ABOUT

 

Mandy bio350x350 300x300 ABOUTWelcome! It’s so nice to meet you…

Hi! I’m Mandy B. Anderson and I’m the Co-Founder of Big Blue Couch™ Coaching, LLC. I’m also a Certified Life, Health, and Financial Coach, Speaker and Author. I was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and have walked the road of an Overcomer my entire life. I’m dedicated to helping others rise above their circumstances. When I’m not busy encouraging others, I can be found hanging out with my BFF’s, reading personal growth books or catching up on my favorite shows. My greatest enjoyment in life is to meet new people and have inspiring conversations – this is the best place for that to begin!

I’ve been married to the man of my dreams for over a decade, and we live in North Dakota. I’ve been a North Dakota girl my entire life, but only recently discovered a renewed appreciation of this beautiful state. We don’t have any kids, but we do have a ten pound fur-baby named Ajah B. She’s quite the princess!

 

You can now find the most up to date content at my new blog & podcast home at Big Blue Couch Coaching!

 

This website includes an archive of articles on (click on the title to see a list of articles):

Scroll down and you’ll notice on the right hand side you a list of Categories that will help you navigate specific archive articles to help encourage and equip you. As you read through these articles, I hope to inspire and encourage you along the way. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up on your sofa, and stay awhile. The path of an overcomer is an amazing journey and I’m glad to have you along for the ride!

 

My Top Posts

If you are new here, you might want to start with some of my most popular posts. Here are my top 10 (click on the title to see the article):

  1. A Voice in the Darkness: Cystic Fibrosis and Abortion
  2. Be Good To Your Gut: Tips For Better Digestion in Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Illness, and Every Day Life
  3. Encouragement For Today
  4. The Balancing Act: Marrying Pills And Skills
  5. Back In Control: Finding Yourself After Depression and Illness
  6. Endure Suffering And Don’t Quit
  7. My 22 Days In The Hospital And How To Keep Going In The Midst of Darkness
  8. Remember Your First Love: Becoming An Overcomer part 1
  9. 7 Super Foods For Better Health
  10. Tolerating Revenge And Jealousy

 

My Book

20131129 123017 ABOUTIn Sickness And In Health: Lessons Learned On The Journey From Cystic Fibrosis To Total Health is a personal growth book designed for people who struggle with the hurdles of disease and want to conquer the bondage that often keeps them trapped in a life of sickness. Discover the key to conquering the fears that haunt your mind, choices you can make to live vibrantly, and simple steps to break free for a life without limits. It’s never been easier to step into your destiny and live beyond your circumstances!

 

My Biography

Mandy B. Anderson is the Co-Founder of Big Blue Couch™ Coaching. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, Mandy has walked the road of an Overcomer her entire life and is dedicated to helping others rise above their circumstances. She is an Author, Speaker, Certified Health Coach, and Radio Show Co-Host. Her passion for equipping and encouraging others has made her a sought after Inspirational Speaker and Coach.

The only child to her parents, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of six months. Growing up with a life threatening disease shaped her with tenacity and a never-give-up attitude. She is an overcomer and a woman of bondage breaking faith.

Her lifelong goal as a child was to become a professional singer, despite having a disease that should have severely limited the very breath she needed to sing. At the age of 19, Mandy recorded her first CD titled “This Journey,” where she wrote 8 of the 9 songs. Six months later Mandy got married and she began to believe in a self-told lie that she needed “a real job” to succeed in life. Over the next six years, Mandy settled for jobs that challenged her for a year or two but never really made her feel alive. This emptiness and feeling of being stuck in life led her to the home based business industry where she and her husband, Nate, began mentoring with many industry professionals. Through this mentoring, Mandy traveled a road of reprogramming her mind and body for success, and she found a renewed vision for the dreams she had buried and denied herself for so many years.

Mandy’s life has been a roller coaster ride of walking by faith and overcoming pain. In October 2010, Mandy and Nate lost everything they owned in an apartment fire. Through the 47 days that followed, Mandy saw God provide for her and her husband in ways she never could have fathomed. Two years later, in May 2012, Mandy found herself in a battle for her life. After struggling with PTSD (a result of the fire), a devastating and unexpected miscarriage, and a bacterial infection in her lungs Mandy found herself in the hospital weighing 92 pounds with 22% lung function. During the 22 days that she was in the hospital she wondered whether God was really there for her. At the end of her stay, she discovered that yes, God indeed was there every step of the way. She has since regained her lung functions to 70% and is at a stable weight again. She’s able to run again and has recently started working out with a personal trainer with the goal of learning boxing techniques.

Mandy’s life has shaped her in such a way that she not only understands the fears and worries of those who battle with disease, but she knows firsthand the heartache and hopelessness of having absolutely nothing but the clothes on your back. She has come to understand the value of marrying “Pills with Skills” (traditional medicine with the skills of natural methods). She is a woman who has hit rock bottom and come out on the other side stronger. She’s passionate about inspiring people to live healthy and overcome their obstacles so they can live their lives by design! Mandy’s story is an incredible testimony of sickness, loss, and bondage turned into healing, freedom, and restoration.

Mandy lives in North Dakota with her husband, Nate, of 11 years and their fur-baby, Ajah B.

 

Disclaimer

This is my personal blog. The information I provide is for entertainment and educational purposes only. I am not a licensed therapist or medical doctor. The information on this blog should not be used in place of seeking appropriate counseling, therapy, or medical attention. I will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

 

12 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Lanell

    Mandy 
    Thank you for sharing this with others.  You are truly an inspiration to all who meet you!!  Life is not easy, we know that but we only get one life and we have to make the most of it.  Life is what we make it, that is my motto…..and you are amazing lady!!!!  God Bless you!

  2. Sue Graber

    What an incredible story so far, Mandy….I  know you have much more to share…Looking forward to getting to know you..  So glad to know you have your faith and a wonderful guy to share your life with…..Keep on doing what you're doing.  You will touch many others in a positive way!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Stacey! It would be great to keep in touch so feel free to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. Have a great day!

  3. Cindy Sebastian

    Mandy,
    Love your website; you are a inspiration to all that know you. Great guide to all parents of CF kids out there.  I have shared your link on FB as there is a newly diagnosed family of CF that I am sure would love to hear your journey.  Meeting lots of new people by hosting a Zumbathon for Cystic Fibrosis.  Hope to see you soon:).  
    Yours in health,
    Cindy Sebastian

  4. Pamela Giese

    Mandy,
       I was there at the Juice Plus service you had up in Brainard. Mandy, you truly were an inspiration to me and I  listen to your CD every day on my way to work. A message that you said about being supportive and not telling them how or what to do. Buy them a cup of coffee. Mandy we have had years of isues as our daughter suffers from depression. You  said in your service that you didn't know why you said that because that was not something you planned. I felt that message was for me. I truly admire you. Thank-you for your inspiration Mandy. Hope to see you at our next Juice Plus event in Brainard or wherever it is.

  5. Kathy Hollar

    Mandy, so happy for you!  Also happy to be in touch with you again.  Lost you for a while after you got married.  Dave & I are well and living back on the home place where we started 35 years ago.  Dreams are good to have!  I think of you often.  Haven't listened to you CD for awhile, might have to dig that out and get it on my iPod.  :-)
    Love & Prayers,
    Kathy

  6. Crystal Renee Elfink

    You are an amazing woman and have such a powerful story to share with the world.  You are an inspiration and a great role model.  Keep singing, keep loving life, and keep living your dreams.  Read you book from cover to cover couldn't put it down.  Keep going I know your heart and I know that God is using you in monumental ways. 
    Love and Blessings
    Renee

  7. Rachel Higgins

    I enjoy your soundbytes of wellness, thank you so much. These little reminders to keep chugging get me through rough patches:)

  8. Sheila Gershwin

    Hi Mandy,

    I was searching for a correlation between Juice Plus and Cystic Fibrosis. Could you tell me if, in fact, Juice Plus has been helpful with your struggle with Cystic Fibrosis? Thank you for your response.

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