The Great Connector

In 2021, Tim Schut learned he had developed Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech (PPAOS), a rare neurodegenerative syndrome, which will rob him of his superpower: speech.

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My ONE WORD for 2022 is: OPTIMISM

His friends call him “The Great Connector,” a title befitting a man whose vast network of colleagues and acquaintances has spawned countless new business relationships across the southeastern South Dakota landscape.

The Great Connector, Tim Schut, needs a connection himself.

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OCT 21, 2021 SEASON 1 EPISODE 72
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Since 2013, Tim Schut has picked a single word to serve as his annual theme. Last December, he chose the word courage. That was before he learned that Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech, a rare neurodegenerative syndrome, would rob him of his superpower: speech.

While the odds are one in a million, he hopes to find and support others with the frequently misdiagnosed condition. In this special episode, Tim joins host John T. Meyer to share his story and how he’s preparing his family and friends for the impending loss of his voice, and the eventual loss of his light.

  • The Discovery (2:40)
  • What Happens Next (12:11)
  • Tim’s Lessons and Legacy (18:10)
  • Rapid-fire with Tim (25:03)

“I found this. It explains things in the way that I feel them. I had to get a letter from my doctor stating that I had PPAOS so when the authorities would pull me over they know that I am not drunk.”
—Tim Schut

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