No Tears for Sarcoidosis - a Column by Charlton Harris

numbers, keep moving, family memories, anxiety, medical team, dare, simple pleasures, improvement

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.

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A Leap of Faith and a New Attitude

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