Triumph: A Remarkable Journey of Overcoming Kidney Disease

Gregory Works
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In a world full of incredible stories of resilience and triumph, there is one that stands out—an extraordinary tale of survival, courage, and unwavering determination. A husband, father of two teenage girls, and sales exec for one of the nations leading software company, Greg Works has engaged in a battle against kidney disease for over two decades. A two-time kidney transplant recipient, Mr. Works shares his experiences, struggles, and ultimate triumphs in his captivating book titled "Triumph: Life on the Other Side of Trials, Transplants, Transition & Transformation." In an exclusive interview, Mr. Works sheds light on his motivation to write the book and the remarkable journey he has undertaken to overcome this daunting physical condition.

Speaking about his motivation behind "Triumph," Mr. Works highlighted the need to address the untold stories of individuals facing health challenges. Mr. Works stated, "People go through things, but they don't really tell their story. I wanted to help others so that they had the ability to navigate a health challenge." Mr. Works recognized that his personal story was no longer just his own, but a story that needed to be shared.

Describing his two-decade journey, Mr. Works dispelled the common misconception surrounding kidney transplants. Mr. Works explained, "When you get a kidney transplant, that's not the end of the journey. Getting a transplant is only a treatment because you may have to have a second, a third, or even a fourth kidney transplant." He emphasized the need for continuous effort and vigilance in maintaining his health and functioning optimally.

Sharing his experience during the pandemic, Mr. Works emphasized the importance of stringent precautions. Mr. Works said, "For me, my approach to COVID was just like it was when I was on dialysis. I had to make sure I protected myself... I was focused in terms of how I approached everything." Despite testing positive for COVID-19 twice, Mr. Works unwavering commitment to health and safety enabled him to navigate the challenges posed by the global health crisis.

Offering guidance to those facing kidney disease, Mr. Works stressed the significance of understanding the diagnosis and exploring treatment options. Mr. Works emphasized the value of connecting with others who have walked the same path. Mr. Works stated, "Talk to people... someone that's actually going through this process. They can share information that will be very, very helpful for you as you try to proceed and move forward."

Mr. Works inspirational journey and his book, "Triumph," serve as a beacon of hope and resilience for all those battling kidney disease. Reflecting on his motivation for writing the book, he explains, "It was important for me to actually move forward as God told me to share this story." Mr. Works vulnerability and willingness to share his experiences showed as a true testament of strength. "Triumph" is available on Barnes and Noble, Amazon Books, and Books-A-Million. To listen to the entire interview, download the audio above.

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The intelligent and fearless television news anchor for the opinion news show, 'Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey’ on the TYT Network, which was named 'fastest growing TV news show in America', and Political Commentator for The People's Station V-103 FM, America's largest urban station, also serves as President of Rolling Out, the largest free-print urban publication in the country. This multimedia powerhouse with over 3-million combined subscribers/followers on Facebook Watch, YouTube, Podcasts, and Twitch combined, is a noted multidisciplinary academic scholar and university professor/lecturer and an Emmy-nominated television Political Analyst for CBS News Atlanta. 

Believing in the power of knowledge and education, Dr. Richey holds several advanced degrees, making him one of the most academically credentialed individuals in American history according to America News Now. Completing doctoral research studies in federal policy reform from Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Richey also holds a PhD from the Business University of Costa Rica where his research and doctoral dissertation highlighted the nuances and intersectionality of politics, policy and religion. 

Being a student of leadership, Dr. Richey completed studies in Executive Leadership at Cornell University and was accepted into a specialty executive law program at Harvard University in International Finance: Policy, Regulation, and Transactions. Understanding the connectivity of culture and science, Dr. Richey earned his Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Pacific, where his master’s thesis researched cognitive functionalities of brain entrainment. Dr. Richey also completed a Master of Science in Applied Physics and Quantum Mechanics from Universidad Empresarial, his master’s thesis was adapted into a book titled, ‘Ancient Egyptian Mastery of Quantum Physics, Vibratory Frequency, and Geometric Sciences: An Overview of Complex Scientific Applications in Ancient Cultures’, which quickly became the #1 Physics, #1 Science, #1 History, and #1 Egyptian Genre b0ok on the Amazon platform. 

As an executive leader, Dr. Richey says it’s imperative to combine business practices with compassionate leadership principles, which was a primary focus when completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Beulah Heights University. Dr. Richey also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Humanitarian Studies from the University of Renaissance and a Doctor of Law in International Law (ABD) from the research institution, Azteca University. 

He is currently in the final leg of completing his Juris Doctor (Law Degree) from Birmingham Law School and dually enrolled in a PhD in Quantum Physics program, which is a collaborative between the Clark Atlanta University physics department and the School of Life Information Science & Engineering at Asia Pacific School of Business.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Gregory Works