Life Coaching for Cancer Patients

sustain me notes on cancer faith infused encouragement for stage four cancer patients

The Survivor’s Guide is our directory to great local businesses, especially ones that help cancer patients. This week we look at ways a life coach can work with people affected by cancer. (Ladies, there is an opportunity for you at the end of the article!)

Recently we introduced to you a certified Christian life coach named Julie Sass. I was curious about how a life coach might help cancer patients coping with the reality of cancer. Julie shared ways a life coach can help cancer patients adjusting to their “new normal”.

Q: What are some ways that a Christian life coach can help cancer patients?

Julie: I like the whole idea of “Strength Based Coaching”. So often people look at the negatives in a situation. Or the “How?” question trips people up: “How can I possibly move on from this devastating blow?” We come from a culture that promotes the well rounded being. The culture focuses on what you are lacking instead of what you have been blessed with. Although I do not think it is necessarily a bad thing to always try to improve ourselves, I do think that God created us all with a unique set of talents, gifts, and abilities. I believe God intended for us to not dwell on the areas of weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” We need to use the strengths He has given us. I think that cancer patients, especially, need to be built up by focusing on their areas of individual strength when they are going through or have come out of a time of draining physical and emotional weakness.

I support my clients in hearing them as they review their vision for life, purpose, and values, and allowing them to reach a conclusion that helps them adjust to the “new normal” of life. Even as life is a series of changes (and challenges like cancer), it also is a series of choices on how we choose to respond to the change. I truly believe that the small steps we can take to change our thoughts will affect our words, which affect our actions, which affect our habits – and our habits form our destiny. So I help clients realign their thoughts (words, actions and habits follow), to live a more fulfilling and satisfying life by focusing on their God-given strengths.

Q: What specifically do you encourage your clients to remember about life?            

Julie: I encourage clients by sharing the following thoughts: (Click Here to View the Full Article on Life Coaching for Cancer Patients)

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