360 Interview Series

Inspired to Live. Living to Inspire.
360 Interviews, an in-depth spotlight series on healtheo360 members living with chronic conditions, takes a comprehensive look at the journeys of incredible individuals, how their lives were altered by chronic conditions, and how they took back control.

Phil Hochman: Laughing Through Lymphoma

From jokes about blue ice falling from airplanes to slightly ribald riffs on cancer treatment, Phil's entire approach to survivorship has been based around a zest for life and love of humor.  Beginning with chemo to treat his Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1992, through multiple re-diagnoses and other health challenges, he is determined to enjoy every moment of life he's given.  And he's equally determined to bring those around him for the ride.  "With cancer, there's never a complete cure.  For me, it's been a series of relapse and remission. There's always one cell hiding somewhere. I treat it like a chronic condition.  I don't sweat it anymore."

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Doris Hobbs: Living Fabulously With Type 1 Diabetes

Doris Hobbs is an accomplished, Entrepreneur, Published Writer, Media Marketing Consultant, Brand Spokesperson, and Diabetes Ambassador with a successful history of leading her clients to success. In 2014, Doris entered a new role as a Diabetes Ambassador for Beyond Type 1 after being diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. Since then she has provided mass media exposure for organizations such as: Beyond Type 1, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Alive, and Lauren's Hope. Doris has been featured on 101.7 KKIQ, 92.1 KKDV and Diabetes Late Nite for her advocate efforts.

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Heather Geier: Being a Friend of Someone with Schizophrenia

Heather's close friend was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 10 years ago.  The diagnosis made sense to her, as his behavior had been quite concerning for some time.  She worried that he would have a difficult time forming relationships, and reached out as much as possible to help.  However, these efforts are often met with resistance.

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Tonya Brown: Caregiving for Someone with Schizophrenia

Tonya Brown is a caregiver for her aunt, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia approximately five years ago.  The diagnosis was initially a relief, but she became frightened by how the disorder was portrayed in movies and on television.  Tonya relies on her friends and website with credible information in order to provide her aunt with the best possible care.

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Rondal Cooper: Living with Schizophrenia

Rondal Cooper was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2010.  He has been employed at the US Post Office in the Bronx for the last seven years.  His diagnosis came as a relief, as it helped him better understand some of the things that were going on in his life.  Also, he quickly realized that substance abuse was making the symptoms worse.

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Jim Kavanagh: Overcoming Trigeminal Neuralgia

I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and had surgery to repair the myelin sheath around the nerve.

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Robin Hahn: Living with Ulcerative Colitis

Robin is a 27-year-old who was first given a tentative diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis in 2009 as a senior in college.  It wasn't until September of 2015 that she was given a definitive diagnosis of UC.  She is married and fiinds support in her husband, parents, and two fur babies (two black labs).

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Kyllian Warman: Youth Caregiver

Kyllian Warman is a college student, a daughter, a sister, a 14 time marathon athlete, a charity advocate, a caregiver, but most importantly a friend to all. While the term Youth Caregiver may have defined the majority of this 21-year-old's life, it certainly has not defined the person she is today.

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Matthew Mandrus: Childhood Liver Transplant

My name is Matthew Mandrus. I was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In my small town, I had so much energy and was living a perfect upbringing. I loved Marry Poppins and other Disney movies and was reenacting them at the age of 3 and 4. I wanted to entertain people and make them laugh. I was creative.

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Selma Schimmel: Remembering a Life of Service, Support, and Style.

Selma was a visionary who helped thousands of people afflicted with cancer to talk about their disease.  In 1983, after she learned of her diagnosis of breast cancer, she founded Vital Options to provide emotional and psychosocial support to young adults with cancer.  Since then, she enriched the lives of thousands of patients, caregivers, advocates, and physicians whose lives have been impacted by cancer.  She has produced hundreds of educational radio and video shows for the patient community as part of The Group Room.

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Art Attonito: Living with Diabetes and Kidney Transplant

Art Attonito is a Veteran of the U.S. Army Paratroopers. After attending Wagner College in Staten Island, Art set about building and owning a successful business, Attco Associates. Now retired Art is an avid golfer and member of Copper Hill Country Club in central NJ.

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Mark Speckhart: Love and Support During Throat Cancer

I was diagnosed with a stage III, 3cm adenocarcinoma better known as esophageal cancer. I went through 11 chemotherapy and 28 continuous radiation treatments.  I rested for six weeks and then my doctors performed an 8-hour surgery during which they removed the lower area of my esophagus and 20% of my stomach and pulled the remaining part of my stomach up and attached it to the remaining part of my esophagus. I am now a Patient Advocate speaking with patients pre and post surgery.  My role is to help by giving explanations on what patients with similar medical situations can expect as far physical and mental challenges during treatment and then after treatment.

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Kidney for Kinsey: A Parent's Perspective of a Child's Liver Failure

There are kids out there who can teach adults a thing or two. Kinsey is one such kid. Diagnosed with kidney disease at only 5 years old, she had to go on dialysis. But with a cheerful and strong spirit, she hung in there and is prevailing. Thanks to a recent kidney transplant, Kinsey is now off dialysis and dedicated to raising awareness about kidney disease. Some "kid."  Kinsey and her amazing mom, Nadine, share their remarkable story with us.

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The Emily and Justin Waiser Interview Series

Emily and Justin Waiser co-founded Truth + Wellness after living with chronic conditions such as Lupus and autoimmune disease. Watch their 360 interview series to learn how they were able to overcome their health obstacles through dietary change and living well.

Working one-on-one to uncover their clients' own truth, they help make diet & lifestyle adjustments and look at underlying issues such as autoimmunity, hormonal imbalance, food allergies, emotional and physical stress, digestive problems and chronic dehydration. When your body's foundations are in order, it becomes possible to restore WELLNESS. That's the TRUTH!

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The David Nichols Interview Series

Not only is David a 3 time cancer survivor, but he is also a very talented guitar player, wood worker, and custom pearl inlayer.  Today, he works out of his shop in Malone, NY doing pearl inlays for Martin Guitar and local musicians, while enjoying time with his wife.

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The Alix Furer Interview Series

Alix had her first open heart surgery at the young age of 7, shortly after being diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease.  She has undergone a total of 4 open heart surgeries throughout her life and is now thriving and enjoying her life with her children and her friends.  Watch this interview series to see what it was like to "grow up in the hospital".

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The Derek Fitzgerald Interview Series

Derek Fitzgerald has an amazing story to tell: he was able to beat cancer, survive a heart transplant and then complete an "Iron Man

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The David Dubin Interview Series

Dave was first diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 29 and has since been diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome. Now as a three time cancer survivor, Dave combines his enthusiasm and passion for soccer with his desire to raise awareness for colon cancer and plans AliveAndKickathons: 24-hour soccer fundraisers.

In this special 360Interview series, David shares his experience on surviving multiple cancers and raising awareness for colon cancer and lynch syndrome.

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The Mike Amorelli Interview Series

Mike Amorelli has been a member of the PGA since 1939. He joined Copper Hill Country Club in Flemington, NJ as their head pro in 1951. At age 96, Mike is still teaching and training young golf pros at the club. He is one of the oldest golf teaching pros alive.

In this special 360Interview series, Mike shares his experience with various health issues and his insights on enjoying life in the fairway.

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The Mark Petrochko Interview Series

Mark has been in healthcare for over 25 years, but nothing he has read, worked on or encountered in the industry prepared him for his Mom’s diagnosis and long-term care for Alzheimer's Disease.

In this special 360Interview series, Mark shares his insights into caregiving through his Mom's 10-year journey.

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The Vito Cosmo Interview Series

Vito Cosmo was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 49. Learn about how Vito and his family are combating Parkinson's disease with a positive attitude, good nutrition, exercise, supplements and medication.

"Parkinson's is not a death sentence. It's manageable.

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The Lori Renowski Interview Series

Lori was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in April 2013. The cancer had already metastasized to her bones. Her cancer was estrogen positive so she immediately had surgery to remove her ovaries. She went through six rounds of chemo and received a monthly treatment for the cancer in her bones. In September 2013, Lori had a bilateral double mastectomy. She is planning on having reconstructive surgery in the next few months.

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The Michael Lally Interview Series

Michael Lally was diagnosed with diverticulitis. It eventually developed into a bladder infection. Michael underwent four surgeries to reverse his colostomy bag and hernia. Learn about the moment he received the diagnosis, how it impacted his life and work, and how his family, friends & exercise helped him to stay positive and gain back control of life.

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The Michael Weiner Interview Series

Michael Weiner, executive director of Major League Baseball Players Association, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an agressive and inoperable grade 4 brain cancer. Michael shares everything from the moment he received the diagnosis, how it impacted his job as the executive director of Major League Baseball Players Association, and how his family, friends and spirituality helped him to stay positive and live each day to the fullest.

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The Yulady Saluti Interview Series

Yulady Saluti's story of family, courage, and a postive outlook frame her incredible journey. Yulady shares everything from the moment she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 32, her battle with a serious colon rectal medical condition, her days as a yoga instructor, and how her family, friends and social networks helped her to stay positive and beat cancer.

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The Howard Bloom Interview Series

Glimpse into the life of world-renowned social theorist, PR Maven, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome authority Howard Bloom.  More than 90% of Americans living with CFS have been dismissed or misdiagnosed by their families and healthcare providers. Howard Bloom shares his journey of diagnosis, adaptation and survival. Howard shares stories from his days of working with Michael Jackson to the moment CFS took over his life, and how support from others helped him get proper diagnosis and saved his life.

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