October 9, 2013

Mercy Medical Center hosts author and inspirational speaker Matt Cavallo Oct. 14

In support of those who have experienced the life-changing effects of a major chronic illness, Mercy Medical Center has invited author and speaker Matt Cavallo to share his inspiring story of survival and success after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center will host this free community program at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in Mercy Hall Auditorium. Registration is available by clicking here or 330-489-1333.

Seemingly overnight, Cavallo went from a healthy man to someone who was numb from the waist down and unable to walk. At age 28, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His memoir, The Dog Story: A Journey Into a New Life with Multiple Sclerosis, captures his emotional pain when diagnosed with MS, and further chronicles his very intimate journey to regain his physical health and inner strength to fight his chronic illness. He shares stories about personal relationships that taught him the most about overcoming trauma and how to lead an ordinary and miraculous life. His dog Teddy became one of those life coaches.

As a result of his diagnosis, Cavallo has dedicated his life and career to health care and the fight against MS. He delivers motivational patient experience lectures all over the country, as well as inspiring organizational presentations for companies using his story as a platform. He recently finished his master’s degree in health care informatics from Arizona State University. He works at a neuroscience clinic, training clinicians on how to use medical software to improve the patient experience. Originally from the Boston suburbs, Cavallo currently works and lives with his wife and two sons in Chandler, Arizona.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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