"At RESILIENT PEOPLE we tell stories about extraordinary ordinary people who inspire others with their resilience".
My name is Janet Fanaki and I live in Toronto (Canada) with my husband and two children, along with our extended families all around us.
Back in 2016, our family was hit with some devastating news when my husband was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. We had witnessed cancer with older relatives, but not in this way. He was only 46 years old at the time and our lives were perfect. The children were doing well at school, my husband's career was thriving, and everyone was healthy.
But cancer doesn't care how good you have it or how strong you think you are. It put us to the test.
A full craniotomy, lots of medications, chemotherapy and radiation followed for months but luckily he has returned to living his normal life again. We are so grateful.
Our support circle gave us lots of love and support in the form of many hot meals dropped-off at the door, rides to appointments and a listening ear - that was priceless.
We spent many hours in the cancer centre waiting room, and I would look around and wonder about other patients around us. How are they managing? How do they move forward?
I took my background in PR and created a website where I interview ordinary people and share their wisdom and experience as role models of resilience. This is how RESILIENT PEOPLE was born.
Some of the people you will meet are a teenager with autism who is a world-renowned artist; a man who created a foundation to comfort cancer patients in the wake of his wife's passing; and a woman who became an outspoken HIV and AIDS advocate when her husband passed away from the disease.
Their stories, traits and characteristics are so inspiring and motivational.
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I hope you love meeting these amazing people as much as I have loved talking with them.