My Story

Maureen Sharphousestuck  on a treadmill

In the 1990’s I was over exhausted and working sixty to eighty hours a week with two jobs.

I was in an unhappy and stressful marriage, was the main breadwinner, had huge financial pressures and was grieving the loss of my father.  I was struggling to keep on top of running my home and look after my teenage kids.

I felt I was stuck on a treadmill, trapped in circumstances, and could see no options or choices.

Every day was the same old same struggle. It felt  more like an existence to me than  a life.

 putting me last

To top it all I had suffered poor physical health since my twenties and thirties with a serious neurological and immune system disorder. I was aware with every year that passed I was  feeling more and more  unwell again.   I knew inside I couldn’t  keep going like this and my inner voice was yelling “there must be more to life!” 

I was a proud perfectionist however and had a fear of failure, and a fear of judgment of others, not to mention bills to pay.  I put on a ‘brave front’ to my family and employer, and told myself I should accept my lot although it felt second best.

The problem was I was putting my needs last. I saw everyone else’s health and needs and happiness as more important than mine.

I was feeling increasingly run down, uninspired and exhausted.

I felt stuck in a downward spiral  and completely  lost sight of the real ‘me’.

Maureen Sharphousestruck  by the sword of damocles

Looking back now I can see it was inevitable that something pretty major had to happen to stop me.

The Sword of Damocles chose its moment, and boy oh boy did it strike me hard!

Violent muscle spasms and pain  engulfed me. ‘Electric shocks’ flew around my body. I struggled  to walk  and kept losing my balance.  I got double vision, struggled to put two coherent sentences together and felt totally out of control.

Too ill to work, my employer couldn’t  keep my job open for me – and so I lost my job which added to the  financial pressure.

After exhaustive hospital tests and many different diagnoses, I was told I had a serious neurological illness for which there was no cure.

Maureen SharphouseThe Downward Spiral

Very quickly, I got progressively worse and had to move to a bungalow with ramped access.

I was registered disabled, relied on carers, and was told  my health wasn’t ever expected to improve.

I lost my ability to toilet myself, had major and permanent bowel surgery, and had to use a wheelchair to get around outdoors.

Enough is Enough!

On 27th  November 2002, in a defining moment, the horror of my reality hit me.   It dawned on me in that instant, I had another thirty or forty more years of the same.

I was only forty six years old and felt unfulfilled. I sadly I felt I hadn’t fully lived….

I  said ‘Enough is Enough!’  that day and decided to  do all I could to transform my

I dug deep for courage  and envisaged a much happier and healthier me –   feeling alive and  up the hills with  dogs and laughing. I committed to do whatever it took, for however long it took,  to transform my life and make that picture real.

Over a period of a decade, and against all odds,  I crafted my own remarkable remission from my illness and totally transformed my life both at an inner and outer level.

I turned my life around completely  and  achieved something others had said I couldn’t do.

I felt more energised, happier and healthier,  and more vibrant  than I had ever been.

Maureen Sharphouse - Coach, Speaker, MentorMy Life Helping others

Feeling called to share what I had learned  and  be of service to others, I went on to study and train with world experts in the mind and motivational fields including Dr Richard Bandler, John & Kathleen LaValle, and the renowned hypnotist Paul McKenna.

I am an International Coach Federation (ICF)  Professional Coach, a Transformative Life Coach, Success and Mindset Coach,  Real Life/Best Life Mentor and a Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Since I set up my coaching practice in 2010  I have passionately helped scores of my clients achieve the transformations they long for in their lives., Inspirational, Motivational. 3 words that best describe Maureen and her services.” Colin Rigby.

 “I feel encouraged, supported, empowered and believed in. Maureen is an amazing coach.” UK Tennis Professional

“Maureen has been the catalyst and instigator of real change in me. I cannot recommend Maureen   and her coaching highly enough.” Mark Wiggins.

 life then threw me An unexpected curve-ball – that has brought me  a valuable gift…

I want you to know that sometimes in life the ‘unexpected happens’. We don’t always ask for the challenges life gives us, or are in any way responsible for them happening to us.

In recent years I  have  once again been greatly challenged by my physical health. In October 2017 I  had to undergo two major complex nerve surgeries (including the removal of two ribs and scalene and pectoral muscles) for bilateral  Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and have also had confirmed that I have the incurable rare neurological illness multi-site multi-system CRPS.  I have also developed the condition of Gastroparesis – which means I now live on liquids and pureed ‘baby food’ as I have an inability to digest solid food.

Sadly, even after engaging in a ten week  intensive neurological recovery programme at The Neurologic Releif Centre in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2018 my illness has continued to progress.

What is this period in my life  teaching me?  

It’s teaching me  I am not  super woman,  I am human and vulnerable.

It’s teaching me that  I don’t have a protective shield around me – I am the same as everyone else.

It is teaching me  that physical illness and challenging circumstances can still happen even when we practice self care and self love,  and are emotionally, spiritually and mentally in an amazing place.

Above all, (and this is mega!) it’s teaching me that everything  doesn’t need to be 100% ‘perfect’ for me to feel alive, complete and whole! 

#Pause for thought : When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to take ownership of  the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your  power is. Your true power lies within…. 

I have an ever deepening awareness that :

♥ I am completely without fear of any kind and a deep knowing that I can handle whatever life throws at me. 

♥ I feel spiritually awakened, safe, secure and supported by something much bigger than ‘me’.

♥ I feel alive in each and every sense of the word- with all my senses acutely open.

♥ I have a deep inner peace and happiness that is unshakable, and  despite how challenging my life may be, move forwards in my life with complete trust and faith.

♥ I have an ever growing  awareness that we are all spiritual beings having a physical experience on this earth.

♥I am not my physical body. I am not my mind. I am the spirit within.  I am ME…..

And as such, despite my daily ongoing challenges, I live my life with happiness, joy and with a deep inner peace.  At an internal soul spirit level I feel safe, serene and secure.

I  choose to see each  and every day as a precious gift and  to focus on being the truest highest version of the  authentic me, being happy,  and on the ‘doing’ and ‘being’ and enthusiastic living of life… ♥

My mission as I move forwards is quite simply that wherever I go and wherever life now takes me, whether it is in person or online – whether it is in my spoken word or in my writing – may there be more love, hope, courage, strength and peace because I am there ♥

Maureen SharphouseAnd that’s a pretty awesome message to share!

For if I can find  inner peace and happiness, transcend all fear and live with courage, trust and faith you can.

If I can feel alive,  complete and whole despite not everything in my life being ‘perfect’ you can too.

With much love. May you find inner peace, courage and strength to deal with whatever challenges you may be going through.

May you too  connect with the spirit within you and may you shine, fly and soar.

Get in touch if you’d like to have more information about my Coaching Programmes (which now reflect my ever deepening spiritual awareness), receive my regular email updates/newsletter, or want to explore getting my personal help.

You can drop me an email maureen@maureensharphouse or give me a call on 07850 671216 (Code for the UK is +44).

Maureen Sharphouse x

'The Secret to Feeling Alive and Living a Life of No Limits'