How to heal through faith, family, friends, fitness and fun, it’s the message Mark Landiak wants to send to those dealing with a medical condition through his new book “Getting Better.”
“The focus is all on first coping and then recovering, so it’s a series of tips that I put together and strategies that I put together that I used to get better,” said Landiak.
It’s something Mark knows well, as he’s dealing with a cardiac disease that first hit back in 2011 when he was backpacking with his daughter through the Grand Canyon.
“We were hiking on the way out and about 20 minutes into our hike I started to break into a sweat. My legs got really weak, I started getting sick, I got freezing cold and it was 85 degrees out and I couldn’t walk,” said Landiak.
A few more incidents and trips back and forth to the hospital resulted in the diagnosis of a rare heart condition with no known cure called cardiac sarcoidosis.
“Cardiac sarcoidosis is an inflammatory condition that can affect any organ, but specifically the heart, and can cause sudden death or any type of ventricular arrhythmia or heart condition,” said Dr. Eugene Greenstein, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist with DuPage Medical Group.
While he is doing better now thanks to surgeries and medication, it was his positive thoughts that seemed to make the most difference in his journey to healing.
That’s why he wrote “Getting Better,” a dose of healing and humor to help anyone get through the tough times.
“How do I have a high quality of life given all these things that I’m going through now? I’ve been lucky, I’ve been fortunate, so it’s kind of my way of giving back as volunteering, and hopefully some people can take some of the things that they read in the book and they can apply them and it will help their quality of life,” said Landiak.
Today mark is the patient ambassador for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research and spends his time climbing for a cure, a way to raise money for research and reach a personal goal of climbing $100,000.
“It distracts you from the symptoms of the disease and gives you a purpose and a reason to get up and keep going and to have some fun with the day and to have meaning and to what you do,” said Landiak.
You can order a copy of Mark’s book at gettingbetterwithmark.com, where 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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