"I tell stories about EXTRAordinary people who are admired for their resilience."
Hi! My name is Janet Fanaki and I am the founder and lead content creator of RESILIENT PEOPLE.
The website was born from my own story of resilience.
Back in 2016, our family was hit with devastating news when my husband Adam was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and terminal brain cancer.
He was only 47 years old at the time.
Glioblastoma (GBM) was something I didn't know much about but immediately it became ALL I could think about.
On February 15, 2020 Adam lost his battle against brain cancer. He was only 51 years old.
My children and I are now living our new normal, honouring his legacy and continuing to live full lives with his memory still a part of us.
We're doing that by keeping positive people around us, staying active and busy with our individual work and interests, and focusing on The Adam Fanaki Brain Fund.
Many people say to me, "I'm amazed at your resilience!"
The truth is, every day comes with different challenges.
There are things that happen that try and throw me off balance. But I've learned that staying focused and listening to my inner voice (and my gut) always keep me in-line and mentally strong.
Also, honesty has become my favourite characteristic because I believe that it's what draws people to one another. Being transparent and honest about my story has allowed me to build a strong network.
I wondered how others dealt with their major challenges. I took the skills that I learned in my previous career in public relations and created a space to share stories of EXTRAordinary people who are helping others be resilient too.
My goal with RESILIENT PEOPLE is to show that it IS possible to bounce back from challenges, and not only survive but 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.
I want to inspire people and encourage them to find their platform and move forward - take a problem and make an opportunity out of it. I've heard it called a "PROBORTUNITY".
Do you know someone who should be profiled on RESILIENT PEOPLE? Please get in-touch by completing the form below. I'd love to hear from you.
I hope you love meeting these amazing people as much as I have loved talking with them.