If you haven't yet sipped the TED Kool-Aid, get yourself a straw. I've been a public speaker for 35 years now but hit the Mt. Everest of conferences when I spoke for the TEDMED group this past October.
Dave deBronkart, "e-Patient Dave," was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in 2007. Thanks to the help of an online network for patients with his disease, he quickly learned about treatment options and found support for his recovery.
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Ugly is where we will begin and this part has nothing so far to do with TED (despite the conclusions one might draw from Bill Gates' talk on state bud...