At the age of 17, only a week out from graduating from high school Maddy Ritchie was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. She was given most likely three months to live and had to undergo 12 months of the most enduring and intense treatment regime to have some sort of chance at life. Through her horrific adversity, she found hope and healing through writing, she is raw and real when it comes to the truth of cancer on the individual and the others that surround them. A young girl who was self-conscious, lacked a sense of purpose, very materialism and took many things for granted had her world turn upside down when she was diagnosed with cancer. It changed her as a person forever but for a good reason.
Her determination inspired many, she wanted to share her personal story with the world in hopes people will understand, relate and be more aware of the real issues and stigma that surround cancer in today's society. She found through the power of her mind and within herself that she serves a purpose and that she can recover even when the odds were so against her. Maddy Ritchie is a #1 international bestselling author of “She Will Always Carry On”. Maddy writes about the good and the bad days of her experience, how to cope with such grief and uncertainty, relationships, and how to look at your adversity positively and the power of the mind!
Maddy is an inspirational and engaging Speaker on overcoming extreme adversities. Her openness with her personal life, what she faces every day and her passion for making a change in the world is one that stands out from the crowd. She talks openly about her pain, the devastation the cancer left on her body, the lack of funding, the inequalites in attention which certain cancers get today, and that even through horrific times, we all can make it through by sheer determination and will power.