Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

One of the greatest rewards I have experienced throughout my journey is the opportunity to teach others about various neurological conditions I have faced.  These educational opportunities have taken me to schools across the country allowing me to speak to every educational level through post-graduate college classes.  Last week, I spoke to an amazing group of students at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, California.

Here is the letter I offer to introduce myself to educators.  Please, feel free to share this with anyone you may feel is interested in having me speak to their group.  Teaching people not only allows me to bring textbook lessons to life, but it also offers me insight into what others are hoping to learn from someone who has first-hand experience with seizures, surviving a stroke at a young age and acquiring prosopagnosia.

Dear Professor:



I am seeking the opportunity to come and speak with your students. 


I hope to educate all ages regarding what it is like to experience, first-hand, a world of misunderstood conditions and unrecognizable faces.  My story about living with prosopagnosia – known as face blindness — is compelling in that it speaks to everyone, not just those people with the impairment.  I speak to schools to share the story of coping with epileptic seizures, a stroke, and the resulting face blindness.  It is my goal to help people.


I am a wife of a Navy officer and mother of two daughters.  I hope my words inspire my audience to focus on what makes them special, not different. Hearing this story can make everyday problems feel less defeating.


My story has been told both nationally and internationally.  You can find links below from the Today Show and for “The Spectator”.


If you would like me to come speak to your class or need more information about my story, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help.




Tara Fall  –   findingstrength@rocketmail.com


“The Spectator” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfXvI11Ocos


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingStrengthToStandAgain


Blog: https://findingstrengthtostandagain.wordpress.com/


Today Show interview: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42888371/ns/today-today_health/t/face-blindness-leaves-mom-unable-recognize-her-own-children/




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