Earning trust, losing trust and a mention of some of the great bloggers I personally trust.
Scrolling through my newsfeed a few nights ago, I came upon two posts, one on top of the other that captured a thing I know to be true about cancer…it gives and it takes. Hope Schaberg – I’ve never met her in person…but we became friends on July 17, 2012 after a short phone chat…
Tracy, it’s hard to believe that you’re just weeks away from heading off to your final training module with iPEC and that by February you’ll be a fully certified professional coach. As we head into the holidays, what are three tips you have for survivors? This time of year the air is full of excitement…
I vaguely recall hearing the term palliative care somewhere along the continuum of Gary’s cancer treatment. I distinctly remember breathing an inward sigh of relief that he hadn’t, to that point, required it because that would have meant we were in a hospice situation with little possibility of a good outcome in sight. Had I…
Been holding back in life? Falling short of the level of success you know you’re capable of? Not quite ready to make your next move? Watch this video and then ask yourself again,
What’s YOUR next move?
We continue to follow Tracy Whitworth, the Survivorship Care Coordinator for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Phoenix, as she trains to become a certified professional coach through iPEC’s Coach Training Program.
Tracy, you recently completed your first on-the-ground training weekend – three very full days of learning coaching skills with iPEC. What was your biggest ah-ha moment of the weekend you’d like to share?
For me, it was becoming truly aware. The weekend intensive gave me the opportunity to recognize where my apprehensions, fears and worries stemmed from. Even more exciting was the realization that I have the power to change this and move forward. Does this mean I magically don’t still have fearful, worrying moments? Of course not. They still occur, but I am better equipped to handle these moments through awareness and support I have now built.
What are two ways you feel you will now approach your role differently with what you’ve learned in just this first weekend?
I love featuring stories of people who have faced the challenge of cancer and created a way to make a difference for others out of the experience. Recently, Margot Malin of Lots to Live For offered me the opportunity to guest blog on her Cancer Blog: Lots To Live For! about my experiences creating my eBook project, 10 to Thrive. I wanted to reciprocate and also find out more about her and her company.
Margot, please share what your inspiration was to start Lots to Live For.
I had a successful eighteen year career at a major Wall Street investment management firm. In 2002 several events motivated me to “Pay it Forward” and launch Lots to Live For – a Collection of Resources for Cancer Patients.
Imagine you are 21 years old, already a concert pianist and a college senior on your way to film school. Now imagine, you wake up one day and your left hand is numb. Everything you have ever worked for and dreamed of is in jeopardy…and the doctors can’t figure out what is wrong with you.
This is Matthew Zachary’s story. It would have been understandable if Matthew had felt powerless to his diagnosis of brain cancer and the scary statistics of a 50/50 chance of survival. Instead, in typical MZ style, he took his experience and transformed it into an opportunity to help others.
On March 22nd and 23rd, a group of influential and committed health bloggers and cancer advocates entered the doors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Western Regional Center in Goodyear, Arizona into a lobby literally built on hope.
We came together for their second annual CTCA AZ Blogger Summit to learn from their expert teams about their innovative approach to cancer treatment and care. It was also an opportunity to serve as advocates by generating questions and getting the information back to our communities through social media efforts.
During our tour, we learned that patients, family members and staff had written messages of hope during construction and these were sealed beneath the lobby floor. The entire center was built to match the feedback of patients, their families and staff. Sitting areas in the lobby are fashioned to be like a comfortable living room, complete with a fireplace to add to the cozy feel. While it is airy, it is also understated relative to many other treatment centers which patients reported as being cold and impersonal.
Extraordinary Living doesn’t happen by accident. It requires living life by design, empowering yourself and taking action. Tip ~ Be childlike… Children are born with a natural curiosity and fearlessness. They ask questions. They play. They experiment. How would your day be different if you brought these childlike qualities to it? If you were curious,…