Interview by NBC10 Katie Zachry.
WRTI 1/11/16 Interview by Susan Lewis. 12:47 minutes long. Listen Here >>
WAMC Northeast Public Radio 8/5/2015 Interview by Alan Chartock & Joe Donahue. 11:42 minutes long. Listen Here >>
Courier Post Article by Sally Friedman on 2/8/2016: Haddon Township cellist beats the odds over MS. Read More >>
Times Union by Amy Biancolli. Newspaper serving New York's capital region of Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Read More >>
Book review by Dominic Marro RD CDN. Read More >>
Survivor, and Author of Miracle in the Andes
"If you are ever presented with something that seems impossible to defeat, reading Bob’s book will give you the strength and inspiration to create your own miracle and escape from that dark night. It could be an illness, a financial issue or even a relationship failure. This book will inspire you, as it has inspired me."
Robert C. Sergott, MD
Director of Neuro-Opthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
"Bob Cafaro and his story should be a must read for patients, families, caregivers, and physicians and surgeons who face the devastation of punishing chronic diseases. Through his courage and resolve, Bob overcame multiple sclerosis, one of the most punishing of all diseases. This book chronicles in riveting detail how this world class cellist for The Philadelphia Orchestra delivered his best personal medical performance. Ironically, during the time when I first met Bob, my wife and I had watched the movie "Hilary and Jackie," the tragic saga of Jacqueline du Pré, the internationally known cellist whose life had been cut short by MS. As I tried to counsel and console Bob, my mind was obsessed with the thought that he had known the heart-rending story of another cellist afflicted by MS. We offered Bob compassion, sympathy, and some glimmer of hope. As his book reveals, Bob did the rest. His courage is an improbable combination of the pure determination of Rocky ascending the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the beauty and grace of du Pré's famous performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto."
Yannick Nézet Séguin
Conductor and Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra
"Authentic, honest, moving and inspiring... This story is an invaluable lesson for those who love music, health, and life."
Eric Roter, M.D.
Attending Physician, Metro Hospital, Cleveland, OH
"This poignant and powerful memoir recounts the story of Bob Cafaro, a gifted cellist who was stricken with multiple sclerosis in the prime of his life. Rather than succumb to a disease that was voraciously eating his nervous system and robbing him of even the most basic human functions, Mr. Cafaro chose to fight back. Through a combination of sheer tenacity and uncanny street-sense, he was able to devise a multifaceted approach to overcoming an illness that appeared to be his death sentence. Arming himself with a unique mixture of modern medical therapies, radical changes in diet, exercise, and mental focus, Mr. Cafaro beat the odds. A decade and a half ago his brain and spinal cord were riddled with incapacitating lesions. He was left virtually blind, had profound weakness and numbness, and could not even lift a pen to write his own epitaph. Today he is symptom free and enjoying his life as a member of one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Cafaro stresses that his formula worked for him, and it may not be applicable to others suffering from the disease. His 'shotgun' approach, targeting his enemy from every angle imaginable, led to what was and perhaps is considered to be a medical impossibility – the eradication of MS from the body. Perhaps out of the myriad of 'bullets' only a few or even one had the firepower to eliminate the villain. But it doesn't really matter. He is alive and well and has graciously shared his story for others to be inspired and to never give up the battle, or hope. A must read!"
When The Music Stopped My Battle and Victory against MSBuy Now Get The Book