This past week, I had the pleasure of accompanying my wife Sheila as we travelled to Las Vegas where she shared the story of her work at a Ted Conference at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The emcee introduced Sheila as “appearing on a Las Vegas stage for the first time in over 50 years since she last appeared at the Desert Inn while performing as a dancer at the Tony Martin and Peggy Lee Show.”
Sheila’s performance was different this time, of course, as she shared the story from her book Warrior Mother, about how she accompanied her best friend and two of our children through “death defying” acts when each faced life-threatening illnesses. Her story was moving, passionate and full of “laughter and tears” for the audience.
Of course, no presentation by her can be done without some singing and dancing and her performance evoked cheers and applause at the end, no doubt as it did 50 years ago.
Sheila had established a goal several years ago to be a Ted Speaker and her persistence, hard work, and grit paid off as she told the audience her “ideas worth sharing.”
For those that know the story, it is easy to understand why resilience has become such an important part of our lives. Sheila demonstrated that in more ways than one when she got back on that Las Vegas stage and I am so proud of her work and as a person!
To view her Ted Talk click on this link and go to time 7:26:30
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