The Problems Faced by People Beating Cancer

and some helpful perspective…

Problem: If you have cancer, you may be feeling too afraid or hopeless to make your best decisions.
Suggestion: Give yourself time. You have control over your own health. One of my roles as a coach is to empower you to move past any fears and doubts.

Problem: Some cancer patients don’t explore options until they end up in a crisis situation.
Suggestion: Just realizing you have options is great.
Now move forward. Contact me or attend a PATH Life Coaching workshop.

Problem: There’s plenty of information available about treating and healing cancer; much of it is somewhat misleading or outright incorrect (ask me, and I’ll show you examples of bad information and bad science on just about any mainstream medical website). Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to quickly bring yourself up to speed.
Suggestion: A good holistic coach will help you sort through the noise, cutting straight to the most relevant and accurate tools for your situation. You may also want to check out my book recommendations.

Problem: Medical treatments for cancer can carry serious risks. Each day, people are agreeing to treatment which has ZERO CHANCE to cure their cancer, yet is itself toxic and carcinogenic. That’s a losing strategy.
Suggestion: Download this printable list of helpful oncology visit questions to take to your next appointment.

Problem: Doctors normally don’t read and discuss relevant clinical study results.

It’s impossible to design an appropriate treatment plan without considering this information.

(A local oncologist was unable to tell me the mechanism of action of a drug he was prescribing. He just said, “nobody knows”…so I looked it up later myself…if this ever happens to you, switch doctors!)
Suggestion: Embrace responsibility for your own health instead of pushing everything on your doctor. Start by reading the official publications for each therapy, then follow up with some careful internet research. This may be difficult or time-consuming, but it will pay in the long run.

I offer third-party scientific review of cancer treatment plans. This can help you identify and eliminate any potential obstacles to healing.

Problem: Medical professionals are paid to provide medical interventions…

…many tools for healing are NOT medical.

Take a lesson from history by watching Cancer: The Forbidden Cures. We live in a world where therapies are either aggressively promoted or smeared – according to profit. As a result, folks within the medical industry are not well-positioned to discuss natural healing openly and honestly, despite having your best interest at heart. They may lack the proper knowledge, or may be putting their medical career at risk by doing so. Medical professionals tend to be brilliant, compassionate people- it’s just that every human system has limitations.
Suggestion: Don’t rely on doctors to tell you what to do (or NOT do). Take their advice with caution, think critically, and be your own advocate. Perform your own due diligence. A good coach encourages you to do these things.

Problem: Cancer treatment options are evaluated using research terms like “response rate” and “median survival time”. But these terms don’t necessarily have any bearing on whether you’ll get meaningful benefit from a treatment.
Suggestion: Have a talk with your doctor about what YOU want to gain from treatment. What does “success” look like to each person in the room? Make sure you’re completely on the same page. Don’t be afraid to ask for details. If you don’t like the answers you get, that’s okay. You can choose to move in another direction.
The first plan a doctor offers may be your best option- or it may not- so unless you ask the right questions, how will you know?

Problem: Are you operating from a place of fear or desperation?
Suggestion: Don’t let this be YOU. Gather information, then start making the best possible decisions for your own well-being. Confidence in your own plan is Step 1 for success.

and no matter what,
Trust yourself.