the phoenix phenomenon
In 2006, Gough became the first legally blind person to write, produce, edit, direct AND star in a feature film. His creation, I Will Not Go Quietly, is a documentary of his life and takes a real and honest look at the highs and lows of living with a vision impairment and the hurdles he has had to overcome to bring his dream of working in the film industry to life.
I first spoke with Australian Survivor runner-up Tara Pitt when she was slated to speak at an International Women’s Day function at Noosa in 2019. We had a great rapport and I truly connected to her passion and drive to raise awareness and funds for families coping with a loved one suffering from PTSD.
Average Joes founder Wayne Taylor has seen the devastating impacts of social isolation on men’s mental health. What started as an off-the-cuff invitation for blokes to get together each week to enjoy a beer and chicken wings at a local pub has evolved into Average Joes…
Erin Ashley felt on top of the world. She had a husband and two young daughters who were the light of her lives and they were living life to the full. With no outward signs of illness, Nico passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, turning Erin’s life upside down and leaving their children without a father.
Internationally renowned as Mr Body Language, Allan Pease can tell more about you from one conversation than you ever thought possible. But here, he shares the roller coaster ride of massive successes and incredible lows including financial strife and two cancer diagnosis that have challenged him and wife Barbara.
Wendy Barnes has beaten breast cancer – twice. Earlier this year she celebrated 10 years since her first diagnosis and five years since the second. This vibrant Sunshine Coast woman has plenty of advice for people who are navigating their own cancer journey and it is all about having a “glass half full” attitude.
Millie Thomas battled with anorexia for 15 years. It took over her life and food restrictions and excessive exercise regimes became her norm. Having been recovered for three years, Millie is now a passionate eating disorder recovery coach who is using her lived experience to change the lives of people living with eating disorders…
Having experienced sexual assault and drug and alcohol addiction before the age of 18, Kerrie Atherton is The Girl Who Broke Through. Kerrie has used her lived experience to help thousands of people with addiction, mental health and suicide prevention through her work as a chaplain and counsellor.
When I attended a fundraising evening for a Sunshine Coast-based charity that is working to build the country’s first live-in rehabilitation facility for people living with eating disorders. The charity is called ended. While I was chatting to people around the room, more than one person suggested that I speak with a woman called Megan Bray and that she had an incredible story to tell.
I first met Darron Eastwell in my role as a journalist at My Weekly Preview on the Sunshine Coast. Darron’s incredible story of not only surviving a high-speed downhill mountain biking accident against all odds (his family were told he would have a less than 10% chance of waking up from his coma), but then going on to slowly become the master of his new limitations.