Welcome to Living Well with MS Coffee Break #26, our season 3 finale, where we are pleased to welcome Pat Feller as our guest!
Our Coffee Break series is your chance to get to know members of our diverse OMS community. In each episode, you’ll join Geoff Allix for an intimate chat with a different member of our global community. Our guests will share their personal stories and talk about their challenges and victories, large and small. We hope you find common cause and a source of inspiration from the stories of these very special people.
As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy this episode’s conversation with Pat, coming to you straight from sunny San Diego, California.
Pat was born in Southern California to great parents who were both public school educators. His younger brother kept him on his toes. His parents also adopted Pat’s other sibling from Vietnam. Pat traveled a lot in his early adult life: he lived in France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and earned his MBA in Vancouver, Canada. Pat launched a career in the investment management industry, married his beautiful wife Alice, and raised two incredible daughters.
Pat was diagnosed with MS at the end of 2017. The beginning of this MS journey was very hard. He couldn't work. His typically high energy was gone. Depression, anxiety, and identity confusion struck. At the beginning, he was very influenced by the work of Roy Swank, Bob Cafaro, and a Facebook group centered on approaching MS in natural ways. After two years of rest, he tried to return to work as a financial advisor. After one year, it was clear that it wasn't a good fit, and a normal work week was out of the question.
In the past year, Pat’s neurologist updated his diagnosis from RRMS to PPMS. Pat tries not to let this affect his mindset. He works hard to be positive in his internal and external voice. His new "raison d'etre" is to be a blessing to others. In that spirit, his MS journey has also strengthened his Christian faith.
Pat discovered OMS a few years ago. Dr. Jelinek's words were in fact very influential in his decision early on to discontinue Tysabri. Through much of his MS journey, Pat tried to distance himself from the MS world. But this year, he decided to give back to the MS community by becoming more involved. This has been greatly facilitated by OMS facilitator Phil Startin, whom he got to know in a volunteer PPMS group Phil started. Phil helped Pat get involved with OMS and to learn that community is super important. And the OMS community is a great one to be a part of!
Three Important Lessons Pat Learned and Wants to Share:
- My riches now are not monetary but in the form of blessings.
- I have become acutely aware of the connection between health and wealth.
- I have found that the most important ingredient to managing an MS journey is mindset.
Check out Pat’s profile on LinkedIn, where he has started a dialogue on the health-wealth connection and its importance to the economy and personal finances.
Check out Pat’s Instagram feed.
Pat recommends this TED talk by Bob Cafaro, a cellist with the Philadelphia Symphony who was himself diagnosed with MS and achieved very good results with a protocol very similar to OMS.
Pat loves this interview with the incredible Dr. Siray Stancic MD, who was diagnosed with MS and discovered the power of lifestyle medicine, which is what OMS is about.
Coming up on our next episode:
This is our final episode for 2021, so take a breath and exhale the year that was to make space for a happier and healthier 2022. Living Well with MS, Coffee Break, and Ask Jack will return with new episodes beginning in January 2022. And it will be a special year at that, because not only will it mark our 4th season of the podcast, but we’ll be celebrating OMS’s 10th anniversary! Stay tuned for more info on our Season 4 launch date and thank you for being part of our podcast and OMS communities!
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