Shayna Shayna

Trigger warning: This podcast mentions suicide

We couldn't think of a better life mantra than the one Fernwood Toowoomba member Shayna follows each day: "Choosing a life that makes me smile with all my teeth."

Shayna’s energy fills the room. Her smile radiates and her heart shines. After everything she has been through, and continues to face, Shayna remains positive and empowered and dedicated to her mantra.

The artist, mum of two and Fernwood Fitness Ambassador heads to the Fernwood club every day, and while she has spent time working towards physical health and fitness goals, she says being in the gym environment is more about nurturing her mental health and wellbeing. Sometimes she’ll take her laptop in and catch up on some work, or she meets friends for breakfast or a coffee. It’s a safe space for Shayna, but it was tough for her to reach this place in her life.

These past few years have been incredibly challenging and heartbreaking. But she has come so, so far.

Listen to her incredible story. Tune into the Fernwood Podcast and listen to another fabulous episode. Simply search for Fernwood Shine on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, click download, and listen in.

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