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Fighting For A Life Worth Fighting For - Derek Fitzgerald

In this episode we talk with cancer survivor and heart transplant thriver Derek Fitzgerald, of the Recycled Man Foundation and the Tin Men Endurance Racing. Fitzgerald was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2003. The chemotherapy he received saved his life, but severely damaged his heart and ultimately led to a heart transplant that he received on January 3, 2011. Along the way, Derek overcame severe weight gain and loss, a gall bladder removal, heart failure, diabetes, and...


Reclaim Your Life After Things Go Wrong - Dan Edmondson

In this episode we talk with skateboarder Dan Edmondson. Dan talks about reclaiming his life after traversing significantly tough challenges, including a train accident that led to the loss of his legs. Dan provides details regarding the steps he’s taken, and the mindset he utilized in order to get from the hospital bed to flying down hills on his board. We all go through significant challenges and Dan’s path provides insight on how to reclaim your life after these challenges. In 2014,...


Choke-out Adversity and Lead a Passionate Life - Pete McGregor

Pete McGregor is well known in the martial arts world, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Pete gave up his home, many of his possessions, and left the comforts of his hometown and is traveling the world teaching and training in BJJ. Pete McGregor is an ambassador for the sport of BJJ and also a motivational speaker. Pete has spinal cord injury and is a complete T-7 paraplegic. Pete’s spinal cord injury occurred when he was eight years old and is the result of a multi-car accident...


Pushing Hope with Brent Poppen

In this episode, Brent Poppen talks about finding hope in the darkest moments and how to bring hope to others. Brent is widely know for his motivational speaking, writings, advocating for the adaptive, his role in the Academy Award nominated film Murderball, and winning in the paralympics. Brent also works in a bunch of other significant realms, including rehabilitation counseling at a Children’s Hospital. Brent and I talk about his Pushing Hope in 2018 movement. Also, in this episode...


Working through Grief and Living Your New Normal After Loss - Kendra Zierau - 022

Everyone will deal with loss. Whether the loss is losing a loved one, a marriage, your personal health, or whatever, we will deal with loss and grieving. The guest this episode will talk about loss and grief. When Kendra Zierau was 35 she lost her husband to colon cancer and found herself a widow, a single mom to three young kids, and immersed in a life she never planned to live. Kendra was overcome with grief, struggled with waking up each day, and struggled with the loneliness. Her life...


Die Living with Anthony Radetic – 021

Die Living: Make Every Day Count Anthony Radetic Anthony Radetic follows the philosophy of Die Living. Per Anthony, “I’m such a big believer in going out there and just trying different things… never disregard all the speed bumps and hurdles that may be in your path just keep the drive going. Never accept defeat keep fighting, die living.” Anthony Radetic’s Life Anthony lives a life as icon, entrepreneur, athlete, and family man. He is a former Army Blackhawk pilot and injured veteran, he...


020 - Jill Englund - Making the Best of a Tough Situation, Lessons from an Osteosarcoma Survivor

In this episode we talk with Jill Englund and learn from her regarding how to make the best of a very difficult situation. Jill Englund runs her page Best of Cancer. She's an osteosarcoma survivor, pediatric cancer fighter, public speaker, rotationplasty amputee, cancer advocate, and cancer thriver. With Jill’s experience, she shares her story and imparts her knowledge on how to adapt to dire circumstances. Some of Jill’s story includes diagnosis of osteosarcoma at a young age, amputation...


019- Rhonda Ramsay - How to Thrive While Living with Cancer

Today we have Rhonda Ramsay. Rhonda runs where she details her life living with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis and provides insight on how to live a full life despite significant adversity. Her goal is to help people living with cancer to not only survive, but to thrive. Rhonda was first diagnosed in 2012 with Stage 2 breast cancer. She was cancer free after treatment, but unfortunately cancer returned in 2017 and is considered stage 4. Rhonda Ramsay speaks at...


018 - Jenny Qaqundah - Author of “Held Together” and Survivor of Personal Tragedy

In this episode we have Jenny Qaqundah. We talk about recovery from her near-death experience, adapting to limb loss, PTSD, and bunch of other phenomena. Jenny shares with us her story and the tools she used to adapt to the tough stuff that Jenny encountered and currently navigates. We also dive into the importance of surrounding oneself with a community. Jenny is an author, nurse, well known herbalist, and amputee. In 2014 a very health conscious Jenny fell into a coma proceeding a...


017 - Sam Kuhnert - Founder and Current President of the global organization NubAbility

Today we dig into all things Sam Kuhnert. Sam Kuhnert is the founder and president of Nubability. Besides running NubAbility, Sam is also an athlete, most notably playing baseball. Sam works in a bunch of realms. Sam is also a motivational speaker handling some very difficult subjects, and he is also an author and a coach. Recently, Sam was awarded the 2017 Top Outstanding Young American and 2018 National Youth Activist awards. There’s a lot more to Sam’s story and organization and you’ll...


016 - Peter Cossaboon - Blind Pete Shares his Story and His Life of Conquering Endurance and Obstacle Course Races as a Visually Impaired Athlete

016 - Peter Cossaboon - Blind Pete Shares his Story and His Life of Conquering Endurance and Obstacle Course Races as a Visually Impaired Athlete In this episode I interview Peter Cossaboon. Peter is well known in the world of obstacle course racing. Peter races and he happens to also be visually impaired. Peter has a tenacious passion for completing in some of the toughest obstacle races in the world, with his guide running alongside him. His race portfolio is extensive including the...


015 -Christiaan “Otter” Bailey - From Skateboarding Crash to Recovering Paraplegic, the Story of Professional Athlete Christiaan Bailey

015 -Christiaan “Otter” Bailey - From Skateboarding Crash to Recovering Paraplegic, the Story of Professional Athlete Christiaan Bailey In this episode we have Christiaan "Otter” Bailey. Christiaan is an American professional surfer, known for his experience as a surf safari guide and skill as a big wave surfer and skateboarder. Bailey grew up in the Santa Cruz, California area and excelled as a semi-pro surfer and skateboarder. He was a professional surfer and skateboarder, who spent much...


014 - Kellan and Elizabeth Tilton - Paralyzed From the Waist Down, Boy Who Beat Cancer Fights Disease For Others

This episode we sit and talk with Kellan and Elizabeth Tilton. Elizabeth is Kellan’s mom. Kellan began fighting cancer the day he was born. Kellan was diagnosed with stage 3 neuroblastoma with secondary paralysis on the evening of his birth. Although he’s now cancer-free, cancer left Kellan paralyzed from the waist down. Defying the odds from his first breath, Kellan constantly turns his “can’ts” into “cans.” Kellan was picked out of 18,000 pediatric cancer patients as the 2018 Ambassador...


Episode 013 - A Tribute to Matthew Hadden

In this episode we pay tribute to Matthew Hadden. Sadly Matt recently passed away. If you don’t know, Matthew Hadden and I sat down and talked in episode 006, you can find this episode at or any podcasting app. In the interview Matt and I did, he details his battles through life with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Several years back, Matthew Hadden was training for his dream job when he received the devastating news of his diagnosis which was that he had a rare form of...


012- Josh Heine - Driving What's Possible with Wheelchair Racer and Model Josh Heine

At the age of eighteen years old, Josh was involved in a life-altering car accident. Crushing the vertebrae C5 and C6, amongst numerous other injuries, he was diagnosed as a quadriplegic with little chance of even being able to wheel himself around. However, Josh defied the scientific odds and now thrives as a quadriplegic who is capable of walking for limited distances and defying the odds of his injury. Josh is now participating in competitions all over this great country and spreading...


011- Aaron Baker - One Man’s Fight to Regain Movement, One Step at a Time

This episode is an interview with Aaron Baker. Aaron Baker was a professional motocross athlete when he suffered a pretty crazy traumatic accident. From this accident on May 26, 1999, he broke his neck. We discuss this and events in his life including what it felt like to die, which essentially happened to him days after his injury. Aaron was given a one in a million chance of regaining any function below the level of his break. Somehow, through a holistic approach, tons of optimism, work,...


010 - Jesi Stracham - Wheel with Jesi as We Learn about Her Life After an Accident that Caused Paralysis

In this episode Jesi Stracham and I talk about her spinal cord injury and the recovery process, her non-profit, the vlog she is currently filming, cannabis for treating pain, the adaptive and non-adaptive sports she competes in, and a bunch more. Jesi is motivating others one adventure at a time while maintaining a candidness and a bunch of humor. For those that don’t know, Jesi was riding on the back of a motorcycle on Jan 18, 2015 when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle. Jesi...


009 Mike Santiago - Wounded Warrior, Crossfit Athlete, Trainer, Adaptive Advocate, and PTSD Survivor

In this episode Army veteran Mike Santiago shares his life after becoming a wounded warrior. Mike lives with a spinal cord injury. He was shot while on active duty in 2002. He’s currently involved with the Wounded Warrior games, Team Blacksheep, Honor Thread, Crossfit competitions as a competitor and a trainer, amongst much more. Mike has adapted to a life with not only a spinal cord injury but also life with PTSD. Mike shares with us how he rode through the difficult periods of his life...


008 Keith Gabel - A Story of Overcoming Trauma, Adapting after Amputation, and Becoming an Olympian

In this episode Keith Gabel joins us from Aspen, Colorado where he’s focused on training for the 2018 paralympic games. Keith shares with us his story regarding how he survived witnessing the suicide of his stepfather, adapted to life after losing his leg following a terrible accident, and moving forward and becoming one of the best snowboarders shredding this planet. Keith Gabel went through unfathomable adversity in elementary school. He was kidnapped, lived without hot water or...


007 Wesley Hamilton - Resilience after Gun Violence, Lessons from Athlete Wes Hamilton

In this episode, one can learn from Wes Hamilton how to reframe after trauma and build a beautiful, meaningful life. When Wes Hamilton was 24, he was shot multiple times by someone he never met and spent three weeks in the ICU. He woke up paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. At the time he had a two-year-old daughter and now, a new life in a wheelchair. He weighed 230 pounds and suffered from lengthy depression and medical complications due to my weight. He found a way...