Podcast 8: Kathy Gardiner – Where there is life, there is hope
At the tender age of 25, whilst living on the other side of the world, away from the loving arms of everyone she knew, Kathy Gardiner was given the news that she had cancer – or to be more precise, melanoma. For Kathy, her bathroom floor moment was more of a cry her eyes out on the London overland train in front of a lot of people.
What entailed was a decade of highs and lows on the rollercoaster ride of life-threatening illness. But what shines through with crystal clarity is the unbreakable spirit that has been honed and polished in the process.
Kathy also shares with us:
+ The importance of trusting your gut instincts – throughout the journey
+ The big shifts and changes that she has made that have helped her feel more in control
+ How she learned to honour herself, her choices and her desires, even in the midst of big medical decisions that impacted all her loved ones
+ Her incredible stubborn as a mule fighting spirit – which tells her that where there is life, there is hope
Listen in to this pocket of hope:
More about Kathy:
Kathy Gardiner is a writer and creative, a (sometimes) reluctant speaker, a whole-foods foodie; a cancer thriver; an awareness renegade and patient advocate; a joy seeker; a vintage collector and most importantly a fur-mama!
Battling melanoma since the age of 25 and terminally diagnosed with Advanced Metastatic Melanoma, three days before her 33rd birthday, Kathy has undertaken a life transformation from stressed out corporate-overachiever facing terminally diagnosed Melanoma… to practicing mindfulness, clean eating and living, and navigating a path of self-love, positivity and inner healing as she shares her honest and ‘Naked’ journey with the world through The Naked Gardiner.
Granted compassionate access to ground-breaking immunotherapy treatment, Kathy continues to fight her prognosis while on a personal mission to advocate for melanoma patients in Australia and abroad, while supporting local creatives with a message to ‘make a difference in the world’. In October 2015, Kathy received a ‘no evidence of disease’ result; presently she takes each day as it comes. Kathy’s mantra in life is to open the world’s eyes and hearts to living a positive; joy fulfilled and nourished life by following her mantra to… Love. Accept. Believe. Nourish. Live.
Where to find her:
And her foundation
Words of wisdom:
If you enjoyed this episode, I would love for you to pop over to iTunes and leave a review and rating to help spread the “unbreakable” message. Do you know someone who is in the throes of their own “bathroom floor moment”? Please share this post with them, you never know it might just give them the spark of hope that helps them rise up strong.
Also, can you relate? Do you have your own bathroom floor moment that brought you to your knees and helped you find your unbreakable spirit? I would love to hear from you.
Leave a comment below or email me hi (at) nicolemathieson.com
The music used throughout this podcast is a snippet of my Heal your heart meditation by Sonesence. If you are on the bathroom floor, check out the meditones tracks by Sonesence for effortless relaxation.
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