WHAT DO I REALLY WANT?
No matter the circumstances of my cancer experience, I can set goals – medically, emotionally, relationally, logistically, spiritually, & beyond.
WHAT IS MY PLAN FOR GETTING IT?
Given the circumstances of my cancer experience, what steps do I take? What if I don’t know what the next step is?
WHAT IS MY ROLE IN GETTING IT?
No matter the circumstances of my cancer experience, I can feel empowered to move toward the things that I want and to participate in decisions that affect me.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?
When I feel challenged, confused, tired and lost, remembering my “why” will stabilize and orient me in each step, no matter the distance, terrain, or pace.
A universal truth of cancer is that it changes things. Although the specific changes that take place, and to what extent, can differ for each person, what they all have in common is fear and uncertainty. For many, this is not exactly a pleasant place to be. Part of what coaching does is help you learn ways to process your emotions, even during periods of fear and uncertainty.
Another universal aspect of a cancer diagnosis is the barrage of decision making surrounding it. In the midst of fear and emotional overwhelm, our tendency is to respond with reactive urgency, rather than clarity and creativity. Part of what coaching does is help you pause, take a deep breath, and orient yourself so that you can make mindful choices that bring you toward your best possible outcome. And by best, this of course means the one that is chosen by you.
Equally important – indeed at the core of your cancer diagnosis – is the non-universal you. There is meaning to your story that is uniquely yours, and that is not recognized nor addressed in medical appointments. Coaching sessions are an opportunity for you to explore your story, in its entirety, at your pace, and without judgement. For many, this will be the only place where your story is compassionately witnessed, which is important , because the act of finding your voice, and having it heard , is a significant part of the healing process.
Thereafter, what takes place in coaching sessions also depends on you. A breast cancer diagnosis presents opportunity to reflect, identify your desires, determine your priorities, and design your path forward. For some this process will feel like a journey. For others, a destination. The good news is that either way, coaching positions you to move ahead with clarity, intention, agency, and purpose. Developing this mindset creates an unshakable foundation from which to make informed, empowered choices about how you wish to navigate not only your cancer experience, but also your life ‘on the other side’, following diagnosis and/or treatment.
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What is it like to be coached,
especially around a breast cancer diagnosis?