EPISODE SHOW NOTES
Episode 33: It Was Always Steven featuring Barbara Majeski
Financial and home stability eluded Barbara Majeski’s family when she was growing up but even when they were shuffled between parents, she and her three siblings always had great love.
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From an early age, Barbara took extra care of her younger brother Steven who was born with a genetically inherited neurological impairment called Fragile X, watching over him and keeping him safe. She was fourteen when urgent family circumstances threatened to separate her from Steven and that’s when she pledged to take care of him and protect him forever, ultimately raising her three children to also look out for him.
Her commitment to Steven anchored her during her fight with stage 3 cancer and inspired her to keep going even when she didn’t think she had anything left. In this episode, Barbara, now cancer-free for four and a half years, shares her and Steven’s story, how serving others has changed her life, and what she’s gained from the most difficult things she’s gone through.
Barbara Majeski was a married, stay-at-home mom, raising three kids in the suburbs of New Jersey and living what she believed to be the “good life.” In the summer of 2015 things began to unravel. Barbara’s marriage came to a devastating end and in the midst of grappling with her new reality, Barbara was handed a stage 3 cancer diagnosis.
Barbara vowed that if she beat cancer and got another shot at life, she would live bigger, better, and bolder with greater purpose, meaning and intent. After two years of treatment, recovery, and divorce, Barbara began pursuing her dream career in media, and launched an online community united in personal growth, purpose & authenticity.