Just kidding… I don’t typically MAKE New Year’s Resolutions; but if I did, I’d be doing what I’m doing right now! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a psychotherapist who’s been in private practice for over 20 years. I’ve previously been affiliated with a non-profit but decided that it was time to spread my wings and fly to Greenwood Village, CO. This occurred following a really tough couple of years. In January 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. By May 2017, I’d literally just completed chemotherapy and found that I had a brain aneurysm that needed to be surgically repaired. The good news was that I had met my deductible and that I was already bald so I didn’t have to think about that!
By January 2018, I had put all that behind me and was nominated for a Spirit of Service award through the non-profit that I worked with. I also enrolled in a Creative Depth Coaching program that helped me to work through some of the trauma of the last year. As I learned this new skill, I was forced to confront the anger and sadness that came with these health scares. It was the best year of my life.
Over the last two years, I’ve done a lot of personal work on healing from this extremely rough period of my life. Because of this, I know what it’s like to be thrown to the depths of despair and have to claw my way back up to the top. I know what it’s like to hear the words “I’m sorry, I don’t have good news.” I know what it’s like to go to endless appointments and put your life in the hands of strangers. I know what it’s like to have multiple doctors appointments, to feel the “brain fog” of chemotherapy and the exhaustion of another day of cancer treatment. I also know the victory of achieving every milestone, the joy of connecting with friends that you never dreamed would step up to help and the sense of fulfillment that comes from setting and achieving goals.
So as I complete 2019, I’m setting new goals (not to be confused with New Years Resolutions, which are evil). One of the exciting things that I’m developing is a monthly workshop focused on post-treatment from cancer and healing the emotional impact that inevitably occurs during this time. Details will be forthcoming with the first workshop being held the third Saturday in January at 10am. Please stay tuned!