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adesh saxena

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Indian Medical Association

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Greatness lies in converting our disadvantage to advantage. Tell your story.

Have you or any body you know ever done so? Your story will inspire us all.

I was immobilised , read books and increased my knowledge, helped my daughter to tide over her tough time and emerge as a winner.
It gave me insight and hope that nothing can bog me down for long.

My friend had a serious break up , she directed all her energies to prepare for a tough entrance test and succeeded.

Cancer victims becoming cancer counsellars.

Big population becoming a big market.

Hellen Keller herself deaf and dumb , gave life and vision to so many.

Any such story of greatness from people at a disadvantage?

What's your story?

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  • Jun 23 2013: Adesh,
    I am nearing the 11th anniversary of the day I got hit by a car.
    I was 26, walking back to the train station after a successful meeting with a film producer, for which I was going to do the entire art direction. I had a gig, and a radio interview with my band that evening. It was summer evening, when I decided to take a different route, that was sunny, I remember looking forward to the thought of meandering happily to the station without a care in the world.
    The pedestrian lit turned green, I took a step onto the crosswalk, and the next thing I knew I was spinning, then felt myself being hurled about ten meters across the street.
    My life literally came to a screeching halt. I spent the next years learning how to walk, coping with trauma, PTSD, daily pain, therapy, depression.
    To say came out stronger, is a gross understatement. This accident was the jolt I needed to explore myself, and come to terms with who I truly was. In dealing with the repercussions of the accident, I was forced to deal with issues I had been neglecting for too long. To this day, I am still learning, still exploring, still coping - but I am not afraid to anymore.
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      Jun 26 2013: Very Inspiring, Thank you

      I cried when i saw my torn shoes, i thanked when i saw a person without legs. Shakespeare
  • Jul 19 2013: First off- Helen Keller was NOT deaf and dumb. That is an old, outdated term used to bring down the Deaf.
    Sorry. I saw that and jumped on it.
    I am deaf.
    I am not dumb.
    I can talk.
    My English may be crappy, but I'm working on it.

    My story is like a hearing persons, kinda.
    I grew up Hard of Hearing (not hearing impaired. I am and was NOT impaired.) I had hearing aids. Got Deaf as time passed. Hearing people pitied me, hated me, or avoided me as if I had a contagious disease. A few were nice. And I am with the Deaf now. We are like the hearing but we are a minority. Anyways, there's a short story of my life.
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        Jul 20 2013: Wow Kate.....I did not know that!!

        How incredible an experience is that? You grew up having two cultures.

        I took an ASL class, I really love signing, a few years back.
        I have friends who are deaf, and I love to talk to them.
        One wears a hearing aid....but relies on reading lips a lot.
        Another one grew up in Cuba, no one ever taught her to sign.
        We have our own unique way of communicating.....She is in her 40's.
        We have the best conversations!!
        The third one is completely deaf, and is married to a hearing person.
        He taught his wife to sign. He is always teaching me different signs.
        He's awesome!!

        You can sign? Australian sign language?
        How cool is that?
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        Jul 21 2013: Oh, yes, the alphabet....well, that really is very tiring isn't it?
        To have to spell each and every word.......signing whole thoughts and words is so much faster.
        It's a good thing there are Sign Languages in so many countries.

        I learned it by heart when I was in college.

        When I taught first grade, and I taught my class the abc song, I used to simultaneously sign the letters. A lot of the kids learned the letters this way.

        I always highlighted Helen Keller's life during March......Women's History Month....and then we would watch Disney's The Miracle Worker.

        Those scrabble games must have been something else Kate.....

        I find it incredible, how when a human loses one of his senses, the others get sharper.

        And speaking of memory, have you ever seen the interviews of people who do not forget?
        You can give them a date, and they will tell you everything that went on that day in their life.

        Look at the abc interview:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoxsMMV538U
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      Jul 20 2013: Michael, as someone very familiar with Helen Keller's life, I can see why you took umbrage at the remark in the OP.

      Welcome to TED.
      I am glad you are here!!!
      Thanks for sharing your life experience.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ikdqNVoCYQ
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      Jul 20 2013: Michael Hi

      Bring down the deaf? That is not my intention. I help deaf.

      I am an ENT surgeon , since 1987 with the blessings of Almighty atleast one person per day improves his or her hearing in my practice.

      With hearing improvement , rehablitation and therapy most improve their speech.

      Hearing improvement is achieved by

      1.Surgery
      Myringoplasty (Ear drum repair and transplants)
      Myringotomy (Drainage of fluid accumulated in middle ear specially in Children)
      Ossiculoplasties (Ossicular implants)
      Cochlear implants
      2 Medical management
      3. Hearing aid and speech rehab

      I am earning but believe me when my patients start hearing i am most satisfied. And that is my real earning.
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      Jul 21 2013: Thanks for sharing your story Michael! Your English seems fine, and I hope you continue participating on TED.....Welcome:>)
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      Jun 26 2013: At times the situation can be overwhelming, at times we may feel life is not fair.

      As they say , " When going gets tough ,the tough gets going."
  • Jul 21 2013: A winter's day
    In a deep and dark December;
    I am alone,
    Gazing from my window to the streets below
    On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
    I am a rock,
    I am an island.

    I've built walls,
    A fortress deep and mighty,
    That none may penetrate.
    I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
    It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
    I am a rock,
    I am an island.

    Don't talk of love,
    But I've heard the words before;
    It's sleeping in my memory.
    I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
    If I never loved I never would have cried.
    I am a rock,
    I am an island.

    I have my books
    And my poetry to protect me;
    I am shielded in my armor,
    Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
    I touch no one and no one touches me.
    I am a rock,
    I am an island.

    And a rock feels no pain;
    And an island never cries.
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    Jun 27 2013: All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

    Helen Keller


    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/helenkelle143010.html#32iUbTmzw0uZdtAb.99
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    Jun 27 2013: Greatness lies in over coming our short comings.

    And making them our USP
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    Jun 26 2013: Never Ever Give Up on yourself. We are our own greatest saviours.
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    Jun 24 2013: To overcome disadvantages and turn it into advantages is only thing we really able to do. Being unable to change circumstances I explored and learned more and more to be sure to have many tools to drive my life.
    My last disadvantage was I was scammed. The reason was, as I realized now, my own outdated ideals, I`d never know such things exists and also uncorrect system of analysis. It was my first advantage, to realize what`s was my background to allow it happened.
    Then I took my time to understand things about myself and redesign my internal security systems, keeping my ideals secure and strong.
    Then I made attempts to understand what is the process and realized it`s a big one, it made many people suffering. My own experience shows how unsufficient the system of prevention is. Then I made my decision to make more to prevent such things. Because as I read in official reports, the scam process increased more about 20% every year, and costs about 50,000,000 dollars in US last year. Terrible. Then I investigated the psychological background, saw interview with paople and think about how such process covers modern life.
    I kept the scammer as long as it possible to learn more about scripts, techniques, standard tools and try several ideas on him to have knowledge how could he react. The same time I decided to make something unusual but with possibility to be spreaded more in order to make people be informed. I started my new art project I called Cyber War and did paintings to show the process step by step in order to make it spread in public and so help people to be awared that way.
    I did 21 paintings in one month using my anger and compassion to another people suffered much more. The project plans to be open in automn and I hope will be better tool to make people aware then official excuses which always comes after all. It was a big stress, that job. I was ill after it, but did everything.
    I hope it will be helpful because arts has own possibilities to call.
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      Jun 26 2013: Anna you are a winner.

      Winners never seem to give up.

      Do you agree?
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    Jun 26 2013: Yes, Adesh. I won it and now wish many people win it too.
    Thank you for your opinion!
  • Jun 24 2013: Oh, this conversation reminds me of Phil Hansen's talk, 'Embrace the Shake':
    http://www.ted.com/talks/phil_hansen_embrace_the_shake.html