By Jana Pittman
Jana writes just as she speaks: with honesty, conviction and humour, making her path to self-acceptance relatable for all of us.
It took oodles of self-reflection before I came to realise my quirks developed into my resilience, my emotion gave me my empathy and my drama fuelled my passion. Too often I tried to fit in when I was born to stand out.
Throughout this book, Jana shares her life with you: the good, the bad and the ugly. Her stories of sport, medicine, divorce, loss, solo parenting, and media shenanigans are told without embellishment or excuses. On her own admission, she’s often learned the hard way, rumbling with my demons, fighting against self-acceptance, and boxing with negative inner chatter. I’ve often been too honest, shared too much and talked too fast.
But over the years, she’s made peace with those demons: owning her flaws and choosing how to use her failures to become a stronger person, to the point where she now considers that the greatest success in life is believing in yourself.
Jana’s life lessons are inspirational, not because of her achievements – stellar though they are – but because of her willingness to share with readers how to stare down your own doubts and fears and believe in yourself and your dreams. This book is for anyone who has ever felt that they are not enough.
About the author:
Two times World Champion, four times Commonwealth Champion – in the sport of athletics, Jana Pittman personifies resilience and determination. When continual injuries hampered her athletic career and could have signalled retirement, she swapped the track for the ice. Jana joined the Australian women’s bobsleigh team, to become the first woman to represent Australia in both a Summer (2000, 2004) and Winter (2014) Olympic Games.
Off the track, Jana completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Western Sydney University in 2019 (graduating with First Class Honours and the university medal) and is now a junior doctor in Women’s Health. She completed a Masters of Reproductive Medicine at the University of New South Wales in 2020 and has initiated her PhD in Obstetrics (focusing on aspects of uterus transplantation).
This busy woman is proud mum to six children: fifteen-year-old Cornelis; little sisters Emily, seven, and Jemima, five; Charlie, who is one; and eight-month-old twins.
Having experienced her own personal scare with cervical dysplasia, Jana became an ambassador for the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation. In 2021, Jana was a participant in the gruelling television show SAS Australia on Channel 7. She made it to the last day of the course and was the final female standing among the eighteen celebrity recruits, despite having given birth only five and a half months previously.
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Publisher: Allen & Unwin