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Living Authentically

This book is for anyone going through a life challenge or life-threatening illness.

In my case it’s cancer.

The prognosis six years ago was: “It’s going to keep coming back”.  Which it did. And despite my greatest efforts to live a cancer free life, it continued to return.  In 2019, after discussions with my oncologist, I decided to stop all treatment to give my body time to heal.

By finally realising that I have choice in my living and dying, I began to feel empowered.  My focus shifted and I allowed myself to live my life authentically, feeling what needed to be honestly felt without adding my mental stories to it, and to have compassion for myself.

Choice is empowerment.  Believing we are “choice-less” can be so disheartening.  We have the potential to live the best lives we can given the circumstances we find ourselves in if we’re willing to be open to all that’s present in our lives.

We can reach out for help when we need it, and bless our humanity, there are so many people out there that genuinely want to help us.

Amongst the moments of grief, fear and disappointment, my life is still beautiful.  Yours can be too.

“Life is here to be lived as it’s calling to be lived.

Death will take care of itself”

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

Proceeds from the sale of this book help further the valuable work of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Established in 2000, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) has grown to become Australia’s leading independent body dedicated to funding national ovarian cancer research.

They demonstrate leadership in the ovarian cancer space through:

  • Prioritising research that will have the biggest impact for the most women
  • Collaborating with ovarian cancer experts to identify and pursue the most promising projects
  • Embracing a dual focus on both the present (reducing the lethal threat for women today) and the future (striving for complete eradication of ovarian cancer)

www.ocrf.com.au

About The Author

Sylvia Fortnam

After graduating in the Carl Rogers method of counselling, Sylvia practiced as a counsellor for a number of years, always working towards helping her clients find their own sense of self-empowerment, self-love and self-trust.
She also loved offering Indian Head Massage to clients who wanted a break from their mind and some relief from the stresses of their everyday life.

Having studied Kinesiology and qualifying as a Level One Kinesiologist Sylvia incorporated this learning in both her counselling and massage sessions.

She has a love for spiritual growth and was involved in a caring and compassionate Tibetan Buddhist Community with spiritual teacher Lama Tendar for three years where she learned the philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism and attended various courses and Empowerments.

She continues to connect to the spiritual teachers she resonates with via the internet and, whenever possible, in person.

Sylvia is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to seven grandchildren. She lives near the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia with her husband of 42 years and their bouncy miniature bull terrier Lucy.

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