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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We say a lot of things when we do not know what to say. When we get that call that our daughter, mother, brother, spouse or any loved one has been confronted with the unimaginable. We spend the entire car ride to the hospital carefully and thoughtfully arranging the words that will miraculously make everything just go away. It comes from a place of love. Yet even deeper than that, Adrianne Haslet-Davis believes, it comes from a place of fear. Fear of the truth; that no matter what we say, nothing will make it better. As a survivor and amputee from the Boston Marathon Bombings, Adrianne gives us the guidebook on a topic we will all face in one way or another in our lives. This riveting talk is told through Adrianne’s own stories of recovery where she learned very quickly that even the most well-intentioned words would never make her leg grow back.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a Professional Ballroom Dancer and public speaker who has survived the unimaginable Boston Marathon Bombings where she lost her left leg below the knee. She now works to inspire others to fulfill their own personal dreams.


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Adrianne Haslet

Adrianne Haslet

Adrianne Haslet has survived the unimaginable bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon where she lost her left leg below the knee. She is quickly rising to meet her daily challenges head on with a unique perspective. Being a full time professional ballroom dancer at the peak of her career and former Fortune 500 corporate manager, she has had to learn an entirely new meaning to the word patience. In the wake of the marathon, she has become an inspiration through her positive attitude and infectious smile. She has recently returned to the dance floor and ready to take on the challenge of re learning head on. Appearing on CNN, Dancing With The Stars, The View and many other media outlets, Adrianne hopes her emotional honesty will serve as an example to others looking to overcome adversity in their own lives. She has inspired John Hancock corporate runners in the 2014 Boston Marathon, Merrill Linch corporate meeting, TED Talks in Vancouver, BC, spoken with Vice President Biden and many others. Accepted a 2013 Med Star Gala Victory Award in Washington DC and was honored with her first responders at the 2013 Schwartz Center Gala in Boston. She has been named one of Cosmo’s Most Powerful Women of 2013 and was recently given the 2014 On Cue Tribute Award. Adrianne has a documentary detailing her first year since the marathon titled The Survivor Diaries which she did with Anderson Cooper. Adrianne’s quote “I let the space between where I am and where I need to be inspire me” rings true for everyone struggling with something in their own lives.