This morning I had the enormous privilege of interviewing my friend Ellen Sawkins. She and I first met years ago while attending the same bootcamp classes, and found we had a couple of fun things in common – we’d both trained as Social Workers and we’re both Librans!
How could I not love her?!🥰
Ellen had been experiencing health issues for several years and was dismissed or not properly treated. Until she requested an MRI, which discovered a brain tumour.
That was in 2019 and Ellen now lives with inoperable brain cancer.
Ellen needed to be an advocate for herself to get the diagnosis, and she continues to be a determined and unapologetic champion for what and who she allows in her life.
In our conversation, this Midlife Rebel is clear about her struggles and challenges, and equally powerful in her commitment to living a life that is real.
I ask Ellen how we can live fully without having to experience a terminal diagnosis and PLEASE I really encourage you to stick around for what she has to say.
I’d love to know what you think – leave a comment under the video.
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Beautiful Ellen! Your wise message has touched me on a number of levels.
I remember you from Gisborne PS, in my days as the PE teacher (Mrs Mac).
I clearly recall you giving a powerful talk in the staff room, as the compassionate, passionate and strong mum of Elliot. You have always been a passionate advocate for your children and everyone else’s children. How beautiful, compassionate and loving.
I understand how empowering it is to be an advocate and rebel, as I become that when my son had a brain cancer.
I love your message of not allowing every flower to be planted in your garden.
Thank you also for the reminder to live NOW with our fears and our dreams.
Thank you for showing your vulnerability and your strength to us.
You are a beautiful soul Ellen. Much love to you and your amazing family xxxx