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Smiling on in the face of adversity


I’VE met some pretty inspirational people over the years – but 17-year-old Elizabeth Everett takes some beating when it comes to inspiration and smiling on in the face of adversity.

Battling with cancer is bad enough, especially when you suffer every known side effect during your treatment – but then to have to contend with OCD and Anorexia is a double whammy no one should have to endure, especially so young!

Not only has Elizabeth battled on, excelling in her school exams, she has bravely spoken about her eating disorder to raise awareness and help give inspiration and hope to others who suffer from this terrible illness.

Elizabeth is a shining example of how to deal with adversity – and credit must also go to her family for being supportive during her time in need.

Like many people Elizabeth bottled up her fears before breaking down and speaking to her mother Colleen, who like any good parent was there in her daughter’s darkest hour.

The clear message is that it is “good to talk” to those close to you, especially your family, when faced with adversity.

If you are suffering with any illness, but especially a mental illness don’t bottle it up – talk to those close to you and like Elizabeth you will hopefully feel the benefits and possibly go on to help inspire others during their darkest hours.


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Experienced journalist for more than 35 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with six in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.

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