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Merry Christmas and a happy holiday, whatever you may be celebrating, to all! We couldn't be more honored to speak with Marsha Mudge and her two little boys this week. Marsha has been a local inspiration here in our hometown at SWAP. She has shared her unbelievable journey with breast cancer-- the whole no-frills truth-- with our community so that others may gain insight and learn from her experience. 

We hope that the Stories With A Purpose community may also feel inspired by Marsha's unrelenting strength and grace despite her unimaginable circumstances. It's important to remember we all have something to be grateful for in this season of giving. We at SWAP want to spread love and hope however possible, and we can't think of a better opportunity than helping out a mom that more than deserves it.

Visit the Go Fund Me page set up in Marsha's name to donate towards her medical bills at:



John Mudge

Tanner and Jackson Mudge

Unicorn Football


Carl Schertz Elementary

North Central Baptist Hospital San Antonio

New Braunfels Texas, Thank You!

Direct download: marsha_mudge_final.mp3
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Dr. Carl Hammerschlag is known as the "Healing Doc" by many of his patients and colleagues and joins us to share some of his great wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Dr. Hammerschlag has led a fascinating life as doctor and psychiatrist, from his first job as a young doctor on the Hopi Native American reservation in Santa Fe, to providing mental health care in Peru, to clowning with Patch Adams, and his latest venture in Phoenix- the Clown Town Healing Festival on February 27, 2016. The Clown Town Healing Fest is partnered with the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Patch Adams' organization, Gesundheit! Institute, to bring a variety of healing resources together to promote health and healing in the community.

Clown Town Healing Fest: 

Dr. Patch Adams


Hopi Indians

Integrative Medicine

Doctor of Psychiatry

Stop S--- Shoveling” the book

Mind, Body, Spirit

University of AZ Medical School Staff

Direct download: Dr._Carl_Show.mp3
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Ester's personal journey with addiction to crack cocaine has allowed her to bring us an amazing message today. Ester speaks with us about learning how to surrender power, accept faults, and find clarity in difficult circumstances. Ester is now a successful singer, author, and public speaker.


Inspiration | Healing | Addiction | Crack Cocaine | Soul | Recovery

“Soul Recovery - 12 Keys To Healing Addiction”

IDKC – I Don’t Know Crap

You are what you think

The Divine Invitation

Singing from the Heart

Martin Luther King Jr.

Bette Midler

Rod Stewart

Direct download: EsterNicholsonSWAPshowfinal.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Dave deBronkart joins us to talk about how being an empowered patient helped him get the life-saving treatment he needed after being diagnosed with kidney cancer. Dave speaks about the importance of finding the latest technology in treatment, how to find a doctor that is willing to be a partner with the patient, and much more. Listen in!


Inspiration, Health, Healthcare, Empowerment, Dave deBronkart, Kidney Cancer


"e-Patient Dave" deBronkart 

International keynote speaker, author and health policy adviser

Let Patients Help! A patient engagement handbook

Patient empowerment



Music: "Catch and Release" by Pete Huttlinger

Direct download: EPatientDave_show_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This Thanksgiving week we have a particularly relevant and fascinating interview with Kristi Nelson, Executive Director at a Network for Grateful Living, and lymphoma cancer survivor. She speaks to us about her cancer journey, being mindful, and the power of grateful living. She's a great example for those of us trying to find opportunities for gratitude not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day! 


Inspiration | Wisdom | Health | Healing | Cancer | Lymphoma | Gratefulness | Gratitude


A Network for Grateful Living


Brother David Steindl-Rast – Ted Talk (link:


Lymphoma & Kristi Nelson – “Dance Anyway”


Gratitude as an event vs. Gratefulness as a framework for living


Thanksgving all the time!  



Music: "Catch and Release" by Pete Huttlinger

Direct download: Kristi_Nelson_Show.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Kevin Leverence joins us again for a Veterans' Day episode to discuss PTSD and a new treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR.


Thanks again to all veterans who are listening! We hope you enjoy the show!



Lead From The Front


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Veterans Administration

Veterans Day

Improvised Explosive Device

Emotional Risk



Music: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Pete Huttlinger c/o Music City Roots

Direct download: Humor__Combat_PTSD__Kevin_Q_Leverence.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

We're starting a new mini-series called "Laughter is the Best Medicine" and we need your help! Even in the most difficult moments of any crisis, it's important to keep a sense of humor. We'd like to hear your stories of a time during your healthcare experience you couldn't help but laugh. 

Using the Voice Memo app on your phone, record yourself telling a 1-4 minute story from your healthcare journey that cracks you up. Then, send that voice memo in an email to This is your chance to help heal someone else through the power of laughter!

You could be featured in the next Laughter is the Best Medicine short, so find us on Facebook and Twitter @SWAPPodcast to stay up to date.



Inspiration | Wisdom | Health | Healthcare | Healing | Comedy | Humor


Music: "Catch and Release" by Pete Huttlinger

Direct download: Funny_Vignette_1.mp3
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Pete Huttlinger is professional guitarist, touring the country with his wife and publicist, Erin. When Pete had a stroke, they didn't know if he would ever be able to play the guitar again. He slowly began the process of relearning how to play, but was then hit with end-stage heart failure. Erin quickly had to become an expert caregiver during Pete's hospitalization. Together, they made it through and are now back to playing guitar and touring! Pete and Erin's new book, Joined at the Heart, recounts their incredible journey and can be found on Amazon HERE.


Inspiration | Wisdom | Health | Healing | Stroke | Heart Failure | Pete Huttlinger | Erin Morris Huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger – Carnegie Hall

Erin Morris Huttlinger – Gold Medal Caregiver

“Joined At The Heart” – the book

John Denver

LeAnn Rimes

John Oats

ASD Atrial Septal Defect

VSD Ventricular Septal Defect

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Texas Heart Institute

Stanford University Hospital

Dr. Frank Fish


Direct download: Love__Music_-_Stroke_and_Heart_Failure__Pete_and_Erin_Hutlinger.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

Jennifer Warden comes back on the show for a second time to discuss with Jim and Niki the power of vulnerability. How one simple question can re-align your perspective to look for positivity in any experience. Jim, Niki and Jennifer all pool their insight together to give you a very special show. Listen In.


Health | Wisdom | Inspiration | Vulnerability | Gratitude 

Direct download: The_Power_Of_Vulnerability.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

Dr. James Roach is a wealth of knowledge. Listen to Jim and James talk about the approach of integrative medicine, and how it is revolutionizing patient outcomes. This is the future of medicine. 

Inspiration | Health | Wisdom | Healthcare | The Future of Medicine 

Direct download: Dr._Jim_Roach.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Sometimes our preconceived notions about a disease can affect how both doctors and patients treat it. Lung Cancer is one of those diseases. Former NFL linebacker Chris Draft and Lung Cancer patient Allison Deusing have teamed up to change our perceptions of a deadly disease.


Inspiration | Health | Wisdom | Lung Cancer  

Direct download: I_Hate_Cancer_Show.mp3
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Kevin Amen is a doctor unlike any other. Pulling together all the pieces, Dr. Amen is able to address the whole body with amazing success. His healing powers come from a range of disciplines including targeting your emotional state. Listen in!


Inspiration | Wisdom | Health | Healthcare | Dr. Amen | Neuro Emotional Technique

Direct download: Amen.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

Carlos Gonzalez has been living with Cerebral Palsy since birth, but he hasn’t let it hold him back. Now living in Canada, Carlos takes every opportunity to look on the bright side. If he falls, he gets back up with a smile. Listen to how he has overcome so many challenges with unbelievable grace. 

Direct download: Carlos_G.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:11pm EST