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Unfiltered Survivors with Amanda & Kelly

Unfiltered Survivors with Amanda & Kelly

By Amanda DeJesus & Kelly Fucheck

Amanda DeJesus, a heart transplant survivor and Kelly Fucheck, stroke survivor share life UNFILTERED. Each episode they discuss the life of a survivor and how to live life unfiltered.
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CKD with Kellsey
CKD with Kellsey
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are welcoming Kellsey Reed to the podcast. Kellsey is a registered dietitian and the founder of CKD Nutrition. Listen as Kellsey shares her why on becoming a dietitian, what motivated her to focus on kidney disease and how EVERYONE can improve their kidney health.
36:36
July 20, 2022
Allow Us to Re-Introduce Ourselves
Allow Us to Re-Introduce Ourselves
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate the podcast turning 4. It’s been four years since the ladies turned on their microphones and got Unfiltered. Listen as the ladies share how much they have grown and the changes they have seen in themselves over the last 4 years. Amanda and Kelly also discuss their new plans for the podcast and goals they have for themselves.
33:24
June 15, 2022
Mental Health - Part 2
Mental Health - Part 2
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly continue their multi-part series on mental health. The ladies discuss their struggles with seasonal depression, body dysmorphia and being stuck in a rut. They also share some ideas to help you get back on track and Amanda shares an update of her virtual wedding plans.
36:43
April 06, 2022
Big News & Bold Topics
Big News & Bold Topics
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk all about Amanda and Edward getting engaged! The ladies share what they want for Christmas, how this year is different from previous years and their goals for 2022. Also, they discuss the importance of mental health in the New Year. #HappyHolidays
33:18
December 22, 2021
Holiday Hustle & Flow
Holiday Hustle & Flow
After an unexpected fall hiatus Amanda and Kelly are back! In this week’s episode the ladies share their Thanksgiving plans, talk about hosting Christmas Eve and how things have changed over the past year. Also they talk about some new goals they have for 2022.
25:40
November 24, 2021
Daniel & the NadaMoo! Story
Daniel & the NadaMoo! Story
Amanda and Kelly are back from summer hiatus and have a special sweet treat! The ladies welcome Daniel Nicholson President and CEO of NadaMoo!. Listen as Daniel shares his story, his passion for sustainability and the start of NadaMoo!. #dairyfreeicecream
36:34
September 22, 2021
3 Years of Living Unfiltered
3 Years of Living Unfiltered
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate 3 years of the podcast! The ladies share their tips on how to stay safe this summer and discuss all about their summer plans. Also they talk all about Kelly’s 6 nominations for the WeGo Health Awards.
34:52
July 07, 2021
The Many Roles of a Care Partner - Sonia's Story
The Many Roles of a Care Partner - Sonia's Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly offer a different point of view by sharing the story of a caregiver. The ladies welcome Sonia DeJesus who happens to be Amanda’s mom and care partner of 35 years. Listen in as they discuss the true meaning of being a caregiver, the struggles that happen and how to keep balance and boundaries.
36:08
June 23, 2021
2021 Austin Vestido Rojo: Healthy from Home Series
2021 Austin Vestido Rojo: Healthy from Home Series
Surprise! This week Amanda and Kelly have a special episode for you! The ladies have invited Catalina Berry, the Austin Community Impact Director of the American Heart Association to tell you all about 2021 Vestido Rojo. This year the event is virtual and the Healthy from Home series takes place June 15-17, 2021 at 6 p.m. Each night celebrates our Hispanic community and teaches how YOU can fight heart disease. Listen in as we share where you can register for free and talk about our favorite moments from the past. #ATXVestidoRojo 
32:13
June 09, 2021
If I Can Survive a Stroke… I can do anything
If I Can Survive a Stroke… I can do anything
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly continue to bring awareness to National Stroke Month! The ladies had the honor to welcome fellow American Heart Association Ambassador and stroke survivor Andrea Engfer to share her story. Listen as Andrea shares her incredible journey of never giving up and showing her daughter she can do anything. #StrokeMonth
31:59
May 26, 2021
A Mindful & Meaningful May
A Mindful & Meaningful May
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss all things going on in May. The ladies give updates on their personal health, talk about the importance of listening to your body and Kelly shares how she is celebrating her birthday this year. Also May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the ladies are sharing tips on how to better focus on your mental health. #YouAreNotAlone
42:02
May 12, 2021
I am no longer a Patient – Mike Cohen’s Story
I am no longer a Patient – Mike Cohen’s Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly welcome Mike Cohen to the show. Mike is a long-distance cyclist who has survived cancer, heart failure, having a LVAD and a heart transplant. Listen as he shares his story in honor of Donate Life month and learn how Mike’s family dog saved his life. #DonateLifeMonth
52:07
April 07, 2021
Breaking the Cycle with Robert
Breaking the Cycle with Robert
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly welcome back Robert Richardson II to the show. You may know his story from the show Biggest Loser and he also was a previous guest on Unfiltered Survivors. Robert joins the ladies to discuss emotional eating, breaking the cycle and finding new ways to reward yourself. They also discuss a couple of their favorite shows and guilty pleasures.
45:58
March 10, 2021
Making Choices & Building Communities:
Making Choices & Building Communities:
In this week's episode Amanda and Kelly discuss life in 2021 and the choices they have to make, including the covid vaccine. Amanda gives an update on her health status and her plans for once she receives "the call". The ladies also share all the details about TransplantLyfe, a new platform for the transplant community. #jointransplantlyfe
43:45
February 24, 2021
Edye’s Heart and Mind Story:
Edye’s Heart and Mind Story:
Amanda and Kelly are back for their first episode in 2021 and ready to celebrate American Heart Month! In this episode the ladies welcome motivational and unfiltered Edye Schneider to share her story. Listen as Eyde shares her struggles with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, mental health and the importance of healing your heart and mind. #HappyHeartMonth
56:14
February 03, 2021
Double Chins, No Goals and Embracing Life
Double Chins, No Goals and Embracing Life
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss their opinions on “diet culture”, ways to focus on a better lifestyle and the dreaded body mass index chart. The ladies also share simple goals for 2021, creating memories and making the most out of the holidays.
47:50
December 02, 2020
The Heartfelt Help Foundation – Denise Redeker
The Heartfelt Help Foundation – Denise Redeker
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are welcoming Denise Redeker to the podcast! Denise is a heart transplant recipient, a volunteer for Donor Network West, her local Organ Procurement Organization and the founder of the Heartfelt Help Foundation. Listen and learn as Denise shares her incredible transplant story, the importance of organ donation and the wonderful things her foundation is doing.
38:47
November 11, 2020
I Survivor Lisa Deck
I Survivor Lisa Deck
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are celebrating World Stroke Day! The ladies welcome the amazing, inspiring and all around badass Lisa Deck. Listen as Lisa shares her stroke story, all of her advocacy work with stroke, rare disease and Moyamoya and being one of the founders of Sisters@Heart.
32:51
October 28, 2020
We aren’t worried about the scale anymore
We aren’t worried about the scale anymore
I’m this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly welcome Robert Richardson II to the show. You may know his story from the show Biggest Loser. Blue team Robert inspired us to believe in ourselves and to work hard. He shares candidly about his rocky childhood, his faith, family and his outlook on life and how he is forever changed!
48:10
September 23, 2020
2 Years, 50 Episodes and More COVID
2 Years, 50 Episodes and More COVID
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are celebrating 2 years of doing the podcast together! They talk all about previous guests, their stories and about some of their favorite episodes. The ladies also share their struggles with mental health during this pandemic while staying home and social distancing.
45:05
August 05, 2020
Brandon's Story
Brandon's Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are welcoming Brandon Mouw to the podcast! Brandon is an inspirational survivor, a fellow LyfeBulb ambassador with Amanda and an amazing person who lives life to the fullest. Listen as Brandon shares his incredible story, discusses his journey with Type 1 Diabetes and receiving a pancreas only transplant.
30:59
July 08, 2020
Sleepless in Houston
Sleepless in Houston
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss their struggles with insomnia. The ladies share some tips for healthy sleep practices and the changes they have made to sleep better. Also Kelly reviews some of the books she has been reading and Amanda talks about some of the new snacks she is trying.
37:02
May 06, 2020
Covid 19 & Tiger
Covid 19 & Tiger
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are sharing their experiences during this pandemic while staying home and social distancing. The ladies also talk all things Tiger King, sharing ways they are putting their mental health first and deciding what is the first thing they are going to do once this is over.
41:16
April 15, 2020
Unfiltered Hits the Road
Unfiltered Hits the Road
Amanda and Kelly are back in their first episode of 2020! In this week’s episode the ladies catch up after the holidays, they share their opinion on some hot topics and are getting ready to Go Red for February. Also Amanda and Kelly invite you to go on the road with them as the ladies are preparing for huge event in Austin, Texas.
42:32
January 22, 2020
A Big Thanksgiving Update
A Big Thanksgiving Update
After an unexpected fall hiatus Amanda and Kelly are back! In this week’s episode the ladies catch up after Amanda’s hospitalization, they share their Thanksgiving plans and talk about Christmas decorating. Also Amanda shares some big news about her personal life.
34:01
November 27, 2019
The Whitaker's Story
The Whitaker's Story
In this week's episode Amanda and Kelly are welcoming The Whitakers to the podcast! Edwin and Jessica share the story of baby Samuel and his passing. They openly share how the loss of baby Samuel is impacting lives and also share their grief and hope. We also learn about their annual Samuel WOD in honor of their sweet son.  We love you Samuel.
39:32
October 02, 2019
Angry Kelly Needs More Food
Angry Kelly Needs More Food
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss being in a lifestyle rut. The ladies have decided to do a plant based detox for two weeks after Kelly watched the movie Forks over Knives. Also Amanda shares how she made her Beyond Meat meatloaf and they issue a challenge for the month of September.
36:20
September 11, 2019
Our Favorite Brands Part 2 & Randomness
Our Favorite Brands Part 2 & Randomness
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk more about their favorite healthy brands. The ladies also get off topic and share their thoughts on mediation, the holidays, marvel movies, and friendships struggles.
56:54
August 28, 2019
Getting Real about Back to School
Getting Real about Back to School
After an unexpected summer hiatus Amanda and Kelly are back! In this week’s episode the ladies catch up after Amanda’s hospitalization, they share stories from their amazing but busy summers and talk all things back to school. Also Amanda and Kelly get honest and emotional as they discuss the recent shootings in their home state of Texas and around the country.
37:00
August 14, 2019
Do You Brene Brown?
Do You Brene Brown?
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss how Brene’ Brown and her work has changed their lives. It started when Amanda was given the assignment to read the Gifts of Imperfection to years later Kelly would watch the Netflix special the Call to Courage three times. Join the ladies as they share their struggles with vulnerability, shame and self-love.
40:04
July 10, 2019
One Year Down.... Many to Go...
One Year Down.... Many to Go...
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate the podcast turning 1. It’s been a year since the ladies turned on their microphones and got Unfiltered. Listen as Amanda and Kelly share their favorite episodes, funny moments and not so great times. Also Amanda also gives an update on her health.
37:08
June 26, 2019
Jeff Schmidgall Co-Founder and CEO of Bubba’s Food
Jeff Schmidgall Co-Founder and CEO of Bubba’s Food
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly welcome an amazing special guest Jeff Schmidgall from Bubba’s Fine Foods. Listen as Jeff shares all about his journey with Crohn’s disease, CrossFit, paleo and the start of Bubba’s Fine Foods.
41:19
June 12, 2019
Happy Birthday Kelly
Happy Birthday Kelly
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate Kelly turning 41! The ladies are celebrating by discussing Kelly’s favorite thing… Crossfit! We learn all about Kelly’s journey from her first Crossfit class to becoming an instructor, we shut down some misconceptions and we learn all about what a Murph is. Plus Kelly has a special birthday gift for our listeners! *This episode is sponsored by TTR CrossFit.*
46:41
May 22, 2019
The Stromies
The Stromies
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are celebrating National Stroke Awareness Month! We welcome three inspiring stroke survivors Sarah, Tamsen and Angie to the show to help us celebrate. Listen as they share their survivor stories, tell us how they met and learn all about what they do in the stroke community.
33:44
May 15, 2019
Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk all things spring cleaning. The spring season has made the ladies feel like it’s time to detox on parts of their diets, clean out their closets and get their lives back on track. Kelly also shares her dream to have a head to toe make up over to be more stylish and Amanda talks about her love for workout clothes.
36:23
May 01, 2019
Life is a Beautiful Ride
Life is a Beautiful Ride
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate National Donate Life Month! The ladies share some facts and statistics about organ donation;  they answer some questions and misconceptions like, do you think you'll just be left to DIE if they see you are a donor? Also Amanda issues an April challenge and Kelly tells you how easy it is to register to be a donor and where to go. #DonateLifeMonth
38:23
April 17, 2019
Rosa’s Story
Rosa’s Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are welcoming Rosa Duarte to the podcast! Rosa is a Level 2 CrossFit coach, a dynamic woman and an amazing momma who lives life to the fullest. Listen as Rosa shares her incredible story, discusses all about Type 1 Diabetes and how she doesn't let this disease defeat her.
39:11
April 03, 2019
Rick’s Story
Rick’s Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly welcome their first male guest on the show! A fellow American Heart Association Ambassador and stroke survivor Rick Logan shares his story. Listen as Rick shares how he is helping his father, himself and his community unfiltered.
50:30
March 20, 2019
Catching Up on Life, Music & Clutter
Catching Up on Life, Music & Clutter
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly are finally back together in the same room! The ladies discuss Kelly’s big move, decluttering and Amanda’s struggle to understand how random items can bring joy. Also they talk about how music and certain songs have helped them thru the last few months. #RIPLukePerry
41:35
March 06, 2019
Yvonne’s Story
Yvonne’s Story
In this week’s episode Amanda holds down the podcast while Kelly is away. Amanda is celebrating Heart Month by having special guest Yvonne share her survivor story. Listen as the two ladies discuss what Yvonne is doing in the community.
33:51
February 20, 2019
February... Facts, Fun & Follies
February... Facts, Fun & Follies
In this week’s episode after technical difficulties Amanda and Kelly celebrate American Heart Month! The ladies share the importance of Heart Month, early signs of heart disease and tips to a healthier heart. Also Amanda shares her nighttime phobias and her ways to make it better. #HappyHeartMonth
37:12
February 06, 2019
Gratitude, Attitude and the Four Letter Word
Gratitude, Attitude and the Four Letter Word
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss having gratitude, trying to keep a positive January attitude and sharing it with others. The ladies talk about all the negative press the Keto diet has been getting lately & they also remind you about National Go Red Day on February 1st.
35:13
January 23, 2019
Mixed Bag of January
Mixed Bag of January
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss various things happening in January as they adjust to 2019. Amanda also provides an update on her status as she is listed for her 2nd heart transplant and will need a kidney from a living donor. #DonateLife
36:60
January 09, 2019
Hello 2019!
Hello 2019!
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate the New Year. The ladies share their personal, business and podcast goals for 2019. They also talk about ways to keep working on your goals through the whole year. #Hello2019
31:28
December 26, 2018
Our Christmas Story
Our Christmas Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss all things Christmas. They share some of their holiday traditions, favorite Christmas movies and ways to calm your holiday stressors. Amanda also proves an update on her health status.  #HappyHolidays
35:10
December 12, 2018
Elizabeth’s Story
Elizabeth’s Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly have another special guest on the podcast! The ladies mutual friend and 2018 National GoRed Spokeswomen Elizabeth Beard is on the show. Listen as Elizabeth shares her survivor story unfiltered. #TakeYourSocksOff
58:36
November 28, 2018
When Podcast Meets Real Life
When Podcast Meets Real Life
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss all things Thanksgiving. They share their past experiences, tips to make it a healthier thanksgiving and what Kelly’s dream thanksgiving would be. The ladies also share some changes to the Unfiltered Survivors Podcast as life has changed for Amanda.
46:39
November 14, 2018
Kelly Drank too much Coffee
Kelly Drank too much Coffee
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss various entertainment options. They ask what your favorite movie of all time is, who are you reading and what are you watching on TV? Also they share the November challenge. #FindSomeMeTime
47:15
November 07, 2018
Spooky Cycling with Juicery Love
Spooky Cycling with Juicery Love
In this Halloween episode Amanda and Kelly discuss completing their October challenge by going to their first Soul Cycle class. They also share their experience trying a local Houston juicer called Earthcraft.
44:18
October 31, 2018
World Stroke Day
World Stroke Day
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss all things stroke related. World Stroke Day is coming up on Monday, October 29th so the ladies wanted to celebrate by sharing their knowledge on stroke. #UpAgainAfterStroke
41:05
October 24, 2018
The Day to Day without Makeup
The Day to Day without Makeup
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss their day to day life as survivors. They share how lonely they felt and how every day is not a good day. They also talk about being “tomboys” and their struggles with makeup and fashion.
46:33
October 17, 2018
Meal prepping in an Instant Pot while drinking and cycling
Meal prepping in an Instant Pot while drinking and cycling
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss some meal prep tips, using an Instant Pot and share some cocktails and mocktails recipes. They also talk more about their favorite healthy brands and issue the October challenge.
48:58
October 10, 2018
Melody’s Survivor Story
Melody’s Survivor Story
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly have their first guest on the podcast! Amanda’s older sister Melody is on the show. Melody shares her survivor story unfiltered. ***Warning: There is some cursing in this episode. Also TRIGGER warning as different types of abuse is discussed during this episode. ***
57:45
October 03, 2018
Say What? Pictures, Hoodies & Running
Say What? Pictures, Hoodies & Running
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss the fat-shaming hoodie that was on the news. They also share their feelings on taking pictures and sharing them. Then it’s the final countdown to the September walk/run challenge. Did you get your 20 miles in?
42:28
September 26, 2018
Happenings and Seasonal Tips:
Happenings and Seasonal Tips:
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly share what events and speaking engagements they have in September and October. The ladies also talk all about getting a flu shot and share ways to stay healthy during flu season. They also discuss how they are doing with the September run/walk challenge.
44:42
September 19, 2018
All Things Fall
All Things Fall
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk all about the fall season. From the pumpkin spice craze, to decorating for the holidays, the start of football season and fall eating habits. They also talk about their September running challenge.
46:46
September 12, 2018
The Struggle is Real
The Struggle is Real
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss some of their struggles after returning to work post their survivor event. Amanda talks about dating post-transplant and Kelly shares how married life was after her stroke. This episode brought up lots of emotions for the ladies.
46:27
September 05, 2018
Our Paleo Lifestyle and Favorite Brands
Our Paleo Lifestyle and Favorite Brands
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk about their choice of living a paleo lifestyle. They also discuss how they handle cheat days and some of their favorite paleo brands.
45:25
August 29, 2018
Welcoming Amanda to the 30 Club
Welcoming Amanda to the 30 Club
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly celebrate Amanda turning 30! They discuss things you should know and should have by the time your 30. Kelly talks about when she celebrated her 30th birthday and Amanda makes some goals for her 30th year.
40:43
August 22, 2018
Why Not You?
Why Not You?
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly discuss their “why you” to “why not you” moments. They share how they answer the question Why You when others ask? Also an unexpected question from Amanda to Kelly causes some ugly crying.
49:30
August 15, 2018
Do You WebMD While Listening to Music?
Do You WebMD While Listening to Music?
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly answer some of your questions from hydration to WebMD and music.
50:23
August 08, 2018
Goals & Getting Uncomfortable
Goals & Getting Uncomfortable
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk all about goals and the importance of getting uncomfortable. They discuss ways they try to stay focused, steps to reach your goals and how being uncomfortable isn’t always a bad thing.
41:56
August 01, 2018
Body Image
Body Image
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk all about body image. They discuss their struggles with being more confident, eating and how they found ways to be more body positive.
48:55
July 25, 2018
Bucket Lists and Guilty Pleasures
Bucket Lists and Guilty Pleasures
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk all about their bucket list, things they achieved and things they still want to do. They also discuss some of their guilty pleasures.
41:60
July 18, 2018
Mental Health - Part 1
Mental Health - Part 1
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly begin their multi-part series on mental health. They talk about their struggles with stress, anxiety and depression. Also they talk about the importance of allowing yourself to feel and finding the tools to help you thru that bad day.
45:17
July 11, 2018
Plus Size Girl in a Fitness World
Plus Size Girl in a Fitness World
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk about being women with curves,  finding workout clothes that fit our bodies and different workouts. #SorryBoys
53:34
July 04, 2018
Friendships, Social Media and 80/20
Friendships, Social Media and 80/20
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk about different types of friendships, social media and how far technology has come. Plus they talk about the 80/20 rule when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.
46:09
June 27, 2018
The Initial Shock of Healthy Eating
The Initial Shock of Healthy Eating
In this week’s episode Amanda and Kelly talk about the initial shock when they transitioned to healthy eating. The struggles they went thru and the time Amanda ate some chips.
45:51
June 19, 2018
Our Stories
Our Stories
In this week’s episode Amanda, heart transplant recipient and Kelly, stroke survivor share their survivor stories, tell their versions of how they met and talk about how Unfiltered Survivors was born.
53:15
June 18, 2018