Through her journey with losing both her mother and sister to cancer and then receiving a diagnosis herself, Niki Hardy learned that she could thrive, not just survive.
When she was diagnosed with cancer, Niki was too tired and vulnerable to let anyone in. She quickly found herself in survival mode and the thought of joining a community of other cancer patients scared her.
Why is it that when life is at its hardest and we need community the most we shy away? She will admit that pride had a big part in her reason to avoid any kind of cancer community. She believed that support groups are for the weak and those who can’t cope alone.
She finally stepped out and found her “I get it” tribe and found so much more than community.
In her book, Breathe Again – How To Live Well When Life Falls Apart, Niki will tell you that no one get’s to skip the tough stuff. The happily ever after that we often believe we should have is achievable by flipping the script in our mind.
“I am a Thriver, not just a survivor. I know how to find more whenever life hands my less. I have learned to breathe again.”
Niki has been able to look back on her history with God and confirm his credentials, allowing her to let go of everything that she clings to and trust Him.
Through her journey she has developed 7 practices to help her get through the days. She calls them practices and not tools because we tend to believe that tools are used to fix things. But a practice requires continued use on our part and they are needed all throughout life.
In This Episode Niki Will Share:
- The 7 practices to help you thrive – I focus on one of them, The Practice of Gratitude.
- How to Flip the Script
- Why we hold on to suffering even though it destroy’s our soul
Niki hopes that through her story you will be able to uncover more joy, peace, comfort and connection, despite your circumstances.
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Do you have areas of pain in your life that you continue to hold onto believing that it is better to have the pain that you know than the freedom that you don’t?
Our pain becomes familiar and the freedom can be scary.
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Find more information about Our Guest
Niki Hardy is an author, speaker, church planter and Brit in the USA. She’s all about meeting you when life’s not fair and helping you thrive, not just survive, no matter what. Her book Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart is part spiritual coach, part BFF and 100% down to earth and will help you discover life doesn’t have to be pain free to be full, then go live it.
If you or someone you love has had their life and faith shaken by cancer Niki hosts The Trusting God Through Cancer Summit – a free online event with over 20 Christian leaders, speakers and authors who’ve journeyed through cancer – and a podcast called Chemo Chair Prayer. When she’s not writing, speaking or podcasting you can find her running trails with her dogs or with a cup of tea trying to figure out which remote control actually turns the TV on.