Cancer comes into all our lives one way or another. When cancer made its unwelcome arrival into my life, I had just chosen my path as a Cancer Coach. I had witnessed the lack of support for those undergoing cancer treatment and, in some instances, the struggle of survivors who were left to figure out how to rebuild their lives on their own. Then my father was diagnosed with a rare malignant tongue tumor that had invaded his lymph nodes. “I can be your first success story,” he said. No pressure, right?
Like most people, my father had shied away from thinking about – or learning anything about – cancer until it affected him directly. Why is it that so few of us know anything about cancer until it comes into our lives? Then suddenly -- in a state of shock and panic -- we try to understand this complex disease. We ask: why has this happened to me? What can I do about it? Or we go blindly into treatment, praying that our oncologists are really good at what they do!
Despite my many years of experience as a health professional, I still felt overwhelmed when my father told me of his diagnosis. There was so much to process: the information, the treatment plan, its side effects, and the intense emotions. It felt hard to breathe.
But I’m here to tell you to take that breath. Then another. Then let’s get started. Together. You and me.
Everyone's cancer story is unique. Together, we can find the path forward that is uniquely right for you.
I am trained as a Functional Health Coach. This means I have been trained in the principles of Functional Medicine and Health Coaching. According to the IFM, “Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.” Health coaching aims to create lasting emotional and behavioral change.
I bring to the table 15 years of study and experience in the field of health and wellbeing. A lover of knowledge, I have studied Positive Psychology, Customised Nutritional Support to Prevent and Conquer Cancer, yoga and mindfulness. I have been fortunate enough to take courses with Yale and the Kresser Institute, to have had a fulfilling and exciting career including working privately for many years supporting the health and wellbeing of a royal family.