Olivia Newton-John: Back Pain Revealed as Breast Cancer Relapse

Cancer Returns After 20 years of being in remission from breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with a relapse. Though she initially just thought it was back pain, she wrote in a statement on Facebook that she soon learned her cancer had returned and “metastasized to the sacrum.” Metastasis is the development of secondary malignant …

August 16, 2017: The 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death

Elvis Presley remains the most iconic American musician of all time, even 40 years after his death in 1977. His albums still earn millions of dollars each year, and most artists in the industry today, across many genres attribute their musical inspiration to Elvis. But this successful and charismatic man was living in a great …

How JFK’s Back Pain May Have Led to His Death

A resurgence of John F. Kennedy’s pain struggles are in the news after a newly released publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. We learned on our JFK show from noted historian Robert Dallek, that Kennedy struggled with substantial low back pain, but he also suffered from an autoimmune disorder that probably lead to  osteoporosis …

Prodigy

Remembering Prodigy: Overcoming Sickle Cell Anemia

Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, passed away June 20, 2017 at age 42 after a life-long struggle with Sickle Cell Anemia. I was fortunate enough to interview Prodigy on my radio show where we had the chance to talk about his childhood, complications with the disease, and how he overcame his pain. He was dedicated to …

Steve Kerr Wins NBA Title Despite Battle with Back Injury

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, Steve Kerr celebrated his NBA Title win with the Golden State Warriors after missing 11 playoff games this season due to a back injury. As the team celebrated with confetti and champagne, Kerr had a thick bandage around his neck and back. Men in suits followed the Coach …

Coach Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He’s not only seen injury and pain on the football field, but has experienced and overcome pain himself. He also supported his wife in a caregiving role during her bout with the pain of throat cancer. We’ll hear how he moved …

Alec Baldwin and the Increase of Lyme Disease

Alec Baldwin speaks out about his suffering during Lyme Awareness Month. Actor and author Alec Baldwin opened up to People Magazine this week after battling Lyme disease for more than 17 years. Baldwin, who is 59-years-old, said he thought he was going to die. “I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I …

Cancer Survival Lessons from Comic Legend, Tommy Chong

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, I interviewed Tommy Chong on my radio show, Aches and Gains. Tommy shared his battle with rectal cancer and the triumphs he has achieved in overcoming his pain. As you may already know, Tommy was a part of the legendary counterculture comedy team of Cheech and Chong. With partner …

Breast Cancer

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can occur. In fact, as many as 50% of cancer patients with pain may …