​Back in 2016, Janet Fanaki’s family was hit with the devastating news that her husband Adam had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

The two share the same birthday and were 47 years old at the time.

“It was like a bad dream,” said Fanaki. “As soon as we knew why he was experiencing the symptoms we made it our priority to gather the best team around us for support.”

The couple spent all of their available time researching the right medical professionals for Adam’s condition. This led him to undergo a full craniotomy at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto, as well as radiation and chemotherapy at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

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Fortunately, the surgery was successful in removing the tumor and the treatments that followed were able to keep the disease at bay.

With the many hours that Fanaki spent watching people in the cancer center, she decided to create Resilient People: a website dedicated to telling the stories of extraordinary people admired for their resilience; the people who have experienced something life-changing and are showing that life can still be fantastic.

As a former public relations professional, Janet wrote stories on behalf of her clients about their products and services, but uses those skills to tell stories of “EXTRAordinary people”.

“I have met some amazing individuals who have overcome and bounced back from adversity,” says Fanaki. “A teenager with autism who is a world-renowned artist; a man who created a foundation to comfort cancer patients in the wake of his wife’s passing; and a woman who became an outspoken HIV/AIDS and hospice advocate when her husband passed away from the disease.”

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“The website is inspiring to others, but I am constantly motivated by the people I meet and get to interview.

“We all need to help each other to stay hopeful,” Janet told Good News Network.

“I hope that the stories I share on Resilient People will motivate someone to get out of their rut and do something positive with the negatives in their life.”

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