Make the Most of Life When Diagnosed with Cancer

Once you or a loved one has received a diagnosis for a life threatening illness life is never the same.  You find yourself measuring time by “before the diagnosis” and “after the diagnosis.”   Is it possible to make choices that can improve the quality of your life?  Today we have a guest post by Faith Franz of The Mesothemlioma Center, who shares some tips on making the most of life after the diagnosis.

Guided Imagery for Pain Relief

Curious about how guided imagery can be used for pain relief, stress reduction, and healing?  Below is a short interview with Leslie Davenport, licensed therapist, clinical faculty at the integrative medicine center of a major hospital in San Francisco, and one of my psychology continuing education instructors, who gives a great example of how guided imagery works:

Validate One Another

We have many roles in life.  Many of those roles require that we give of ourselves, often with nothing in return to refresh and regenerate our energy levels.  Some days it feels like we have nothing left to give.  Those are the days when self-care is critical.  Taking time to recharge by intentionally planning down time may be just the thing required (that to-do list can wait a few hours) whether or not anyone else steps in to help us. We really can’t be as effective for others when we aren’t taking care of our own needs.

Imagine Yourself Better

What do you think of yourself?  Are you typically Positive Polly, or are you more of a Negative Nelly?  The way you see yourself has been shown to make a difference in overall wellness.  The good news is that you can do something to improve your wellness just by intentionally imagining yourself in a better light.  You’ve heard about how “being your best self” can change an outcome from many of the experts on success psychology and athletic performance.  Here’s a glimpse of how imagining your best possible self can impact your overall well-being:

Imagining a “Best Possible Self” to Generate Optimism

Self-Coaching in 10 Steps

Something has happened to change your life.  It may be an injury, illness, surgery, or other loss of health.  It may be a change in lifestyle, career, or the role you play in the family.  Or maybe it was the death of a loved one, end of a relationship, or loss of a dream that kept you going.  Now what?

Transitions in life are often difficult and energy draining.  Our brain can get stuck on what has happened even though life continues to move on all around us.  How can we take care of our need for processing all the emotions and still prepare to recharge our batteries and re-enter “real life” as it is now?  Coaching can help.

Is Happiness a Choice?

Believe it or not, it is within your power to create positive thoughts allowing you to accomplish anything you set out to do.  Can you really think yourself happy?  The answer is a qualified yes. Research proves that how we think can directly affect how we feel.  Here are the ways in which positive thoughts can help you accomplish many things in life.

Life Coaching Helps Cancer Patients Keep Their Eyes On The Prize

If you or someone you care about is going through cancer treatment, it’s possible that between doctor visits and treatment appointments there will be times when having someone with a fresh perspective to talk to might help.   Life and wellness coaches as support system members are, perhaps, a choice that hasn’t been considered by most folks.  Guest blogger Emily Walsh tells us more…

Life Coaching Helps Cancer Patients Keep Their Eyes On The Prize

How HealYourBest Coaching Works

Whether you’re newly injured, preparing for, or recovering from surgery, you need tips and tools to make the healing process easier and less stressful. HealYourBest Certified Wellness Coaching provides the right tools for you at just the right time.  From the moment you decide to invest in this program you will benefit from having an experienced and highly trained guide along during your journey of recovery.  I’ll personalize a program starting with where you are currently, will encourage you as you look at your old story in order to know what to change, and will “walk beside you” as you create your new story of wellness.

Your New Wellness Story

New Life Story® Wellness Coaching 

Empowering people who have been sidelined by injury or illness to create a new story of wellness.”

It’s time to create a New Wellness Story® for your life

Do you want:

  • Healthier habits, but don’t know how to maintain them?
  • Less stress?
  • Whole person health?
  • Lasting improvements in your mind and body?

Most strategies for changing wellness fail because they are contrary to how the mind and brain work.


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