The GADA Chronicles Podcast
Amin Menhadji

Amin Menhadji

February 10, 2020

We had the great opportunity to sit down with World's Toughest Mudder competitor, paramedic and now active sheriff, Amin Menhadji. Amin is possibly the only person with an ostomy to compete in the World's Toughest Mudder, which covered over 55 miles of obstacle courses in a 24 hour period. He was diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis in his early teens, and after many medications and treatments his disease became colon cancer. Following his surgery, Amin was determined to get his life back on track and is now a proud law enforcement officer watching over our streets. He is also a proud new father who loves to spend time with his daughter and family. If you've ever considered obstacle course racing or law enforcement but feel your situation is holding you back, I highly recommend listening to Amin. It can be done. 

Donavan Lawless- The GADA Chronicles

Donavan Lawless- The GADA Chronicles

January 23, 2020

We had the recent opportunity to sit down with U.S. Army Veteran and Station Commander, Donavan Lawless. Having served many roles during his time in the Army- both in the United States and abroad in Afghanistan- Donavan's lifestyle taught him to be prepared for unexpected events that might be thrown his way. Living with an ostomy was an entirely different story. Although he was an expert in foreign relations, it was his personal relationships that ultimately helped him conquer the challenges that followed after surgery. Donavan is a highly motivated individual with an inspiring story that reminds us there's always something to fight for.

Jearlean Taylor- The GADA Chronicles

Jearlean Taylor- The GADA Chronicles

December 12, 2019

Jearlean Taylor is a renowned author, model, and motivational speaker. Born with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, Jearlean has been living with a double ostomy for over 50 years. She has been modeling for over 20 years and has been featured on Fox News, CBS News, Inside Edition, The Today Show, People.com and many more. Her book, Pretty Girl Blues, is an autobiography that takes an intimate look into Jearlean's life as a cancer survivor and the emotional challenges it encompasses. Sitting down with Jearlean was a pleasure, and we know you're going to love her encouraging personality just as much as we do!

Daniel Shockley- The GADA Chronicles

Daniel Shockley- The GADA Chronicles

November 14, 2019
Danial Shockley, a US combat veteran, had just retired from the Navy while living in Hawaii when he was diagnosed with a rare form of gene mutation. He then had surgery to remove part of his large intestine and his entire colon. After his surgery, Shockley quickly became an advocate to help spread awareness about rare diseases and was able to represent the state of Idaho with a Governor’s proclamation for Rare Disease Day on February 28th and March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
 
"My Vision is sharing my journey as a source of inspiration and encouragement. My Purpose is to educate the world about hereditary colon cancer syndromes and the importance of early detection."
-Always Forge Ahead w/a Purpose,
Dan
Alyssa Zeldenrust- The GADA Chronicles

Alyssa Zeldenrust- The GADA Chronicles

October 19, 2019

Alyssa Zeldenrust, a vibrant and outspoken member in the ostomy community, sits down with Richard O'Hamill for a chat about her experiences with an ostomy. Listen in and you'll see why the Stealth Belt family loves Alyssa!

Mallory Trecaso- The GADA Chronicles

Mallory Trecaso- The GADA Chronicles

September 30, 2019

Mallory Trecaso, a graduate student in photography, tells us about her experience with having an ostomy. 

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