The experience of having cancer is overwhelming because you must…
- confront the reality of having cancer
- make complex and timely medical decisions that have significant short & long term side effects while in a state of overwhelm and shock
- figure out how to manage treatment and carry on with as much normalcy as you can muster
- navigate the process of healing emotionally while contending with the fact that the emotional impact is not as clear cut, measurable or concrete the way we can measure and plan for treating cancer
Even those who have excellent support systems benefit from having the guidance of a cancer coach.
As a cancer survivor, I have unique insight into what it takes to confront both cancer and life after treatment ends. I know all about the shock of diagnosis and the resulting stress. I experienced firsthand the anxiety for the future and what it may hold, and what may lie ahead.
Through my personal experiences and training as a psychotherapist, I have acquired skills to help you through the minefield that cancer can be.
When I sit down with someone (or their loved one) who has cancer, they always feel relieved that I can understand them in a way that someone who has not walked this path cannot.
This is quickly followed by the belief that you too can get through it all.
While everyone’s needs are unique to them, here are some ways in which cancer coaching can help you:
- Assisting you through the shock of diagnosis
- Saving you time and effort by providing the research, resources, information that you need- without you having to go through the energy of finding it yourself
- Giving you greater confidence in your ability to advocate for yourself and your family
- Teaching you effective coping skills
- Giving you a skilled support person for yourself, or your loved one who has just been diagnosed
- Helping you formulate a healing plan, identifying who you need on your recovery team so that you can reclaim yourself
- Setting realistic goals while optimizing your quality of life
- Coping with treatments and their side effects, helping you identify what you need to communicate to your treatment team
- Supporting communication with your treatment team and your support system
I can work with you in person or via Internet.
Curious? Let’s talk! Schedule a FREE phone consultation by email to see if this is the right for you. If you are a Maine resident and wish to explore using your health insurance to receive services, please contact me via my private practice, www.mcleodestevez.com.
As we sat around the table on Christmas, I couldn’t help but think back to Christmas 2015. I felt awful, had no hair and thought this would be my last Christmas with the grandchildren. This time I smiled as the family bantered back and forth, knowing that it is 3 years since diagnosis and that Christmas. It was a very special day. Thank you for giving that back to me.Testimonial from an individual coaching client
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