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How do you talk about a health crisis when you teach wellness and resilience to others?

Zaheen Nanji was born in Kenya. She was a bright child, and so, at the age of seven, she skipped a grade. Soon after that, she developed a profound stutter. This speech disorder and the resulting social isolation was exasperated when she moved to Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 15. In college, she found the help that she needed to overcome her speech disorder. Through this experience, she became a champion of resilience.

In early 2010, Zaheen and her husband opened Shanti Wellness Centre in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. There, she was able to use her expertise in Nutrition & Food Science, Environmental Health, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She began to deliver keynote speeches about wellness and resilience.

But, in 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis challenged everything she knew about being resilient. She struggled with self-pity and self-doubt. As she kept her diagnosis a secret, the secrecy took its toll on her mental health.

Finally, she turned to Facebook Live to tell her story to the world. Here she was, a champion of resilience and health, and she was struggling to make it from day-to-day. Her transparency resonated with her Facebook followers. They began to confess their own insecurities and share her video widely.

Today, Zaheen is a TEDx speaker, famous for her talk on resilience. She was on the front cover of Positive Health Magazine. She has also been featured in broadcast media outlets in the UK, the US, and Canada. She is the author of several books, including Resilience Reflex: 8 Keys to Transforming Barriers into Success in Life and Business, and Resilience During Your Breast Cancer Journey: How to Thrive After Your Diagnosis and Treatment.

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