The greatest impact I can have on the world is to help others face down the same obstacles that I myself have confronted: shame, helplessness, fear. I've learned many hard truths about life in confronting my disability. With the benefit of hindsight I now take great joy in being able to communicate these truths to others. Please reach out via the form below if you are interested in booking a talk.
General Audiences - Motivation to Change
I was hit by a semi truck in 1989. In the following decades I resigned myself to merely suffer, cope and deal with the aftermath from that incident. Then one day something clicked, coping wasn't good enough. I wanted to thrive. Where I wanted to go there was no path, so I made one.
"Where I wanted to go there was no path, so I made one"
The most common question that I am asked when people hear my story, "What caused you to make the change? How did you go from merely cooping with your condition to mastering it?". In this talk I give an overview of my journey from a life oppressed by my disability to one of fulfillment through my disability. I focus on the specific turning point in my life where I went from imagining the life I wanted, to living it.
Patients / Practitioners - Mastering Your Condition
Are you a 'Master of Your Condition'? I wasn't for most of my life. Then one day in 2011 all of that begin to change. I began to consider my disability very differently and began to orient myself very differently to the healthcare system. During the following few years I made more progress on my condition that I had the previous two decades of my life.
"I ceased being a consumer of healthcare and started being a commander of it."
What changed? Same disability, same healthcare system, but I was very different. I ceased being a consumer of healthcare and started becoming a commander of it. I realized that that I need to change the level of effort I put in, how I talked about my condition, how I shared my condition, and even how I lived on a daily basis. For anyone you suffers from a chronic condition and everyone who treats those suffering from chronic condition the difference between ordinary and an extraordinary outcome starts and ends with the patient.