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Knowledge Brings Power.

Cancer is a symptom of a suppressed immune system. This knowledge brings mighty power– let’s explore your healing options. 

  • Self-care support (get used to the reality that this is your first priority)  
  • Second, third or even more, medical opinions (different doctors may have differing input and options for medical treatment plans)  
  • Instructions for family and friends wanting to support you in the specific ways you want and need (your people mean well and want the best for you, and I bet they will welcome helpful direction)  
  • Mind, body, spirit resources (spoiler alert: these are my favorite and they are plentiful!)  
  • Nutrition support services (not one size fits all – this is your life)  
  • Connection to potential clinical trials and medical treatment facilities (and the knowledge that you have many options!)  


We look forward to connecting with you and your loved ones, and partnering with you as you create your own healing. We are already so proud of you.  

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We are here for you. Our vision is to bring hope and healing into the lives of cancer patients and their tribes. Y Our best decisions are the informed ones, and we need your confidence that we will be of service and support to you. Schedule your complimentary initial 45 minute consultation to chat with a Cathy Carmody, The Cancer Coach. Begin to develop your healing plan, and learn how our process works.

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Together We Heal...

“You have time. You have options. You have access to healing and hope. It is time to pull out all the stops and to identify and dismantle what is impeding your unique healing needs. It’s time to forge your own healing paths working with a coach who has a gift to meet you precisely where you are. If you are ready to RSVP YES to your personal invitation to heal, we are ready and able to support your healing journey.”  

The initial diagnosis of breast cancer in 2009, brought double mastectomies, chemotherapy, reconstruction surgery, and then a mostly complacent belief of being ‘cancer-free’ for nearly six years. 2015 brought a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, with tumors scattered throughout many bones, including sternum, rib, spine and pelvic bones. 

This initial diagnosis, there were immediate and huge lessons in learning to advocate for myself as a patient, but all within the confines of medical oncology. One simply does not know what one does not know. The metastatic diagnosis opened my eyes and my heart, and was the call to accept God’s glaring invitation to heal my entire self.  

I know now what I needed to know in 2009 with a Stage II diagnosis, and what I needed to know with a Stage IV/metastatic diagnosis. My expansive, delightful healing continues as does my learning, and my intention now is to bring to patients my wealth of knowledge about both traditional medical oncology and bountiful, integrative healing.  

Let's arrange a time to connect in person or on the phone (whichever is easier for you), and to decide if we are a good match. Then we will get busy connecting you to your best healing resources!  

Your first consultation is complimentary. Our best decisions are the informed ones, and we need your confidence that I will be of service and support to you.

The vision is to bring hope and healing into the lives of cancer patients and their tribes.

Love, 

9 Ways We Can Help

While not an exhaustive list, here are 9 ways a cancer coach can help empower you to take control of your treatment and care:  

  • Assist the cancer patient through the shock of diagnosis
  • Save the cancer patient time and effort doing research
  • Teach the cancer patient some coping skills
  • Be a skilled support person for the cancer patient
  • Help the cancer patient formulate a healing plan
  • Help the cancer patient set realistic goals
  • Help the cancer patient cope with treatments and offer remedies for side effects, including ways to avoid the damaging effects of cancer treatments
  • Educate the patient in natural ways to combat cancer
  • Educate the patient how to minimize the chance of cancer recurrence and/or progression of the disease

Long story short...

We are here to help. We believe so deeply in our support and know we can help you find your way through this challenging time. Let's talk and make a plan together...

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You have time. You have options. You have access to healing and hope.

Together We Heal. It is time to pull out all the stops and to identify and dismantle what is impeding your unique healing needs. It’s time to forge your own healing paths working with a Cancer Coach who has a gift to meet you precisely where you are. If you are ready to RSVP YES to your personal invitation to heal, we are ready and able to support your healing journey. 

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How we help

Our Team is Standing By Ready to Help You On Your Journey.

We have varied services to help you wherever you are and with whatever you need.

Self-Care Support 

Tips, tricks and reminders for how to truly care for yourself during this challenging time. 

Mind, Body, Spirit Resources

Access to "Together We Heal" preferred practioners, coaches and therapists to help your healing journey.

Medical Treatment Review

Review of your current proposed treatment options and determination of best choices.

Nutrition Support

Inflammation starts at cellular level. We provide resources to reduce inflammation helping you heal. 

Familial Support Mgt.

 Instructions for family and friends wanting to support you in the ways you need.

Your 24/7 Cheerleader

Sometimes you just need an objective cheerleader who will cheer the loudest for you. That's us. 

A cancer coach can help dispel that fear, to guide you during this most difficult time, and can make a huge difference.

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer? Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused, or scared? Most people are when they hear the words “I’m sorry, but you have cancer.”  

Contacting a cancer coach is likely the last thing on your already overburdened mind. Between the shock of diagnosis and comprehending all of the new medical jargon, the experience can be overwhelming. Compounding the problem is anxiety about treatment options, possible side effects and, well… wondering if the cancer is survivable!  

This is why you may want to consider reaching out to a coach. No one can make informed decisions when they are operating out of fear. 

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From the blog

Oh My...lanta!

Catch up time again, my loves. Time flies, and here I am to say some more words. I have lots of updates, including a big ole announcement! I left you last when I was taking oral chemo to deal with some tumor growth. Cancer for real loves my spine especially, and while I appreciate that my spine IS awesome, cancer, me and my spine and whole body wish for you to know that you have overstayed your welcome, and we are using the term welcome loosely and inappropriately...  

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High Time for Healing

A few weeks ago, I locked myself out of my phone, and since I have yet to learn how to back it up, I lost about two years’ worth of pictures and as many blog notes as I’ve taken since my last entry (January – way too long). Oh, and maybe a few passwords…sigh. The pictures only really mattered if they were of my kids, and if you ask me how many pictures from any phone I have ever bothered to print...

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Cathy Carmody

Oh My…lanta! - March 14, 2019

Catch up time again, my loves. Time flies, and here I am to say some more words. I have lots of updates, including a big ole announcement! I left you last when I was taking oral chemo to deal with some tumor growth. Cancer for real loves my spine especially, and while I appreciate that my spine IS awesome, cancer, me and my spine and whole body wish for you to know that you have overstayed your welcome, and we are using the term welcome loosely and inappropriately.  

Last October I stopped oral chemo when I was about one-half way through the intended three-month duration, with my Dr G’s blessing. The side effects to my GI system and of heavier concern, the cumulative fatigue, coupled with the disappearance of pain (meditation and medicine, you see), lead me to determine it was okay to halt the meds. Within about six weeks, the back pain returned with a bit of a vengeance. Initially I thought I had simply thrown out my lower back, so it took a couple of weeks for us to conclude there was more to it.  

After what we’ll call insurance administrative (insert inadequate eye roll) delays, I had an MRI on Christmas Eve. By this time, the back pain was constant and pretty intense. So I was not terribly surprised, but then again yes I was, because denial is a sneaky and powerful thing, that the scan showed more cancerous crap deposited on my spine. Lots of crap. One tumor that cracked a vertebra, plus another one threatening my spinal cord. Ok then.  

Enter in 14 radiation treatments to my spine. The doctor and nurse informed me of the potential side effects. I took them at their words, which turned out to be insufficient, and their instructions to manage the side effects therefore grossly incomplete. I was at risk for esophagitis, to be treated with over the counter version of an acid reducer like Prevacid, but not the likes of Mylanta, since this was not acid reflux we were talking about.  

Only I did indeed get acid reflux, a potential side effect as it turns out, and I suffered mightily in ignorance as a result (difficulty swallowing water, much less food, for days, plural). The acid reducer never brought relief, and I learned too late that it has to build up in your system to be effective. I figured I had to wait it out, but after several days of this misery and lack of proper sleep, I made a desperate call to the nurses. After a consult with the Nurse Practitioner in the house, I was told my best bet for relief was sleeping propped up, and, yes, Mylanta. You know, the specific means of relief I was told not to attempt. If there’s a place in my vocabulary for ‘I can’t even’s, surely this is it.  

The lack of patient advocacy and education within the confines of traditional medical oncology is utterly unacceptable. The doctors, nurses and entire staff generally mean really well. They are not plotting how to make cancer treatments harder on patients – of course not. They are up to their necks in evolving research and new treatments, juggling the types and dosing of current medications, and so often chasing the impact of pervasive cancer growth, so often struggling to and failing to stay ahead of this disease. And different patients handle and react to treatments differently, so yes, it is a challenge to know the right medical cocktail to introduce into a patient’s system, a delicate balance of enough toxicity to kill cancer cells but not so much that the rest of the health of the body is destroyed. Side effects can be a bit of a sidebar of a focus for practitioners. And I am not here to dissect or reconcile all the reasons for this.  

But for the Love of God, I know we can do better. And because of the Love of God, I have discovered the sweet spot of my entire life. From the moment of metastatic diagnosis and still, your girl has had zero doubts about her healing and how this gig ends. I knew the side effects would fade (in this and other instances), knew ultimately that the treatments would work, and remembered even throughout this hellish experience, that God has amazing work for me to do still, and that it goes beyond being here to love and support my children, a plenty worthy endeavor, by all means.  

I believe that within this latest and serious threat to me, was the nudge from God to get on with the very thing I came here to do. This crazy making crap came after I truly thought I was past the worst of what cancer would ever deal me. I have been on such an epic and expansive and fantastic spiritual healing journey, beginning in baby steps about four years ago, and ensuing in giant leaps these days. I will continue to seek and learn even more about this incredible Love, and I am so proud of myself for the many ways in which I have let God in. I now fully accept how loved and supported I have always been by this steadfast and infinite Love. Yielding the floor to God is basically everything, and getting to this point is a gift like no other I have received.  

High Time for Healing, September 26, 2018  


A few weeks ago, I locked myself out of my phone, and since I have yet to learn how to back it up, I lost about two years’ worth of pictures and as many blog notes as I’ve taken since my last entry (January – way too long). Oh, and maybe a few passwords…sigh. The pictures only really mattered if they were of my kids, and if you ask me how many pictures from any phone I have ever bothered to print, the answer is none, so there’s that. The notes for my blog, well those were many and lengthy, but if what I had to say was all that worthwhile, those thoughts will come to me again.  

This is what you missed, cliff notes style; for context and not complaint, since January. After the confusing scans of last November (2017), I did three months of an oral chemo called Xelota. Didn’t love the side effects, but the worst was the cumulative fatigue. Next up came the end to the 3 months of toxic meds, a set of pretty scans, and a half a breath of relief. Quite immediately came too much manual labor to get a house ready for sale, followed by strep throat, the flu for the first time in my life, and another house move, which meant double moves for the kids.  

To date in this dance with metastatic cancer, I’ve not quite managed to respond appropriately to the glaring truth that my body’s rather clear (neon even) signs begging for true restoration, were not to be ignored. Ultimately, I decided to apply for and was granted long-term disability. As I contemplated and prayed for several months on the best way forward, I began to learn that the tired old stories I have told myself for years, all themed with plenty of suck it up buttercup flavor, extend very little compassion to myself, have never and still don’t serve me well, and in fact have made and kept me sick.  

While it took almost three years of the roller coaster ride of the ups of pretty scans and the downs of chemo and more chemo, I have landed with confidence that the down time disability affords is the right answer for me, and that this time is a critical and beautiful bridge to my next healthy and new chapter.  

Meanwhile, all that I allowed to consume my energy post chemo in March, indeed caught up with me before the new approach to my well-being could kick in. I am back on the same oral chemo for four months this time, through the end of December. With more faith than even before, I know that this bump is no match for what I have been discovering in God’s ways of deep and true healing.  

Leading up the recent scans that landed me back in oral chemo land, I felt distinct discomfort in my spine, that grew to pain requiring ibuprofen, to pain that only the prescription meds could touch. In between scans and the appointment to make the treatment plan official, I knew oral chemo was likely, and knew as well that once it began doing its thing, the pain would subside fairly quickly. Meanwhile, I was learning to practice a targeted visual meditation, envisioning the white blobs of tumors that showed up on my recent scan, being obliterated by God‘s healing light - Asteroids style, if 1980s video games were your thing.  

I focused on that nightly in bed for about five days before I experienced a noticeable difference. I began weaning off the prescription pain meds, and that was two days before the oral chemo even arrived at my front door! I am raising my hands in belief and in awe of this mind body connection, and I know I am just skimming the surface at this point.  

Now that I am in active healing mode, with a combination of prayer, meditation, reading, and more recently, a brilliant coach, I must admit that the ‘clean slate’ of the dumb locked up phone feels refreshing and seems fitting. For the first time in my life, I am scheduling my time, as a means to stay accountable to the action required to move myself forward, one tiny victory at a time, where compassion to self and expansive thinking go hand in hand.  

The first day of following my new schedule was also the first day of 9th and 12th grades for my two older kids. We were up extra early for pictures – at my eldest’s request, as I legit gave up that Mom life thing a few years back. I can’t even. Nope. Anyway, once carpool for the younger guys was done, I was too tired to do anything other than crawl back into bed and sleep for three hours. Next was a groggy fog of afternoon carpool and school supply shopping, after which I came to accept that I was too spent to get those would-be productive hours crammed into my evening. I called the day done. Giving myself a break came to mind (example of small victory, see?), so I practiced extending grace to myself, washed my face and readied for sleep.  

I went to hug my ten-year-old goodnight. He asked me the whereabouts of the blanket he was attached to from birth, and only in the past year or so had left aside. His defense mechanism is humor, and he grinned to cover up the embarrassment over wanting

About Cathy Carmody, The Cancer Coach

With the initial diagnosis of breast cancer in 2009, came double mastectomies, chemotherapy, reconstruction surgery, and then a mostly complacent belief of being ‘cancer-free’ for nearly six years. 2015 brought a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, with tumors scattered throughout many bones, including sternum, rib, spine and pelvic bones.  

With the initial diagnosis, there were immediate and huge lessons in learning to advocate for myself as a patient, but all within the confines of medical oncology. One simply does not know what one does not know. The metastatic diagnosis opened my eyes and my heart, and was the call to accept God’s glaring invitation to heal my entire self.  

I know now what I needed to know in 2009 with a Stage II diagnosis, and what I needed to know with a Stage IV/metastatic diagnosis. My expansive, delightful healing continues as does my learning, and my intention now is to bring to patients my wealth of knowledge about both traditional medical oncology and bountiful, integrative healing.