Episode 235: Anti-Fragile – an interview with Lauren Kingsly


Lauren Kingsly is a 21-year-old author, speaker, and student at the University of Chicago. She was born and raised on the American east coast in Morristown, New Jersey.

By the age of 15, her physical, neurological, and psychological symptoms were cataclysmic. She was wheelchair bound, unable to form clear sentences, and suffering from hallucinations.

Ms. Kingsly was such a “train wreck” that her hallucination experience became “oddly comforting” to her. She was consistently visited by a “man [with] a youthful glow… [and a] slender build… that reminded [her] of someone [she] used to be close to, whose name [she] couldn’t recall.”

To add insult to injury, Ms. Kingsly was misdiagnosed with “psychological issues,” Schizophrenia, IBS, SIBO, and psychosomatic disorders by 7 doctors from New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Finally, she was diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease by her “superhero” Doctor Kristine Gedroic whom she credits with saving her “from the yard of sleeping souls.”

If you would like to learn more about how a young woman utilized her antifragile mindset to overcome life threatening Lyme disease and swap a wheelchair and hallucinations for authorship and acceptance to one of the top colleges in the world, then tune in now.