Lisa Jenkins

Having suffered chronic illness for most of my life, I understand the challenges associated with overcoming barriers, and planning ahead to ensure I work through the difficulties associated with managing an obstacle of this nature.

Of course like many others, I attended support groups and other facilities geared toward assisting those of us managing chronic illness.  In my experience however I found that often, such groups resulted in simply feeling sicker, rather than soaring to new heights.

At this time, I experienced an epiphany, a light bulb moment, call it what you will.  Who better to help those experiencing the associated mindset challenges, than someone who has ridden the highs and lows, and understands that sometimes, a setback can mean the difference between living life, and sinking into the depths of despair.

I am a real person, a mother and wife, and far from perfect.  I am passionate about loving, equipping and caring for people.  I have been told I am warm, kind, hopeful, realistic, respectful, professional, fun, sassy and efficient.

I live in beautiful Melbourne, Australia and I am married to my childhood sweetheart.  He has seen and experienced all the highs and lows of living with someone he loves, battle chronic illness.  Mostly it has been manageable but there have been times that it has been disruptive, costly, heartbreaking and exhausting.  We have two teenage daughters and a fur baby called Millie.  We love to travel, having a no repeat rule when choosing destinations, eating out, exercising and helping.

Sadly at the age of 9 one of our daughter’s was diagnosed with a chronic illness and our life became even more consumed with appointments, doctors and specialists.  We have been determined to model a life with no limitations on what she sets out to achieve with the right planning, support and mindset.

Type 1 Diabetes is the chronic illness that we live with.  This, along with other medical conditions for myself, sometimes makes life feel like one big hospital appointment, with lots of rules.  I know what it is like to ride the roller coaster ride of disappointment, exhaustion, exclusion, frustration, pain and fear along with satisfaction, bravery, relief, pride, acceptance and hope.

Along my journey I have learnt that having a chronic illness doesn’t define you and it doesn’t have to stop you. You are so much more than your chronic illness.  It is only part of who you are.  Sure, the journey will be different to those who don’t have a chronic illness but hey you have always been different, so why not embrace it?

Living with a chronic illness has made me more empathetic, organised and appreciative.  It has shown me how incredibly loving and supportive some people are and has taught me some wonderful life lessons about balance, simpleness, gratitude, worth, self love, acceptance and hope, which has enriched my life incredibly.

I believe we were all created for a reason and I want you to live the life you were born to live despite the circumstances you may face.  I don’t want life challenges to be road blocks, stopping people from pursuing their dreams. You are not defined by these challenges, it is only a part of who you are.

With this in mind, I encourage you to make contact, to speak to someone who fully understands what you are going through. Collaborating with me, will help you negotiate  challenges and empower you to become all you were created to be.

Feel free to call or email me to take advantage of your free no obligation introductory consultation.

Here’s to being you!

Please contact me on 0421 788 363 or via the contact page.

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