Share Your Story: Gary Burley

Cancer U Thrivers Podcast

Share Your Story: Gary Burley

August 31, 2021

Share Your Story: Gary Burley

Gary Burley is a retired National Football League (NFL) veteran. And he’s been in a Superbowl. Gary is also a cancer survivor whose mission after recovery has been to pay it forward.

  • 00:33: Gary Burley is a retired National Football League veteran and he’s actually been in a Super Bowl.
  • 02:07: One day I started noticing my knee would swell.
  • 04:05: I’m thinking all right, you’re going to have to find a donor.
  • 06:07: I took more antibiotics and medicines than you could ever dream of.
  • 08:35: I went back to the doctor to find out that I needed a kidney transplant.
  • 10:18: You’re going to have to do dialysis at some point, not right now, but get all your affairs in order.
  • 12:14: How can we help other people that are going through this?
  • 14:10: If I hadn’t gotten early detection, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you today.
  • 16:14: You’re so talented that you might want to consider going to college.
  • 18:09: I land in the middle of the night in a town that I’ve never been in before.
  • 20:08: He said cultivate every relationship that you possibly can because you’re only going to play for so long, that’s why they call the NFL not for long.
  • 23:38: What was your worst moment?
  • 24:50: What was your best moment?
  • 26:48: What is the one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 27:42: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 31:00: Every year there’s a fight to get federal dollars for cancer and it’s a struggle.
  • 33:54: People just don’t realize how serious cancer is until you get it.
  • 34:45: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 36:02: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?


About the sponsor

This episode is sponsored by Side Effect Support, an online resource for cancer patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to reduce harmful oral side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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