TEDx | What Paralysis Taught Me About True Strength
“The hardest thing I ever had to do is nothing at all. When my nose itched, I had to wait for someone to scratch it. But there is power in the fullness of process. Rethink ‘the wait.’”
Author of Twelve Clean Pages, Texas Education Agency’s 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, Nika Maples recently gave an incredible TEDx Talk at Abeline Christian University as part of their (re)think speaker series. She walked the audience through living with lupus as a child and her extremely difficult recovery after a massive brain stem stroke, leaving her quadriplegic at the age of 20. Doctors estimated that Nika had 48 hours to live following the stroke and would remain unresponsive in the chance of survival.
Since this definitive season of her life, she has made an astounding recovery, changed many students' lives as a teacher, and become an advocate for living a meaningful life. Nika believes that her purpose is to share her story in order to "encourage others to keep going."
Her important message of hope, resilience and true strength has reached thousands of educators, church members, healthcare workers, students, TEDTalk attendees and many more through her active presence in the speaking world as well as social media. Nika is refreshingly honest, genuine, humorous and is sure to inspire the recepients of her message to live intentionally!