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Never Give Up - Mike Dougherty 2008

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Presented by Mike Dougherty to LivHOME in July 2008. Mike Dougherty is a seasoned public speaker. As a professional in the financial world, Mike has spoken to countless audiences, large and small, about financial planning and products.

Today, Mike loves to share about his journey with cancer and inspire audiences to embrace hope into their lives.

Mike is honored to have spoken to audiences at LivHome and Accuray about his journey with cancer. His firm belief that “with hope, anything is possible,” has inspired and energized audiences touched by cancer and the many other challenges life presents.

Mike welcomes the opportunity to speak to large and small audiences. To contact Mike, please visit http://www.possiblewithhope.com/speaking

Thank you!

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Never Give Up - Mike Dougherty 2008

  1. 1. Never Give Up Michael Dougherty July 15, 2008
  2. 2. May 2005: Top of the World • 40 years old • Just married the love of my life • Perfect honeymoon • Pregnant by September
  3. 3. December 2005: This can’t be happening• Day after Christmas, Jennie starts bleeding• Spend New Year’s in the emergency room• Middle of January, James, our son, dies at 20 weeks
  4. 4. March 2006: Bad to Worse• Lump under my ear turns into salivary gland cancer• This is what the CT scan of lungs said:• “Multiple nodules, bilaterally too numerous to count” – May 2006• How I felt:• “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now, we’ve finally found him, we’re surrounded, that simplifies things” – Lewis “Chesty” Puller, 37 year USMC, most decorated marine in history, upon landing in Korea 1950
  5. 5. May 2006: Panic• Lung surgery removes largest nodule, confirming worst fears, lung mets• Cross country odyssey: Stanford, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinions• Opinions are all over the map
  6. 6. July 2006: Radiation• 6 weeks of head and neck radiation• Lose all sense of taste, barely able to eat• Maintain weight, thanks to Jennie• Develop lifelong aversion to Ensure
  7. 7. September 2006: Lung Surgery #2• Assemble team that agrees we should pro-actively remove “too numerous to count nodules”• 8 hour double thoracotomy reveals 10 nodules• Pathology confirms only 4 are cancer• Surgeon is giddy
  8. 8. November 2006: Chemo• 3 – 4-day cycles of Cisplatin and 5FU, over 9 weeks• Nasty, nasty• Manage to walk every day, and maintain weight• Chemo ends the week before Christmas
  9. 9. Goodbye 2006• And good riddance• Hello 2007• Never been more excited for a New Year’s Eve in my life
  10. 10. March 2007: New year, new scan• All Clear!!• Surgery and chemo have slowed things down• Chance to breathe
  11. 11. May 2007: Another scan• All Clear again!!• Starting to feel like we may be ahead rather than chasing• OH, By the way … A miracle!
  12. 12. August 2007:Charlotte Hope
  13. 13. September 2007: Scan time• A couple of buggers appear• Nothing bigger than 10mm, looks like a total of 4• Very small• Not surprising, most likely were left behind by the surgery• Not necessarily new buggers
  14. 14. November 2007: Cyberknife• Highly targeted radiation shot directly at nodules in lungs• Objective: Obliteration• Fiducials (gold markers), are placed down my throat into lung next to nodules• Groundbreaking, now Cyberknife has something to aim at• For 10 hours and 4 days, Zapped!
  15. 15. April 2008: Scan• 3 buggers remain, but no new ones• Very good news• Of the 4 we Cyberknifed, it looks like 3 were obliterated• Might as well Cyberknife again• July 2008: Fiducials placed, ready to go
  16. 16. Mr. Toads Wild Ride• What have I learned? – Stay tuned• How have I changed? – Cut out sugar, most animal protein – Weekly acupuncture – Take 40 immune supplements per day, including non FDA approved drug imported from Panama – Pump my heart, 1 hour a day, walk, run, bike• How do I feel?
  17. 17. I Feel Good!
  18. 18. Don’t back down• “You can back me up to the gates of hell but I won’t back down” – Tom Petty, “Don’t back down”• “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” – Jim Valvano, (1946-1993), V foundation for cancer research• “Never give up, Never slow down, Never grow old, never ever die young” – James Taylor, “Never die young”• “If I keep moving, it can’t get me” – Lance Armstrong, “It’s not about the bike”
  19. 19. Attitude is everything• You are stronger than you know• Believe in yourself• Courage• Perseverance• Push the envelope
  20. 20. With hope anything is possible
  21. 21. With hope anything is possible• “Get busy living or get busy dying”• “Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. – Morgan Freeman, Shawshank Redemption
  22. 22. Perspective• You must live in the present• It’s the only time we have• Take chances, push fear from your mind, what are you afraid of?• Tell people you love them• Say you’re sorry• Don’t postpone things• Stop feeling sorry for yourself
  23. 23. Develop compassion• For others• Be helpful and kind• Somebody always has it worse• Give back, you have the power to change someones life• “Put a little love in your heart, and the world will be a better place” – Mary Mary
  24. 24. Take it one day at a time• It’s going to be a good day or a great day• Sloooooow down• Carpe diem• Appreciate life• “You’ve got to stop and smell the roses along the way” – Mac Davis
  25. 25. Once a day: Good Belly Laugh
  26. 26. And when in doubt … • You dance
  27. 27. I Believe in Happy EndingsThank you for givingme this opportunity!!!

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