Emma-Kate, like many New Zealand small business owners, had to shut the physical doors of her Massage Therapy and Mindfulness Coaching business while, together, we rode the early waves of Covid-19. During this time, she reflected on life and business pre-Covid and how her learnings will not only strengthen her future, but the future of those around her.
She shares her story with us.
"I was born in 1974 with a rare heart condition – Truncus Arteriosus if you’re curious - and given a 1% chance of life. I’ve been told my entire life that I’d need ongoing heart surgeries or worse – that I wouldn’t survive. I was told that I’d never reach adulthood, have children or live a normal, healthy lifestyle.
Over the following years, my spirited determination saw me through many surgeries and helped me rise when I was seriously ill. I went on to have three beautiful children who’ve helped to push and drive me to beat the odds. My middle child, Rossi, was also born with a heart condition and underwent open-heart surgery as a baby and countless other procedures over the years.
Together, we know how scary it feels to have life taken out of your hands and to be at the mercy
of hospital visits and medical intervention."