I am so excited to be published in the Winter 2019 edition of Cancer Health Magazine. This blog is serialized on Cancer Health here - originally my blog at thetimebetweenis.org/blog was serialized but then I became a nonprofit in Spring 2018 and wanted to focus that blog on the work we are doing to help cancer survivors get back to "normal" - or the "new" normal - and created this blog to be my musings, my confessions and my freak outs and of course my story of survival of trying to balance it all. I was so happy when Cancer Health was still interested in serializing my streams of consciousness and even more thrilled when they asked me to write the article for the issue about my work with survivorship.
When we are diagnosed with cancer and in treatment that everyone is there to help from the hospital to organizations to friends and family. As we move into "survivorship", there is a lack of resources available to help us get back into the swing of things. This article is just a sliver of what The Balance After Cancer Foundation focuses on but it is an important piece to the puzzle. Many cancer survivors, such as myself, lose their jobs during their illness and/or find they can no longer do what they did before or have to continue treatment for life for our stage 4 brothers and sisters do and this is also a part of survivorship. I spent over 20 years' helping people take the next step with my small business (aptly named The Next Step) and do find that work and dignity and life are all tied together.
Having a routine, something you LOVE to do, a passion, a plan is all so important to getting back to this "new normal". With free online courses, books, workbooks and more my foundation is something I am very proud of and hope to help many folks with as cancer is not as rare as you think it is - it is something that within a few years the estimate is over 50% of Americans will experience.
I also want to say that my goal is beyond work - some of my recent mentees had training about positive thinking, relationship building and more - all new initiatives we are piloting.
Keep in touch and let me know what you wish you had to help you with survivorship? Let me know in the comments or at Instagram or via email at email@example.com.
Why do I do what I do?
I do not know truly - I do know that helping people is super important to me and the main reason why I formed a nonprofit to help other cancer survivors get back to "normal".
For many years, I taught college and K-12 and saw firsthand how difficult it is for kids' today to be college and career ready. Then I wound up becoming a cancer patient and meeting many folks way younger than I who are dealing with both cancer AND having to be a student or a young worker and it just boggled my mind with the difficulties facing them.
Many years ago, before cancer (feels like a lifetime ago but was early 2016), I wrote a book on college readiness pulling from my 13+ years as a college professor in the NYC area coupled with my 5+ years as a K-12 teacher and built out my lessons and help into a book. Now, though, knowing what I do about young adult cancer and how a diagnosis derails one's life, I decided to take my lessons and apply them specifically for the student who has undergone a health crisis.
I designed and published the workbook and am working on the online course component to go with it. I hope to have it all ready to launch before Christmas.
As a new nonprofit, I still struggle with funding and trying to get my head wrapped around how to move forward. I also had a few months of inactivity trying to get myself moving again... Now that I am moving, I am happy to be back in action but also know I need to keep myself in Balance and not get overwhelmed with comparisons and trying to do it all at once. Slow and steady is also a great strategy.
How can I help you get your Balance After Cancer?
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