Recently I won Bronze in the AusMumpreneur Awards for Overcoming the Odds.
I shared my story of thriving after adversity and turning my wounds into wisdom.
Shortly after my birthday in 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was already in a dark place as my Dad was dying and my marriage had just ended.
It didn’t show on a scan, and there was no palpable lump. After all the surgeries, I had 25 rounds of radiation which caused extreme fatigue.
Later that year, my Dad died, and my divorce was finalised a few months later.
They say bad luck comes in threes, and my triple-whammy brought me to my knees.
At the same time, I was trying to keep my business afloat while unable to work.
The physical healing from my trauma was the easy bit; the emotional healing took a lot longer. This is something I always remind my clients of, our mind gets over something much faster than our body, and there is often a lag of weeks or months until our body has caught up with processing our trauma.
I didn’t look sick, I was young and fit and not many people knew what was going on for me behind the scenes as I’m a super private person.
I only share my story because I know what it’s like when we run out of hope, and we can’t imagine getting through the day.
The one thing that kept me going when I felt everything had been taken from me was the concept of impermanence. I held tightly to the belief that nothing lasts forever, including our suffering.
I knew in my bones that everything changes and that if I did the work now to heal my pain and work through my trauma, my future self would be so grateful.
Because eventually, the wind turns in our favour and its our season to sail again. I wanted to make sure my sail was ship-shape and not going to hold me back when the winds of change blew my way.
And they did.
A year later, I met my wonderful partner Tim, and we have our beautiful daughter Ruby.
My life is not easy; I still have ups and downs, but it’s mostly up, and I’m compassionate to myself when I’m in a natural down cycle.
And now, I help others move through their own dark chapters and come out the other side to turn their wounds into wisdom and their suffering into grace.
There’s a saying, “Heal so that that you can tell your story and help others”. That’s what I did, and that’s why the AusMumpreneur Judges awarded me for Overcoming the Odds.
Not only did I overcome my own adversity, I now teach others the tools I used to thrive after adversity, and this is what we do in Yoga Alchemy – transform our wounds into wisdom.
“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.” – Kahlil Gibran.