No Tears for Sarcoidosis - a Column by Charlton Harris

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Charlton is an independent multimedia/video producer and video editor located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. He was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis in 2004 at the age of 40. He has worked over 30 years in advertising and educational media. When he’s not creating, he’s in the kitchen cooking. Charlton is known as a skilled pit-master, homebrewer and jazz aficionado. He hopes his column on sarcoidosis will help inspire readers to live life the best they can, and not shed any tears for this illness.

Choosing Between the 2 Faces of Sarcoidosis

Like a coin, there are two sides to every story. A disagreement involves two different perspectives. A face has two cheeks. And sarcoidosis has two faces. I was reminded of this while helping an old friend and his son last week. My friend called me two weeks ago and…

Keep on Living, and With a Thankful Heart

“I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.” — Wayne W. Dyer Now that we’re approaching the thick of the holiday season, it’s time for us sarcoidosis warriors to be thankful for what we have and what…

How We Live Makes All of the Difference

The past few months have been challenging for me. I’ve had several doctor appointments that seemed more serious than usual, and I lost three family members who passed away. To put a number on things, I was close to one of those family members, very cool with another, and very,…

A Leap of Faith and a New Attitude

Last week, I took a leap of faith, and it’s given me a new outlook on things. I had taken my car to the dealership for service. It turns out that it needed a whole lot more than an oil change; the mechanic told me that…

Confronting the Devils That Live Within Me

“I trust everyone. I just don’t trust the devil inside them.” – John Bridger This quote is from one of my top 10 favorite movies, “The Italian Job.” In it, John Bridger, played by Donald Sutherland, leads a band of thieves before turning control of the group over to…