5 Ted talks every SCA survivor should watch

Some of the most helpful and inspiring videos on the web are done by people at Ted talks and over the years a number of them have been posted into the SCA UK Facebook group.  I’ve collated 5 of them for easier reference.

1. Janine Shepard – A broken body isn’t a broken person

It’s easy to feel a bit broken after an SCA and the following talks gives a really powerful message about the human potential for recovery.  Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal – until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride.  Here she shares her powerful story and her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

2. Ruby Wax – What’s so funny about mental illness

Recovering from an SCA can be a real roller coaster with anxiety, depression and other mental issues being a problem for some survivors.  Ruby Wax is well known in the UK for her shows and comedy but also for her writings on mental health and Mindfulness…

3. Neil Pasricha – The 3 A’s of Awesome

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation.  He is the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness and one of the world’s leading authorities on happiness and positivity.

4. Jill Bolte Taylor – My stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist who also happened to have a stroke.  She has written an excellent book on how her brain has been affected. There are many similarities between the damage a stroke and an SCA can do and so is well worth watching…

5. Sandrine Thuret – You can grow new brain cells

Many SCA survivors end up with some sort of brain impairment due to hypoxia.  It’s always worth asking whether this can get better.  The question is, can we, as adults, grow new neurons to help repair our brain? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can.  She offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.

And a bonus video which is a light hearted though quite clever guide to AED use…

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