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Mistakes You Can Make Before Hiring a Cancer Support Coach

Written by: Kathryn White, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


If you think the best way or the only way for you to achieve your goals is to do it by yourself then I would like to help you change that thought. Do you believe that reaching out to someone, and a professional somehow indicates that you aren't enough? That it somehow means you're incapable and not smart enough, strong enough, or good enough? Or is this thought coming from a place of overwhelm, fear, or uncertainty? Or, perhaps you don't even know that Cancer Support Coaching is a possibility.

Well let me assure you, the people who come to cancer support coaching are ready to dive into their healing and supporting themselves with and after cancer and work with a professional who will enable them to achieve their goals, to find ease in their thoughts and feelings, and to not have to do all the work on their own.

A cancer support coach will facilitate your self-discovery to help you manage your cancer diagnosis, identify your needs, and facilitate lifestyle choices to support your health and healing.

Most of my clients are people who want to dig into beating cancer and feel like they are making a difference in their health. Now that they've personally experienced the power of coaching they tell me that they realize just how much less they were settling for, for themselves and their lives. They were settling for good when they could have been experiencing great. These clients also tell me that coaching has dramatically increased the quality of their lives in all areas, from increased nutritional support to enhanced relationships with themselves and others, and from better physical health to increased emotional health.

They feel, many for the very first time since their diagnosis, that they are fully and actively a part of their healing process.

A common mistake and one that I made when I was diagnosed with colon cancer was thinking I could do this alone. I wish that I had had a cancer support coach to support me. Why do this alone when you don't have to?

As a cancer support coach, I will lead you through a process where you'll begin by getting crystal clear about what you do and do not want in your life. We talk about what is important to you and what you need to thrive in life with a cancer diagnosis. I invite you to stop settling for a life that you are waiting to live and enjoy until treatments are done and you are told to move forward with your life. I invite you to go for GREAT and beyond with coaching.

Instead of leaving your health and happiness to the medical system, why not invest in yourself in a way that will give you support for your body, mind, and spirit? Why not be the co-creator of your happiness and the changes that can support you as you live with cancer?

Working with a coach on an ongoing basis is an investment you can make in yourself and your quality of life.

Another significant mistake is waiting for a "good" time to make a change or go after the things you really want in life.

When you are living with cancer you want to start making life changes now. Waiting to make changes is waiting to nurture and care for yourself right now when you need it most.

The biggest mistake is telling yourself you can't afford a cancer support coach.

The truth is that you can't afford not to have one. Coaches are highly in demand these days because coaching has proven itself to be an extremely effective method for facilitating personal growth. Cancer support coaching from someone who has been there having walked the walk, done the surgeries, done the treatments, and learned how to keep moving forward is a very personal approach to your health and wellbeing.

If you are still unsure, consider this, it's not enough for you to say you want things to be different. Just wanting something doesn't make it so. You must make a decision and then take purposeful action toward what you want.

When you invest in yourself and invest in a coaching program you take the first steps to learning how to thrive in life with cancer. What are you waiting for?

If you're wanting to work with me, I have a 6 Month Cancer Support Coaching Program that I offer to help people living with cancer, whether you are actively in treatment or are moving into the next stages of reclaiming your life. Working with a Cancer Support Coach is the key to moving beyond just surviving and into THRIVING in life. Go to my website and grab all the details.

I am currently running a Free 3-day workshop, Thrive with Cancer: moving beyond just surviving, once a month so that individuals living with cancer can access my strategies, get to know me, and get some insight into what working with a Cancer Support Coach looks like. It is open to anyone who is living with cancer, is living life after cancer, or is a caregiver. You can register for my workshop here.

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Kathryn White, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine Kathryn White is a Cancer Coach with a passion for serving others. In 2015 Kathryn was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Almost 7 years later she is living a happy and healthy life which she attributes to her amazing medical team, her belief in her ability to rise above her diagnosis, significant lifestyle changes, and the love of her family.

Kathryn merges her experience with cancer with her former profession as a public school teacher to coach others living with cancer and cancer survivors on how to reclaim their health and happiness. At the heart of her coaching is the belief that we are not our diagnosis and that with the support it is possible to navigate life with cancer.

As a trained teacher, Certified Nutrition Educator, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Holistic Cancer Coach, Kathryn integrates nutrition, movement, mindfulness, and other healing modalities into her coaching. The integration of these modalities truly makes Kathryn's Cancer Coaching a body, mind, and spirit-focused process.

Kathryn has taken her experience and knowledge and shared it with others through workshops and speaking events, where she strives to inspire others to make lifestyle changes that can build health and prevent dis-ease in the body. She is the host of The Living to Thrive Podcast, which is focused on educating people on how to be more health-full and stress-less. Kathryn has built her life with cancer around the mantra: Live to Thrive.



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