Overcoming Challenges Together

Debbie Jorde is a motivational speaker and author who shares her inspiring stories about accepting and overcoming life’s challenges at www.debbiejorde.com.  Her first book, Eight Fingers and Eight Toes:Accepting Life’s Challenges, shows how a single mother dealt with the difficulties of having and raising two children with a rare and previously unknown syndrome, Miller syndrome.  This disease causes severe physical disabilities and hearing loss.  In addition, they have chronic lung disease and autism.

In her writing and talks, Debbie shares her personal story of accepting and overcoming challenges from experiencing bulimia, divorce, addiction, and multiple sclerosis (MS). She enjoys discussing personal growth issues, including new insights gained while accepting and overcoming challenges from having MS.

Debbie and her family have appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Salt Lake Tribune,  and Deseret News.  Her story is published in Parents Magazine, the Foundation of Nager and Miller Syndrome Newsletter, as well as countless broadcast and online news outlets. Debbie has spoken publicly for over 20 years, appearing before university groups and medical students.  She speaks to CEOs of major institutions, government institutions, community organizations, inspirational forums, and public libraries.

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Heather Madsen is a writer and speaker with multiple disabilities.  She presents how she accepts and overcomes her challenges of everyday life through writings of prose and poetry, as well as inspirational speaking.  In her writings and speeches, Heather demonstrates a connectedness to her life’s experiences in a raw, sensory way that shows her unique perspective about beauty, love, and gratitude.

In addition to being born with the visible, rare genetic condition called Miller syndrome, which has resulted in over 20 surgeries, Heather has a rare genetic lung disease called primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD),  attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a hearing impairment.

For 20 years, Heather has addressed medical students at major universities about the unique impacts her disabilities create in the medical profession.  As a keynote speaker for Autism Speaks, she shed light onto some of the complexities of autism.  Recent speeches include topics such as; seeing beyond appearances, accepting challenges, and insights into communication.

Heather has spoken before university groups, CEOs of major institutions, government institutions, community organizations, inspirational forums, and public libraries.

Heather loves writing and has been published in several media outlets.  She is also published in the book, EightFingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life’s Challenges.  She will soon be published as a regular guest writer at www.debbiejorde.com.  Heather earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. She enjoys connecting 
to an audience and looks forward to future opportunities to speak.

Photo by Season Atwater Photography

Debbie Jorde's Bio

Heather Madsen' Bio

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Logan Madsen speaks about insights gained and lessons learned from accepting and overcoming challenges related to living with multiple disabilities.  He is a self-taught artist with a degree in graphic design.  He communicates his feelings and emotions through his paintbrush.  In his exhibit, “Syndrome Psychology“, he communicates through his paintings.  He shows what life is like being him, living with Miller syndrome.  He shows how he overcomes daily challenges.  Logan's art is available at www.loganmadsenfineart.com.

Along with having the visible, rare genetic condition  Miller syndrome, Logan deals with  hearing impairment, autism, and spectrum disorder (ASD).  Logan overcomes daily challenges due to having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, chronic pain, and depression.  He has had over 25 surgeries.

Logan addresses medical students at the University of Utah, giving them a learning experience in medicine and humanity.  He also teaches an understanding of the importance of clear communication skills, gained from living with autism.  Logan visits school classes, giving students a personal experience with someone who looks different.  He shows the young people he is the same inside as they are.  He also enjoys appearing on discussion panels with the most recent being at Art Access Gallery.

Logan has spoken publicly for over 20 years, appearing before university groups and medical students.  He has spoken for CEOs of major institutions and government institutions.  He also speaks at community organizations, inspirational forums, and public libraries. Logan has been mentioned in several media outlets as well as his art.  He is the subject of an upcoming documentary “Logans Syndrome.”   Logan enjoys public speaking and looks forward to future opportunities.

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