Free survivorship assessment tool for cancer survivors
or in other words… How to get your life back as a cancer survivor.
Does cancer survivorship feel like it is wreaking havoc on your life when all you want to do is feel better again?
Have your family and friends been wondering why you are struggling? After all, in many of their minds they are thinking- it’s over, let’s move on!
My free assessment will take you through the steps of identifying how cancer has impacted you and give you clarity on what steps you can take to heal- taking away the OVERWHELM that comes with feeling so depleted from treatment and replacing it with a sense of PEACE that the tangled mess cancer has left you with can be sorted out.
When you feel lost, as many cancer survivors do when treatment ends, you can feel like you are completely adrift at sea. What excites me about this assessment tool, is the the information and awareness that you gain through completing it helps you build a bridge towards making it to the other side, helps you to understand what the stops are on your unique map towards healing.
As a therapist and a cancer survivor, I know it is no easy task to figure out how to get your life back. And I am here to support you as you work through it. I am just a FREE clarity call away from helping you explore the next steps and/or talking through any area that might be challenging to navigate.
Once you have entered in your info below, you will be sent the assessment via email in a PDF format. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!
Starting July 2018:
Back to Life, Back to Reality: Decoding Cancer Survivorship
Have you finished active treatment for cancer or are you on the verge of completion?
It is a twisted irony that somehow life post-treatment feels harder than what everyone else expects it to be- a celebration that you are done. Unlike finishing a course of antibiotics and feeling better, when active treatment ends for cancer, you are then confronted by the tremendous toll it took on your body, mind, spirit, and self.
You are grateful to be alive AND you are completely shell shocked by what has happened.
The treatment plan for kicking the crap out of cancer was pretty clear. Yet post-treatment plans are generally a vague, spouting off that good advice you have heard all of your life. In fact, there is a good chance that you followed that good advice prior to diagnosis, and still ended up with cancer. It feels unjust AND it is another reminder of how little control you have in life. Your best efforts cannot guarantee your health.
You must find ways to build up your reserves and heal, because you also feel incredible pressure to make the best of the time that you have on this earth. Cancer made it quite clear that the veil between life and death is thin.
I don’t know about you, but when I couple a desire to feel better with the pressure to make the best of things, it is a recipe for disaster.
I am a stage 3a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at 40, when my kids were 5 and 7. I am also a trained mental health counselor and art therapist, who has been practicing since 2004.
My diagnosis was not the first time cancer had slapped me in the face. I was one of the caregivers for my mom, who died of metastatic breast cancer when I was 26.
I was so excited for my survivorship meeting post treatment, feeling that it would really help map out what I needed to do next. I had seen the emotional toll my mom experienced between her first cancer diagnosis and the second one, so I had some advance warning of how complex the journey is.
When I was diagnosed, twenty-one years had passed since my mom had her first round of cancer, so I figured with all of the advancements in treatment, survivorship care must have progressed as well. Sadly, beyond giving it a title and a list of general wellness tips, it was clear that not much had changed.
I am not ok with that. Especially as a young person who is doing my best to fully reclaim my life and to live as completely as I can, for as long as I have the benefit of living.
The challenge became clear, and I knew that I had to blend my personal cancer experience with my professional expertise in order to serve my community.
This beast, cancer survivorship, is a nut you can crack, especially if you have the guidance of someone who has not only gone through it, but who also has the psychological expertise to get you there.
Because cancer is not simply a medical problem.
After all, when you think about it, the cost of not finding a way through survivorship… the cost of feeling lost without tangible goals… the cost of not finding ways to cope with the lack of control and the deep uncertainty we all face in this life…
The cost is just too damn high.
Every intervention I have designed, I have used myself as well as clients, and they work. But before you jump into the healing process, you need to figure out your own personal healing map. One that breaks your needs down into manageable steps and allows for flexibility as your awareness grows. A plan that you can feel empowered by AND rebuild your connection to yourself. Leaning in, feeling it out and letting go of the baggage you collected along the way.
Are you ready for that?
Are you ready to figure out what signposts will guide you through the murky path ahead?
Are you ready to figure out how to live life after cancer in a way that builds your resiliency and releases the shackles that post-cancer trauma creates?
If you said yes to any of these questions, you do not want to miss out on this 2 hour, small group, workshop I have crafted to help you create that map. This workshop is super powerful, as Robin Long of Caring Connections, a cancer wellness center in Bangor, Maine attests:
“This was a wonderfully interactive and energetic session. Stephanie’s openness about her own life experiences coupled with her ability to affirm the experiences of others allowed those in attendance to feel safe to open up about their fears and frustrations surrounding their own diagnoses.”
The registration button below will take you to the active days and times that this workshop will be offered. If you have any questions, please shoot me an email.