Dr Will Flanary: Cancer, Cardiac Arrest & Comedy

Don‘t Ignore the Elephant

Nov 2 2021 • 41 mins

Have you ever wondered what it’s like when a doctor becomes a patient? I thought I was unlucky when I got breast cancer but then I spoke to my next guest, the American ophthalmologist Dr Will Flanary. He had testicular cancer twice - first  a med student and then as a junior doctor. But that’s not all. In 2020 Will had a cardiac arrest and his amazing wife did CPR for ten minutes to bring him back to life. We spoke about how he’s used his comedy alter-ego Doctor Glaucomflecken to cope with everything life has thrown at him.

Will is fund-raising for First Descents, a charity that provides free outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. He donates all his speaking fees to the organisation in aim to raise $50,000.

You can read more about Will’s story here: https://www.drgcomedy.com/bio and watch his hilarious videos here.

Will’s entry for the Jar of Joy was his new puppy. What are you putting in the jar this week?

Social media:

Will Flanary

Twitter @DGlaucomflecken

Website: https://www.drgcomedy.com/bio

Liz O’Riordan

Twitter @Liz_Oriordan

IG @oriordanliz

Website: www.liz.oriordan.co.uk

Don’t Ignore The Elephant is hosted by Dr Liz O’Riordan, produced by Bird Lime Media in association with Elizabeth Richards.