Still Fighting and Beating The Odds with Dr. Tracy Koogler


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In this week’s episode, we learn the story of Dr. Tracy Koogler. Tracy had been practicing medicine at the University of Chicago for 18 years when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She overcame the lung cancer and then was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer. Following surgery and treatment of the Glioblastoma, another brain tumor appeared. Tracy tells her story of not giving up and fighting these cancers so she can continue doing what she loves – practicing medicine.

Key Takeaways

- If your condition forces you to stop doing what you love, find something else to keep your interest but stay plugged in.

- Live each day like it’s your last.

- Just because adversity hits, you don’t have to change your lifestyle or who you are. If you like what you are doing, keep doing it.

- Keep a smile on your face. Find one good thing about each day.


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On August 14, 1981, Rod broke his neck while making a tackle that left him paralyzed from the neck down. In a split second, he went from athlete to quadriplegic. Get Back Up is the story of Rod's life journey and provides a detailed account of what it’s like to be handicapped, how to overcome it and how to thrive. The book gives you a look into trying legal cases through the eyes of a handicapped lawyer. The book’s purpose is to hopefully motivate you to not allow life’s sometimes devastating twists and turns ruin your quest for a great life. If your life is perfect and you have never suffered a tragedy, this book may not be for you. For the rest of us who have hit a bump or two on the road of life and are still trying to make it happen, this is your book.

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