At the age of 32, Shawna’s husband died the day before their daughter’s 2nd birthday. Her story confronts topics such as mental illness, suicide, grief, post traumatic stress disorder, resiliency, faith, marriage, and more.
Shawna’s articles have been featured on BlogHer. Her article, Stigma in a large yellow envelope, has been read by over 11,000 viewers. She enjoys a freelance partnership with the YMCA’s of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, and has most recently been invited to participate in Ruth Stadelmayer‘s “Voices” book project. Shawna has written guest posts for Pardon My Poppet, and received a number of blog awards including the Liebster Blog Award and The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.
To learn more about Shawna’s story, we recommend visiting the “Main Journey Index” of her blog. The “Happy Thought Index” was introduced as one of the tools that has helped Shawna through her grief journey.
Shawna’s philosophy is simple: “Share my story wherever I can, to whomever will listen. The concept is simple too. Vulnerability fosters deeper, richer relationships, and generates safe places where others share their stories too. Stigmas are destructive illusions and we must stop being fooled by the mirage. No one should have to think twice about seeking treatment.”
Every conversation, and speaking engagement, is seen as an opportunity to build awareness, and break the illusive power of stigmas.
Shawna is available for speaking engagements, interviews, conferences, and more.
Watch here to catch a glimpse of Shawna’s perspective on important topics such as stigmas, suicide, community, and more.
Shawna Percy-MacDonald with host Sahil Dhingra on Reconnectfully Yours.