Flagstar Bank CEO shares struggle with chronic illness

For years Sandro DiNello kept illness a secret

CEO shares struggles with chronic illness.

The CEO of one of the nation’s largest banks is telling a personal story of pain and triumph.

Sandro DiNello, with Flagstar Bank, hopes to help others overcome any shame or embarrassment they may feel if they’re living with a chronic illness.

DiNello has been speaking with Paula Tutman about his battle with Crohn’s disease for months and now he’s sharing his story with the public.

Today DiNello is the picture of health but for years he kept his health struggles a secret because he was worried people would think less of him.

Crohn’s disease is not new, and it’s not rare, but it is often misdiagnosed. DiNello was first diagnosed with appendicitis.

It wasn’t until he became the CEO of Flagstar Bank that he felt safe and secure enough to tell others about his experience. Now he wants anyone with Crohn’s disease to know they have the power to live their life without embarrassment and that they are not alone.

Click here to learn about the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

The annual Southeast Michigan Take Steps fundraising walk is set to happen on June 12 at the Southfield Civic Center Complex from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Click here to learn more.

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About the Authors:

Paula Tutman is an Emmy award-winning journalist who came to Local 4 in 1992. She's a Peace Corps alum who spent her early childhood living in Sierra Leone, West Africa and Tanzania and East Africa.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.