Breast-Cancer Awareness Month: Sam Stewart Shares Her Incredible Life Story And Now Inspires Others

Sam Stewart
Sam Stewart

If Oprah Winfrey, Brené Brown and Joan of Arc somehow managed to have
a lovechild together, the result would most likely be Cape Town’s Sam
Stewart (43), as these women display only some of the remarkable
characteristics that Sam has to share with the world – ultimate
bravery, survivor of the worst that life can possibly throw your way,
and yet with a compassionate and enlightened heart for people to
overcome their own worst struggles with her most sincere empathy, and
a willingness to be a shining beacon of hope for those who believe
there is no escaping the shadows they find themselves in, driven by
fear that they will never be able to escape.

Upon hearing her life story, one has to ask how it is possible that
one person managed to make it through the harshest of what life can
possibly dish out and ultimately not only survive, but flourish with a
deep understanding of these challenges, the gift that could be found
within them and a much deeper understanding about the meaning of life
of what and why you had to endure what you did. Because for Sam the
devastating news of being diagnosed with breast cancer, enduring the
brutality of an abusive marriage that broke her to the core and made
her lose all sense of self worth and confidence, losing everything
financially that she had worked so hard her entire life to achieve,
first in the corporate world and then later by running a NGO, dealing
with body dysmorphia and then even escaping the clutches of death once
again after a failed suicide attempt – these were only some the most
crippling events in her life that shaped her into becoming who she is
today.

Unbearable to imagine that a single individual had to face all of
these devastations, these are only a handful of the frightening life
curves that Sam not only managed to victoriously overcome on her path
of life, but sees her today vulnerably putting herself on display in
the public eye as to enlighten others that giving up should never have
to be an option.  And in fact that it is not what life intended for
any single human being roaming this earth to face unnecessary
hardship, but rather lead them to a place of where they ultimately had
to end up at. “This even despite if the same wrong decisions are made
time and time again over short or long periods of time, as life is
working for you and not against you, and will do everything it takes
until it gets your attention,” says Sam. “Often it starts whispering
or nudging us gently, but will increase in severity until we get to a
point of surrender where we have no choice but to hear loud and clear
what needs to be said to us.”

However, do not for a second think that all that Sam went through
resulted in her becoming weak and mild (because of her compassionate
heart), as just the opposite is true – as one will immediately
recognise upon a first introduction to her with a very unique and
special sparkle in her eye, an energy field around her which welcomes
you in and almost instantly works at rejuvenating you, and a gift to
unashamedly speak truth without holding back, or standing back for
that matter, as one will find it hard to believe that this strong soul
survivor had to indeed endure the most frightening and intense
versions of pain time and time again. But only the strongest would be
able to survive; most certainly not the puny at heart.

Sam shares: “I honestly don’t know why I was chosen out of all the
billions of people to walk this road. All I know is that I now have a
tremendous responsibility and life story to share whereby many will be
able to identify with in one form or another, and help them find hope
again by listening to the answers out there which are just dying to be
heard, once we’re willing to listen. There is a global consciousness
and shift taking place, which is undeniable, as people from all over
the world are searching for far more deeper meanings in things, and
also especially a deeper connection with one another…and above all
else, answers to life’s questions!”

One of the ways in which Sam displayed her no-fear-attitude and
unwillingness to accept what she knew instinctively were absolutely
wrong and unethical, was when she not only took on Discovery Health
when they refused to pay for certain medication that she knew would
possibly save her life when diagnosed with breast cancer. As the
underdog in the court case, Sam walked away victoriously in this legal
matter. And how? By empowering herself with as much knowledge on the
subject as possible and having an appropriate answer to strongly
defend herself against why she so strongly believed what the medical
aid giant was doing was so wrong in so may ways.

“The beauty at the end of everything that I had to go through is that
I’m happier now than ever before in my life. I have been rewarded over
and over again in so many ways, including now being married to a
husband that absolutely adores me, understands my life mission and
supports me through everything, find myself in the most beautiful
state of peace, and above all else have a yearning to help other
women, and men, to discover what I have found on what truly works in
giving you that breakthrough in life that you have been waiting for,
for way too long,” Sam shares.

She shares a simple example of how this ripple effect of what she does
was displayed to her recently when she was asked to speak at a
corporate event to a room full of ladies. “Prior to me doing my talk,
I walked around from table to table, introducing and talking to these
women about some real life issues from my own life. I was absolutely
blown away when afterwards so many women came up to me and revealed
that my vulnerability opened up the door for them to be truthful with
one another about what they were going through, sharing experiences
and taking off the masks that they hid behind, despite them knowing
each other for years and years. I was so humbled by that and it just
proved to me that this message inside of me that is just burning to be
shared with as many people as possible, is indeed my calling and where
I should be at right now in my now beautiful life journey,” she says.

Sam, who still proudly walks around with all her head permanently
shaved off (and looks as stunning as ever!), as well as never shies
away from sharing pictures of what her chest looks like after having a
breast removed as a result of her cancer, concludes: “Don’t get me
wrong – I’m not saying that life is now absolutely perfect and I have
the answers to everything. Not at all. I just now know and understand
so much more and have the tools of how to deal with the obstacles on
one’s life journey – with a burning desire to share this message with
as many as I can. I promise everyone, there is hope,” she concludes.

Also join the conversation with her on social media – Instagram
(@SuperSamStewart), Twitter (@MissMiraculous) and Facebook (Sam
Stewart).