The Gift of Strength and Courage

Last week in San Diego, I spoke to a group of high school students about developing leadership skills when a friend or family member becomes ill.  High school students are NOT easily moved by personal stories because they live in a digital age where human to human communication is minimized. However, after my talk, a crowd gathered around me to express their gratitude.  They were moved by my story.  During my presentation, one student appeared quite distracted and fidgety  – I did not think he was getting much out of it.  After the lecture, he was the first to approach me and disclose he had Tourette’s Syndrome, thanking me saying, “Your story meant a lot to me.  It helped me understand mine.”

In between presentations, I went to get a drink of water.  I saw a student being consoled by the principal – she and her four friends were crying.  The principal shared that the student’s father was battling late stage brain cancer.  I was put on the spot to say something comforting, wishing I knew this student’s situation before I began my talk.  After giving her a hug, I commented, “Never lose hope.”  I asked if her father was strong. She shook her head in the affirmative.  I said, “He is giving you a gift and you should embrace it – the gift of strength and courage. He is giving this gift to your friends too.”

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About the Author:

Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter.’ In 2017, she created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations.

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