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6 Women Share Uplifting Stories Of Overcoming Life's Obstacles

We all face challenges and hurdles in life. We all have fears and worries that we face every day, that we push ourselves through.

It's how we choose to overcome these obstacles that make us the women we are today. As the saying goes, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger", and I don't think there could be a truer statement. The success of one person is often the inspiration for another, and with that in mind, I'd like to share the following uplifting success stories. With each of these women facing her own unique, personal challenge, I think you'll agree that each and every one of these ladies has come out the other side stronger and more determined than ever before.

1. I Overcame Stage Fright

"I've always been afraid to put myself out there. I love to write stories and sing, but I stopped for years due to nerves and the fear of being judged. This year, I decided to set myself a challenge and start a Children's entertainment business. I just decided life was far too short. I needed to just get up and go do something about it, and stop being afraid to put myself out there. I've now set up my business, Imagination Spikes, and I'm absolutely loving it. I had my very first show this past weekend. I was absolutely terrified, but I did it. I loved it! I'm finally on my way to recovering from stage fright."

Ciara Morgan

2. I Did A Triathlon - But I Can't Swim!

"I have never been able to swim properly, but always wanted to do a triathlon. So I finally decided to take the plunge. When the swim started, I stayed to the back, but still managed to get kicked a couple of times. I zoned out from the spectators on the side line and focused on my attempt at a breast stroke. I was about 250m into the swim when a young dude on a kayak asked me if I would like to retire! Absolutely not! I looked at him in disgust and explained to him nicely that I am a very slow swimmer and I don't put my head in the water. It frustrated me because he put doubt in my mind. I really had to focus to get myself back in the zone. I kept telling myself, "it will be grand, sure it's not far!".

When I finally exited the water, my legs were like jelly. I wobbled along to the transition area for the cycle. My knees were a bit stiff for the first couple of laps, but I did it. My children were excellent supporters! When I returned from the cycle, I wasn't sure if I was going to do the run.

I knew my finish time would be a bit crap. One of the stewards said go for it, and another offered to run the first 4km with me. It was my lovely girls who got me through the run and I happily crossed the finish line with my fantastic daughters! It may have taken me 5 hours, but I am so happy I did it!"

Olivia Brophy

2. I Did My First 10K

"I was never much of a runner when I was younger, but after having my children, I wanted to try and shift the baby pounds. Running was a cheap 'get fit' option that I could fit into my week at any time, without much disruption. I ran my very first proper 10K this year and I felt so awesome afterwards. I'm very proud of myself and proud to be able to call myself a runner now. I feel great!"

Sharon Burke

4. I Went Back To College

"Going to college as a mature student has been my biggest challenge to date. I had no idea the level of work and study I was taking on and in the first few weeks, I wasn't even sure I would make it through the year! But the support and encouragement of my family kept me going and I'm delighted to say I'll be graduating in November!"

Jennifer Roche

5. I Lost The Weight

"About 3 years ago, I wanted to lose some weight and get a bit more active. So I decided to register myself for a Marathon (even though I couldn't run for more than 5 minutes straight back then). For 4 months, I trained extremely hard while watching my diet. Running became my personal goal, and I was fully committed. The result? I lost 9kg and ran my very first 10k. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to it, and now I feel amazing!"

Camila Browne

6. I Faced My Illness Head On

"The symptoms hit me hard and fast, back in 2010, and it took almost a full year to finally get a diagnosis. In 2011 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sarcoidosis. After a year of extreme pain and exhaustion, endless specialist appointments, sleepless nights and worry, I finally had a name for my illness. That year had taken its toll on me, both mentally and physically. Not only was I dealing with Sarcoid itself (joint pain and inflammation, frequent chest infections, breathing difficulties and extreme fatigue, to name a few of its lovely symptoms), but I was dealing with extreme anxiety and weight gain. My world had been thrown into turmoil. Not knowing anything about this illness, not knowing what the future held, the endless tests and hospital appointments - this had left me feeling frazzled and turning to food for comfort.

Fast forward to this year, 2016, I'm thankfully in a much healthier place, in both mind and body. I know my illness inside out. I know what I can do, and I know my limits. After numerous attempts over the last 6 years to lose the weight, I'm finally on a path that suits me. I joined Slimming World at the beginning of this year and am loving it so far. I'm now over 3 stone lighter than my heaviest ever weight, and my Sarcoidosis is also under control. I feel in control of my body again and couldn't be happier. My Sarcoid will always be a part of my life, but instead of suffocating in the fear of what the future may bring, I've learned to embrace it like an old friend. It's always going to be around, so I just need to get on with it!"

Mairéad Cahalan

Do you have any obstacles in your life that you have proudly overcome? We'd love to hear your stories! Let us know in the comments.

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About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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