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Life is never that straightforward – we all have ups and downs, trauma, grief and illness. Janet’s world turned upside down after a traumatic event which led to her developing ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

“I have had an interesting career,” she told us. “working for a number of organisations – Scientific & Business Systems, Business Focus, Young Enterprise, Action in Rural Sussex, East Sussex Country Council and Sussex Partnership. NHS Trust to name but a few. Life has been pretty hectic at times, and the one thing I realised was that you have to make the most out of each day. Living in the present makes you aware that sometimes you can’t change things, It would be lovely if we could wave a magic wand, but we can learn to enjoy the small things in life, without forgetting our goals, desires and needs. And most importantly, remember to be kind to yourself, it is still a beautiful World.”

I would like to share this poem with you – The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop,
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Janet takes her workshop on Stress and Wellbeing into schools, hospices, private and corporate companies – “Stress creeps up on us slowly, you think you are coping but often we are just using crutches to get by, whether that be alcohol, drugs, food, over exercise, punishing work routines, we take them for granted and then one day your body screams at you to stop and you had better listen”, she told us.

Janet is an advocate for How expressive writing promotes health and emotional well-being – the writing cure and offers one-to-one sessions on putting together your story through a medium of your choice.

JustAnothDyfrnt 128x160ThumbJanet wrote on the subject of violence in the home in a book called Just Another Day by Lucy Day, which deals with family life and growing up in the 1950’s.

She told us. “writing is a cathartic exercise and shows you a lot about yourself”.

Janet recently appeared at the Human Book project run by Falmer University. Brighton


BeyondRepfrnt1 128x160ThumbHer second book, Beyond Reproach by Jenny Simpson deals with the subject of psychological abuse and the impact it has on all those involved.




livingwithspirit 128x160Living with Spirit by Janet Stead, looks at the issues surrounding life today and how recovery is possible. THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF PRINT




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