This TEDtalk by branding guru Stacey Kramer is three minutes long and inspirational in its brevity and its punch. Nobody wishes for adversity but sometimes it's a profound teacher.

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Thank you Stacey for such a beautiful description of "the gift" that cancer or any challenge we have to face in this life. I feel the same way about my cancer diagnosis. You message was so beautiful... a gift itself.
namaste,
Ro "cancerfreepants" Poulson

I guess this paean has hit me at a vulnerable time. Tomorrow is the anniversary of my husband's death from a glioblastoma.

I also lost my husband after a nine month fight with a glioblastoma. It was an amazing time. But it was a gift that I would not wish on anyone else. There were times of shear terror. We were surrounded by activity, love, prayer and very positive assistance from the medical community as well as many people who had become our friends over the years. I could not have imagined how close we would become with each other and with our supporters. When death is a part of the picture it is hard to see the gift. No one can understand that.

My grandfather, father, and brother died of cancer (all different forms) ... so this blog was especially powerful to me. To make the video all the more impactful, the "gift" should be hidden in both the link to this website and on this page (below the video). Once those two changes are accomplished, the viewer will have the same reaction as Ms. Kramer's live audience.

I am a Breast Cancer survivor. My mother died of Breast Cancer when I was 14 and she was 47. My experience was much different than hers. She was married to an alcoholic and was the sole provider for three children when she was diagnosed. I am sure she didn't see it as a gift,although I will never know since one of the disadvantages of losing a parent when you are young is that you don't get to ask them questions about your childhood that you didn't have the maturity to formulate until you where an adult. In retrospect, I think I was much more damaged by her diagnoses than my own. I did see my Cancer as a gift. I had a lot of support,time off to do absolutely nothing but float in the pool. I was seen as a hero because I was working, in school and undergoing treatment all at the same time. Lots of people admired me. My mother had none of these things. She was broke, desperate and, except for her needy children, alone. When she could no longer walk she was warehoused in the county hospital until she died. I could say that my mother was in the position she was in because she made dumb choices. That statement is not inaccurate, but it is not the whole truth. I was lucky enough to have no children to be responsible for, a supportive spouse and financial security. I also had the good sense to go to the doctor when knew I was sick. A good attitude can be very helpful, but just ones life circumstances can also make a big difference.

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