All The Wiser

By Kimi Culp

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We tell the most jaw-dropping stories you've ever heard. From dramatic stories of survival, the realities of life when facing death and unforgettable lessons on loss and love, you will be inspired, educated and entertained. For every story you hear, we donate $2000 to help people in need. 50 interviews. $100,000 donated.


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35. Jason Rosenthal's dying wife wrote a secret personal ad to find him love
00:43:19

In March 2017, Chicago writer Amy Rosenthal wrote what may be the most widely read personal ad in history. But it wasn't for her. Rosenthal was planting the seeds for the world - and hopefully the right woman - to fall in love with her husband Jason, knowing that she had very little time left to live after a battle with ovarian cancer. "You May Want to Marry My Husband" was published in the popular Modern Love column in the New York Times, and was read by millions around the world. In it, she gushes about her handsome, thoughtful, and talented husband; the life they had together, and how she hoped he would move forward. Jason, a lawyer and now public speaker on the topic of grieving, offers answers to what became of him after Amy's death, and what it was like to open his heart to love again. 


Episode benefiting The Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation @akrfoundation


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Aug 05, 2020
A Little Wiser: Locked-in Syndrome
00:11:05

Kimi and Erica discuss our latest episode with Victoria Arlen and the condition known as Locked-in Syndrome.


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Jul 29, 2020
34. ESPN reporter Victoria Arlen spent 4 years in a coma locked in her body
00:48:01

Victoria Arlen grew up in beautiful New Hampshire, one of triplets in a close, supportive family, until at the tender age of eleven, she lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move due to a rare condition. She slipped into a coma. When she awoke a year and a half later, Victoria quickly realized she was "locked" inside her own body. Doctors had written her off as a lost cause and gave her family no hope for recovery. In 2010, after almost four years she began the nearly impossible journey of coming back to life (beginning with bslinking). By 2017, Victoria had become a US Paralympic champion swimmer, transitioned to a career in broadcasting with ESPN, and competed on Dancing with the Stars. In this episode, Victoria shares the mindset that kept her moving forward, the responsibility of being called a "superhero", finding hope during hard times, and the healing power of forgiveness.


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Jul 22, 2020
A Little Wiser: What happens next for Paradise, California?
00:15:54

Kimi and Erica discuss our most recent episode with Brad Brown, where the town of Paradise is today after a wildfire burned the entire town to the ground, and what caused the most destructive wildfire in California history.

 

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Jul 15, 2020
33. Brad Brown drove the sick and scared through the flames of the Paradise Camp Fire
00:39:30

Brad Brown and his wife Melea moved their two kids to Paradise, CA in 2012 after a hospital chaplain position opened up for Brad bringing with it the promise of cutting-edge medicine that could help Melea treat her colon cancer. After a miraculous six-year battle (she was given a 1 month prognosis), Melea passed, leaving Brad to care for their kids along with an outpouring of support and love from his Paradise community. Only months later, the Camp Fire wildfire, the deadliest in California history, ripped through town, moving the length of a football field a second. When the hospital ran out of ambulances, Brad started loading patients into his minivan and quickly became stuck in gridlock surrounded by flames. After a harrowing escape and an emotional reunion with his kids, Brad chose to stay in Paradise where 91% of homes burned to the ground, in order to provide comfort to the community who stood by him in his darkest hours. In this episode, Brad shares his lessons on finding meaning and purpose amid tragedy and the key things that can help a community heal from trauma. 


Episode benefitting Maranatha


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Jul 08, 2020
A Little Wiser: Our first ever guest paid it forward so this teenage boy with autism could start a podcast
00:16:29

Our very first guest Matt Long used his one-for-one charity donation to help an autistic boy, Trey DelGrosso start a podcast. Kimi talks to Trey about becoming a public speaker, educating his peers about autism and how his motto "there is nothing wrong with me" helps him build his confidence every day. Check out his podcast Trey's Two Cents!


A Little Wiser is our bi-weekly mini-episode of All The Wiser.


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Jul 01, 2020
32. Stacey Lannert shot and killed her abusive father
00:57:50

On July 4th, 1990, 18-year-old Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her since she was eight. She was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentence to life without parole: Missouri state law, a disbelieving prosecutor and Stacey's own vulnerable state-of-mind all conspired against her. This harrowing real-life story of survival takes many twists and turns and is as dramatic as any movie. It is devastating, important subject matter and exquisitely told by a brave woman committed to justice for herself and all of man-kind.


Episode benefitting:

Center for Women in Transition cwitstl.org

Champ Assistance Dogs champdogs.org

St. Louis Foodbank stlfoodbank.org


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Jun 24, 2020
A Little Wiser: A decade long friendship and a first-time conversation about race
00:32:24

Kimi has a hard, real, and raw conversation with her long-time friend Paress, a black mom, artist, musician, and businesswoman about the different ways they experience the world, and the ways the world experiences each of them. 


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Jun 17, 2020
31. Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld survived a deadly plane crash that killed sixteen of his peers
00:41:39

As a child, Dan always dreamed of flying, so when he found skydiving he knew from the first jump that he had found his calling. He was living his dream, when a horrific plane crash killed sixteen of the twenty-two people on board and left Dan critically injured. After spending six weeks in a coma, Dan woke up with a broken neck, cracked skull, severe head trauma, a collapsed lung and other serious internal injuries. Against all odds, Dan recovered and went on to lead the USA 4 and 8 person Skydiving Teams to multiple World Championships. In this conversation, Dan talks about setting worthwhile ambitious goals, and how to approach the fear, adversity and obstacles you will naturally face in order to achieve them.


Episode benefitting Ambition:

AMBITION is a non-profit, school-based, entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth that fosters innovation, solution-driven thinking, confidence and positive work ethic through collaborative hands-on participation, real-world business experience and powerful, consistent connections with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and special guests.


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Jun 10, 2020
A Little Wiser: Kids on the Coronavirus
00:21:45

Kimi interviews 4 kids to hear their thoughts on the impact of Coronavirus. Also, Kimi and Erica discuss our previous episode on cults. 


Production and sound design by Erica Gerard

 

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Jun 03, 2020
30. Dawn Smith escaped from a cult
00:50:54

When Dawn Smith was born in 1978, the evangelical fundamentalist group known as The Assembly, started by her father and lead by her grandfather, was already in full swing. They were living in communes separated by gender, and given schedules to account for each minute of the day, mostly spent in prayer. Things like dating, television, science, nail polish, piercings, and dancing were all forbidden (wife-training was a thing). Meanwhile, accounts of abuse continued to go unaddressed by a sinister group of leaders hell bent on maintaining power and control; until the victims started sharing their stories, bringing Dawn closer than ever to the truth. Eventually Dawn left The Assembly with her sister, husband and new baby - introduced to things like movies, and television for the first time. and finding her footing in a new exciting world. In this episode you'll hear why Dawn says that "as hard as leaving was, the hardest day of freedom is better than the best day in a cult."


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May 27, 2020
A Little Wiser: The Art of Interviewing with Dani Shapiro
00:33:51

What makes for a memorable interview? Host of the All The Wiser podcast and award winning journalist Kimi Culp (Good Morning America, Oprah) speaks with New York Times best selling author and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets (over 11 million downloads!), Dani Shapiro, about the secret sauce of interviewing. You'll learn things like:


1. How to make your guest feel at ease

2. Why leading with your curiosity is more important than your next written question

3. The key ingredients of a great interview

4. How to approach asking deeply sensitive questions

5. The art of being a good listener


...and much more! If you are thinking of starting a podcast, or just curious about what happens behind the scenes, don't miss this conversation with an industry leader at the top of her craft!

 

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May 20, 2020
29. Amy Purdy lost both her legs and became a 3x Paralympic medalist
00:59:02

Amy Purdy chose to be here. After losing both her legs below the knee at 19 to a form of bacterial meningitis, doctors gave her a 2% chance of survival. A year later she finished third in a snowboarding competition on Mammoth mountain. Amy went on to become one of the top Paralympic snowboarders in the world, competing on Dancing with the Stars, touring with Oprah Winfrey, starting a foundation, and writing a New York Times best-selling book. But after another life-threatening setback, Amy once again found herself knocking down doors to get the help she needed and in doing so, has inspired people everywhere to push through obstacles and make dreams happen. 


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May 13, 2020
A Little Wiser: Moms Save Lives
00:10:40

If you've listened to All The Wiser, you know that many of our guests have survived the unthinkable. You may have also noticed a common theme that comes up in these stories - MOMS! So many of our guests have shared that their moms were instrumental to their healing and recovery; moms who soothe, moms who encourage, moms who fight, moms who push forward, and moms who save lives. In this week's mini-episode of A Little Wiser, we are celebrating mothers, and Kimi gives her own mother a call to say Happy Mother's Day.  


Featuring Matt Pholson, Maya Amoils, BJ Miller, Kristen Gray, Matt Long and Kimi Culp


Produced by Erica Gerard

 

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May 06, 2020
28. Dave from the Dopey Podcast on addiction and transformation after tragedy
00:58:09

Dopey Dave is a recovering drug addict who spent his 20's using heroin on a daily basis despite a successful career in entertainment. After hitting bottom and entering a treatment center, he met Chris, and his life would never be the same. Chris and Dave became fast friends and started a podcast together - The Dopey podcast - where they shared wildly funny and absurd drug stories from their past. The podcast grew quickly, keeping countless addicts around the world company. Except that two years in - unbeknownst to Dave - Chris started using again, overdosed and died. In the wake of Chris's death, a devastated Dave had to find a way forward through his grief and in doing so, expanded the message of Dopey (drugs actually kill people) and found his own voice as a solo podcaster. He has never missed an episode.


Episode benefitting hipgive.org - the first and only bilingual crowdfunding platform focused solely on advancing Latino social impact projects 


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Apr 29, 2020
A Little Wiser with loneliness expert Julia Bainbridge
00:17:44

Julia Bainbridge, host of the Lonely Hour podcast, shares her tips on managing feelings of loneliness during the Coronavirus and beyond; including the merits of loneliness, what to do in the absence of physical touch (hello phone sex) and how the internet has become a wonderfully kinder place lately. 

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Apr 22, 2020
27. Zak Ebrahim is the son of a terrorist
00:51:45

Zak Ebrahim's first memories were of a dad who was playful and made the family laugh. But at the age of 7, Zak's father committed an act of hate so radical that he was publicly thanked by Obama Bin Linden. On November 5th, 1990 El Sayyid Nosair shot and killed Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. He was also convicted and sent to prison for his involvement in the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center that killed six people. After moving 20 times in 20 years, Zak changed his name and started a new life, taking painful lessons from the radicalization that surrounded his youth, and forging his own peaceful path of empathy and unity for all human-kind.  



This episode benefits Masterpeace, whose mission is to mobilize, inspire and connect talents for a sustainable future with less conflict.


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Apr 15, 2020
A Little Wiser: Tips on staying mentally well during quarantine
00:15:03

Kimi and Erica check-in with last week's guest, Ebola survivor Preston Gorman and seek his advice.

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Apr 08, 2020
26. Preston Gorman survived the Ebola virus
00:50:44

Preston Gorman spent 27 days in the NIH Isolation Unit fighting the Ebola virus. Gorman was a young former firefighter and paramedic when he quit his job to volunteer as a nurse working on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. After contracting the virus, he was placed in a coffin shaped plastic bubble for the 17 hour plane ride back to the United States. He was described as one of the sickest patients to ever be treated there. Preston was placed in complete isolation where 60 specially trained doctors volunteered to treat him. Less then a month later, Preston walked out the hospital doors and would choose to remain anonymous for the next 5 years. In this episode, he speaks candidly about surviving Ebola, living with PTSD, his darkest moments, lessons on faith, family and the road to rediscovering joy and hope.


This episode benefits The Refuge - A place of rest and restoration for child survivors of sex trafficking

http://www.therefugeaustin.org/



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Apr 01, 2020
Introducing....A Little Wiser!
00:15:50

Snuggle up with a cozy blanket because we are about to bring you MORE All The Wiser! Introducing, our very FIRST mini-episode! Kimi and ATW producer Erica Gerard discuss our latest episode with Maya Amoils. PLUS - thoughts and feelings on the Coronavirus and the power of storytelling to uplift and soothe during times of crisis.

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Mar 25, 2020
25. Lessons on living in uncertain times - Maya Amoils, 30, faces stage four cancer with grace and humor
00:50:02

Maya Amoils had a very romantic mid-20's experience living and working abroad, running half-marathons and building the career of her dreams. That all changed after receiving a phone call that altered the course of her life. At 28, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. The day before Maya came to do this interview, she completed her 15th round of chemo. She is fighting for her life and throughout her twisted and beautiful journey has discovered a lot about what matters most during our time here on earth. In this raw, vulnerable and beautiful conversation, Maya shares the ways we can show up for people when they need it the most, find compassion for ourselves during times of change, and create more moments of awe and wonder every chance we get.


Benefiting the great work of Beauty Bus! beautybus.org


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Mar 18, 2020
24. Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived
00:55:11

Only 1% of those who attempt suicide by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge survive, and Kevin Hines is one of those people. Fueled by a history of struggle with depression and bi-polar disorder, Kevin thought the bridge would be the easiest way to die, yet the first thing he felt after clearing the railing was - regret. Today, Kevin is a world renowned speaker, best selling author, and mental health advocate who uses his powerful personal story to save lives. He talks openly about what it feels like to live with "brain pain," the extraordinary circumstances around his survival after the jump, his experience in psych wards, the common denominator of people who consider suicide, and how the simple act of showing kindness to someone in emotional pain can save their life. 


Episode benefits The Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation https://kmhinesfoundation.org/


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Mar 04, 2020
23. Damien Echols spent 10 years in solitary confinement
00:50:05

Damien Echols grew up as a Metallica-listening, Wicca-dabbling, non-conformist teenager in southern bible belt country. When three 8-year-old boys were found dead in the woods of West Memphis Arkansas, the police immediately turned to Echols and his two friends Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. In 1994, Damien was sentenced to death and spent 18 years in prison including 10 years in solitary confinement. In order to keep his mind active, Damien turned his cell into a monastic-like sanctuary and practiced meditative rituals for up to eight hours a day. It was during this time that Damien met his wife Lori, who assisted in the uncovering of new DNA evidence that would eventually free him. Damien shares that we can all escape our own individual prisons, whether mental, emotional, or physical, and come out on the other side thriving.


Benefiting Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue https://www.rmfr-colorado.org/


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Feb 19, 2020
22. BJ Miller survived electrocution and wants to talk to you about death
00:52:24

BJ Miller was a sophomore in college when he lost both his legs and half of one arm in a freak electrical accident with a New Jersey commuter train. He spent months in a burn unit followed by outpatient physical therapy to learn how to manage daily life as a triple amputee. Looking to put to use the lessons he learned on suffering, BJ decided to become a physician - specifically a palliative care doctor, working with patients to create a dignified, graceful end of life experience. BJ shares his thoughts on what truly matters in life from spending time with hundreds of people facing its end. 


Benefiting The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care https://www.thectac.org/


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Feb 05, 2020
21. Mardy Fish....the tennis player who vanished
00:47:24

If you follow the sport of tennis at all, you know the name Mardy Fish. He rose to prominence in the early 2000's and became the #1 American tennis player in the ATP rankings and #7 in the world. What you may not know about Mardy Fish is that during a career defining match at the US Open against Roger Federer, in front of 25,000 people and with millions watching on TV, he walked off the court, withdrew from the match and simply vanished. It wasn't until many months later than Marty courageously revealed that he had suffered from a severe anxiety attack on the court, and was privately struggling to function in his daily life. Without a model to turn to for how to manage as an athlete with an anxiety disorder, he had to become the example he never found, and in doing so has inspired men and women all over the world to live a full and successful life in spite of mental illness. 


Benefiting the Mardy Fish Children's Foundation


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Jan 22, 2020
20. Transgender Pastor Paula Williams and her son, Jonathan, on a father's transition and a son's redemption
01:03:45

Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender, but as a leader in a conservative evangelical religious community, then Paul, avoided transitioning at all costs. Paul's son, Jonathan, followed in his father's footsteps and began a career in ministry, creating a new church under the same organization. Three months into his new job, Paul sat Jonathan down and told him that he was transitioning to a woman. The community backlash was instant, members exited in mass and funding disappeared. But through the reckoning, they forged a new relationship with their faith, each other, and birthed two inclusive churches publicly and intentionally welcoming the LGBTQIA community.


Benefiting Left Hand Church and Forefront Brooklyn

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Jan 08, 2020
Looking back...our gratitude episode. Happy holidays!
00:23:42

Kimi shares some of the most memorable moments from our guests this year, why we decided to take a short break for the month of December and our intentions for the 2019 holiday season. 


Thank you, dear listeners, for all the incredible feedback you've given us about the show since we launched in April. We wouldn't be here without you and we are grateful for every moment of it! Happy Holidays to you and yours. See you in the new year!


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Nov 27, 2019
19. Tracy Walder is a sorority girl turned CIA counter-terrorism spy
00:49:26

Tracy Walder left behind a childhood of bullying and headed to USC where she studied history and held leadership positions in her sorority. When a recruiter from the CIA invited her for an interview her junior year, the "up-for-anything" bubbly blond jumped at the opportunity. Little did she know a year later, she would be placed in the counter-terrorism center in the weapons of mass destruction unit and regularly attending meetings with President Bush and the head of the CIA George Tenet. She departed for the middle east and by the age of 25 had already learned how to tail people, interrogate suicide bombers and gather life saving intelligence, all while witnessing death and destruction up close. Her career continued to take her to unexpected places where she was challenged at every level. Her message to girls everywhere: don't try to change who you are to fit what you think the job wants you to be.


Episode benefiting Girl Security https://www.girlsecurity.org/


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Nov 13, 2019
18. Ed Gavagan was stabbed six times and forgave his attackers
00:50:45

Ed Gavigan was walking home one night from the bar where he worked in Manhattan when he was jumped by three kids and stabbed six times in the back, side and neck. Doctors gave him a 2% chance to live. In the hospital he learned that the three kids were gang members looking for someone to kill as part of an initiation for moving up in the gang, and Ed was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what’s even more remarkable than Ed surviving such a brutal attack is that he forgave his attackers and discovered - against a backdrop of debilitating depression and PTSD - a capacity for empathy he had never known.


Episode benefits Legacy of War https://www.legacyofwarfoundation.com/


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Oct 30, 2019
17. Khalil Rafati went from homeless drug addict to millionaire health and wellness entrepreneur
00:45:26

In his 20’s Khalil Rafati left his small town with a dream of moving to Los Angeles and becoming famous. But by the time he was 33 he found himself living on LA’s notorious skid row, 109 lbs., homeless, and fueling a daily heroin and cocaine addiction. Today, at 49, Khalil is now a wildly successful entrepreneur and the face of his wellness brand, Sunlife Organics. What is it like to beg for money? Why did he finally get sober after 9 overdoses? The Khalil you will meet today has incredible wisdom and life lessons to share about addiction, the underbelly of recovery, hope and the power of kindness. 


Benefiting the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery India

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Oct 16, 2019
16. Cassie McKee is a little person and she's happy to answer your questions
00:50:10

Cassie McKee is Kimi's cousin and one of the people Kimi looks up to most in her life (and not just because Cassie is a world class bedazzler). Cassie has a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia, which her husband and kids have as well. In this episode, she opens up to Kimi about what it's like living as a family of little people in an average sized world, genetics, parenting, and why she has made it her mission to meet strangers' curiosity about her and her family with open, honest dialogue and a warm, friendly smile.  


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Oct 02, 2019
15. Jake Olson became the first completely blind Division 1 football player for the USC Trojans
00:56:38

Jake Olson was born with cancer in his left eye and by the age of twelve he was told that his right eye would also need to be removed leaving him completely blind. His last wish of sight was to watch his beloved USC Trojans play football one last time. Few would imagine that years later Jake would become a Division 1 football player himself after being asked to join the Trojans team as a long snapper. Today, he talks about coming of age as a blind boy, how life isn’t fair, that there is always something to be grateful for, and that no matter what you can find a way to do the things you love. 


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Sep 18, 2019
14. Aaron Stark was almost a school shooter
00:48:38

Aaron Stark grew up in a violently abusive and drug fueled home. By the age of 16 he was overweight, depressed, suicidal, and the victim of endless bullying. His plan was to unleash his pain by becoming a mass shooter, killing dozens and then himself. Now a 40-year-old father and husband, he shares the act that saved his life and countless others that day, and why we have to give love to the people we think deserve it the least because they need it the most. 


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Sep 04, 2019
13. David Byrd was brutally attacked by a 12-foot shark and considers himself lucky
00:42:27

25-year-old David Byrd was stand-up paddle boarding with his dad on a family vacation in Hawaii when he was brutally attacked by a 12-foot shark and left an amputee.  He spent months undergoing countless reconstructive surgeries. It's been over a year since the accident and for the first time David is speaking publicly about his memories of the attack, the conversation he had with his dad in the water that day, why he wasn't afraid of dying, and how he considers himself to be incredibly lucky.

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Aug 21, 2019
12. Within six weeks, Nora McInerny miscarried her baby, lost her father, and then her husband to cancer
00:42:29

At 31, Nora McInerny was happily married to a man named Aaron, with a toddler named Ralph and a career in advertising. But in 2014, over the span of 6 weeks, she miscarried her second child, lost her father to cancer and then her husband Aaron to a brain tumor. In this episode, Nora shares, with her trademark honesty and humor, how our Western culture has woefully unprepared us to talk about death, and what to do when someone you know is going through something really, really terrible. 

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Aug 07, 2019
11. Kevin Briggs dissuaded more than 200 people from suicide
00:42:28

Sergeant Kevin Briggs is known by many as the “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” An army veteran with no formal suicide prevention training, Kevin Briggs dissuaded more than 200 people from jumping off the bridge over his 23 years with the California Highway Patrol. With a gentle voice and compassionate lens on the world, Kevin shares his experiences working with people who are in tremendous pain and how his innate ability of “listening to understand” has been his greatest tool in encouraging people to come back over the rail onto solid ground. Retired, Briggs is now dedicating his life to promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention across the globe.


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Jul 24, 2019
10. All The Wiser host Kimi Culp kept bipolar disorder a secret for twenty years
00:59:10

Our very own host, Kimi Culp, is interviewed by her friend and former Good Morning America colleague, Holly Gordon about a secret Kimi has kept for over twenty years: her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In this revealing and highly personal conversation, Kimi describes how she experiences the highs and lows of a manic episode (while balancing a demanding career in journalism!), and why she decided to finally share her secret on All The Wiser. 

Benefiting Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/

 

Jul 10, 2019
9. Gerardo Lopez was an MS-13 gang member
00:42:33

Gerardo Lopez grew up in gang territory in Los Angeles, CA. At 14, he joined MS-13 a notoriously dangerous international gang. It took 13 seconds for him to be jumped in, but another decade before street crime and juvenile detention centers would be a thing of his past. Today, Gerardo “Clever” Lopez is a gang interventionist and executive director of Homies Unidos, a non-profit that helps at-risk youth avoid making the same mistakes by promoting peace and prevention. 

 

In Today’s Episode:

  • Growing up in “the hood” (04:17) 
  • Locked up. Life in Juvenile Hall (18:29) 
  • The moment Gerardo decides to walk away from his gangster life (22:37)
  • An unexpected helping hand and the power of sharing your story in a room full of strangers. (25:21)
  • Facing 48 years in prison and the day his case was dismissed and a prison guard told him “your free to go.” (35:10)

 

Wise Words:

 

  • “So I ended up getting jumped into the gang, [00:17:30] and when I was getting jumped in the number one thing that I was thinking about, I had already counted down when the carnival was coming into town, when I could walk around that carnival and say that I'm from MS-13, right. To feel that sense of respect, power and pride, if you will.”
  • “Yeah man, they got a green light on you guys.” A green light meaning that they want to go ahead and take your life, they want to go ahead and kill you. Right, so during that time we were all like, man, we thought we would get that respect, power and pride within the gang, now we're starting to feel even more fear, we're feeling even more paranoid because now we just don't have MS-13 after us, now you have all those surrounding gangs after us.” 27:30
  • “Well, you know I did feel that emotion that remorse, especially the pain and suffering that it was causing my family. I remember there was times when there was gunshots in my neighborhood and my mom [00:33:30] would always come running out with her sandals and her nightgown to see if I had got shot.”
  • “And even having sometimes, well a lot of times, cell mates from people from different gangs that we go along with, or just different gangs and you start talking to these people [00:45:00] and their stories are not like the ones from El Salvador, right but their stories consisted of sometimes similar to my stories. They had a loving home, their parents worked two or three jobs, some of them didn't have a loving home, some of them their parents were addicted to drugs. The violence was just here in the neighborhood, a lot of afterschool programs left.”
  • “When we used to play baseball out on these fields [00:45:30] in these juvenile camps, all the gangsters were the best players. I mean they came from, I remember baseball was big back then, but then a lot of times these parks ran out funding or people quit playing baseball, whatever sport they played and went to gang-banging then.”
  • “I remember going to funerals and seeing moms crying and me sitting next to my homie and watching the casket of my homeboy that was right there, and a mom hugging the casket. Even like wanting to wake her son up. Right. And when [00:50:30] he was getting buried, she tried to jump in that hole right there as well, to get buried with him. Right, and I was all like, man homie, and I'm talking to my homie, it was like, "Man that's messed up right? I hope that's not me next time," right. And he's like, "Yeah."”
  • “If I was leaving the gang, if they were going to take that part of my life from me, I was willing to [00:55:30] let go of that part of the life, you have to go ahead and replace it with something else.”
  • “People can change, it is possible for persons to go ahead and live a productive life.”
  • “There's always somebody cares, and there's always somebody there to love you.”

 

Links Mentioned:

  • homiesunidosdenver.org

 

Jun 26, 2019
8. Kristen Gray has a score to settle with Batten Disease
00:43:52

Kristen Gray left her job to be a stay at home mom with her two young girls. In 2015, Charlotte (4) and Gwenyth (2) were diagnosed with Batten disease: a fatal disorder that would leave them blind and unable to walk, play or speak. Kristen and her husband were unwilling to accept this fate. With a breathtaking swell of love and support, they raised millions of dollars to fund the first clinical trial and real hope for a cure. Her story is a testament to the power of love (and not taking no for an answer.)

 

In Today’s Episode:

  • A mother’s intuition and stopping at nothing for answers (3:37)
  • The day her 4 year old daughter, Gwenyth, receives the fatal diagnosis (12:23)
  • The call that her youngest daughter, Charlotte, shares the same diagnosis (15:26)
  • A family In search of life saving treatments and hope (31:03)
  • Charlotte and Gwen’s results after the first ever clinical trial (32:17)
  • A mom on a mission builds a school for her daughter and other families as they search  for some sense of normalcy and moments of joy and connection (35:07)

 

Wise Words:

  • “They shut the door and he said, “Your daughter Charlotte has Batten Disease CLN6.  It’s a neurodegenerative brain disease. It’s rare. It’s fatal and there is no cure.  We know one other child that has this diagnosis in India.” He slapped down a pamphlet that gave us more information about the disease and said, “Prepare your home for wheelchairs and kiss your daughter every day.”  Then he said, “By the way, your younger daughter has a 25% chance of having the same diagnosis.” (12:23)
  • “You could go one of two ways, you either bond together and just fight this fight together and support each other or, you grow apart and you both carry on in your own experiences in whatever way that is.” (16:42)
  • “I don’t think Gordon and I ever allowed ourselves to think this was going to be a terminal thing for our girls.  We decided to carry the mindset that we were going to fight this and we were going to overcome it.” (17:19)
  • “You definitely learn to appreciate the small things in life and take each day as a blessing with gratitude.  Everyday, Gordon and I would wake up and wonder what condition Charlotte would be in. Is she going to get out of bed and is she going to walk or is she going to get out of bed and fall.  We really lived each moment as it came and really celebrated the little things that were happening each day.” (20:30)

 

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Jun 12, 2019
7. Bob Woodruff got blown up in Iraq.
00:43:28

After decades of preparation, Bob Woodruff was offered his dream job: the anchor chair at ABC World News Tonight. But less than two months later he was hit by a bomb in Iraq, incurred massive head trauma, and spent 36 days in a coma fighting for his life. When he finally woke up, the famous journalist with a photographic memory could no longer remember the names of his four young children. While Bob eventually regained many of his physical and cognitive abilities, his life and career were forever changed. In this candid and life-affirming conversation, Bob shares his perspective on invisible wounds, unexpected gifts and the joy of rediscovered purpose. 

 

In Today’s Episode:

 

  • Bob starts his dream job: co anchoring World News Tonight and leaves to report on the war in Iraq (7:40)
  • The moment he was hit by a roadside bomb (12:40)
  • Unaware if he is alive or dead  (13:00)
  • What physically happens to your body and head when you are blasted by a bomb (21:40)
  • Are there any stories worth dying for?  (39:10)

 

Wise Words:

 

  • (On Peter Jennings) “He’s the guy that I really wanted to emulate; I think I wanted to be like Peter.” (6:50)
  • “It was never the 36 days that the ones that were painful, it was the years afterwards, certainly the months after.” (19:50)
  • “Once that miracle of survival kinda starts to sweep away, you realize that your life is gonna be completely different and you have to make this transition. (25:10)
  • “You’ve got this gigantic world that you have to find your spot in, you know, your direction in, and that’s a shocking change, and I think that’s the blackness.  I think the blackness that everybody that’s gone through this, goes through.” Now you’ve gotta figure out what you’re gonna be and what you’re gonna do.” (25:55)
  • “I realized that one of the reasons of religion is, I think, to give you comfort about where you’ve gonna spend most of your existence, and I think I had a realization that this is exactly what’s out there.  And you can have all sorts of thoughts about what’s written in the various books and it’s got detains in it that some either believe or don’t believe, but if you really think about it, whoever the prophets may be, what they’re really trying to tell you is that it’s gonna be nice when you go.”  (27:28)
  • “There’s nothing better than friends, you know?  The ones that truly are your friends are the ones that stick with you when you go through suffering, and so those I still have.” (29:15)
  • “I think people they don’t really see what their lives are until sometimes they see something worse.” (37:55)
  • “If you don’t have journalists out there to tell the story, then you might as well get thrown back to the great soviet days.  I’ve been to the countries where in no journalism, and you can tell the impact on the people to not have it.” (39:20)
  • “Make sure that those around you are still there by your side.  That means there’s a lot you’ve got to do make sure they’re next to you.  You can’t just beg for it and you can’t just assume it.” (40:57)

 

 

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May 29, 2019
6. Michel Varisco gets real about caretaking and ALS...(but please don't call her a saint)
00:41:15

Part 2 of 2. Mom, wife and artist Michel Varisco, walks us through the day of her husband Steve Gleason's terminal diagnosis, finding out she was pregnant a month later and what it was like to watch a documentary about her life in a packed theater at Sundance Film Festival. She opens up about the pressure of living up to false expectations, the realities of life as a full time caretaker, their decision to have a second child and how her darkest days inspired her work as an artist.

May 15, 2019
5. NFL Football Player Steve Gleason lost the ability to walk and talk... and found his purpose
00:37:08

Former NFL football player Steve Gleason founded a charity, Team Gleason, helped create the largest ALS research project in history, has a congressional medal of honor, a law passed in his name and is the star of a Super Bowl commercial and film about his life. Most importantly, he is a proud father of two kids -- Rivers and Gray. Steve accomplished all of the above and more while unable to walk, talk, eat or breath on his own. Steve shared his story with ALL THE WISER while typing with his eyes. He recorded and banked his vocabulary to preserve his authentic voice which you will hear in his candid interview on finding his purpose, the pitfalls of being called a hero, his insecurities, hope for his children and the things he misses most about his life before ALS.

 

In Today’s Episode:

  • Being told he will be dead in 2-3 years (3:58)
  • Losing his ability to walk and talk  (5:54)
  • A day in his life 8 years after being told he would not live (10:02)
  • How to live a meaningful life with ALS (13:52)
  • How ALS affects families (20:27)
  • Why he believes technology saved his life  (22:42)
  • A trip to space and changing the the future of ALS with virtual reality and artificial intelligence  (31:13)

Wise Words:

  • Would I spend all my time left, would I spend the time searching for ways to be cured, or would I try to do whatever I really wanted to check off the bucket list? (4:50)
  • People with nothing left to lose have nowhere to go but up. (9:48)
  • As someone who’s lost most of his physical abilities over the past 20 months, I can tell you that the anticipation of loss is worse than the actual loss itself. (15:06)
  • ALS is a remorseless and humiliating disease.  It can annihilate families. Spouses become unrecognizable to each other, veiled in frustration, anger and shame.  Michel and me included, life begins to unravel into chaos as the person with ALS becomes more reliant on their spouse, and before anyone realizes it, frustration and resentment and shame end up clouding the entire relationship. (20:27)
  • It’s really true for all relationships.  If you can’t communicate honestly and if you can’t have compassion for the other person’s pain, you have no relationship.  But ALS magnifies and intensifies that principle. Michel and I were in the low point. Our breaking point. Fortunately we found a way to thaw the ice, start communicating openly, and understand each other.  Things are very different than before I was diagnosed and we definitely struggle, but we’re in a good place. We communicate well and we’re a tightly forged team. (21:20)
  • I’ve thought a lot about suffering, and I notice it doesn’t matter whether you are poor or wealthy, white or black, talented or untalented.  It doesn’t matter if you have ALS or not. Every human experiences suffering, and some people who have any type of chemical imbalance or mental illness, they suffer mightily to stay positive.  Every human experiences suffering. While I’m not saying we should complain all the time, it’s our most powerful tool as humans to share our pain and vulnerabilities with each other. (27:11)
  • I rarely get caught up in the things that I cannot do.  I suppose that means that I’m either really stubborn or I like to think that if a person can find the way to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, things like walking around or talking far and away is less important to a person if they can feel they are making an impact in other ways. (28:13)

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Steve’s open letter upon receiving his ALS diagnosis which is referenced in the interview:

 

Well.
Let's get to it.
Yesterday I met with one of the best Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) physicians in the world and he diagnosed me with ALS.
I have spoken with everyone on this email chain in the last few weeks so I think most know the 'deal'.  Below is a YouTube link. If it doesn't work search ABC of ALS. It is 3 parts and a total of 60 minutes. I don't expect you to watch but the 'deal' is that nearly all diagnosis are terminal (our doctor mentioned 3 cases of conditions stabilizing) the average lifespan is 2-5 years post diagnosis.  Which puts a slight detour in my plan to live to 109.

As most of you know I have also met with Boston University's CTE research center. They have a theory that head trauma in sports can be a causative factor in ALS.  If you don't know about CTE and football read the sports illustrated from a couple months ago. CTEM is really the same thing as ALS with the same outcome so I won't waste anymore keystrokes on discussing it.   

I intended to write some inspiring piece about staying optimistic and beating this diagnosis with the same determination and persistence that kept me in the NFL.  People like hearing that. Deep down inside myself, I believe that is true.

But...
I want to be honest with you... I am very scared and frustrated.  I don't feel like beating anything. I don't feel like doing anything or keeping my chin up or calling more doctors or taking prescription drugs or joining a support group or figuring out health insurance or revising my will  or going to church or being blessed by the pope (or the pipe) or wearing magnets or eating bird food or 'clearing' chakras.

I feel like being depressed. And I feel like crying.  And I feel like kicking someone’s teeth in or having my own teeth kicked in.  I feel like pinching myself and waking up. I feel like screaming. I feel like flipping God the finger. I feel like feeling sorry for myself. I feel like running away to the moon.  

You see, in reality, our bodies are saucy meat sacks that breakdown and die. Fighting and persevering, and persisting and determining and optimistic-ing, and chin up-ing doesn't work for everyone

But... At least 3 times it has worked.  So, feeling better about being honest with the few of you who are on this email, I promise to fight and believe and expect the extraordinary and smile and laugh and cry and love our lives for every breath that remains in my body.  Please, please help me do that... until I'm 109.

Gratefully,
Steve Gleason

 

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May 01, 2019
4. Monica Escobedo on loss, love, forgiveness and being the sister of a shooter
00:42:05

Beloved television producer, Monica Escobedo, survived the unthinkable. For the first time, she shares the details of the day she lost her brother, mother and father in a murder-suicide. Monica courageously shares her story of loss, love, intuition and why she chooses to honor her mentally ill brother in spite of his final act. Her strength, honesty and life perspective will leave you astounded and inspired.

In Monica's honor, we are donating $2000 to Give An Hour.

 

In Today’s Episode:

  • Monica’s premonition and trying to find her mom and dad (5:50)
  • Monica learns that her mother has died (6:35)
  • She is told she has lost her father and brother as well (12:05)
  • Learning her brother had been going to target practice (15:37)
  • Forgiving her brother and his final act (19:18)

Wise Words:

  • “If I could advise anyone, trying to counsel a friend going through something. It's say something, even though you don't know what to say, say, “Hey, I'm here for you.” (21:15)
  • “Your life can change in an instant. It really makes me appreciate the moment a bit more. Even if it's a rough day, I try to think about what I'm thankful for.”  (39:08)
  • “I am really self-disciplined. I think when there's no parents to kick your butt or encourage you, that you realize how self-motivated you have to be. But if you keep motivating yourself and putting one front in front of the other ... And maybe I could only do a baby step at first, but eventually, you can reach the top of the mountain.” (38:15)
  • “I am the sister of a shooter. I see how signs can be ignored. I think I had blinders on, and even though I locked my door because I was a little bit scared of him, I didn't really hone in on it. And looking back, I wish that I had kind of focused on it a bit more, and made more of an effort to try to really get some other figure involved, to get him help.” (37:35)

 

Links Mentioned:

  • https://giveanhour.org/

 

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Apr 17, 2019
3. Matt Pohlson flat-lined and had a near death experience that forever changed him
00:37:19

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Omaze. His company has raised over 130 million dollars for charities by auctioning off once in a lifetime experiences — think a walk-on role in Star Wars or being George Clooney’s date on the Red Carpet! He opens up about what changed everything for him: a near death experience that left him flatlining and in a coma. Matt shares how his mom saved his life, his experience on “the other side” and how he views his relationships and company in an entirely new light.

In honor of Matt's story we are donating $2000 to Folds of Honor.

IN TODAY’S EPISODE

  • Signs that something was wrong (6:50)
  • Flatlining for 5 minutes and his experience on “the other side” (11:33)
  • The machine and doctors that saved his life (21:43)
  • How his mom’s presence and strength as witnessed her son flatline (27:33)
  • Matt finally has a 2nd date with his now girlfriend in his hospital room (33:09)

WISE WORDS

  • They didn't know her son. It was this very spiritual experience for her. She said it was like ... and it just gave her this strength, and so she gathered herself, and she turned back to the table, and she started coaching me. Coaching me back. She said, "Matthew David Pohlson, these people are fighting to save your life. They are fighting so hard to save your life, but you're not fighting hard enough. You gotta fight, Matthew David Pohlson! You gotta show them that you're a fighter! You gotta fight to come back! These people are fighting to save your life." (11:09)

  • And I remember just fighting and fighting and fighting, and just like, it felt like an infinitely long journey.  Then I remember the moment of just like, bursting back into the world, and feeling that feeling of ... oh, my gosh, the journey. I'm here. I'm back. And looking at my mom, and looking at my dad, and then, there's just like, this moment of pure joy. Where I felt connected to everything in the world, all at once. (15:06)

  • I mean, I was gone. All the doctors were saying, I was gone. I was out of that body. Because they said, it's very uncommon, or not very uncommon ... they've never seen someone flatline, and then, open up their eyes, and lift their hand and give a thumbs up. (15:49)

  • "But do you remember what you wrote?" I said, "No." He said, "You wrote, the first thing you wrote was, 'Tell my mom that I fought so hard." (29:57)

  • "Look, before you leave, I want you to understand something. When I finish my career, 30 years from now, and I'm talking about the most extraordinary case I've ever seen, this is gonna be it.” (33:55)

  • I would say everything you want is on the other side of fear. We create these fears so often for our self, that get in the way of so much that we want to do, or people we want to love, or ... but know that, and when you overcome that fear, just know that the love you put out can change people's lives in ways that you may never be able to see, but it matters. (44:10)

     

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Apr 03, 2019
2. Christopher Brune-Horan picked up a baby that had nowhere to go
00:59:17

Christopher Brune Horan shares his remarkable journey of fatherhood, the road he walked through fostering to adoption and into the heart-changing experience that is parenthood.

Christopher and his husband, Jesse, decided to marry, start a family and adopt within months of falling in love. Their story starts with a phone call that a little boy has been born to a mother addicted to crystal meth and has nowhere to go. The years that follow are filled with loss and love and, as Christopher shares, a “heart that was broke wide open.” He talks openly about the tragic loss of their infant son, Kaidon, and the courage to love again and foster two young boys they are now in the process of adopting.

Christopher confronts the realities of being a gay, married man on a quest to become a father and imparts the valuable lessons he and Jesse have lived as they bridge the gap of racial divisions and fight for their rights to raise a child. While Christopher’s life experience takes us up and down and ultimately into the belly of grief, he happens to be a Moth story-slam champion, and shares his path to family in the most poetic of ways, leaving us all softened in the light of hope that only the best storytellers can shine.

In Christopher's honor, we are donating $2000 to Inspire Spiritual Community 

IN TODAY’S EPISODE

  • Baby Kaidon is born to a crystal meth addict and has nowhere to go (14:00)
  • Learning his birth mom doesn’t want her son with two gay men (21:40)
  • Kaidon goes from healthy a baby mom to sick in a matter of days (29:11)
  • Kaidon passes from Kawasaki disease (33:19)
  • Christopher and Jesse support his birth mother as she plans his second funeral (38:33)
  • Finding the courage to love again and adopt Victor and Tony (47:20)

WISE WORDS

  • We stopped at a gas station two exists away from the hospital.  Jesse installed the car seat underneath the flourescence of the mobile station.  The next thing I knew, we were meeting what would be our son. (22:03)

  • I remember they told us, “There’s a baby.  He’s being released from the hospital. He has nowhere to go.”  There was something so powerful about that, and I knew that Jesse and I were capable.  I was like, “No matter what, this kid needs help.” (22:29)

  • I was holding him, and I remember this woman said to me, “He isn’t glass,” meaning, the way I was holding him was so fragile.  I was like, “Okay.” That made me realize “Okay. He isn’t glass. Relax a little bit.? We were two men, and we hadn’t had this experience before, but we were in it together.  It was beautiful. (24:42)

  • Right away, in that first meeting, I said to her, I said, “I know you don’t want your son with two gay guys.  Let’s talk about that.” (32:04)

  • I think I said before what they don’t tell you about foster to adopt is if you really want to adopt, there’s this part of you that you need the parent to fail in order for you to be able to adopt.  That didn’t feel good on our part. (33:15)

  • Afterwards, there’s something that happens when a baby dies in a hospital that doesn’t happen when you lose any other loved one, not your spouse or sibling or anyone, a friend.  What happens is afterward, they present your baby to you to hold. I remember very clearly, they very careful, almost ceremoniously wrapped this baby, which was the light of our life, Kaidon, in a hospital blanket, and they presented him to us.  (43:27)


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Apr 03, 2019
1. Matt Long was hit by a 20-ton bus
00:51:49

Matt Long’s extraordinary life story is a lesson in the power of perseverance. The best selling author, motivational speaker and former New York City firefighter has been to the brink and back. TWICE! Matt survived 9/11 and eventually found himself depressed, overweight and turning to booze to heal his emotional wounds. He rebuilt his life and body when he decided to turn things around and become an elite athlete and Iron Man.

Four years later, Matt was hit by a 40,000 Ib. bus on an early morning bike ride to work. His body was nearly severed in half and Long was given a 5% chance to live. Three years and 43 surgeries later, he fought his way back to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and completed another Ironman. Long was named as one of the top 25 fittest men in the the world by Men's Fitness.

Matt shares why he would not take the day of his accident back, the power of mindset and why waking up with intention and the words "I WILL" is the only way to start your day.

In Matt's honor, we are donating $2000 to the I WILL Foundation.

IN TODAY’S EPISODE

  • What it was like to be a fireman on September 11 (14:00)
  • Matt is hit by a 20 ton bus on an early morning bike ride  (22:45)

  • Finding the will to go on - one small step at a time  (34:45)

  • His wisdom and new perspective on life after surviving and thriving after two unthinkable experiences  (46:15) 

WISE WORDS

  • I just, as a fireman, I always pride myself on being so happy to go to work.  There’s not many people in this world that love going to work. Firemen love going to work and weeks, months after 9/11, I didn’t love going to work anymore, and I couldn’t go to work if I wasn’t sipping a beer. My whole outlook on life had changed. (23:14)

  • And the worse damage was, like you said, I was basically cut in half. My right leg they described to me as no longer functionally attached to my body. (37:00)

  • The depression I was having wasn’t a full out pity party, wasn’t a “Why me?” specifically.  “Why did I get hit by this bus?” It was more of, “Why did I live?” (39:30)

     

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