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707 | Cancer Taught Me To Appreciate The Moments with Ray Hartjen

Own Your Choices Own Your Life

Release Date: 05/23/2024

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707 | Cancer Taught Me To Appreciate The Moments with Ray Hartjen

In this episode, we speak with Writer & Musician, Ray Hartjen. Ray is a writer, musician and songwriter living in Northern California. In a professional career that has spanned parts of five decades, he pivoted on many occasions, from investment banking to pharmaceuticals, from consumer electronics to SaaS software. One constant throughout his career path, however, has been storytelling. A cancer fighter every day of the week that ends in a ‘y,’ Ray shares his experience and raises funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation with his latest book, Me, Myself & My Multiple Myeloma. And, with life’s soundtrack playing in his head, Ray also performs and records with his two-piece acoustic band, the Chronic Padres. 


In this episode, we discuss:

1) Cancer has become Ray’s biggest calling and he shares his experience and raises funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in his latest book, Me, Myself & My Myeloma. He has reframed his fight against cancer to focus on what makes life worth living.

2) Cancer taught Ray to not take life for granted, and the power of vulnerability and learning that his story could help others feel less alone in their story too.


Connect with Ray
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rayhartjen
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chronicpadres
Website: https://rayhartjen.com/store
Website: https://rayhartjen.com/
Email:  [email protected]


Marsha Vanwynsberghe — Storytelling NLP Trainer, Speaker, Publisher & Author, 2xs Podcaster

Marsha is the 6-time Bestselling Author of “When She Stopped Asking Why”.  She shares her lessons as a parent who dealt with teen substance abuse that tore her family unit apart. Marsha has been published 7xs, most recently with her co-platform, Every Body Holds A Story, and she is on a mission to continue to help women and men to speak, share, and publish their stories. 

Through her tools, OUTSPOKEN NLP certification, programs, coaching, and podcast, Marsha teaches the power of Radical Responsibility and Owning Your Choices in your own life.  She empowers people how to heal and own their stories, be conscious leaders, and build platform businesses that create massive impact.