Jennifer Brea was a PhD student at Harvard when her body began to rebel against her. She was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
In her TED talk launched January, 2017 entitled “UNREST,” she describes her harrowing journey through symptom management and finally correct diagnosis. This debilitating disease stole her energetic, promise-filled life.
Her heart felt sympathy for the other yet unidentified people who carry the invisible disability is heart breaking. Jennifer was forced to give up a youthful, promising professional life to a debilitating, little-recognized medical condition that will slowly cannibalize her ability to enjoy the pleasures of life.
She’s a beacon: a light that shines a path urging us to use our time wisely. She thought that she had more time – time for: experiencing the pleasures of life, discovering the truths hidden in books, spending quality time with friends and family and earning an advanced degree at a distinguished university. Jennifer has reevaluated her life based on new goals that are every bit as challenging.
She has developed a new voice. A voice that will stand the test of time. One that will give us all MORE TIME. Her example shows us that by using our time wisely together and developing a collective voice we can integrate what we know into the challenges of the future. So, my challenge to you is: Check out Jennifer Brea.