and when to keep quiet. You'll learn that our kids really do listen to us and you will leave with an appreciation of the journey. 

Special Shout-Outs:

Fort Hays State University, Office of Admissions, Derek Edwards

Snap-Chat

Wahl Beard Trimmers

Three Stooges Production, YouTube

Holiday Inn Express, Hays, Kansas 

Ihop, Hays, Kansas

Great Clips, Hays, Kansas 

Lomato's Pizza, Hays, Kansas 

Tiger Burger, Hays, Kansas 

Reg Bamford, The Winner of the Who Loves Whom More Contest 

Amber Neaves 

Amanda Crawford 

Wal-Mart, Hays, Kansas 

Baby Daddy, Tom Corbin 

Me, Mom

Aaron Corbin, Football Scholarship NCAA Div II Athlete and Student at FHSU, New Resident of Hays, Kansas  

 

A proud member of the School Board for the Deer Creek Board of Education, Hellcat shares the processes and analysis that have gone into the School District's decisions and Return to Learn Plan. She shares her current and personal burdens and struggles surrounding a Covid positive in her household. A passionate advocate for teachers, Hellcat issued an all-call to teachers everywhere to share their concerns and needs and she shares those with you today. In the process, Hellcat walks us all through the Think Feel Act Cycle on how each one of us can manage our minds right now and what to do with other peoples' opinions about us and our choices. Her message is for teachers, parents, business owners, and other school administrators. Hellcat shares many of her own personal stories and recent experiences as a new School Board Member and how she's managing her own mind around it all. You will walk away with some tools and thoughts on how to manage your mind during these times and how you want to show up on the other side. 

 

The opinions expressed herein are Hellcat's own and do not represent those of the Deer Creek School District, its Board, or its Administration. 

 

 

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