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July 22, 2020

EP 18: Imposter syndrome - how cancer saved me, with Sharon Lloyd Barnes

EP 18: Imposter syndrome - how cancer saved me, with Sharon Lloyd Barnes

Have you ever had periods in your life when you've felt that you are not the person you want to be? An imposter, held back by an internal dialogue that was sabotaging your life?
Often it takes a dramatic event -a relationship breakup, the loss of a loved...


Have you ever had periods in your life when you've felt that you are not the person you want to be? An imposter, held back by an internal dialogue that was sabotaging your life?

Often it takes a dramatic event -a relationship breakup, the loss of a loved one or a health issue to break the chain and for us to reassess our lives.

When that event is stage 3 cancer, it must shake you to the core. But that is what happened to my guest Sharon Lloyd Barnes.

On the outside, Sharon is one of the most capable, calm and collected,  and together people you are ever likely to meet. It just didn't feel that way to her inside.

Brought up as a child in Edinburgh Scotland Sharon's mother left the family when Sharon was a young teenage an event which was to shape her outlook on life subconsciously.

A single mum of two boys, one of whom has autism and learning difficulties, Sharon had spent her life doing the right thing and putting on as she says 'a happy face'.

Yet it was her battle with cancer which, fortunately, she has won, that had a transforming effect on Sharon's life. She even goes to describes it as a gift.

 

In our conversation we talk about;

 

* The impact her mother leaving the family when Sharon was 12 yrs old had on her outlook?

* How self-doubt and anxiety drove her decision making

* The role that cancer played in breaking her destructive internal dialogue

* How the adversity of coming through her illness has opened a new and positive chapter in her life.

* Sharon's advice for anyone facing challenges in their life.

 

It is a tribute to Sharon's resilience and determination that she was able to come through her illness and define it as a positive part of her personal growth.

For anyone struggling with feelings of self-doubt, Sharon's story inspires and gives hope that it is possible to come through serious illness and to find ones' true self.

 

Listen and share your thoughts and observations about this episode and Sharon's story at the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook.

 

You can find Sharon on LinkedIn

 

Episode credits;

Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: showupnow@gmail.com

Host: Simon Ratcliffe

Music:

Broken Elegance -Unconditionally

Scott Buckley - Life is & The closing of summer