Fighting sarcoidosis as well as other rare diseases.

October 26, 2020

Episode 20 Mark Landiak was hiking the Grand Canyon, when …

Cardiac Sarc Fighter Mark Landiak has had a tough run of it.  One day he is feeling great, getting some fresh air with his daughter on a hike most people would never undertake.  The next, he isn't sure what's wrong -- but it's not good.  In Episode 20 of the Sarc Fighter Podcast, Mark talks about his struggles to get through that day and how it cot worse after that.  But not to be held down, Mark has written a book on how he fought sarcoidosis and how you can too.  He's also a mega-fundraiser for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.

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Mark's Website: https://gettingbetterwithmark.com/

A quick look at Mark's story: https://gettingbetterwithmark.com/story/

Mark's Blog: https://gettingbetterwithmark.com/coping-with-sarcoidosis/

 

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More on aTyr Pharma: https://www.atyrpharma.com/

Do you like the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on You Tube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Sarc Fighter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thesarcfighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

October 12, 2020

Episode 19 Desiree was a cover girl for health … until.

Desiree West-McCarty was young, beautiful and healthy.  So much so that she was on the cover of a magazine with the caption "A picture of Health."  Then she started getting headaches.  "I was on the beach in Hawaii, and it hurt so bad I cried,"  Desiree said.   Over time she would come to learn that she had neurosarcoidosis in her brain.  In Episode 19 of the Sarc Fighter podcast, Desiree details her story, of how things went from headaches to the hospital and more.

 

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After we recorded the podcast Desiree emailed the following about prednisone...

Shortly after our conversation, I remembered a fact that I had forgotten: I said that at the time of my stroke, I was just taking CellCept, but I forgot that I was also tapering off prednisone at the time. I think I was down to 20 mg/ day. A theory is that the prednisone taper was too fast and that could be what triggered the stroke. After the stroke, they upped my prednisone dosage to 80 mg/day again and did a slow taper over the course of about 9 months. I loathed prednisone, but it helped me in so many ways, too. I definitely have a love-hate relationship with it. 

 

Meet Mary McGowan -- the new CEO for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/fsr-announces-new-ceo/

Sample agenda for November Summit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-virtual-sarcoidosis-patient-education-summit-tickets-109038432888

Do you like the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on You Tube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

 

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Sarc Fighter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thesarcfighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

 

 

September 28, 2020

Episode 18 Want to Feel Better? Mindy Buchanan talks today about the November FSR Summit and how it will help.

Mindy Buchanan is the Patient Engagement Manager for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.  In this episode, she talks about the success of the September virtual summit and how you can participate in the upcoming sarc summit in November. 

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As you may know, in a typical year, Sarcoidosis Warriors (Sarc Fighters!) have the chance to travel to cities across the United States to attend meetings, listen to speakers and meet one another -- All in an effort to become more familiar with the Sarc struggle.  This year, thanks to COVID-19, the summits have become virtual.  FSR has worked so hard, to make it so that we can all continue our respective battles with the most support possible!

More info on the November Summit and how to sign up:  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Meet Mindy!  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/about/staff/

Sarc and Pregnancy, a new study.  https://sarcoidosisnews.com/2020/09/10/sarcoidosis-linked-higher-risk-some-pregnancy-complications-swedish-study-shows/

Sarc Merch from FSR https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/fsr-sarc-store/

 

Do you like the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on You Tube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Sarc Fighter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thesarcfighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

 

 

September 14, 2020

Episode 17 aTyr Pharma CEO Sanjay Shukla talks about how a new drug could be the answer for many sarc fighters!

aTyr Pharma is working on a drug that could be the answer for many Sarc Fighters -- especially that large percentage fighting pulmonary sarc - or sarcoidosis of the lungs.  aTyr CEO Sanjay Shukla joins me for this podcast to talk about how the drug interacts with a patient's body to prevent sarc from damaging the tissues and causing the damage we are so familiar with.  

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The drug, called aTyr1923 is in the second stage of clinical trials.  It has shown great promise in mice, but the results in humans are still undetermined.  Why is aTyr willing to take on such an expensive and risky undertaking?  How do you try to cure a disease that has no known cause?  And why focus all your efforts on a relatively small number of potential patients?  I asked Sanjay all those questions, and he had some enlightening answers!

More about aTyr https://www.atyrpharma.com/about-life/overview/

Clinical Trials with Atyr1923 https://www.atyrpharma.com/patients/clinical-trials/

Sanjay Shukla Bio https://www.atyrpharma.com/sanjay-s-shukla-m-d-m-s/

 

Do you like the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on You Tube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

 

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Sarc Fighter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thesarcfighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

August 31, 2020

Episode 16 Mary Morlino Fights Back After Sarc Knocks Her Down!

Screen_Shot_2020-08-31_at_14250_PM7if0a.pngMary Morlino was living a good life.  Skiing in Europe.  Tennis.  She was an aerobics instructor.  Then one day she became very sick and it would be years before doctors could diagnose the culprit.  Sarc.   In Episode 16 Mary shares her story about how she has bounced back and is taking the fight to Sarcoidosis and other rare diseases by working for the #EveryLife Foundation. 

 

Listen in as Mary takes you step-by-step through her battle with sarc -- including the time she suffered cardiac arrest in her kitchen!

You will want to learn more about the EveryLife Foundation, so here are some links.

If you want to participate in the survey to see how sarcoidosis patients are fairing with COVI-19.  Click here: https://www.research.net/r/FSRSARC

Do you like "Zombie" the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on YouTube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

 

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Sarc Fighter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thesarcfighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

August 17, 2020

Episode 15 Reg Alexander Needed a New Heart

Reginald Alexander knew there was something terribly wrong with his heart.  But neither he nor his doctors could figure out what it was.  Meanwhile, things got worse and worse.  Eventually he passed out in a public place and might have died, had he not fallen next to a doctor and a nurse!  Eventually they learned that it was sarc -- and that Reg would need a new heart.  In Episode 15 Reg recounts the story of the slow decline of his condition until suddenly it was almost too late.

Follow his challenge here on his Facebook Group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/RegHealthJourney/about

 

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Do you like the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on You Tube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Sarc Fighter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thesarcfighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

August 3, 2020

Episode 14 Barbara Mouradian Fights a two front battle with Sarc and still swims with sharks!

Barbara Mouradian and her husband Dan are amazing people.  She is fighting sarc in her lungs and her heart, while Dan is raising money by riding his bike thousands of miles.   They have a family and busy lives, yet Sarc rears its head several times a year to interrupt their plans.  In fact, Barbara never knows when she will have a good day, or when she will need to just stay in bed.  Despite it all, they are upbeat and energetic!  As to the part about the sharks -- Well, you'll just have to listen.  :)

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Here are some links to Dan's fundraising efforts.  Please consider helping him to help the cause!

 

https://www.instagram.com/5000miles.us/

 
Thanks also to The White Hot Lizards and Sarc Patient Mark Steier for allowing me to use their song, Zombie as the official music for the Sarc Fighter podcast.
 
July 20, 2020

Episode 13 Angela Frelander talks about how you can help fight Sarcoidosis

Angela Frelander is the person between you and a cure.  Ok -- I won't put it all on her shoulders, but without her, The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research and all the people working to make our lives better would not have the resources they need to keep going. Angela is the Director of Development for the Foundation.  It is her job to raise money in order to keep everything going. COVID-19 has made everything that much more difficult.  In this podcast, Angela talks about the challenges and how you can help.

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Make a donation to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/donate/

Other ways to give to FSR https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/ways-to-give/

Many Thanks to Mark Steier and The White Hot Lizards for allowing their song, Zombie to be the official music of the Sarc Fighter Podcast!  Mark is a fellow sarc fighter and you can hear his story in Episode 12 of the Sarc Fighter Podcast!

Here is the YouTube channel for the White Hot Lizards  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmmkG9P6IaIQ8gGuLvM0G-A

Want a healthier diet Read this post by Charleton Harris https://sarcoidosisnews.com/2020/07/17/healthy-diet-lifestyle-treatment-control-inflammation/

And this by Athena Merritt https://sarcoidosisnews.com/2020/07/07/vegetarian-diet-pain-relief-reduce-inflammation/

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

 

July 6, 2020

Episode 12: Mark Steier sings the song of Sarcoidosis and tells his own sarc story.

Mark Steier is a talented musician.  His battle with sarcoidosis has dominated his life to the point he wrote and performed a song, called Zombie to describe the battle. 

One stanza goes as follows: "Learn to suffer You’ll feel pain someday And learn endurance - Your strength will fade away

Dead man walking Trying to keep up the pace

Dead man walking

Counting down the days."

I can tell you that Mark's haunting melody is catchy -- but more than that it resonated with me -- as I'm sure it will with you.  In this episode of the Sarc Fighter Podcast, Mark describes his fight with sarc and describes the feelings and emotions that led him to the lyrics.  We will listen to the song in pieces, and then at the end -- in its entirety. 

More than that, Mark is donating the proceeds from Zombie to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. 

If you would like to donate in honor of his efforts, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent to the money goes to the Foundation.  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/MarkSteier

You can listen on You Tube as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbA3EDJ6Ak&list=OLAK5uy_ktdC7Pn7_ezhy4ZJzV_u7o76bqIv6cC6o

May I suggest that you make a donation and also share the links above on your social media? The more people who know about Sarcoidosis, the easier it will be to raise funds to fight the disease.  Zombie takes our message and puts it in easily consumable terms anyone can understand and relate to.

I've talked to so many people already, and I feel like some portion of each person's story is represented in this song.  For some reason, I just think this song is important. 

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Meanwhile, if you would like to contact me all of my info is below.

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

FSR Summits 2020  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/patient-summits/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me  carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/

 

 

June 22, 2020

Episode 11 Andrea and Reading Wilson — Founders of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Andrea Wilson knew she had a problem -- but doctors couldn't figure out what it was.   Eventually, they discovered it was sarcoidosis.  Despite living in a major city with great healthcare and the insurance to pay for it, Andrea struggled.  Eventually, she and her husband, Reading took action - founding the Foundation for Sarcoidosis research. 

Listen as they tell the story of growing from a fledgling concept at their kitchen table, to a multi-million dollar foundation that drives research and patient outreach around the world. 

It is a true honor to have Andrea and Reading as guests on the Sarc Fighter podcast.

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Here is some quick background on the founding of FSR  https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/about/

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

Donate to my KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) fund for FSR  https://stopsarcoidosis.rallybound.org/JohnCarlinVsSarcoidosis?fbclid=IwAR1g2ap1i1NCp6bQOYEFwOELdNEeclFmmLLcQQOQX_Awub1oe9bcEjK9P1E

My story on Television https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/news-anchor-sarcoidosis/

email me carlinagency@gmail.com

Sarc Fighter Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/SarcFighter/

Cycling with Sarcoidosis http://carlinthecyclist.com/category/cycling-with-sarcoidosis/