Resilience and How to Persevere in the Face of Devastation with Sarah Metsch (Episode #40)

Sarah MetschDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Sarah Metsch, a strong and resilient Disability Rights advocate, activist, and public speaker supporting inclusion, civil rights and equality for all. She was diagnosed with spina bifida as a child and endured a severe spinal cord injury as an adult. Today she passionately talks about her resilience through physical, mental, and emotional challenges while staying centered and practicing self-care through devastating loss, in the hopes that her story will encourage others to find their resilience and light, especially during turbulent times.

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  • What it feels like to outlive adversity
  • How Sarah have survived a lifetime of medical procedures and medical emergencies, and predictions for her life
  • Sarah’s passion for helping others
  • How to stay positive and focused in the eye of catastrophic loss
  • How to enact self-care and self-love

Sarah Metsch is a strong and resilient Disability Rights advocate and activist for Colorado and the country. Sarah is passionate about working with individuals of All abilities and their families creating inclusion as well as supporting civil rights, racial equity, and justice for all.

Growing up with a disability, Sarah experienced painful truths and injustices about how individuals with disabilities and their families are treated. This sparked Sarah’s determination to seek long-term change for her community.

With a life expectancy of thirteen, Sarah’s tenacity and strong work ethic developed out of long painful medical procedures and hospital stays. Diagnosed with Spina Bifida at age two and a half, Sarah has endured over seventy operations and life-saving procedures including involved spinal and orthopedic surgeries, the amputation of her left leg, experimental procedures and treatments, toxic shock, and death.

Sarah began her career at age twelve, volunteering at The Children’s Hospital. The experience gained eventually catapulted Sarah into working with students in special education classrooms and volunteering her time with state councils and committees holding the self-advocacy seats.

Sarah’s skills as a public speaker lead her to share ongoing testimony at the state capital for system change and disability-related legislation. 

She was asked to work with the Department of Education supporting parents of children with cross disabilities, and in 2014, Sarah joined the Autism Society of Colorado to create programs and policies supporting the population. Recently, Sarah’s activism alongside lifelong advocates and local disability rights organizations gained international attention when Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act were threatened by the last administration.

At the height of her work success, Sarah endured a severe spinal cord injury combined with catastrophic loss, changing the trajectory of her life forever.

Sarah is here today to talk about her resilience through physical, mental, and emotional challenges while staying centered and practicing self-care through devastating loss. Sarah hopes her story will encourage others to find their resilience and light, especially during turbulent times.

Connect with Sarah Metsch:

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Sarah’s greatest passion is helping others by sharing her story with individuals, schools, organizations, and businesses to spread her messaging of hope. Most recently, Sarah’s life was profiled for the Lotus Network as July’s Lotus Lady.

Lotus Network | Lotus Lady (July)

Progress Now Colorado (Save Medicaid video)

Google Sarah Metsch for additional media and nonprofit campaigns and activism.

"I always really try to practice optimism. For me, knowing that whatever situation that I’m in, especially if it’s challenging, to have optimism and to know that it’s not permanent, that whatever is happening is going to change. And so as long as my brain can remember that there’s going to be a change at some point and that if I can navigate it with optimism and truth, things usually work out. I live in the present moment." – Sarah Metsch

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.