Self-Help

Ep. 16 – Mike Hudock, triathlete and medical student

Mike Hudock is a triathlete who is currently attending medical school at Ohio University.

In this episode, we talk about the triathlete lifestyle and the intense training regimen required to be successful.  We talk about mental health and how exercise and activity are keys to mitigating bouts of anxiety and depression.  We hear about Mike’s path from high school cross country runner to elite triathlete, and the strict training schedule he employs on a daily and weekly basis.  We end with a chat about his various sponsors and his long-term plans for the sport.

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Ep. 10 Recap – Greg McNeil

Greg McNeil has lived through one of the most horrific events any of us could ever imagine :: the loss of a son/daughter.  Greg’s son, Sam, became addicted to opioids back in 2008 after suffering severe facial injuries in a fight.  When the pain pills were no longer available to him, he turned to the streets and found a less expensive option – heroin.  It was not until 2010 – some two years after his heroin use began – that his parents discovered he had been using.  It was at this very moment that the McNeil’s world would change forever.

The family began the recovery process and did all they could for Sam, sending him to treatment facilities in Akron, Ohio and then years later in Boca Raton, Florida.  While the process is riddled with ups-and-downs – and the likely potential for relapses throughout – the family stayed strong and offered as much support to Sam as they possibly could.  By early 2015, things were slowly looking up as Sam continued to create a life for himself in Florida.  He was working in aerospace sales and had met the love of his life, a woman with whom he’d move in with in the coming months.

Fast forward to October of that same year when life, for the McNeil’s, would take an abrupt turn for the ultimate worst.  It was early October when Sam had found out his girlfriend was pregnant.  He could not have been more ecstatic, calling his parents with the good news.  While the McNeil’s were a little apprehensive at first, they shared in Sam’s joy knowing how happy he was.  Unfortunately, that joy would be short-lived.

On Friday, October 23, 2015, Sam’s battle with heroin – and his life – would come to an end.  It was believed that Sam hooked up with an old friend who provided him the heroin that day.  Sadly enough, the heroin was laced with fentanyl, leaving Sam no hope of surviving.  He was 28 years old.

The McNeil’s story is regrettably not uncommon :: a New York Times study found that approximately 60,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2016.  And evidence seems to suggest that number will come back even larger for 2017 once the final results are in.  To hopefully mitigate that number in future years, Greg McNeil has launched the non-profit organization, Cover2 Resources, in honor of his son.  Cover2 seeks to offer preventative solutions to help reduce the risk of opioid addiction.

I want to extend a warm ‘thank you’ once more to Greg for coming on the podcast and sharing his painful and emotional story with all of us.  We can only hope that Greg’s mission continues to expand so that other families achieve a different outcome than the one faced by the McNeil’s.

Ep. 9 Recap – Casey Wandell

I was completely blown away by my intimate and emotional conversation with Casey Wandell.  This is a man who, just ten years ago, was on the verge of self-destruction as he tried to take his own life.  His demise centered around a broken marriage in which his wife was in a full-blown, emotional affair with another man.  A downward spiral chain of events lead Casey to the dirty carpeting of a Motel 6 room floor in which he awoke to find himself still living after a night of pills, whiskey and beer.  It was at this lowest moment of his life that he waved the white flag; calling his mom and pleading for help.

It would still take several more years until Casey’s true awakening would begin, having finally found the light he needed in Title Boxing Club — a place that would save his life and alter his course forever.  After being kicked out of his sister’s apartment after a year of heavy booze and more bad decisions, Casey found a place in the Columbus, Ohio area.  The apartment happened to be situated next to a fitness center called Title Boxing Club… and the rest is history.  Fast forward eight years and countless days/nights of therapy, self-reflection and healing :: and now Casey is one of the top franchisees in the entire country, owning and operating six locations from Cleveland to Columbus!

Casey’s comeback toward rebuilding himself emotionally, mentally and physically is a powerful reminder that, no matter how dark life gets at times, there is always a path for hope, happiness and inner peace.

The stormy clouds do not last forever so long as you make the effort to change; so long as you do not let the circumstances of your situation define your life’s path for eternity.

We can either allow other people and events outside of our control to dictate our life, or we can take control so that our own actions dictate our life instead.  I, like Casey, choose the latter.

Ep. 10 – Greg McNeil, fighting opioid addiction through charity and education

Greg McNeil founded the 501(c)(3), Cover2 Resources, after losing his son to the heroin/opioid epidemic in 2015.  His organization’s mission is to help opioid users and their loved ones find help, and to mitigate one’s chances for becoming addicted to opioids through access to premier resources, service providers and preventative educational programs.

In this episode, we hear about the path from opioid addiction to heroin addiction and the emotional toll it takes on a user’s loved ones.  We hear about how “signs and symptoms” of drug abuse are often hard to discover, and how opioids and heroin take hostage of the human brain.  We hear about ways in which families desperately seek recovery options for their loved ones and how a relapse is most often part of the recovery process.  We end with a discussion on ways in which Greg and his foundation are providing resources to users and to their families in hopes of them achieving a different outcome than the one faced by the McNeil’s.

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Ep. 9 – Casey Wandell, motivational speaker and Title Boxing Club franchisee

Casey Wandell is an owner/franchisee of Title Boxing Club, a franchise that not only changed his life, but saved his life.  He currently owns and operates six locations from Cleveland to Columbus.

In this powerful, riveting and emotional episode, we hear about Casey’s path from a college graduate with a bright future to a broken man on the verge of self-destruction.  We hear about the brutal realities that many people face in failed marriages and the emotional repercussions that come with.  We hear about how alienation of family and friends is a product of internal misery and demise.  We hear about the negative consequences of alcohol, especially when being used to mask one’s pain on a daily basis.  And we hear about the ways in which one still “finds” themselves; still finds a way to come out of the dark and face the light so that inner peace, happiness, love and hope can be achieved.  For Casey, that light was a placed called Title Boxing Club, a place that would save his life and alter his course forever.

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