Meet Professor Mark Gugliotti: Helping one patient at a time

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This year, just about 8,500 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells, which is an integral part of your immune system.  Hodgkin’s lymphoma weakens the immune system leaving a person prone to other harmful diseases. NYIT Professor Mark Gugliotti is now guiding students at Suny Old Westbury through the Physical Therapy Program. About 8 years ago, he was unfortunately diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and describes it as “an experience that challenges your very character”. The Slate felt compelled to write not about Mark’s story through his treatment, but his triumphant victory over the illness and what he does now to help people better themselves and raise awareness for the disease that changed his life.

He is a highly active member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  He first entered as a volunteer for the “First Connection” program at LLS. It pairs survivors with individuals who have been recently diagnosed with blood cancer. “Now being able to help other is “heartwarming and invigorating all at once,” said Professor Gugliotti. “You quickly realize how easy it is to make a positive difference in anyone’s life”

Mark loves helping people ever since he completed his treatment. His mission to help other people who have been diagnosed with blood cancers. He loves giving back because “soon you realize it can act as a ripple effect and goes on to impact the lives of those you might not ever meet.” One of his goals is to make sure you are aware of your body and “play an active roll in your own health care and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.”

He truly believes “the world is full of wonderful people who can often times do more for you than you could ever imagine.” During his journey through his treatment he was surrounded by his friends and family and says that he “will never be able to fully express how much their strength and support really meant” to him.  This just goes to show you how much love and support can play a role in making it through this hard time.  If you yourself have been diagnosed with any type of cancer or illness, then he encourages you to reach out to him for help if you ever need it. Professor Gugliotti is helping people everywhere one patient at a time.

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