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Reframing Your Story with Sarah Marshall

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

In Episode 34 of the Power Your Platform podcast, I take part in an eye-opening conversation with a young woman who found her way into the Guinness Book of World Records when she was only 5 months old.

My guest on the podcast today is Sarah Marshall, a 24-year-old miracle. She was born prematurely on Valentine’s Day 1997.

When she was born, Sarah’s doctors discovered she had a rare genetic condition which led to her spending the first five months of her life at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. The side effects of her condition led Sarah to undergo a stomach, pancreas, liver and bowel transplant, making her the first pediatric multi-organ transplant recipient in Canada, and the youngest in the world.

Today, Sarah is an organ donor advocate and an amazing young woman. Hers is a story of hope, and I know it will move you today to take a second look at your own story.

In this episode, Sarah and I talk about the power of a story to bring people together and how we can put our own story down on paper and what it takes to share them with others.

Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from today’s interview:

1. We need to live every day as if it’s a gift – because it is.

2. Our story grows with us as we get older.

3. We’re connected to each other through our stories.

4. We all need community; if you can’t find one, start one.

5. When writing your story down, start with the basics.

6. Know the reason why you’re sharing your story so you know how to end it.

7. Always include a call-to-action in your messaging when you’re trying to effect


8. Consider your audience and shape your message as needed to fit each unique


9. Use your own emotional intelligence when it comes to reading a room and finetuning your message.

10. And finally, Be brave enough to talk about hard things with those you love.

Please take a moment to visit Be a Donor, Trillium Gift of Life Network or UHN to see how YOU could change someone's life forever with organ donation.

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