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May 18, 2022

Do you ever feel invincible? I used to feel that too and was living a very happy and fulfilling life with purpose before there was a pain I started feeling. And that was just the start.


This episode is a little different and instead of interviewing a special guest, I'm the one being interviewed.


In this episode, my very special friend, Kevin Monaghan joins us and interviews me on the "Fear Of Becoming Decrepit" which I got while being operated on for an Ostomy, which is a surgery to create an opening (stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside.


The last months have been tough and slow but I see a light of hope at the end of the tunnel and I'm back stronger than ever.


This is the first part of the two-part interview and we discuss what I went through and how everything started. When I first noticed that I needed help and the fear of becoming decrepit came into my mind.


We also went through the procedure, how everything went with the doctors and how was the recovery process like.


We also discuss topics like mortality and how much less time we have on this earth. This, and a lot more in the episode. Join us in the discussion.


A bit about me (Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj):

Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj enjoyed a prestigious career as a periodontal regenerative surgeon moving to a new passion in June 2018. He retired after a 33-year career to pursue new passions. At 69 Dr. Orest has taken on a new role as an Interviewer, Podcaster and government-certified Old Guy. He streams from his new home in Las Vegas, NV. He lives with his wife of 29 years, Oksana. His status as an empty-nesters with two out of college-employed children has left him with time and energy to share decades of successes, failures, and wisdom.


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Timestamps for the episode:

00:00 - Precap

01:05 - Intro

02:17 - Guest Introduction

04:26 - How was your life before you started noticing pain?

06:02 - How it all started

08:16 - What's Diverticulitis?

10:20 - Talk about surgery

13:50 - The procedure

14:50 - How do you feel before going into an operation like this?

16:30 - Why I fired the first doctor

17:30 - The two sources of pain

18:50 - The Diverticulitis pain

19:48 - Commercial

20:23 - Commercial ends

21:30 - Interesting hospital beds

24:00 - The day of surgery

24:40 - When did the fear of becoming decrepit kick in?

30:00 - Did the embarassment make you feel isolated? What were you feeling?

30:44 - Confronting mortality

32:30 - What was the bigger fear? Becoming decrepit, or dying?

35:30 - Did you feel like a burden?

37:15 - Did the fear of becoming decrepit make you want to try to be normal more than ever?

39:08 - Share

40:19 - Outro