Austin Carlile Makes Public Appearance, Gives Moving Speech About Marfan Syndrome

certified Strife expert badge
3 mins read


Ex-Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile has made a public appearance last night, at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, to talk about Marfan Syndrome. It's been a while since Austin Carlile has been in the United States. A few weeks ago he flew to the United States for surgery due to two cysts found on his spine. He gave a speech about his brave and ungoing battle with Marfan Syndrome.

Carlile opened up about the death of his mother, the constant struggle of Marfan Syndrome and his departure of Of Mice & Men, while standing wearing a cane. He gets very emotional at times, due to the fact that it is all very real, given he has to fly to Stanford again today (June 24th) to do more testing.

As a kid, Carlile was very active and into sports, something he had to quit aswell when he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. This was the moment for him that he went into rock music. He said the following:
“I started a rock and roll band around the time that my mom passed away. I didn’t really have much else to do. I did sports. I was a very active kid and when I was told I had Marfan Syndrome, I had to quit. I said, “what should I do next, lets try music”. I followed it and it’s something that kind of came.”

Austin Carlile continued to share about the struggles he faced being on tour with Of Mice & Men, sharing the following:
“I got home from a tour one time. I couldn’t perform anymore. I had three dural tears in my spine. My spinal fluid was leaking. I went to two or three different doctors and was turned away. I had a doctor call me a liar. I went to Stanford… twenty minutes later they told me exactly what it was.”

His entire speech can be seen below.
Motionless In White
(0 reviews)
Share this article

Related articles

Show more

Popular articles

Show more


Musicians & singers
Abi Milmon
Abi Milmon
$ 0.08 PM
I'm the ONE who goes to every concert I can.
Natalie Ramos
Natalie Ramos
$ 0.08 PM
Music-based Writer
I'm the ONE who is always there to share an enthusiasm for music and living in the moment.
Sarah  Smiles
Sarah Smiles
$ 0.08 PM
Student and Writer
I'm the ONE who's passionate about music, writing, and dance.
Harrie van der Lubbe
Harrie van der Lubbe
Creative Developer
I'm the ONE that might be able to help you If you have difficult technical questions
Ameera Bakr
Ameera Bakr
$ 1.02 PM
I'm the ONE I'm the one who will help you explore yourself and the world around you, giving advice from self impovement of makeup to sexual self acceptence. lets see what I can do for you.