Gratitude- The quality or feeling of being thankful. Gratitude usually comes in the form of one’s appreciation for the blessings, advantages or even luck they’ve experienced in their lives. Something like cancer would not typically find its way onto anyone’s “gratitude list”. However, that’s exactly how your host, Matt Moran, feels about his personal fight with kidney cancer. Join Matt as he shares his journey from grief to gratitude with heartfelt and informative interviews with fellow adversity specialists, industry experts, spiritual experts, spiritual leaders and more. Learn how a simple expression of gratitude can change YOUR life. You’ll be grateful you tuned in. Matt Moran is a husband, father, successful businessman and grateful cancer patient. The Cincinnati native was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, but after one of his kidneys was removed, doctors told him he was cancer-free. Then, in late 2018, the cancer returned, and the biopsied tumor was malignant.
A Passion for Being Challenged, with Dr. Joseph Maroon
Dr. Joseph Maroon’s is a world-renowned neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His biography and lists of achievement are truly remarkable as a neurosurgeon, scientist, Ironman athlete, consultant, author, and advocate on healthy living and nutrition. Yet despite all this amazing accomplishments, Dr. Maroon has often felt he was an underdog battling his smaller height and weight, coming from a small town, and losing his father at an early age. At age 41, he battled depression as his found himself too focused on his career. After reading, I Dare You by William H. Danforth, Dr. Maroon began to better balance good health, his sense of spirituality, his work and his relationships. This insightful interview details his amazing journey after age 40 and how so many have benefited from his lessons and his work. For more on Dr. Maroon, you can check out his website josephmaroon.com or one of his 5 books, his most recent being Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life .
A Monastic Path, A Family Life, and Timeless Lessons, with Neal Tew.
Neal Tew is a proud father of four kids living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years, his brilliance and talent has helped him create many new ventures in his life including his own financial planning firm, a new boutique marketing firm called Brandstrength, a ground breaking youth squash association, and he is now the author of a new book titled, The Gospel Life: Three Years in a Monastery. On this episode, Matt discusses Neal’s faith and his longing to explore his spirituality which led him down many interesting paths including his studies of comparative religion at Harvard and the years he spent at a Catholic Monastery detailed in the book. This discussion is fascinating and full of many wonderful observations and lessons that will spark something for anyone who listens. Information about Neal’s recent book and his efforts to promote the wisdom of the monks can be found on his website: nealtew.com. You can also learn more about Neal and his marketing business at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nealtew/
Building a New Life After a Car Accident with Will and Peter Smith
In 2011, the lives of Pete, Linda, Abbey and Will Smith were forever changed when on their way to Colorado in their rental RV their were struck by a truck driver who had fallen asleep. Several family members sustained injuries that they would be able to recover from but it was Will who suffered a brain injury and was left paralyzed. The recovery has been a challenge for all of them, but has been fueled by the dedication of father Peter who stepped down as the AD from Kenyon College to spend every day caring for his son. Listen in as Peter and Will share more details about their journey and all those that have supported them along the way. Their story, while tragic, is an inspiration to how a family has made the best of situation and found a path to back to living life to it’s fullest.
Pregnant with Cancer, How Faith and Prayer are Lighting the Way, with Jessica Hanna
Jessica Hanna has a faith that is truly inspiring. It’s this faith that has guided her and given her the strength to overcome many hurdles including a breast cancer diagnosis in 2020 right after learning she was pregnant with her 4th child. While she sought out and has been working with dedicated and talented physicians, it was her decision to truly be an advocate for her own health, which included doing research, getting 2nd opinions and ultimately trusting her heart and God, that led to the successful birth of her son. She is now helping others with her story who face cancer and pregnancy as well as just providing hope and a lift to anyone who might need it. Hope for Two is a network for women pregnant with cancer she recommends along with intentional prayer. It was through intentional prayer and community support that she battled a 13cm tumor and 41 positive lymph nodes which doctors assumed to be stage 4. Miraculously, after the birth of her son, her scans for metastasis were clear. Prayer also connected her to other sources of healing that have blessed her journey. Jessica and Matt will touch on the life of the Blessed Fr Solanus Casey, the healing she personally experienced and her efforts to help him be canonized. For more information about Bl. Fr. Solanus, check out his bio here and to pray for his cananization, go here. Lastly, for more about Jessica and her story, you can follow her on Instagram @Blessed_by_Cancer. From Sept 6-15, Jessica’s page will feature a Novena for Matt Moran. Please join us in praying for Matt over these 9 days leading up to his scans on Sept 15. We hope you enjoy this special episode with Jessica. Her story, her energy, and her desire to help others are amazing gifts!
Burned to Inspire Others, with John O’Leary
At the age of 9, John O’Leary was in his garage playing with matches and gasoline and accidentally created a massive explosion that burned 100% of his body. His injuries were so severe that doctors only gave him a 1% chance to live. He battled through many surgeries and years of physical therapy and did indeed survive. In 2006, his story was detailed in his parent’s book, “Overwhelming Odds,” which laid the groundwork for John embracing and sharing his story. He now travels and speaks at events all over the world inspiring people with his message of positivity, courage, and perseverance. Listen in to this terrific interview with Matt as his shares more personal details about his journey. You can also learn more about John at his website, johnolearyinspires.com or his own podcast (2 million downloads), his weekly newsletter, or his 2 books, “ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” (#1 National Bestseller) or “IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy.”
A Story of Abuse, Survival, and Recovery with Monica Burgstiner
Monica is the mother of 2 girls, a loving wife to her husband Lance of 7 years, an accomplished photographer, and just an amazing, strong women. Those traits were always there, many passed on by her father, Dr. Bob Cleary, a guest on WGM. Dr Cleary shared his COVID19 recovery story in episode 20. Prior to her relationship with husband Lance, Monica found herself in an abusive relationship that was violent and stressful. She managed her way through this time and is now sharing her story and helping other women avoid a similar path. Listen to this courageous story from Monica about her journey, her faith, her family and the work she does now. You can also learn more about getting help if in an abusive relationship from the board she serves on at http://safeshelter.org/.
Resilience, strength, faith and hope. Thanks Matt! You have changed my life. Grateful for you and your inspirational guests!
What a treasure to hear Matt and his guests. This is a wonderful reminder that storms will pass and it’s how we live today that matters most.
Great podcast that makes me think about how I’m living my life and ways to improve myself. Highly recommended.