Healthy Illness

Healthy Illness

(Formerly Living the Front Seat Life) A weekly podcast to help you build healthy relationships while living with mental illness. Hosted by Kelly Marie a mental health advocate who shares her own life experiences with anxiety, depression and borderline personality disorder to empower you to surpass the limitations of your diagnosis and be happy in your own skin. Topics include relationships with food, friends, clutter, responsibilities and self. New episodes every Monday on the JazzCast Pros Network.


June 5, 2023 26 mins

Ep. 75 Grab life by the cane. In this episode I shared my journey from having "heavy legs" and trouble walking up stairs to being recommended for emergency spinal laminectomy and fusion surgery. Initially, I was told that the surgery would be quick and not invasive. However, it turned out to be more complicated than expected, not to mention all of the paperwork with insurance and medical jargon. (whew)

Through my experience, I lear...

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Ep. 74 Kelly Marie is faced with a sense of loss she can't quite identify. As she attempts to process her emotions, she realizes she must confront the possibility of long-term disability after spinal surgery, putting her independence in jeopardy. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with a disability, this episode is a must-listen.

  • Grasp the essentials of processing grief and loss connected to disabilities.

  • Tackle fea...

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Ep. 73 How do we get rid of the mean girl persona? How do we become better people in the workplace and amongst our friends and family? How do we become unified as human beings living this life? We start with self-care.

Mean Girls exist because there are issues that need to be addressed within each and every one of us. Everyone has issues. These types of mean girl dynamics exist because we have not addressed our issues.

One of the ...

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 Ep. 72  Journaling is a powerful tool and can be really effective in assisting you with your mental health. It’s a popular tool used in DBT for emotional regulation. In this episode Coach Kelly Marie shares seven simple steps to help get your thoughts out of your head and onto the paper. 

Whether you keep a daily journal or simply jot down notes to yourself when ideas come, this technique can have a powerful impact on your journey...

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Ep. 71 See DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in action! DBT is a therapy used to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, and Generalized Anxiety. DBT helps to reprogram your brain by focusing on today and making better decisions based on the information at hand. It also helps with emotional regulation, which is something I have been working on. 

DBT can be used at any point to help me practice mindfulness, ma...

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Ep. 70 Discover the power of emotional regulation to build better relationships with yourself and others with DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

DBT is a therapy used to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, and Generalized Anxiety. DBT helps to reprogram your brain by focusing on today and making better decisions based on the information at hand. It also helps with emotional regulation, which is something ...

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Ep. 69 What's the difference between a mental health condition and a mental illness? A mental health illness has to be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional or other medical professional. A person cannot diagnose themselves with a mental illness. However, a mental health condition is really any moment in time that someone is dealing with the effects of lower mental health status.

One in five Americans will experience a...

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Ep. 68 Struggling with clinical depression, a resilient Black woman strives to be seen and heard in a world that demands she be "stronger than everyone else," uncovering research that reveals how Black women experience depression differently than White women.  "Healing is possible, recovery is possible, and you can live a full, complete and healthy life while also managing living with mental health conditions." As a black woman l...

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Ep. 67 Learn how host Kelly Marie and her guest, Rah host of Fatha Torch podcast developed their mental health wellness checklists and what they look for when examining their mental health. They have both travelled different journeys but use their unique life experiences to help others on their path of living a healthier life. Kelly Marie and Rah also talk about learning who they are as people and what they have learned about happi...

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Episode 66 Discover the power of healthy relationships with self and others on Healthy Illness Podcast. It is important to understand that we are responsible for our own happiness and that forgiveness is a journey.  You will learn: 1. How to build healthier relationships while living with mental health conditions? 2. What is self-care and relationship to self? 3. How can we learn to forgive ourselves and others?

Struggling with me...

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Ep. 65 What is an emotional addict and why does she always end up with the same type of person? According to Dr. Carleah East, you become an emotional addict when your body craves the “high” of the emotional ups and downs associated with certain situations or relationships.  This high can interfere with your ability to move forward in your personal life and impact your ability to focus professionally.  

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Ep. 64 Struggling with her mental health, Kelly Marie discovers an unorthodox yet effective life hack that helps her defy the odds and achieve her goal of banking wins and feeling better.

This episode answers the following questions. 1. What is the "Why and How" tool for managing mental health? 2. How can you challenge yourself to do things differently and reduce stress? 3. What resources are available to help manage mental health ...

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November 27, 2022 20 mins

Ep. 63 What does it feel like to live with Borderline Personality Disorder? Right now, Kelly Marie is dealing with a depressive episode and during these times she finds that her BPD is "closer to the surface" now than when she doesn't have an overlapping depressive episode. She's been implementing the tools that she knows helps her to manage her mental health conditions and one of those ways is through journaling.


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Ep 62 Habits, whether good or bad, are created over time. That means it takes time to break those habits and create behaviors that are more beneficial to living a health life. Rose Ann Forte's book “The Plans He Has For Me” was designed to help you do just that.

Join Kelly Marie and Rose Ann as they discuss unhealthy habits including drinking alcohol and eating processed sugar and how to use the 12-week devotional to break free an...

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November 13, 2022 32 mins

Ep. 61 One of the risk factors for experiencing a mental health challenge is stress. Stress happens to everyone, but it's how you deal with it that matters.

In this episode, you will learn:

1. How to identify the physical signs and symptoms of stress, like tension headaches, heart palpitations and an increase in blood pressure.

2. Healthy ways to process and manage stress in the moment and develop a routine for managing stress on...

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November 7, 2022 24 mins

Ep. 60 There was mold in the dishes, and I kept ripping off my clothes. That's when I knew something was wrong!

Coach Kelly Marie is back and getting real about her mental health journey--the good, the bad, and the ugly -- in order to help others who may be going through similar experiences. Join us on this journey of assessing the warning signs of an oncoming depressive episode and exacerbated Borderline Personality Disorder sympt...

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October 10, 2022 23 mins

If you are a Bad Bitch having a Bad Day then this episode is for you.

The Hot Girl Coach and Coach Kelly Marie present the new mental health hub “Bad B****** Have Bad Days Too” created by WAP & Body artist Megan Thee Stallion. Megan uses her platform as an artist to bring light and resources to the mental health needs of her fans. The resource hub helps people find resources including where to find mental health help.

The rapper ...

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Ep 58 If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, this episode is for you. Dr. Celia Spacone & Coach Kelly Marie go through The FACT Framework for Suicide Prevention so that you can get the help and support you need. You will also learn:

1. The importance of talking about suicide openly and without stigma in order to get help

2. The warning signs of suicide, which may be different from risk factors

3. How ...

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Episode 57 Coach Kelly Marie sits down with her pastor to discuss suicide and mental health from a faith perspective; exploring what the Bible has to say about suicide, and whether or not those who attempt suicide go to heaven.

In this episode, you will learn the following: 1. The act of suicide and its consequences 2. Religion and suicide

3. The grace of God

It is a difficult thing to lose somebody to suicide. The act itself is a ...

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September 12, 2022 24 mins

Episode 56 Kelly Marie must choose between her mental health and physical health on the anniversary of her suicide attempt. 

In this episode, you will learn the following: 1. What happens when physical and mental health collide? 

2. Is mental health a journey or a destination?

3. How to ask for help, even when you don't want to.   Welcome to Season 5 of Living the Front Seat Life Podcast! September is Suicide Awareness Month and we...

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