Thriving Under Pressure: TEDx Talk

One of my favourite bloggers is Dr. Andrea Dinardo whose posts offer straightforward, and sometimes tough advice for how deal with stress and develop resilience.  Especially poignant for students, her message is now available through TEDx video.

Dr. Dinardo’s blog, Thriving Under Pressure is available here.


“Getting Our Lives Back”

The documentary, Getting Our Lives Back offers an inside look at the Fibromyalgia spectrum.  It is UK-based, and the drug they talk about I do not recognize, but the number of people affected and the descriptions offered are universal.

There is a lot of confusion about the name of this disease – Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myalgic Enchephomylitis – all have been used to describe my condition.  Most importantly, it is a real disease, can be very debilitating and requires further attention from the medical field.

Relevance of Story


Stories have power.  In my many roles as parent, therapist, teacher, and public speaker, I have long known that the secret to engaging an audience and communicating purpose is through illustration:  storytelling.

I see it in the eyes of my three and four-year old granddaughters who beg to hear a tale again and again, stopping to ask why and question all the different parts.

I have seen it in the eyes of the wounded trying to make sense of their past: the craving for a story that gives them validation.

I see it in the eyes students, when recognition and understanding light up.

I’ve seen it in the eyes of audiences, who tear up or laugh in the telling of a relevant tale.

No one explains the power of story better than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her TED Talk:  The Danger of a Single Story.  Author of Americanah, Adichie is an important literary voice.