Episode 061: Live Like You Were Dying with Andy Ptacek

Updated Feb 25, 2021 | Chris Petrie

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My Guest on the Show…

“Inoperable brain cancer”.

These were the words spoken by the team of doctors who met with Andy and her family to share with her the devastating news of what was causing her extreme and sudden headaches.

The dark area is the part of the brain removed from Andy’s skull.

Andy Ptacek; wife, daughter, friend, and mother of two small boys would now be facing the greatest challenge any of us could ever imagine – defeating brain cancer.



The Backstory:

Andy and her husband were featured on the Money Peach Blog in the very early days when the blog was first started. They had an amazing success story of paying off $75k of debt in only 7 months.

A year after paying down their debt, they would soon face an even greater challenge: an inoperable tumor found on the outside of Andy’s brain.


The good news: After multiple attempts to have Andy to share her NEW success story, she finally gave in and agreed to the interview. She knew this would be a tough conversation and asked her husband Bruce to sit in with us during our conversation (you will notice him pop in the background of the interview).

During our conversation, Andy shares her view on what really matters most in life when you stare into the eyes of what she perceived as her own mortality.

  • What did Andy promise herself when she was diagnosed?
  • How did she find the strength and motivation to stay positive through it all?
  • What happened that caused her to almost give up?
  • What did she do just 1 year after brain surgery? (This will absolutely shock you!)


Two years post brain surgery

Note: Many of you may be asking why I would interview Andy’s story of survival on the Money Peach Podcast. This is a fair enough question and you will understand why in the end.

Hint: Money touches every aspect of your life. Even the parts you never think about…like inoperable brain cancer.

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Mentioned in this Episode

Andy’s Debt Free Success Story

Liquis Design

Episode 50: Growing the Community through Crossfit

Dr. Nader Sanai, MD (Andy’s Neurosurgeon)

Awesome Money Course



The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Life Insurance – You Never Know What Will Happen (Don’t Wait)


Show Notes

Andy’s life was very normal starting out [3:58]

Her first headache [9:05]

The news… [13:00]

Living like you’re dying [19:58]

The Brain Surgery [29:00]

Crossfit a week after brain surgery? [32:40]

The major unexpected setback [34:27]

The good news [41:50]


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Chris Petrie

Chris (Peach) Petrie is a personal finance expert, money coach, speaker and podcaster.

In 2011, Chris and his family were exhausted from living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing a mountain of debt. They started going against the society standards of misbehaving with money and made the decision to take back control of their lives and money. Within seven months they paid off $52,000, started saving like crazy and began building real wealth.

The word spread fast and Chris started showing friends how to create a budget over dinner. Soon after he started showing their friends how to do the same and eventually Chris started teaching personal finance classes around the community. As the need for the classes grew, Chris launched Money Peach in 2015.

Money Peach was created to help everyday people remove the stress and fear of money by showing them how to save more, make more, and keep more of their money.

Chris Peach has been featured in places like Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and CheddarTV.

When Chris isn’t at “work” he can be found at the Crossfit gym or riding on the fire truck — Chris is also a full-time firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona.

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