Cancer Support & Counseling
I get it. I was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer in Nov 2015 and went through lumpectomy and radiation. While my cancer experience is not your experience, I do know what it's like to go through cancer and in some ways, continue to go through it.
Yes it's true. Cancer sucks! Until we can find ways to eradicate the darn thing, we'll know someone in our lifetime, if not ourselves, who will be affected by cancer. The thing is, just because cancer will affect us does not mean we give into it. Life with and after cancer is possible!
Is this your story?
Your first test came back “suspicious” and further testing confirmed your worse fears. Cancer is a game changer. The waiting between tests are long. The tests themselves painful or uncomfortable at the least. Every week there's an appointment, or two. You meet with so many specialists you have a hard time tracking.
At these appointments, you feel like you're drinking from a firehose. You simply don't have the physical or emotional bandwidth to keep everything straight. You feel confused, sad, angry, and exhausted. It's hard to fall asleep, and when you finally do, you wake up, wondering if this is all a bad dream.
Treatment is inevitable. You're in pain, you’re tired and you don’t recognize your body. You're just trying to survive. Family and friends support you in the ways they know how. Helpful or not, you feel very alone and closed off from the rest of the world.
YOU'RE DONE WITH CANCER TREATMENT. SHOULDN'T YOU BE FEELING BETTER?
Fast forward. You're done with treatment and you're no longer a “regular” at the clinic. People congratulate you, assume you're feeling better, but that can't be further from the truth. You look "normal" on the outside, but you don't feel so "normal". In the back of your mind, you try not to think about if and when the cancer might come back...
If these experiences remotely (or closely) describe you, I want to help!
Life with and post-cancer
What if you can learn to integrate cancer into your life story and put it in the passenger seat, would you want that?! While you do think about cancer, it doesn't ruin your day; while it has changed you, it doesn't dictate you. If anything, your meaning for life deepens and you decide how you really want to live. You are focused and empowered and you feel ready to tell your story.
Now would you want to go through diagnosis and treatment all over again?! Some people say yes, but you don't have to agree with them. Regardless, you can make space for your fears because you really don't know if cancer will return or where it's going to take you. All you know is that each day matters and you want to make the most out of it.
If you want to live a life that counts, let me help you get there! Or, if your partner, parent, child, close family or friend is affected by cancer, you can find support here as well.
It is possible to live meaningfully in the face of cancer.