Bump in the Road


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Charles Porter has a story that is filled with love and wisdom. He is a poet, author, actor, trainer, husband, father and so much more. He has lived several lives in his 40 some years, hopefully with many more to come.

Charles Frederick Porter II was born in Oxford England to an English mother and an African American father from Annapolis, Md. Charles received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. His football coach had a mantra: Never Quit.

But a back injury sidelined Charles’ dreams of professional football. So he headed for Hollywood where he was off to a successful career, appearing on popular shows and landing some significant advertising campaigns.


Charles Porter

Charles during his Hollywood days.

But then, in 2010, he was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was a bump in the road no one could have imagined. His old football mantra became his mantra for life.


“Sometimes a bump in the road feels like its knocking you off track, but it knocked me back ON track,” says Charles. And life took a very different turn. He wrote poetry and published several books. He married and had two daughters.


“Once I knew nothing is forever, I truly started living.”


Then the cancer came back again. Immunotherapy is helping.

My podcast with Charles is wide ranging. And it includes one of his poems:

From Choose Your Path: The Journey to Your Destination lays within you.


Charles POrter

Choose Your Path by Charles Frederick Porter

I am thankful for the day

Simply because I am

Tattered clothes, tangled hair, nodding out

It could be so much worse

A still around the canals shows two sides of the same coin

I should not forget this

We have all been through so much

Oh you’d be rare to escape life’s pain

But pain can fuel life

One day there will be no more

So I must remain thankful

Notes: Walking through life at one point thinking that there was no end. When I was diagnosed with stage four Cancer my compassion and empathy intensified. That is when I truly started to love myself and then I truly started to believe myself. One I knew nothing is forever, I truly started living. Grateful to be alive.

Charles Porter on Bump in the Road




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A Selection of Bump In The Road Episodes

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Bump In The Road: Liz O’Riordan

Bump In The Road: Mark Philpott

Jose Montero and Trekking For Kids  (Part One)

Jose Montero and Trekking For Kids (Part Two)

Bump In The Road: Bernie Siegel, MD Part I

Bump In The Road: Bernie Siegel, MD Part II

Sean Swarner: #KeepClimbing

Art Estopinan: The Hunt For A Cure For A Rare Disease TK2

Donna O’Donnell Figurski: Love, Dedication and Persistence 

David Maginley: Life After Death, An NDE Experience Part I

Cameron Auxer: When Bodies Break

Luis Benitez: The Metaphor In The Mountain

Wendy Wagner: Perspectives on Perceptions

Randy Martinez: Leading With Heart and Compassion

Andrea Klunder: Where People and Stories Meet

David duChemin: Great Human and Humanitarian

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