"I tell stories of EXTRAordinary people who are admired for their resilience."
Hi! I'm Janet Fanaki and I am the founder and creator of RESILIENT PEOPLE.
Born and raised in Toronto, I live here with my husband and two children, adorable mini poodle Ella and our families.
Back in 2016, our family was hit with devastating news when my husband Adam was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
He was only 47 years old at the time.
Glioblastoma (GBM) was only something I started to hear about but now that it was in our lives it was all that we could think about.
We did two things first - have a good cry and then prepare for battle. We did this by doing a lot of research to ensure that we'd have the best medical team to support us. We needed people who would listen to our worries as well as answer questions in an easy-to-understand way. Listening skills were just as important as their medical credentials.
Adam had a full craniotomy, lots of medication, months of chemotherapy and radiation and at the three year mark he underwent more treatments because of a recurrence. GBM is a relentless disease but we're determined to keep fighting.
Many people would ask me, "How do you do it, stay so strong? I could never do what you do."
The simple answer is staying focused and optimistic. But I would wonder how other people dealt with their challenges. What makes some people resilient while others not?
I took my background in public relations and created a website where I interview EXTRAordinary people and share their stories of resilience. This is how RESILIENT PEOPLE was born.
I wanted to find others who bounced back from major challenges but also build a community and show that it IS possible to survive and thrive. All of the people I interview have taken a problem and made an opportunity out of it.
Some of the RESILIENT PEOPLE you will meet are Niam Jain, a teenager with autism who is a world-renowned artist; Jason Fiorotto, a man who created a foundation to comfort cancer patients in the wake of his wife's passing; and Susan Mintz, a woman who became an outspoken HIV/AIDS and hospice advocate when her husband passed away from the disease.
My goal is to inspire other people to get out of their ruts and find their platform to move forward. I want them to take a problem and make an opportunity out of it - a "PROBORTUNITY".
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I hope you love meeting these amazing people as much as I have loved talking with them.