Memoir: Finding Awesomeness Through Adversity

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The pivotal moment when Leanne was given the life-limiting diagnosis of MND/ALS. This remarkable story of resilience is a true testament to the power of choice.

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Finding Awesomeness Through Adversity

An Incredible Journey of Resilience & the Power of Choice

My memoir details my personal journey of living with terminal Motor Neurone Disease. It is a heartfelt narrative about resilience amidst adversity, showcasing an indomitable will to live fully despite the circumstances.

My journey with MND has been a long crazy ride. I thought for some time that I had lost my purpose in life, however having this disease has revealed my true purpose of inspiring others through my journey.

Writing my book has been a very personal and fulfilling journey and has given me the opportunity to reflect on the lessons I’ve learnt along the way.

$39.97 (includes shipping within Australia only).


Print Length: 126 pages
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Publisher: Leanne Sklavenitis
Publication Date: 24 February, 2024
Dimensions: 12.7 x .8 x 20.32 cm

Leanne is proud to be donating 10% of the net proceeds from the sale of her memoir to Fight MND.

You can help by joining the fight and showing your support at


Additional information

Weight .3 kg
Dimensions 15.3 × 1.25 × 23.5 cm

30 reviews for Memoir: Finding Awesomeness Through Adversity

  1. Kylee Sanson

    I read this in one weekend. Couldn’t put it down!!! What an incredibly inspiring story. My biggest take-away…it’s all about your mindset and how you view the challenges you face. Life is truly AWESOME.

  2. Agnes Karazisis

    An awesome read. Finished in a day. You are an inspiration. Well done amazing lady.

  3. François

    Hi Leanne.
    What an inspiration you are to us all! Your story opened my eyes to how lucky we all are. You are an amazing woman. ❤️

  4. Jenny

    Read it in 1 day,awesome read couldn’t put it down. You are such an inspiration Leanne,your strength and courage is unbelievable, highly recommended people to read it.xx

  5. Bruce Barnes

    Hi Leanne, your favourite uncle here. Read your awe inspiring book and thought how you must be giving others in a similar situation hope and encouragement. I thoroughly enjoyed some of your comments and made me recall times past. Wishing you well keep on keeping on

  6. Sandra Rodger

    I just finished reading your book Leanne, you are so inspiring and courageous to keep fighting this hideous disease, and still be able to continue your fitness work through your speaking commitments. An awesome read that I highly recommend to everyone.

  7. Carole Boud

    Wow you are one amazing lady. Plus you have an amazing team to support you.
    You are such an inspiration & if I ever need a shake up I will just pick up your book.
    I still read your books about feeling blah!
    I will support you anyway possible, as I follow your journey.
    All the best Leanne & Thankyou for your book x

  8. Alfina Pietzner

    Couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and when I finally did, every free moment I would pick it up to read, even if it was a page or two. Leanne, you have given me a deep insight of your life with MND. I see your challenges, but reading it made me feel more connected and mindful of your challenges every.single. day. And every.single.second.of your waking moments💗💗

  9. Betty Poczman

    I read Leanne’s book in sitting,could not put the book down.It’s inspiring and also teaches us to be grateful for what we have in Life.May you find the awesomness in this read. Leanne good onya! You’re an amazing lady in your fight to live a very fulfilling life. Congratulations dear lady.

  10. Cheryl Rule

    Who else, other than the awesome Leanne S, could write an inspiring life story, conduct motivational talks and give 110% to all that she does while coping with the ever increasing challenges of MND. Leanne, your book is beautiful despite the hurdles you have faced and continue to ‘jump’ over. You are so so positive, but really honest telling us of the lows you have faced, especially during the cruel lockdown in Victoria. Leanne, you are my friend always, and if possible I love you more after reading your book. Many more chapters to live and complete dear and I know you will do this with as much fun and humour as possible. You go girl!

  11. Christine

    What a wonderful and touching book this was to read!
    Thankyou for sharing

  12. Kristen Spring

    Couldn’t put it down … so inspiring to hear Leanne’s story. Highly recommend this book, to show the importance and power of positivity and perseverance!

  13. Adrienne Coleman

    Amazing book which I couldn’t put down. Leannes story is one that encourages you to live your best life no matter what you are dealt. She really is one awesome person who practices her beliefs. A great read and gift for others

  14. Sandra Rodger

    Just finished reading your book Leanne, you’re such an inspiring and courageous woman fighting this most hideous disease. How you manage to still work is beyond me, and have the strength to travel. I would definitely recommend everyone to read your book. Keep up the awesome fight.

  15. Kate Harrington

    Leanne has been living with MND for about 7 years. She is such an amazing person and so very inspirational to everyone she meets. Leanne encourages others to find awesomeness in our lives, no matter what our individual challenges are. Leanne certainly lives that way herself. I can’t recommend this book highly enough – so inspiring and so honest!

  16. Sue Lester (verified owner)

    I was delighted to unwrap this gem yesterday – Leanne Sklavenitis is one gutsy woman, still sucking the marrow out of life 7 years into her living with MND (Motor Neuron Disease) journey.
    MND is such a devastating prognosis, and the seven people I know each chose a different way to live with it. As it should be. We might think we know the best or right way, but honestly, we really don’t. All we can do is be present and offer support how and as needed, and bow out gracefully if not needed. Life is hard enough for them without dealing with our angst and bruised egos.
    Rock on, Leanne Sklavenitis!
    #MND #mindset

  17. Barb Campbell

    What an awe inspiring woman you are Leanne!
    Reading your book, I can just see your tenacity to live your life to the fullest, which in turn encourages us to do the same!
    I can just see you “bossing” people around & showing those who think you “can’t” that you definitely “Can”.
    Keep being Awesome xxx Love Barb

  18. Paula

    Leanne, your Book and the way you choose to live your life is an inspiration to us all.
    Your courage, strength and honesty really shine through.
    Well done Awesome Lady..

  19. Lynda Manning

    A story of incredible tenacity and never-give-up inspiration. Read it in a weekend and couldn’t get enough of Leanne’s will to continue to make a difference. What a woman. Totally inspirational- a truly good kick up the ass to get out there and live your best life!

  20. Geri Morales

    A very moving and inspirational story and so well written – hard to put down!
    An up close account of the struggles and triumph that can only come with dealing with a diagnosis of MND.
    Leanne is a truly inspiring person who epitomises the words strength and courage
    Thank you for sharing your story Leanne!

  21. Janette timms

    Leanne Sklavenitis I have just finished reading your book, I could not put it down. I loved reading your life story, remembering our time spent together at Casey Arc, with you as the awesome group instructor of Body Pump and Rpm. Absolutely loved it , and your ongoing determination to inspire and be awesome. You are amazing ❤️

  22. Kath Rowden

    Every page reminded me of the motivated trainer I remember from years ago .. always with a smile always so up beat.. this book is so motivating confronting and beautiful all at once. Do yourself a favour!

  23. Jo Carroll

    Hi Leanne, I just wanted to let you know I finished your book and it was so amazing to read your story. Whilst devastating it’s also very inspiring and moving. Congratulations on the book and for your unwavering determination to make the most of every moment. Much love and respect ✊😘

  24. Sue Glebov

    Leanne is awesome! When I heard of her diagnosis, I commented to my husband, “if there is anybody in this world who could beat or change MND it will be her.” I’ve just finished reading her memoir, wow! Maintaining such indomitable spirit under such adverse condition. Is more awesome and impressive than awesome. There are lesson here for everyone. Easy entertaining read.

  25. Shushka (verified owner)

    Leanne you’re our hero! I can’t believe all that you have achieved. Thank you for the reminder that we are stronger than we realise and we can keep pushing and fighting everyday to over come adversity in our lives ! If you can do it, we can do it !💪🏻

  26. Nicky Brown

    Over many years I consider myself to be so blessed to have Leanne as my friend, and together we’ve been through the ups and downs that life can throw at you but we didn’t know that life would throw MND at her.

    I’ve always known Leanne was awesome and the way she keeps fighting the beast is not only inspiring but testament of the amazing human she is.

    I’m so proud to be part of her life and to witness everything she achieves and will keep on achieving.

    I would encourage everyone to buy her book, not only to share the journey she is on but it will make you realise how rare it is to be part of this incredible woman’s life – she is one in a million. She changes lives for the better and this book proves it!

    I love her with all my heart ❤️

  27. Marie

    Leanne reading your memoir made me laugh out load and shed a tear. I’m always in awe of your ability to not be worn down by this horrendous disease. Your adversity has helped me and many others to find strength to be awesome. Thank you for sharing your journey Always an inspiration. This is a must read. Loved it ❤️✊💪🦋💕

  28. Karyn Ravaillion

    I read Leanne’s ‘Finding Awesomeness Through Adversity’ over Easter and my admiration for Leanne and Steve’s work (and the team) in not giving in to MND is huge. MND can hit anyone for no apparent reason and Leanne has shown us her journey to stay ‘Awesome’ regardless of how very difficult life gets. Leanne is an inspiration and I recommend reading this memoir. You will be inspired to find your own ‘Awesomeness’. Thank you Leanne for sharing your journey so far.

  29. Jasmine Poore (verified owner)

    Thank you so much, Leanne! You are truly inspirational. ‘Finding Awesomeness Through Adversity’ is a heartfelt celebration of your remarkable strength and spirit in living with MND. It’s a powerful reminder of the impact of our choices and the empowering nature of a positive mindset. This book is a touching journey that will inspire others to face challenges with courage and gratitude.

  30. Lee Whittaker

    Very inspiring and moving. Puts the small setbacks in life into perspective. Highly recommend this book to everyone, not just those going through hard times.

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