TSN Canadian Sportscaster, Host of SPORTSCENTRE, Play-by-play announcer for Curling, Voice for TSN”s Montreal Canadiens Broadcasts
Episode 92: The blessing of a normal life with Bryan Mudryk.
My guest today, Bryan Mudryk, was a colleague when I was on CTV and hopefully a friend for life, but, I have to confess I've always been intrigued by him and his stories.
You may know him from his work as a sports anchor; his career exploded quickly delivering comments for some of the most important events such as The Curling Championship of the World, hockey games and the Olympic Games.
He powerfully honours his roots, curling is his passion, his family is his everything, and he raised almost 2 million dollars for cancer research.
He lives every day at its fullest because at a very young age, his health was defied by cancer, not once but twice, and later on in his life cancer took his best friends.
I want to welcome my dear friend Bryan Mudryk to The Inner Circle.
Let's dig in!
What You’ll Hear in This Episode:
8:55 - We start with how life was growing up in a "small town", and the strong bond his family has.
14:12 - Bryan describes how and what put him on the path to broadcast journalism that aligned with his passions.
15:37 - Going back to one of the most challenging times in his life, Bryan remembers what it was like to be 16 and get diagnosed with cancer.
22:56 - He takes us back to the second cancer diagnosis, what it was like to sit in the hospital to wait, what got him through it and the reality of reliving such a challenging time.
29:22 - After leaving the hospital, Bryan was a new person, and so was his mindset.
36:43 - Bryan details how and why he got a dog!
38:02 - When someone is going through difficult times, many people do not know what to say or how to act, Bryan gives his advice on what people really need during that time.
41:55 - We take a moment to honour Bryan's golf tournament and the 2 million dollars he raised for cancer research, he says what it was like to live such an incredible moment.
47:48 - The loss of his brother was one of the worst experiences Bryan had to go through; he describes the emotions he felt when he got the news that his brother was battling cancer.
53:30 - We talk about the mental health journey someone goes through after a life-changing event, the importance and massive impact of sharing one's story and deliver a positive point of view.
57:00 - Bryan tells us what life is like living his dream in Toronto, what his plans are for the future, what is on the horizon in his personal life, and finally he shares a view of what we need to keep in mind during these crazy times.
"I had a good place to be a kid and grow up."
"My glass is half full ...unless there's red wine, then it's usually empty."
"I just remember my parents were crying in the room and I knew it was serious."
"If you don't have a sense of humour coming out of that, you are not going to make it."
"I wanted to get back to work; I wanted to feel normal, and I wanted to do what I loved."
"The waiting around and not knowing is horrific."
"To feel as normal as possible."
"They wouldn't want you to grieve."
"Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to grieve."
"Find a way to laugh every day."
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