Thriving After Misdiagnosis With Dr. Allen Lycka


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Dr. Allen Lycka is a speaker, trainer, bestselling author, and respected cosmetic dermatologist.

On a trip to Disneyland in 2003, Dr. Lycka’s wife noticed that his right foot had suddenly developed a foot drop, where it was no longer lifting. After several scans and tests, he was misdiagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), and was told that he would die within six months.

After going through all the stages of grief, he decided to seek a second opinion. His persistence paid off. After visiting several providers, Dr. Lycka finally received the correct diagnosis. He suffered from chronic Lyme disease, caused by a tick bite, and was easily cured.

His newfound lease on life led him to meet the co-author of his book, Harriet Tinka, at a charity conference. She shared her tragic story of kidnapping. Their stories inspired them to write the book, “The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life”. He talks about the 13 “golden pearls” which enrich our life. We discuss two of these golden pearls in our chat: love and enthusiasm.

Dr. Lycka also shares his tips on dealing with depression and burnout during the pandemic.

Show notes:

[0:41] Dr. Lycka’s healing journey, misdiagnosis, grief, and correct diagnosis

[12:41] How Dr. Lycka met Harriet Tinka who also went through a difficult journey

[15:33] About his book, The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life, and the golden pearls inside of us

[16:07] The golden pearl of love

[19:35] The golden pearl of enthusiasm

[23:00] Cultivating gratitude during the pandemic

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