One minute he was a just another hard-working guy with a sore neck who figured he was pushing himself too hard. The next: He was an ER patient who was told he better see a specialist. Not soon. Like, right now.
The next minute, he learned he had bone disease and faced the possibility of becoming paralyzed from the neck down. And that he had cancer. And that it was incurable.
It all crashed down on Tim Cooper without a moment’s notice. You get a hole blown in your life and ask: Why me? Tim, however, would adopt the attitude: Why not me?Not so long ago, he was making sure hungry passengers at Salsarita’s and Potbelly’s at Charlotte Douglas International Airport got their meals and made it to the gate with time to spare. Now he’s here in a 5-part podcast series to help other cancer patients and their families by sharing what’s he’s been through. He also shares some discoveries about himself.
“Beating Incurable,” produced by Gina DiPietro, covers his journey in just an hour, where we learn how he finds the strength to keep moving forward, and how others can as well. While he’s a glass-half-full philosopher by nature, Tim also makes clear that there are plenty of tough days. And that they are survivable.
You don’t go through something this formidable without coming out a little different on the other side. In the final episode, Tim lays out some big decisions about what’s next. Changes he never saw coming. He’s not glad he had cancer, but the experience, he believes, may be taking him to a better place.
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Tim's story was also detailed in not one, but two Healthy Headlines articles, written by Josh Jarman.
- Read part 1: A backbreaking cancer diagnosis is no match for faith and good medicine
- Read part 2: How one man is using his incurable cancer diagnosis to inspire others
If you'd like to leave Tim a note of encouragement, please join the discussion at the end of each article. He's responded to many of the comments already.