People with Cancer and Family

Coaching to help you thrive through the cancer experience

If you are dealing with or a family member of someone with cancer, I have a tremendous appreciation for what you’re going through. 

I spent much of my career as an oncologist, caring for people with cancer. I’ve also been a family member of someone with cancer. I was called to care for people with cancer because of the many ways the disease and its treatment can make people sick, as well as the way a cancer diagnosis can trigger anxiety and stress in a way few diagnoses can. While I’m no longer a practicing physician, I still feel strongly called on to support people with cancer and their families.

Some of this support is as what others have called a “cancer sherpa.” I’m really good at translating medical terms into understandable language. I provide no advice of my own, instead helping people like you understand the recommendations for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, (NCCN) a group of experts from top cancer organizations who have combed the evidence to create guidelines for clinicians and patients.

I will walk you through the NCCN recommendations for your diagnosis and stage, help you compare that with what you’ve heard from your cancer provider(s), and formulate questions for your cancer team. You’ll have an understanding of where you are and where you’re heading that will enable you to make decisions that are right for you and your family.

I also provide Life Coaching support for those interested in an ongoing relationship. The diagnosis of cancer is often a transition point in one’s life. I help people navigate their new normal and thrive, no matter what that new normal looks like. Life Coaching is about helping people close gaps in their lives between where they are now and where they’d like to be, especially around aspects of life that are big and important to them.

My coaching helps people tap into their experiences, their strengths, and their wisdom to take action and learn their way into a life aligned with who they are, how they want to be and what they want to do.

If you feel that you’d like to be in a coaching relationship related to your caregiving experience, I’d love to be a support for you.  And thank you for the caregiving work you’re doing/you’ve done- we don’t do enough to recognize the tremendous benefits that people like you provide to their loved ones and our society as a whole.

Click here to sign up for a free sample coaching session and discover what my coaching is like and whether I’m a great fit for you.

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