If you’ve landed on this page, most likely it is because your life has been significantly impacted by cancer. Some of you are caregivers struggling with the challenges of that role. Please check out the unique Caregivers Page I created for you for information directly related to your concerns.
You may be newly diagnosed or pushing through the effects of treatment, searching for tools and resources to navigate the very foreign world of cancer. For my clients who are going through this part of the cancer continuum, contact me to discuss my Emergency Rx i-Thrive! Package. It is a month long intensive to help you generate a plan, align resources and move beyond the overwhelm or stuck place that often occurs in the early phases of the continuum. And check out “You Have Cancer…Now What!?” below.
Others of you have completed treatment and, thankfully, come out the other side. Now you are looking for a way to live the “new normal”.
Facing the “new normal” may mean you feel:
- limited, blocked or even paralyzed by your diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one
- unsure of how to find the energy to be engaged in life
- fear of the unknown
- supported with a great treatment plan but uncertain how to create a plan for your life that integrates the changes chronic illness generates
- scared about your future and the impact chronic illness diagnosis will have on you and your loved ones
- a desire to be in charge instead of feeling victimized
“You have cancer” ~ Now what?…
No one wants or expects to receive the news that they or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis. When it comes, the news can momentarily paralyze you. Time stands still. Your heart races.
A million questions zoom through your head yet the mask of calm you’ve quickly drawn over your face would never reveal what you’re feeling inside…a deep sense of fear. Or, it is simply too much and you experience the feeling of being emotionally overwhelmed.
In the days, weeks and months post-diagnosis, there is a process you go through whether you are the person receiving the diagnosis or the caregiver. Your medical team develops and carries out a strategy for determining the status of your illness and one or more treatment options.
There are many experts in the field of cancer or whatever medical challenge you are facing. They will present specific tools and resources for understanding and managing the diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
Dealing with cancer doesn’t have to be a train wreck!
My approach to coaching clients dealing with chronic illness is to view it like a set of train tracks. There are two rails. The medical plan and diagnosis makes up one track. It takes time, energy and resources to manage this aspect either as patient or caregiver.
The second track is the track called your life. In addition to track one, both patient and caregiver need to understand how to manage and have a life as the medical treatment unfolds.
In the early days of Gary’s diagnosis, we were naturally consumed by the process of researching cancer care programs, treatment options and trying to anticipate how Hodgkin’s was going to impact our lives. But once we had track one handled and a plan in place, we did a good job of giving some attention to daily living.
There are issues, concerns, feelings and aspects of grieving to be done that come along with a diagnosis. One of our greatest fears is that of the unknown. Chronic illness tends to open the door to what initially can feel like a vast, unending void. But no matter what you are facing as patient or caregiver you have a right to living a balanced life that has meaning and purpose.
Will you survive or will you thrive?
Often we go into survival mode. Thriving seems impossible. Yet it is possible and by taking the i-Thrive! Assessment we can ascertain as to whether you will go through this challenge white knuckling it or if you can integrate the tools and resources of coaching so you are empowered and able to thrive in spite of the circumstances. Will you be victimized or lead in your life through conscious choices?
Coaching is there to support you as you learn to manage a life in the face of a cancer or other chronic illness diagnosis. The i-Thrive! Assessment can help you:
- optimize your physical energy levels
- uncover your secret energy stash
- discover ways to reduce stress caused by worry, anxiety or fear
- assess 7 key areas of your life where you can flourish instead of just surviving
- realistically evaluate your resources and ensure you are investing them wisely in living a life, not just treating an illness
Each person’s journey through cancer and caregiving is unique. There are is also common, shared ground we walk on. Consider me your reluctant expert…and let me help. I don’t regret it, but I paid a high cost as a caregiver. I can help you and your loved ones navigate your path to healing in a way that, together, we reduce the collateral damage so you can live through and beyond the experience without losing so much precious time to fear, worry, conflict and low energy.
Are you ready to thrive?!
Contact me today to find out how a coaching program can support you through this experience as powerfully as possible.