Hi! Welcome to Living With…
Thanks for being here. I am glad you’re here and I feel very lucky to be here with you!
Living With… is about those living with cancer and other diseases or challenges. It’s a community of inspirational people who got some bad news, were dealt a terrible hand, a horrible diagnosis, which changed their life forever. But, they didn’t give up or give in. After the initial shock of being punched in the gut, they got up off the ground, brushed themselves off and said, “Is that all you got?”
I grew up in Towson, Maryland and have lived here for most of my life. I have a beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters. I am very lucky. I’m an Audiologist in private practice. My life was pretty normal until I got my diagnosis.
I have Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a progressive bone marrow disease which robs the body of its ability to produce blood cells and fight infection. For some reason the body stops making proper blood cells, leaving the body weak and vulnerable. Treatments include blood transfusions, drugs to boost blood cell production, and ultimately bone marrow transplant. My levels have declined considerably. I take drugs to keep my levels from declining even more, but no one knows how long they will work.
I get routine blood tests to monitor my levels. I tell people I do everything Tour de France racers have done in the past to gain an unfair advantage over the competition (transfusions, blood doping, etc.). I used to be an avid runner and have run several 5k, 10k, half & full marathons. I suffer from lack of energy and fatigue, but I’m able to work and do most things if I pace myself. Now, I am a walker, but I haven’t given up. I miss running, but I’m alive!
The Living With Podcast is my way of bringing you interviews with inspirational people who are living with cancer, illness, and challenges. I feel we can learn a lot from them, be inspired by them and live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
I hope you will listen to the podcast and will be entertained and inspired!
Living With…does not provide medical, diagnostic or treatment advice.