Just thinkin’ Can you be addicted to Stress?

A cropped shot of a handsome businessman under strain as colleagues request various things from him

Do you think you can become addicted to stress?

I live in Malibu.  EVERY other corner is a recovery center with names like, “Promises!  “Broken Promises.” Love Me, Don’t Love Me !  “I’m ok, you suck.” EVERY corner but… there is NO recovery Program or Center for being addicted to Stress.  What would they call them?  “Get the hell out of my face!”

“I said I’m fine!”  and my personal favorite, “Where’s the Xanax?”

You have to let it blow!  Let it out.  Let everything out.  I don’t care if it’s gas.  Let it out!  You can’t stuff your emotions.  You are five times more likely to die from a heart attack if you stuff your emotions.   Next time you let it out and someone thinks your are stinky and calls you rude you just tell them, ‘Hey, I’m just saving me life!”

And once you get on that EMOTION-COASTER ,  that cycle of  feeling  like the high from being in love, you just want more of it. Wanting more of it feels powerful.  To be overloaded with stress makes some people feel like a winner.  In actuality being addicted to stress  makes you old and it makes you sick, and it makes you no good to anybody.

Having a sense of humor helps tremendously.  Just a sweet smile.  I know a lot of you say ‘Well, I don’t have a sense of humor.’ I’ll bet you do.  A lot of people ask me where can they get a sense of humor.  “Diana, can I buy a sense of humor on QVC?

Some people are so grouchy and cheap I suggest, that perhaps they should just start out browsing for one at The Dollar Store.

Just thinkin’

Having a pet can really reduce stress.

Have you read that people have pets that look like them? It’s not hard to figure to figure out that I have a Shiz Tsu.

I named her Scoots because that’s what she loves to do across the carpet everyday!  Berber carpet is like a trip to Hawaii to her.  If I go to a friends house and see they have Berber I won’t even step in the door with her. “Gotta go, I just remembered an appointment.”

I didn’t know the scooting meant she had a problem  I thought it was a trick.  “Look, she thinks she’s a vacuum cleaner!” I would tell people.  “You’re dog needs to go to the vet,” they would say to me.

So off to the Vet.
The Vet says to me “Your dog has hemorrhoids.  Here’s some ointment.”  “Eweeee.” I said. So I put it on the carpet. All’s well that ends well.  My stress was relieved,  and she sends me postcards from Hawaii.
“Bottoms up!”

The Kitty Cat Scan!

A few weeks ago I was working a Cancer show in Scottsdale, Arizona- a popular retirement area, “God’s waiting room” some call it.

Attending were those that had had cancer, loved ones and friends and some even in Chemo. About 100 of them.

So, I’m telling my Story, my journey and of course it’s filled with humor (cause that’s the kind of Speaker and person I am) “Find the Funny!!!’ and as I’m talking about how i found my tumor with a yearly mammogram, this older woman in the front speaks up, ‘My cat found my breast cancer.’ I ignored her. “My cat found my breast cancer!” she said a little louder. Now I thought she said her cat had breast cancer and I love playing with the audience but Kitty cancer ain’t my forte but I played along. “Your cat had breast cancer? Don’t cats have 6 or 8 nipples?

How does that work? Agitated she said, ‘MY CAT FOUND MY BREAST CANCER!” ‘OK, I said, how did your cat find your breast cancer?” (the audience is looking at us like we are crazy) She said, “My cat scratched my breast and when i went to put ointment on it I found a 5cm tumor.” ‘Well, I said, Guess that gives new meaning to getting a CAT SCAN!”

To say the audience went wild with laughter (everyone except her) is an understatement. I almost fell off the stage laughing at my comic timing (hey 30 years of experience!)

Then my mind started to whirl. I thought, is this the new Affordable Care Mammogram? “Hey Nurse, Mrs. Rushkin here needs her yearly mammogram. Get me Fluffy the Cat in here.”

Affordable care act affects men to. What’s next? When a dog comes up and sniffs a man in ‘that part’ he’s not’smelling another dog.’ that’s the Affordable Care Act Prostate Exam.”

Just thinking…

Angelina Jolie -Just thinking…

Should everyone be able to be tested for the BRACA gene? Should it be covered by health insurance. You bet.  It is a rare gene, but if there is cancer in your family, please get it done.

When I heard about Angelina Jolie and her bi- lateral mastectomy, I was as stunned as everyone else.  I did think, being a sex symbol, mom and just a woman, it was a brave decision- but really, she had no choice.
Finding out she had the BRACA gene inherited from her mom, 85 % chance she would get breast cancer.

I was even more surprised when I was watching TV and saw the Doctor, Dr. Christy Funk, of the Pink Lotus Breast Cancer Center talking in a news conference.  That was MY doctor!  43 years old, beautiful and brilliant- I knew Angelina was in good-hands and would come out looking great.  I remember Dr. funks’ first concern was getting my cancer and also concerned that my breast would look pretty after reconstruction.  I liked that.

My message is:  I went to five, count ’em five, breast surgeons until I found her. Same with the reconstruction surgeon, Dr, Jay Orringer in Beverly Hills. He said, ” I want to be your caregiver…”  that word, caregiver, a wonderful word. I was hooked. But I did my homework on my Doctors which is one of the reasons i got a good result. One breast reconstructed, the other, my real breast, doubled in size! yea!  He ask me if I wanted to go bigger. I said, “when I fly, I want TO BE the flotation device!”

I chose not to remove the healthy breast.  My decision and I think it was the right one.  Angelina did not have a choice. But I will bet you she had a good reconstruction surgeon and we will be seeing cleavage soon. I just found out I had the same doctor as Angelina!!
Can’t say I don’t do my research!

Every woman should make sure to do plenty of research when seeking any doctor.

How I got in Showbiz thanks to Lucille Ball

A LOT PEOPLE ASK ME HOW I GOT INTO THIS BUSINESS!

I THINK IT STARTED WHEN 9 YRS OLD, IN A SMALL TOWN IN OKLAHOMA

IN FRONT OF OLD BLACK AND WHITE T.V. WATCHING , ‘I LOVE LUCY’. MOM’S IN THE KITCHEN, TRYING TO COOK ONE OF THE THREE THINGS SHE KNEW HOW TO COOK.  WE’D KNOW WHAT DAY IT WAS BY THE FOOD ON THE TABLE, MEANWHILE,  I’M HUNKERED DOWN ON THE FLOOR HANDS ON CHIN.

AN EPISODE OF LUCY CAME ON CALLED THE ‘COUNTRY CLUB DANCE’ BARBARA EDEN WAS GUEST STAR.  (BEFORE GENIE) HER NAME WAS, DIANA JORDAN.

I WAS SCREAMING AT MY MOM-“LUCY’S TALKING ABOUT ME ON T.V.!

I HAVE TO GO HOLLYWOOD!

MY MOM HAD GONE TO HOLLYWOOD IN HER 20’S (APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE)AND AUDITIONED TO SING ON THE RADIO WITH THE LAWRENCE WELK RADIO SHOW. (yes, it was before the T.V. show.)

AS MOM TOLD IT, MR. WELK GOT FRESH WITH HER AND LEFT LOS ANGELES, THE ‘LAND OF BROKEN DREAMS.’ MOM WAS SOUTHER BAPTIST NEED I SAY MORE. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP AND UNTIL MY MOM DIED, WHEN TIMES WERE TOUGH, I WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO HER: ‘IF YOU HAD JUST BEEN ‘FRIENDLIER’ WITH LAWRENCE WELK….WE’D BE LIVING IN BEVERLY HILLS!

TRUE STORY!  MY LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE A SIT COM.  I WILL BE WRITING LITTLE BITS.  I’VE LOVED BEING A STAND-UP COMEDIAN, AN ACTRESS, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AUTHOR, AND HEALTHCARE SPEAKER, ALL ROADS LEAD TO ONE THING – FINDING THE FUNNY IN YOUR LIFE.

 

You can choose to be Happy!

You can choose to be happy!

Wake up each morning and make a conscious (or unconscious) choice to be be happy that very day.
If you just smile, it starts a signal to the brain to laugh- it’s a natural progression.
A smile is the beginning of a laugh. We are the only species blessed with the ability to laugh- use it.

Laugh with Men not at them!

Who controls your life and your happiness?  You? your children? Your husband, boyfriend, mother, father, etc.  Even a friend can control your life and take away your joy.  YOU are in control of your own joy!

Motivate yourself. Be your own motivational speaker, your own healthcare speaker, be a survivor of your past and don’t let it rule you.

Find the humor in all you do:
Just for a giggle:  A quote from my book, A Wife’s little instruction book, your survival guide to marriage without bloodshed!”

“Men don’t listen. That’s why they grow that hair in their ears.  It’s like built-in earplugs.’

Now go out and laugh at life!