Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series, welcomed to today’s podcast, Tuesday, August 2, 2023, Edmund A. Rossman, III. Ed has been in the libraries and broadcasting industry since 1980. Ed has also been a business manager of radio stations in (2) major markets. He is also the Author of the Book: "A Guy's Guide to Throat Cancer".
A personal story of the Do’s and Don'ts of Recovery (the subtitle of Ed’s book) and how Ed’s 50 / 50 % chance of survival put him on a path of self-reflection and self-discovery. His book was written through his eyes and observations through his journal entries in CaringBridge which is a social media platform for people with illnesses to easily keep all those interested in their treatments and locations as informed as possible in an efficient way.
To say Ed had an upbeat approach is “truly” and understatement. He offers motivation and distraction through music and motivation not only for himself, but the utmost respect in lightheartedness and seriousness to his family and friends.
Through his entries, Ed encouraged his friends, family and colleagues to look at life through a guy's eyes, of not being a victim, and with faith in the Lord that he would pull through.
His entries reflect in his writing as if he was discussing things on a bar stool, not a hospital room. Through discipline, strength, learning his attitude and his faith, Ed was able to correlate different things in his life with what was happening in his treatments. For instance, not using “difficult” in describing what he may have been feeling but using the word “different”.
His medical treatment spanned the Lenten season, and his journal entries and discussions contain many daily mass readings that provided him and his "crew" with a spiritual scaffolding of support. The biblical messages of faith, perseverance and gratitude are tonic to anyone, not just guys, in going through this life-changing disease.
“Truly”, life is a beautiful garden!
To connect with Ed further, please check out her website and various social media platforms:
Let me know what you thought of today’s episode. Also, do you have a story you want to share? Your story will inspire others as Ed’s has! If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.
Thank you Ed - “Truly” these are the Stories That Inspire Us!!