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Will you wait for your own crisis, however it presents itself, or will you open your eyes and your heart, learn from the experience of others, and make changes now to embrace your authentic self?
As I reflected light back in through my camera lens, I birthed an entirely new perspective on life. I created my healing as I found beauty in my morning cup of coffee, warmth in the nuzzles from my two cats, and meaning in the light of those brisk autumn days.
Cost was not an issue on any level because the benefits Kramer catalogs lean toward the sort that no amount of money can buy: peace, love, serenity, humility, happiness, redefinition of faith, and more meaningful relationships with others. How does one arrive at this summation, to view and accept a brain tumor as a great gift?
Survivors can learn to avoid worrying about the small stuff and attend to the awe and wonder all around us. But how does this dramatic transformation happen?
We know that suffering is amplified when we don't see it coming, when we don't have any control over it, and when it's something we've never had to deal with before. All of which makes Stacey Kramer, and those who respond to suffering like she has, even more remarkable.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt may make the pain meaningful and bearable, but growth does not undo loss and it does not eliminate adversity. So what can Stacey's experience teach us?
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy mother is convinced that weird genetic anomalies happen in sets of three. She is certain that this third thing will be like that: just a part of my son's body that's unlike most of ours. But what if it isn't?
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI'm still just a naive fighter, struggling through every single day. So let me ask you all: Is this a curse or a blessing, a tragedy or an opportunity, a punishment or merely, just a gift?
2013-03-14-stacey_kramer_banner_real.jpgI lost a friend and colleague last spring. His diagnosis was way worse than mine. He was not so lucky.
Are there ways in which I have found a greater understanding of life and how to live it? Are there ways in which I find myself being more grateful for what I have and for those around me?