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Born and raised in Dunfermline in Scotland, I had a happy childhood and attended Glasgow University upon leaving school. I studied hard, gained a Master of Arts degree, and with big dreams and goals, excitedly looked forward to enjoying a bright and rewarding future. My future, as I had envisioned it, however, got hacked. And life and progressive physical health challenges started to take me in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. Whilst I did all I could to continue to make the very most of life, enjoyed raising a family, and continued to follow a career path until I became too ill to work in 1998, in truth, I no longer remember experiencing a day free of central and autonomic nervous system dysfunction, and nerve, bone and muscle pain.
It is only fair to say my medical file is complex and makes for lengthy reading. I have been given many diagnoses over the years, including a clinical diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, it is now believed, rather than MS, that I have arthritis and degenerative disc disease, bi-lateral neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), neurogenic bladder and bowels, gastroparesis, osteoporosis, dysautonomia, burning mouth syndrome, MCAS, POTS, and the rare and incurable condition of multi-site multi-system Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which due to the intensity of pain levels is commonly dubbed ‘ the suicide disease’.
Underlying all of these conditions, I have a genetic systemic connective tissue disorder Ehlers -Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
In a life-defining moment in 2002, the horror of a lifetime ahead of pain and illness hit me. On that bleak November morning, all became clear for me: whilst I was physically alive and breathing, on the inside, I felt numb and dead.
I was only forty-six years old and felt I hadn’t fully lived. At that pivotal moment, I yelled, “Enough is Enough!” and decided to do all I could to live my life with more comfort, peace, and joy despite my ongoing challenges. I dug deep for strength and courage and committed to doing all I could from that moment to crack open the darkness and let the light stream back in.
Today, whilst I still live with intractable pain and increasingly complex health challenges – I am a soul fully alive and with spirit well.
My Core Beliefs & Values
What I am passionate about
Despite living with intractable pain and ongoing physical health challenges, every morning, I awaken enthused to embrace what the new day brings me.
Neither my pain nor illness nor any labels I have been given over the years dictate or define who or what I am.
My spirit is strong. My soul is vibrantly alive, safe, secure, and healthy.
Being a sherpa, guide, and lighthouse to others fires and fuels my light within.
I live in Milnathort, Kinross-shire, Scotland, with my husband Peter, our beautiful Fox Red Labrador, Jackson, and Blue Point Birman cat, Phoebe.
I am intuitive and highly spiritual—practical, honest, raw, vulnerable at times, and REAL.
My coaching credentials and experience
I have had a lifelong fascination with personal improvement and attainment, living my best life and pushing through comfort zones. Over the years, and especially through my own personal challenges, I have gained a unique and valuable perspective on the role our mind plays.
I am passionate about the coaching and mentoring work I do and live my life with passion also. I have invested in myself heavily over the years and have learned from world leaders in the mind and motivational fields.
I am an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited Professional Coach (the ICF is the largest worldwide regulatory body for the coaching industry), an experienced Transformative Life Coach; High Performance, Success & Mindset Coach; International Unhackable Certified Coach, Speaker, Trainer; and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) (trained by Dr Richard Bandler, the co-founder of NLP, and John & Kathleen La Valle ).
I have also learned mindfulness and meditation practices, and hypnosis techniques from the renowned Paul McKenna.
Impressed by the high level of results I bring my clients, and my authenticity, I am proud to be 2 x multi-award winner of the Scottish Prestige Awards ‘Life Coach of the Year’ 2022-2023
ONGOING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME:
I believe every successful and happy person needs to continuously evolve and grow at a deeply personal level to ensure they are giving their best to others and living their best life. Forever a lifelong learner, I am currently studying towards a Diploma in End-of-Life Therapy and Care.
“My life is undoubtedly richer for having had the opportunity to meet Maureen. She is a beautiful, giving soul whose personal inspirational story is a testament to the enduring strength that individuals in the chronic illness community possess. Through her work and words as a Coach, Mentor, and Author, she offers a true blueprint for not just living but how to rise from within challenging circumstances to fully embrace life and thrive.”
Founder/CEO – The Burning Limb Foundation