At the age of 21, and insecure and scared Tiffany Johnson’s adventure started in the search for self-discovery, as many young people do as a rite of passage. After leaving home at 17, going to university and falling in love with the wrong man, Tiffany was finally brave enough to leave and pursue adventure. She explored Europe in hope of finding her missing puzzle piece. 

And she found it, only the day before her life would change forever. 

Tiffany is a survivor from the 1999 Swiss Canyoning Disaster, where 21 young people lost their lives.

It wasn’t until she returned home that the extent of her injuries were discovered.  5 broken bones, including a broken leg, dislocation to her jaw and soft tissue damage. Through damage sustained in the flood waters, her pancreas no longer works. Tiffany is now an insulin dependent diabetic. Like many survivors of this event and others similar to it, she also struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

After months back home, she finally began to truly listen to her own inner voice. She realised that no matter how dire things seem, the human spirit can overcome anything.  Her determination to live her best life, not just for herself, but for her friends that were lost has showered her in determination for their story and hers to never be forgotten. 

Tiffany has shared her story on Channel 7 News, Sunrise and ABC Radio National. Her new book Brave Enough Now is on sale now at

This conversation is inspiring for many reasons. Tiffany is raw and real about her accident, and how she healed and dealt with survivors guilt and PTSD. However, this conversation goes in a direction I wasn’t expecting, yet am incredibly excited about. The real story is about a scared, insecure young lady who went searching for herself, and in the process learned to accept and love herself exactly as she was. This is a powerful podcast you do not want to miss.

Find out more about Tiffany on her website

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