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Dr. Brad Larsen

Inspirational Speaker from Centralia, WA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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“You may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.” Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

We had been married just two years, our oldest son was only six months old and I was just beginning my second year of dental school when my wife, Cindy, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Forty-two years ago, treatment options for MS were limited. Cindy was told that she would probably live 20 years or less. But being young, the dire prognosis didn't register so we went about living our lives confident in the rich promise of the future.

For 42 of the 44 years we have lived our lives together, MS has been a not-so-silent partner in our marriage. We could have made the decision to “just get by,” but instead we chose to just live normally, as all of us do, perhaps a little more tenaciously than most. In doing so we have managed to create a life beyond our expectations; one that has been remarkable under any circumstances.

I use our entertaining, positive story to inspire and motivate audiences to make more mindful, positive choices in their own lives. Whether it is a professional meeting or support group, our story will inspire your audience.

Some benchmarks along the way:

Parents of four adult sons

Grandparents of ten

Successful business leader: from small basement office to a premier dental practice

Kelso Citizen of the Year

Cowlitz County Citizen of the Year

Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Recipient

Lifelong learner and adventurer

MBA age 60

Century rider MS bike age 65

First marathon age 66

First attempt Mt. Rainier Summit age 68

What audiences are saying:

“This message is so powerful, it is important for all of us regardless of the challenges that we face in life. Your approach is so positive and practical. Truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing.” J.M.

“After I heard you speak last time I started to jog and now I jog two miles a day. Thank you.” M.M.

“I loved your message. I thought this would be a 'downer' but you have made this topic interesting and positive. Your story is amazing, funny and inspirational. Thank you.” P.H.

“I so enjoyed your presentation. I remember thinking the same thing that last time that I heard you. I've found myself thinking of your stories and message this week. You have a gift for storytelling. Thanks for sharing.” A.R.

“Dr. Larsen's passion for speaking comes from the heart. In just 90 minutes, attendees gained a fresh perspective on compassion and caregiving. Dr. Larsen has deep professional and personal expertise and it shows. He draws on his career of care taking of his wife experiencing Multiple Sclerosis. His speech was packed with illuminating anecdotes, telling personal stories, and a refreshing dose of good humor. In sum, it is my pleasure to give Dr. Brad Larsen my highest recommendation as an inspirational speaker. He will deliver a message that will connect on a deep level with your audience.” C.S.

“Thank you and Cindy so much for talking to my group today. Your message, and even more your and Cindy's presence, today was very moving and meaningful. Your points were so clear, and so crucial, that I know they were helpful to us and to the others there today. I'm sure we'll be discussing and sharing them at our next meeting! Thanks again, and I'm so happy and moved that you are sharing your life experience, your insights, and your message of hope (realistic, not “la la”!) with others living with MS.” S.R.

“I am involved with caregiving for my brother. It has been a real struggle. Today as I drove here, I thought to myself, 'I am done. I can't do this anymore.' After hearing your presentation, I have no hope. I can do this. Thank you so much for your positive message of hope.” R.M.

“Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to come share such a wonderful testimony of you and your wife's life together. It was a story of hope, perseverance and so much love.” L.T.

“After hearing your message, I know that my dreams can become reality. Anything and everything is possible.” A. F.

“Having been in a caregiving role, Dr. Larsen's presentation brought up many emotions. I wish I had heard his presentation earlier. Dr. Larsen speaks from the heart; his position that caregiving is a privilege, is an incredibly powerful valuable message to anyone in this position. His comments regarding taking care of yourself (caregiver), are spot on – this is truly so important to the caregivers mental and physical well-being.” G.M.
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Dr. Larsen's informative multi-media presentation on care-giving held the interest of our entire diverse group of seminar participants, from teenagers to seniors. His inspirational story was an encouragement to everyone in the audience!

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Dr. Brad Larsen’s Response:

Thanks you for the opportunity to share my story.

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Dr. Larsen has a refreshing perspective on the role of a caregiver and an inspiring story of his wife's struggle with multiple sclerosis. You might think such a topic could be a downer, but Dr. Larsen manages to provide an uplifting presentation full of interesting anecdotes that are sure to inspire the listener to a more positive perspective on any challenges they may face. His style is laid back, very professional, and it's easy to enjoy listening to him. I'm a guy with a short attention span but Dr. Larsen held my interest for the entire presentation - no small feat!

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Dr. Brad Larsen’s Response:

Thank you for the opportunity. It was a pleasure.

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Dr. Brad Larsen’s Response:

Thanks Cami, it was a pleasure!

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2017
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27
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Vancouver, WA
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Mar
24
Corporate Function
Longview, WA
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2016
Nov
21
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Randle, WA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
Nov
10
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Kelso, WA
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2016
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10
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Kelso, WA
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2016
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Morton, WA
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
2016
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29
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2016
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14
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Edmonds, WA
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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