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Audience Testimonials

1.) “Thank you for opening up and touring and turning your personal challenges and trials into something that others can learn from, that may well save someone else’s life one day. You can’t live in this world without suffering some kind of trauma or tragedy; I believe your sharing your story so widely will literally give someone on the edge the hope and vision they need to move forward instead of continuing down their road of despair and loss. I’m sure it already has, many times, whether these people contact you or not. Life can be so difficult; thank you for spreading light and love where you can.

Also, thank you for sharing your story from a patient’s perspective. I’m a medical student, and decided to study medicine at age 34 after working in both professional and volunteer capacity throughout underdeveloped countries and with vulnerable populations- genocide refugees, people living under communist governments, communities with limited resources, etc. I decided to make a career switch to medicine because everywhere I went there was a shortage of much-needed doctors. I’ve noticed in med school that many of the students don’t understand the empathetic side of medicine. They don’t realize that they are not treating a disease, they are treating a person. They don’t realize that treating patients means treating the whole family, because everyone is suffering together, and everyone is worried and feeling scared and helpless. I watched a fellow student get overly excited when she had made a correct diagnosis, crying out “YES! It’s cancer!” and I cringed in horror that she hadn’t connected that this likely meant that someone was going to die.

So I want to thank you for sharing your story from that perspective as well. I hope lots of medical students read your words, and understand that behind every “interesting” condition or disease, there’s a real person, with a real story. Thank you for spreading kindness and light. We need more of it.”

  • Mindy, Medical Student, New Zealand

2.) “I’m the one you invited from Sexual Violence Response. I think it is important that you know that I have worked as a social worker with interpersonal violence and I am a survivor myself. Interestingly enough, one of the audience members asked someone what they thought the play’s message was, which started a meaningful dialogue.  I know that this one conversation above signified the importance of your play – that one person will leave with a better understanding of how trauma not only affects the individual but the family as well. The more people talk about it, (write about it), acknowledge it, the better people will learn to deal with it in a genuine way.  That is why this play needs to be seen.”– Roni, NY Survivor Advocate

3.) “You are the first person I have heard of that has been through something similar, although much worse than I can even imagine and I just had to tell you our story and tell you how much I admire you. I will never stop thinking about your performance.”

  • Jenni, Oncology Patient, Washington, US

 

4.)  “I saw your show and was moved by your honesty and your bravery. I was a general surgeon (I now do wound care) and so I can fully appreciate your struggles. I am inspired by your pursuit of life and all you can experience. You do not let being an “intestinal cripple” keep you confined”.

  • Marilyn, Surgeon, New York, US

5.) “You did such an amazing job with the presentation and I have to be honest – we had some excellent speakers over two days but none got a standing ovation!”

  • Tina, WOCN Nurse, Regional Conference, NY

6.) “I’m sure you received many emails in regards to Gutless and Grateful. Thanks for  inspiring us to look at the problems we face down the road as detours. I’m not sure what sense to make of the current detours I’m facing and it’s hard to love your detours when they sometimes hurt so much. However we can’t let those detours determine where we’ll end up simply that they’ve made the trip a little longer to where we want to be. That’s what I got from your show, and then I found your TEDx Talk, and it came right on time for me to have a new perspective on the issues currently sending me down another road. Your New Fan and Fellow Human” – Daniel, NJ, US

 

7.) “This was theatre unlike I’ve ever seen. I just want to say Thank you for having the courage to let others know about your issues- as a 47 year old survivor of currently 12 major surgeries(at least 1 more to go soon) and uncounted minor procedures- it is always good to see others talk about it – especially younger people- letting others know they are not alone and though a struggle, we can still function- even if it is modified.”

  • Roger, Pennsylvania, US

 

8.) “I was drawn to your show because my son had similar ostomy issues for several years and I recall the endless leaks from his fistula additional 3 ostomies. I wanted to reach out to you and than you. There are many of “us” who can relate to your story, and I hope you hear from others, for your own encouragement as well as for the great tips that many often share along the way.

You are a brave, inspiring person and I hope that your show reaches even more.We need to hear this daily. Thank you again for sharing your story and for your example of strength and hope.”

  • Janet, Pennsylvania, US

 

9.) “Good Morning, I was thinking this morning of taking my own life. This 64 year old body, pectus exavatum, psoriasis and double vision from detached retina. Maybe I don’t have it so bad. I was watching your video clips and now I want to hold on for more and more days. Thank you. Dan.”

– sent via online form (was given national resources for suicide prevention)

 

10.) “I just found out about your story and your show, and it was such an inspiration to me. Last year I had elective weight loss surgery. In 2 weeks, an infection developed creating a 9cm abscess and sepsis. I was rushed into surgery to clean the infection but it was nearly too late. My kidneys completely shut down and my lungs had started to shut down. I was hours from death. I was suicidal many times and struggled with depression. I read all about your show and it changed everything for me. I went through only a small fraction of what you have experienced and yet you remain so upbeat and positive. Your zeal for life after your ordeal is an inspiration to me. Thank you so much.”

  • Lisa, London, England

 

11.)“I’m writing to express my appreciation of your wonderfully ingenious operetta. The Broadway sense of your performance was very, very clever a thing to compose and perform on..” – Lee Goldstein, TLAN Network Conference Attendee, Missouri US

12.)“Thank you for an inspiring talk at this weekend’s WOCN conference.  The part that you should be most excited about, is that the people who were in your audience for this talk (nurses!) can act on your shared insights. My biggest “take away” from your talk is to remember to just listen.  Sometimes I just want to make things better, but I’m often defining that by what I think will make things better.  I wanted you to know what your perspective meant to me. Thank you!” – Cathy, WOCN Nurse

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