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It’s an absolute pleasure to have been invited to write for Cotswold Allure Magazine and I would like to wish all Cotswold Allure Magazine readers Happy New Year. My name is Aysha, I am 38 years old, live in Cheltenham and work as a Transformational Life Coach helping people all over the world to overcome challenges and live a life they are passionate about.

Life changing moment…

So why do I do what I do? In 2005, I was diagnosed with the chronically debilitating illness of Crohn’s Disease which is one form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. After being mis-diagnosed numerous times, my condition quickly deteriorated and led to a plethora of examinations, procedures, medication, dietary changes and hospital stays. This resulted in emergency surgery requiring me to have a stoma and subsequently needed time to adjust to my new body and life-long illness.

Whilst this all came as a huge shock to me and as such was a very distressing time, I can’t express how well I was treated by all the medical staff at Cheltenham General Hospital. I felt so incredibly grateful for their expertise, care and kindness. This is what inspired me to change the direction of my working life in order to work as hard as I could to give back to others.

From Teacher to Coach…

I have loved working with children, inspiring young minds and improving standards of education during my 12 year teaching career. On a more personal note, I feel a warm sense of satisfaction when I occasionally hear ‘Miss Akif’ and find myself doing a double-take to realise that the mature young adult in front of me, was that 7 year old little gem I taught all those years ago, proudly showing me their transformation.

I am particularly passionate about using my personal experiences to add value to people’s lives and help them overcome challenges they are facing.  I feel very strongly that everyone should feel confident about who they are, not only accept but embrace themselves fully and live a life they love.

Living with Crohn’s Disease…

Within this article, I have shared with you how my career evolved as my health became vulnerable which led me to re-evaluate what was truly important in life. This is just one of the many areas I support clients with.

As I reflect on my journey, it is evident to me that the real transformation occurred in the moment I was told that I had a chronic illness and in the subsequent life changing events that followed soon after my diagnosis. I am embarrassed to admit that 12 years ago I wasn’t even sure what Crohn’s Disease was. I didn’t really understand what ‘chronic’ meant and felt devastated that there was no cure for Crohn’s Disease and that I would have it forever.

The charity, ‘, and Colitis UK’ is the UK’s leading charity for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, championing the cause to find a cure for these debilitating illnesses. The charity is a fantastic source of information for anyone who wishes to learn more about Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I volunteer for this wonderful charity and am committed to raising as much awareness as possible to generate funds to ensure that we find a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, speaking at every opportunity I get supporting people who are on their own journey of transformation.

Thank you…

Receiving genuinely positive feedback from clients letting me know how coaching with me has had a tremendous impact on their lives, is extremely heart-warming. Reading testimonials encourages me to keep working as hard as I can every day, to ensure that others feel good about themselves and fulfilled in their lives.

Aysha has sensitively helped me to evaluate many aspects of my life that I was dissatisfied with. In the short time I have worked with her she has enabled me to develop a very different outlook and as a result I am both more confident and happy. I would definitely recommend Aysha. ~ Kerry, Cheltenham.

The purpose of coaching is to support you to achieve your goals. I would be privileged to work with you if you are seeking transformation or growth in any area of your life. If you would like to know more, please contact me for a FREE 30 minute Synergy Session.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Aysha x

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