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There’s An Elephant in the Room: Humor Heals

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Excerpt of Article written by Joan Didion | Huffington Post

This story was written and performed by Jennifer Griffin for the live, personal storytelling series “Oral Fixation (An Obsession With True Life Tales)” on March 17, 2014, at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas.

One day, as Jennifer Griffin was getting ready for work, she started feeling ill. Two days later, she was rushed to the hospital. The medical team was able to cure the problem and save her life, but there were four side effects of the life-saving measures. Giffin would leave the hospital as a quadruple amputee. This post captures her powerful story and how she has found healing through humor. Don’t miss the 10-minute video of her speech.

Caution: the word “hell” is used twice by the speaker in the following video. If you are opposed to hearing the word “hell,” do not watch the following video.


Thank you to Jennifer Griffon for sharing her story; Joan Didion for writing the article about Jennifer Griffon, Huffington Post for committing its resources to the article; Oral Fixation for providing Griffon the platform she used to share her speech; Google for helping me find the article and video; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it pssible for me to incude the picture, text, and video I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.