The Psychology of Beating an Incurable Illness | Bob Cafaro | TEDxCharlottesville

NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. This talk, which was filmed at a TEDx event, contains strong assertions about multiple sclerosis and lifestyle medicine that lack sufficient scientific evidence for general prescription. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here:

After a shocking diagnosis that would begin stripping Bob Cafaro of his ability to perform, sheer willpower and changes to his daily life allow him to beat all odds.

Bob Cafaro played chamber music full time and served on the faculty of the University of Virginia until 1983 when he became a regular with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He later joined the Baltimore Symphony and in 1985 became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1999, Bob was stricken with a virulent case of Multiple Sclerosis, which left him nearly blind and without the use of his hands. Defying what doctors had told him, he made a complete and remarkable recovery and has since written a book, been a member of The Rachmaninov Trio since 2003, and has grown passionate in his involvement with volunteer and outreach activities.

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Some Toughts (25)

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    added on 29 Apr, 2020

    Dx of MS at 22. Acceptance is a myth. You deal.

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    added on 9 May, 2020

    Thanks for the hope. ❤

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    added on 6 Jun, 2020

    Maybe this is what it's played at heaven – 10:18

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    added on 11 Jun, 2020

    I needed this today. Central sensitization has left me lacking in independence and the old me. It's hard to wake up and keep pushing forward.

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    added on 15 Jun, 2020

    Self healing is real.

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    added on 16 Jun, 2020

    Diet has a profound effect.

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    added on 20 Jun, 2020

    Awe inspiring!!! Shows the power and ability of human mind.

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    added on 23 Jun, 2020

    Beautifully played!

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    added on 24 Jun, 2020


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    added on 27 Jun, 2020

    "that lack sufficient scientific evidence for general prescription" blablablabla. typical negative and discouraging tone all over the internet on something that is NATURAL and opposed the trillion dollar health system. the more people go natural, the less money you will have, yes.

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    added on 2 Jul, 2020

    Im also ms patient sir very much inspiring to know & see u
    Warm regards
    Best wishes 🙏

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    added on 2 Jul, 2020

    Thank You

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    added on 5 Jul, 2020

    For the people who read the "note from Ted": when something lacks "scientific evidence" about anything, and much much more when it comes to the idea of treatment, means nothing more than what the note says: that scientists have not yet accepted and understood the whole idea of treatment of strong, chronic, "incurable" deceases. But this doesn't mean at all that the thing the person (and other similar to him) shares with us does not necessarily work . Feel strong, believe that you can do it…and if the scientists accept or not what you have found that works for you, is clearly their problem. All the best to everybody!

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    added on 6 Jul, 2020

    PLEASE! Please! Do more of these VIDEOS! Music is IN the Mind-and if the fingers can express it-then it's MIND BLOWING !
    Children need to see these too! The Disabled Children of America-Whose disabilities CONFINE them, so they "are lead to believe ?" Please, Mr. Cafaro! (An elementary school-teacher from San Diego , whose heart breaks every time a music class is cut from the curriculum!) Quote some Socrates, and relate to Mathematics, and the design of our Universe too?) Thank you! (I'm calming down from my rant now!)

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    added on 14 Jul, 2020

    Thank you 🙏

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    added on 15 Jul, 2020

    Soo inspiring♥️

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    added on 21 Jul, 2020

    169 dislikes from the pharmaceutical companies

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    added on 15 Aug, 2020

    Inspiring; there is hope with mindset

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    added on 17 Aug, 2020

    Thank you for this

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    added on 18 Aug, 2020

    As someone with a chronic illness- I don't like how this humble brag should be so well received. Sometimes eating well, drinking water and exercise just isn't enough.

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    added on 25 Aug, 2020

    I was diagnosed 2 years ago but have had symptoms for several years. Had I known sooner, I probably would have started my fight back. But since diagnosis, I've fought for my brain and haven't relapsed since. I will continue fighting and find a way back after treating my body without the care it deserves. Please support.

    Love from UK X

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    added on 30 Aug, 2020

    So i have mixed connective tissues and i an gonna beat a*s of this weirdo disease and learn boxing make music and then die peacefully 💚🐼

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    added on 30 Aug, 2020

    Wow amazing story👍

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    added on 2 Sep, 2020

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    added on 8 Sep, 2020

    All praises to the Most High God. I have several legions on my brain, lungs and bones. This story uplifts my spirit. There is nothing impossible with God. One day I will tell my story and uplift someone else.

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