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How To Not Let Your Challenges Break You But Instead Make You

Written by: Anna Frummerin, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


8 years ago, I got cancer for the fourth time in my life. I decided that this time I will approach Big C (cancer) differently. The earlier three times I always tried to hide it from the outside world, I felt embarrassed. You know, the media can sometimes create the story that cancer is something you get if you don’t live a healthy life. I felt that was unfair because I have always lived a very healthy life, consuming nutritious food and regular exercise.

Senior woman with cancer flexing and exercising.

I had two choices:

  1. Accept defeat and feel helpless and hopeless about my situation

  2. Focus on the positives, come out of cancer for the 4th time and do something meaningful for myself and others.

I chose option 2 and went into the “Big C project” with an open mindset. I started a blog sharing my story with the world with the primary goal of writing my gratitude and acknowledgments for each day. Initially, it was just a routine I started to keep myself positive.

Gradually, the audience grew, and I found that what I was sharing through my blogs was helping other people who also suffered from cancer and also bringing hope & faith into the minds of their relatives. Thanks to the internet, I could manage to help other people from the comfort of my home. They wanted help to be as positive and strong as I was, or at least as they perceived me to be. I wondered ‒ “How could I be the reason for someone’s hope and positivity when I am going through these difficult circumstances myself?”

Interestingly, I was contacted by a TV channel, and they wanted me in one of the biggest cancer awareness shows in Sweden. The TV team lived with my family for some days and followed me and our life together. I opened up, we laughed, and we cried together. It was some very special days that I will never forget. It made me stronger and more proud of myself and my family. It made me realize ‒ If we can do this, we can do anything and everything.

In short, what I learned is that we all have different challenges in our lives and in the end, those make us and shape us into who we really are. I am very thankful for mine and would never wish that I hadn’t gone through those experiences.

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Anna Frummerin, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Anna Frummerin is a Leadership & Mindset Coach with a core focus on helping her clients achieve results by enhancing their mindset and improving their communication. As a 4-time cancer survivor, she has discovered through her own life experience what it takes to win in life no matter what the challenges are. She is a Certified NLP Leadership Coach, ICF Certified Executive, Life Coach, and Action Learning Team Coach and has dedicated her life to helping others become the best version of them. She is the founder of A New Approach (ANA) An online coaching and training company serving clients across the globe. Her mission: Discover the "Hidden Champion" inside and win big at The Game of Life.



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