After the treatment rooms, all the medical appointments, and the strain of living with your cancer diagnosis, you’re overwhelmed, confused, and just really tired.
You’re told to eat healthy, but you don’t want to cook a meal, let alone look at a recipe. You’re confused about what you can and can’t eat. Can I have beer, a glass of wine? Will that make the tumor come back? Will it make it grow? Will it upset the chemo?
Suddenly all the aspirations and dreams, that project, that trip, are not going to happen. Things feel out of reach.
I've watched too many friends and colleagues get the diagnosis and then battle everything (medical appointments, hair loss, communication with family, work and raising children) rather than having the time and space to do the inner work of strengthening, rest and self-nourishment.
There are foods and supplements that combat fatigue, nausea, and brain fog so you can live with a sense of ease and dignity, engage in life, feel well again, and better manage pain so you can do the things you love.
Your diagnosis can be an opportunity to peel everything away, reevaluate, and get to the core of who you are, what you value, and what you want to do next.
You’re expected to be strong for your family, put a brave face on, have it all together, and understand the diagnosis and the steps.
What you need is someone outside your family unit and medical community who can look at your life objectively with compassion and sensitivity and help you forge a path.
Your medical team of nurses, oncologists, and your family doctor targets the disease. I help strengthen your immune system so your body and mind can feel healthy and well again. I help you tune into your body’s own signals so that it can foster health and feel strong again.
I have a degree in Applied Human Nutrition, 20 years in my field, and am a Certified Cancer Coach and Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant. I combine these to bring both the science and holistic aspects of nutrition to my work as well as a strong dose of spiritual intuition.
When I was 21, I was the caretaker for a woman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer - I cleaned the house, took her daughter to daycare, did the little things. At a time when most of my friends were going to bars and being care-free, I was talking to her about her treatment side-effects and her chemo, and listened intently to all that she was experiencing including balancing family life. I remember thinking I wanted to create a spa where people could rest, recover after their treatments, and then come home to their lives.
20 years later, my dad got the diagnosis. Cancer. When I got the call, I was travelling abroad with my husband, in the midst of a journey letting my nervous system unwire, recovering from adrenal fatigue and rejuvenating my body and emotional health after neglecting it from the pressures of my corporate job for so many years. I returned home and became my dad’s cancer coach, caregiver and advocate, the spoke in the wheel of everything. It was 3 months of go, go, go. But also of learning to trust my intuition.
Certified Professional Cancer Coach
National Association of Professional Cancer Coaches, ON
Additional training at the Maplesoft Centre - Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Halifax, NS
Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition
Mount Saint Vincent University - Halifax, NS
Champion Volunteer - Healing and Cancer Foundation, Halifax, NS