Helping my clients to generate skills and strengths in self-advocacy is a consistent part of the coaching conversation and support I provide to them in our work together. As present as the concept of advocacy is in my daily work with cancer survivors and caregivers, I was not fully aware of how I also wear the mantel of advocacy for survivors until I attended the UICC World Cancer Congress in August 2012.
I was there to present the eposter I created with my co-founders of the Cancer Survivorship Coaching Coalition on the impact of coaching for people facing challenges in survivorship.
Being trained as a coach and living the model is the major key to my success story of overcoming grief related depression and learning to love life again after losing my husband to cancer. I was at the conference on a mission to share the profound impact and outcomes I witness in my work applying life coaching to so many of the survivorship challenges that significantly impact quality of life. But, I didn’t see myself as an advocate…yet.Details