Living My Best Life With A Chronic Illness

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About Matt Cavallo

At age twenty-eight, Matt Cavallo, MPH was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Seemingly over night he went from a fully-functioning, healthy man to someone who was numb from the waist down and unable to walk. His story of being diagnosed and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges associated with having a chronic disease can be read in his memoir, The Dog Story: A Journey into a New Life with Multiple Sclerosis.

As result of his diagnosis, Matt has dedicated his life and career to healthcare and helping others with chronic illnesses. Matt has his Master’s degree in Public Health Administration and has worked in numerous clinical settings, as well as, with insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Matt’s dedication to healthcare led him to write his most recent book, 7 Steps to Living Well with a Chronic Illness.  This self-help book provides insight, tools and techniques to guide those who need help managing their chronic illness care and bettering their quality of life. The steps outlined in the book are offered with compassion and understanding from a place of personal experience.

As a Chronic Illness Coach, Matt offers personal guidance through compassionate, active listening to get to knowMatt Ted 1 individuals as a total person and to identify their unique set of challenges, fears, goals, and dreams. Matt’s mission is to help chronically ill individuals live their best life and find resources to accomplish their goals.

Matt also delivers motivational patient experience lectures, workshops and keynote speeches all over the country. Matt has moved hundreds if audiences with his engaging style that delivers laughter, tears and inspiration to go out and live your best life possible. Among others, Matt has spoken for National MS Society, Banner Health, Biogen Idec and Farmer’s Insurance.

Matt has also appeared in a MS yoga DVD that is free for MS patients with Baron Baptise. He is active with MS charities, and appeared in The Future of MS documentary for the MS Cure Fund with Ann Romney. His story has been featured in the Boston Globe, and he writes a popular blogs for the MSAA and his own website as resources for MS patients. Links to these videos are available in the ‘Resources’ page on this website.

Most importantly, however, Matt is the proud father of his two sons, Mason and Colby, the loving husband to his wife, Jocelyn, and the best friend to his dog, Teddy. Originally from the Boston suburbs, Matt currently works and lives with his family in Chandler, Arizona.

This is dedicated to the patients, caregivers, practitioners and lives affected by a chronic disease like Multiple Sclerosis.