When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, her undeniable grief was paired with immeasurable hope, resulting in the creation of a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer." In this Ted Talk, Amy shares how through tuning into moments of play and joy throughout her son's journey, she was able to find a way to acknowledge her pain without denying herself the mystery of grace. Click play to learn more about how Amy and her family's story is helping others facing similar struggles.


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  • Cayo

    Thank you so very much for the passion, simplicity and grace with which you shared your grief and joy. You've inspired me as I still grieve our son's suicide with numerous unanswered questions on my mind. Your journey is one of hope and joy which I trust I will discover as I walk through this road of pain.

  • Kay

    What grace and inspiration you’ve been given! Thank you for sharing your journey and the legacy that little Joel has left!

  • Lisa

    Thank you so much Amy for your sharing of tragedy to triumph and the impact of grief, loss and love on your life. Your sincerity and passion and recognition of the pain and also the beauty are very inspiring. I would like to see the video game and, with your permission, use it as a learning tool in my psyc 101 class. Our chapter on Emotions, Stress and Health will have much more relevancy, depth and play were we to include that. Thank you, Joel and Joel's brothers, mother and father.

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  • Complement this video with this piece from The Guardian that dives deeper into Amy's journey.
  • Visit the American Childhood Cancer Organization to learn more about how you can support children with cancer and their families.
  • Reach out to someone you know who might be struggling. Offer a listening ear, comforting smile, and let them know they're not alone.

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