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Cancer and Emotions

A 6-week, small group program

to support and empower women

coping with a cancer experience

01 About the Program

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Ann Ramsdell
October 2023, NYC 

The Cancer and Emotions program is designed to help women navigate the emotional terrain of a cancer experience, spanning diagnosis, recovery and survivorship. Led by Ann Ramsdell, Ph.D., master-certified life coach, two-time breast cancer survivor, and biomedical scientist, this online small-group program offers an inclusive, trauma-informed space for participants to explore their feelings while learning new strategies for coping. Through a combination of small-group discussions, guided mind-body (somatic) exercises, and weekly workshop-style instruction, participants will connect with others on a similar quest while becoming empowered with new skills for cultivating emotional healing and mental well-being.

About the Course

02 Program Curriculum


03 Registration


Women with a current or past cancer diagnosis (any type or stage)


Fifteen small group sessions (90 minutes)


Wednesdays / August 28 - December 18, 2024

3:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm CST / 6:00 pm EST


Online (Zoom link will be provided)



Tuition assistance may be available - please email for application information

Limited to 15 Participants

04 FAQs

  • HEAL Program Description
    While your medical team is treating your cancer, we'll partner together to support, nurture, and heal the rest of you. If you are reading this page, I'm 99% certain it is because you have a breast cancer diagnosis. I don't know the details of your situation, medical or otherwise, and maybe you don't yet, either. Meeting with multiple medical providers, undergoing tests and more tests - all the steps to getting a final diagnosis and treatment plan in place take time. So, even though I don't know your exact circumstances, I do know this: You feel scared. Make that terrified. You are worried for your loved ones. You are worried for your survival. You are panicked over logistics. You feel sad. You feel angry. You are headed toward medical treatments that on many days will have you feeling like remnants of the dog's breakfast. And in the midst of sudden emotional upheaval, information overload, and seemingly endless decision making, you have become acutely aware of the big existential questions like life's meaning and purpose. When all you really want to do is spend your energy on the things that are precious, like: Your relationships. Creating even more memories with friends and loved ones. Your spirituality. All the other extraordinary things that make life meaningful and that you were out there enjoying before a diagnosis uprooted your world. ​I know these complicated and complex jumble of feelings. The fears. The moments of anguish. I've been there, too. ​ And, I also know this:​ No matter your circumstances, There is healing to be had. ​ It's not going to be happening in your medical appointments, but It can happen in the power of your hands, If you choose it.​ And I'd love to partner together to show you how. ​HEAL is a 6-month program of private coaching, personalized exercises, and emotional support sessions that nurture, guide, and empower you to heal from your cancer experience. It's an integrative blend of life coaching, mind-body, and other scientific concepts and tools that you will learn to use in your healing. In the HEAL program you will experience: Emotional Relief. You get a safe, supportive space to experience and process your feelings. All of them. Agency. You get to be at choice. You may not yet realize it, but YOU are the best person for making decisions that affect you. All of them. Empowerment. You will learn how to self-advocate so that you can teach others - including loved ones, friends, co-workers, even your medical team - how to show up for you. Resilience.You will learn how to face your fears with courage and curiosity so that you can maneuver within your reality instead of fight it. Purpose. You will be supported in navigating toward your best possible outcome. On your own terms, as defined by you. Connection with Self. You will learn how to become more deeply attuned to your inner wisdom. And learn to use it for your guidance and healing. Want to know more? See below for program details. A cure is in the hands of your medical team. The capacity to heal is held in yours.
  • HEAL Program Details
    HEAL Part 1: STABILITY, RELIEF, RESILIENCE ​ Let's start by extinguishing any fires and getting onto stable ground. ​ Pain is inevitable. Suffering is not. -Unknown ​ In Part 1, you will learn how to: Find relief through emotional regulation Re-enter the body to connect with Self Separate out other voices, including the well-meaning "shoulds", so you can hear your own Clearly communicate your needs to everyone - loved ones, your medical team, support team, and yourself Improve relationship dynamics, even when loved ones are scared and losing it Know what to do when it's you who is losing it ​ There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen. -Rumi HEAL Part 2: EMPOWERMENT & AGENCY ​ Next let's get your coordinates within your new reality. ​ Don't turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you. -Rumi In Part 2, you will learn how to: Distinguish what is within your control and what is not Compassionately hold boundaries Face fear with courage Face fear with curiosity Examine the flip side of fear which is DESIRE ​ The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. -Joseph Campbell HEAL Part 3: LIVE & CREATE ​ It's time to chart your course. ​ We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. -Joseph Campbell In Part 3, you will learn steps to move forward: Identify your root desires Explore your vision Experiment with your vision Design your next steps Develop skills to guide you on (and off) trail Strategize for sustained implementation ​ To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson _________________________________________________________________________________ HEAL is a 6-month, private coaching and emotional support program for women who are experiencing a new, recent, or recurrent breast cancer diagnosis. The program includes: 15 private Zoom sessions @ 90 minutes/session First month, sessions held weekly (4), thereafter every other week (11) Interim homework (chosen by you), self-guided exercises, and text/email support Bonus (optional) follow-up session within 1-3 months of program completion HEAL PROGRAM COST: $5,550 Be helpless, dumbfounded, Unable to say yes or no. Then a stretcher will come from grace to gather us up. -Excerpt from Zero Circle, Rumi _________________________________________________________________________________ The HEAL program utilizes an integrative blend of life coaching, mind-body, socio-psychological, and other scientific concepts and tools. ​ The HEAL program is not medical treatment or therapy, nor is it intended to replace medical treatment or therapy. ​ The HEAL program is offered as an integrative support service that is compatible with medical (including palliative) treatment. ​ The HEAL program is offered to all women experiencing a cancer diagnosis, inclusive of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ+, and Disabled individuals. All are supported and loved, here or wherever they may be ❤️ ​ We're all just walking each other home. -Ram Dass

05 Questions?

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