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The Power of Persistence and Perspective With Keynote Speaker Kelsey Tainsh

December 01, 2023
Denise Portz, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, AOCNS®, APNP
Planning Team Member
Keynote Speaker Kelsey Tainsh


Kelsey Tainsh has experienced much hardship in her young life, but now she seeks to set a positive example for others. Kelsey was diagnosed with a brain tumor at five years old and survived to live a healthy and happy life. She even became a champion athlete. Unfortunately, Kelsey’s tumor returned when she was 15, and she subsequently suffered a devastating stroke. The right side of her body was paralyzed, and Kelsey herself was paralyzed with anxiety and self-doubt. Although the physical challenges she faced were serious, she strove to overcome them, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida, and entered the workforce. Now Kelsey is a celebrated professional speaker who touts the power of persistence as a driving force in her life.   

I had the privilege to speak with Kelsey, to give you an exclusive sneak peek on what to expect during her keynote address:  

What inspired you to share your story with others?  

Being a two-time brain tumor and stroke survivor, I learned that life is all about attitude and perspective. When we change our attitude and our perspective, we can change the way we react to things. I want to share my story to help others change their perspective on life, to have good days despite challenges.   

What do you hope attendees will remember most from your session, and how can they apply your message to their own lives? 

I want nurses to know how important they are and that they make a difference in the lives of their patients every day. Nurses can turn bad days into good days just by changing perspective, whether that is helping patients with their perspective or in their own lives. With an attitude of gratitude, we can change the way we react to the hard things we are going through. 

How has your relationship with your nurses impacted you and your perspective on life?  

I had great doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, but it was the nurses who did everything for me. They were always full of joy and happy to help me. They were the ones with me during the hard times, and they were the teachers to help my family learn how to help me. They are the ones who gave me my attitude of gratitude, told me that it will get better, and helped me to change the way I react to the hard things—how to change my perspective. They gave me hope.  


The Opening Ceremony and Keynote address “I’m Not Limping. That’s Swagger!” will take place at 8 am on April 25, 2024. You don’t want to miss her session to hear about her remarkable journey and be inspired by her gratitude and perspective. Make your plans to register to join us today.  

For more information about Kelsey and her story visit her website.  

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