Adrianne Haslet featured on TEDx Talks: Dear Terrorist – A Poem about Emotional Honesty

By TEDx Talks, Youtube | March 25, 2016

Adrianne Haslet-Davis was a ballroom dancer before she lost her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and she remains a ballroom dancer now, with new grit and determination. But she has added one more thing to her emotional repertoire onstage: Fear. In this spoken-word poem, she challenges the terrorist who tried to destroy a celebration of teamwork and determination to see her as a single person whose dreams were compromised. She also challenges those who told her to conquer her fears: she challenges them to admit their own fear, and use it to live more honestly in the world.

Adrianne has recently partnered with Limbs for Life to help provide prosthetic care to individuals who cannot afford it and the Amputee Coalition to help empower amputees to achieve their fullest potential through education and support. On April 18, 2016 – Adrianne plans to run the Boston Marathon, her first, with her team #AdrianneStrong.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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