All The Wiser is a one-for-one podcast that uses the power of personal stories to inspire you to live your life to the fullest. For every story you hear, we donate $2000 to help people in need. 50 interviews. $100,000 donated. From dramatic stories of survival, the realities of life when facing death, and lessons on loss and love, their stories will educate, entertain and inspire.
8. Kristen Gray has a score to settle with Batten Disease
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.)
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. 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.
6. Michel Varisco gets real about caretaking and ALS...(but please don't call her a saint)
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.
5. NFL Football Player Steve Gleason lost the ability to walk and talk... and found his purpose
Former NFL football player Steve Gleason founded a charity, has a Congressional Gold 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 while unable to walk, talk, eat or breath on his own. He opens up about the pitfalls of being called a hero, how ALS changes relationships, his insecurities, finding purpose and his hope for his children.
4. Monica Escobedo on loss, love, forgiveness and being the sister of a shooter
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.
3. Matt Pohlson flat-lined and had a near death experience that forever changed him
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 flat-lining 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.
2. Christopher Brune-Horan picked up a baby that had nowhere to go
Christopher shares his journey of foster-to-adopt and the heart-changing experience that is parenthood. After a year of dating, he and his husband Jesse decided to marry and adopt a child soon thereafter.
Their story starts with a call that a little boy had been born to a crystal meth addict and had nowhere to go. Christopher talks openly about the highs and lows of sudden fatherhood, the experience of tremendous grief and tragic loss, and how he ultimately found the courage to love again.
Matt's extraordinary story is a lesson in perseverance. The NYC firefighter survived 9/11 and found himself depressed, overweight and turning to booze. He rebuilt his life and body and became an elite athlete. Years later, he was hit by a 20-ton bus and nearly severed in half. Three years and 43 surgeries later, he fought his way to finish the NYC Marathon and was named one of 25 fittest men in the world.
He shares why he would not take the day of his accident back and the power of positive mindset.
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