Elizabeth Haynes – A New World

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We have all felt afraid at some time in our lives. Maybe that fear was a passing, irrational one, like a childhood fear of the dark or a monster under the bed. As we grow into adults, true fear is something that only surfaces when there is a more rational reason: an immediate threat to our safety, or a diagnosis with a grave medical condition. But for people who suffer from agoraphobia, fear is something to confront on a daily basis, and whether it is rational or not, it is very real. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes sufferers to avoid situations that might trigger severe panic attacks, and it can be a debilitating condition. Elizabeth Haynes knows all too well the struggles that come with living with it, something she has been dealing with for nearly twenty-five years.

“What a lot of people don’t understand is that, for someone with agoraphobia, simply walking out the bedroom door is a challenge.” For almost twenty years, Elizabeth would rarely leave her home and felt that she was virtually trapped. On days she did attempt to leave her house, she faced an inward battle. She had to talk herself into leaving her bedroom, and then coax herself into the hallway and toward the door. If she wanted to get the mail outside, she would wait to make sure no one was coming before she tentatively opened her front door. Ordinary daily tasks that most of us take for granted, like a trip to the grocery store, were obstacles she had to try to overcome. For most of her adult life, Elizabeth’s world was very small. Five years ago, however, her world became much larger.

Elizabeth Haynes found a new world of opportunity with Rodan + Fields.

Elizabeth Haynes found a new world of opportunity with Rodan + Fields.

Donna Tisdale and Melinda Hickey had helplessly watched their sister struggle with her disorder over the years. They stood by her when her marriage ended, and helped as much as they could as Elizabeth raised her son and two daughters on her own. They knew that deep down their sister was a brave soul who was living a life that was less than what it had the potential to be. In 2009, they saw that Rodan + Fields® could be an avenue for Elizabeth to reclaim her life, and encouraged her to start her own business as an Independent Consultant. Naturally, she at first resisted their offer.

“I was the least likely candidate for this as someone who had rarely left her own home or backyard for so long. I had no social contacts, and felt extremely uncomfortable in any type of social situation. But as my sisters drew me into Rodan + Fields, I found myself in a whole new world. And that was what they were hoping for. The training and support I received from them gave me the courage I needed that allowed me to create success.”

Against all odds, Elizabeth braved this new world her sisters had introduced her to, where everything was wildly beyond her comfort zone. Everything she needed to learn to be successful meant overcoming her condition, and that included speaking in public, which she had never considered as even a remote possibility. She remembers the fear she felt the first time she stood on stage and told her story in front of a hundred of her Rodan + Fields teammates. Under what seemed like the most glaring light in the world, she was sure she would melt into a puddle on the floor. Instead, she braved that day and has since braved many more. And even though she still struggles with agoraphobia, it isn’t controlling her life or holding her back.

Donna and Melinda have watched their sister, who was once too afraid to leave her room, blossom into the woman she is today. She is a woman who, against the odds, has become a champion for other women who have had the same challenges. Because she found the inner strength to conquer her fear and tell her story, dozens of others with the illness have reached out to her to share their own stories. What she wants them to know, and what she wants everyone to know, is that if she could beat the odds that were stacked against her and make her Rodan + Fields business a success, anyone can.

“I am a sixty-two-old woman, and had been out of the workforce for twenty years when I started this. I had no experience, and on top of that I have a social phobia. In spite of all that, I created a thriving business that put all three of my children through college, debt-free.”

Elizabeth found strength and support in her sisters. As a Rodan + Fields team, they are referred to as "Superstars".

Elizabeth found strength and support in her sisters. As a Rodan + Fields team, they are referred to as “Superstars”.

Elizabeth, Donna, and Melinda, known in their business as the “Superstar Sisters” because they have all reached Level V, have grown closer through their shared Rodan + Fields journey. There is nothing quite like the kind of love that exists between sisters. It is the kind of love that finds you even if you think you are alone in the dark, trapped inside a tiny world of fear and isolation. Who better to turn on the light and show you that there is a brighter and bigger world? A sister who has been there when you were a little girl and afraid to peek your toe from under the covers for fear of the monster under the bed, or the sister who makes you laugh at yourself and pushes you to open up and embrace change. Elizabeth is grateful to have not one, but two sisters who have done that for her.

“I can say with conviction that I would have had a much smaller world without my Rodan + Fields business, and every day I am reminded how proud my children are of me for having the courage to push myself. I am thankful to my sisters who saw, when I couldn’t, what this opportunity would do for me, and for the love I feel from my entire Rodan + Fields family. This has truly created a whole new world for me.”

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26 responses to “Elizabeth Haynes – A New World”

  1. Andrea says:

    Such an inspiring story! I too have dealt with anxiety and debilitating panic attacks. It is possible to overcome! I love your story! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you Elizabeth for being brave and telling your story! We all have fears and anxiety and your openness will help many who think they cannot decide they can. Perfect love drives out fear and your sisters proved that with you. God Bless!

  3. Alison says:

    What a fantastic story! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  4. Cathy Werder says:

    Awesome story and amazing sisters who support and train their whole TEAM like they do each other! Proud to be working side by side with them!

  5. Kari Hayden Pendoley says:

    Elizabeth thank you for being willing to share your story with the R+F family. You are truly an inspiration and the ultimate example of how we hope to ‘change skin and change lives.’ Glad your life has changed for you and for your family.

  6. Nan George says:

    Although I’m not technically part of their organization, Elizabeth Haynes and the Superstar Sisters have never ceased to make me feel warm and welcomed. That’s the culture they’ve created and it resonates throughout their Team.
    The friendships created with Rodan+Fields are the icing on a very delicious cake!

  7. jeanie berna says:

    Your story is so inspirational and brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your success!!! You will light the way for many to come. Blessings!

  8. I am thrilled that you have published Elizabeth Haynes Journey. I had the pleasure of meeting her with her sisters at the first Rodan & Field’s meeting I attended. They were all amazing! Elizabeth’s story is inspiring and she has an extraordinarily generous spirit. It has been a pleasure getting to know her.

  9. Jennifer Mareska says:

    You go girl!! This is inspiration for everyone that suffers from some sort of disorder that isolates them. You are so very brave!! Thank you for sharing your story! Sisters rock!

  10. Lisa Myers says:

    Thank you for telling your story. It’s amazing what love and support can do to overcome such obstacles. So many of us carry those fears and work on overcoming them everyday. I really believe our community gives us the tools to work through the fears and be all we can be for today.

  11. Mary Ann Benedetti says:

    You are a true STAR my friend. Thank you for all you do to inspire us all. Love you. Hugs

  12. Your story is an inspiration . You and your sisters are some of the friendships I treasure in Rodan and Fields.

  13. Maria Wood says:

    So proud of you Elizabeth, its not easy, and you have done it. All the best!!!

  14. Dawn Bear says:

    Leadership is all about relationships and what a truly wonderful friend and inspirational leader Elizabeth is! We are so very fortunate to have her in our lives. She is never too busy, always understanding, and genuinely care about us and our success. Truly a first class leader and genuine friend. Congratulations to our fearless leader!

  15. Elizabeth…you are a beautiful woman both inside and out! Your story is amazing and an inspiration for all!! Proud to know you, to be part of the Superstar Sisters and this amazing R+F family!

  16. Diane Kerce says:

    Elizabeth, so proud of you!!!

  17. Elizabeth has been an inspiration to me. We met as friends and are now business partners. She is such a caring person. She definitely has paved the way for many people and I am thankful she paved the way for me.

  18. Joshua D says:

    This is truly incredible! This shows the power that our business has on us individually, we’re constantly developing ourselves personally!

  19. Jen Kreta says:

    Elizabeth – you are amazing! Thank you from the depths of my soul for sharing your story, for sharing your courage, and for showing others that we CAN persevere.

  20. Laura says:

    Wow! What a great story. So proud of you! I love talking to people, however I do not like being in front of lots of people and speaking. Great accomplishment!

  21. Bobbi Eschenbach says:

    I am thrilled and amazed by Elizabeth’s testimony! I feel like calling my two sisters immediately and sharing her inspiring story. Thank you for sharing your phenomenal and intimate story. What a beautiful lady you are!

  22. Oh my gosh, what an incredible story Elizabeth.
    What an inspiration you are and will continue to be for others. I am so proud of everything you have accomplished. You, and the Sisters, are incredible leaders.

  23. Nancy Edwards says:

    Elizabeth…You are an inspiration to so many! I love seeing your success with Rodan and Fields! Congratulations to you! 🙂

  24. Elizabeth, you are such a great leader! I love your transparency and your story is so inspiring! Thank you for being such a blessing to the Florida RF Family and always including everyone!

  25. Renita Hudson says:

    Wonderful story and very inspiring to me. I too am looking to pay my daughter’s college fees. Did I read correctly you are 62? I am soon to be 59 and feel like I am somewhat starting over in an adventure that I want to pursue. Any words of wisdom are welcomed.

  26. Diane Kerce says:

    You are so Inspiring Elizabeth!!! Thank you for sharing your story!!

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