About Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen Ciganovich is an educator, speaker and writer on the topics of Awareness, Spirituality and how these affect our life situations. She conducts a popular seminar called “Live, Love, and Learn” that teaches people how to take charge of their lives and control their health through the use of medical and alternative choices. You may contact Mary Ellen as a speaker for your group at askmaryellen.aol or 423.653.6446.
She has been a student of the Bible all her life, holding many Church leadership positions. She has also studied “A Course in Miracles”. “A Course in Miracles” is a spiritual form of psychotherapy that teaches you to utilize the power that is “Holy” within yourself to change your perceptions, learning from your problems instead of fearing them. Mary Ellen utilizes the principles taught in both of these throughout her presentations and writings.
Born on February 22, 1952 in Batavia, New York - Mary Ellen’s father was relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 1958. She continued to live there and attended the University of Georgia – graduating Magna cum Laude in Education in 1974.
Although her childhood and family life always “looked” picture perfect, it was extremely dysfunctional. Mary Ellen was diagnosed with Petite Mal Temporal Lobe epilepsy at the age of six. During this time in our society epilepsy was misunderstood, so Mary Ellen’s family always instructed her not to tell anyone. She was also told that she could never get married or have children. Needless to say her self esteem took a beating during this time as she did not understand why her own family seemed to reject her. Mary Ellen’s mom and dad fought most of the time when they were together. Holidays were especially frightful as as her parents fighting intensified. Since Mary Ellen wanted to find some peace in her life, she would join various activities just to get out of the house. (Ex. Cheerleading, ballet, modeling for Rich’s teen board of Atlanta)
After her years at the University of Georgia, she married, began a Middle school teaching career and had a daughter, Stephanie. This marriage lasted 13 years and then Mary Ellen took up life as a single parent teaching middle school in Georgia.
Mary Ellen became a speaker for the National Epilepsy foundation speaking with parents, doctors and children about what epilepsy is and what it is NOT. She learned how to handle her particular case of epilepsy so she can lead a normal and productive life. In 1986 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Again Mary Ellen approached it with love instead of fear. Trying to get a handle on what she had to learn from having this disease in her life. All of the teachings she has put into “Healing Words” are things Mary Ellen experienced and lived. Granted some days are definitely more difficult than others – and Multiple Sclerosis is a “monster” she likes to keep in his cave. She uses a few prescriptions (that she KNOWS will work for her) and mainly mind, body and spirit connectivity to control the MS instead of it controlling her.
It is her hope that these short vignettes she has written will inspire people to take charge of their lives and learn what they need to learn to become happier more healthy human beings. Always remember that “what you see in others is inside of you or you would not be able to see it so clearly.”
Today Mary Ellen has truly come full circle. She has accepted herself and knows that her parents were doing the best they could at that time. She and her terrific husband, Peter, have been married for over 12 years. Her daughter, Stephanie, works as a Physician’s Assistant in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Mary Ellen now teaches Awareness in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area and she hopes this book will support people both young and old as they go through their life’s journey searching for the peace.