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Life after cancer is tough.

Let's build your resilience... together!

Treatment is over. It's supposed to be a fresh start.

But instead of a new lease on life, you can find yourself feeling alone. Afraid. Emotionally drained.

I know what it's like. because I've been there. For a while, three cancer episodes and 9 brain surgeries left with more questions and doubts than answers and courage. But as I found out with time...

It doesn't have you be that way.

You can have hope, even when you're afraid.

You can experience happiness and joy, even when you're afraid.

You can build a life of meaning and purpose, even when things seem hopeless.

OutLive Cancer Coaching can be a part of your journey.

  • LEARN THE TOOLS OF RESILIENCE with an experienced and qualified Wellness Coach, or work with a licensed mental health therapist if necessary.

  • SHARE WITH AND LEARN FROM FELLOW SURVIVORS through the Resilient Survivors online community.

Cancer may always have a voice in your life, but it doesn't have to own you. A better, fuller life is possible!

Take the next step to build inner strength and resilience for a more healthy, meaning-filled life after cancer:

1. SIGN UP for the Resilient Survivor Newsletter for encouraging messages and tools

2. TAKE THE CANER SURVIVOR RESILIENCE TEST  get a sense of where you are and where you're going.

3. LEARN MORE about how Wellness Coaching, mental health therapy and online resilience programs can move you forward

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Through One-on-One Coaching or Counseling

COACHING: You have everything you need within you to rebuild your life after cancer. Coaching works from today forward, helping you set goals and giving you resilience tools to build a healthy, meaning-filled life.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: Sometimes, a person's past traumas or other mental health issues can add to the difficulty of building a new life after cancer. In those cases, coaching needs to be replaced by therapy by a licensed mental health therapist. 

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Brad Thiessen, Wellness & Resilience Coach

Surviving cancer three times and having to learn how to walk again after a brain infection taught me some harsh lessons. Life's tough experiences can beat you down, or you can choose to live with joy and purpose... if you learn the skills and put in the hard work.

I've been told a few things. "You shouldn't be able to walk, let alone run" (my neurologist). "Seeing you here is like seeing Lazarus rising from the dead" (my neurosurgeon). "You're a Miracle Man" (my oncologist). Just because the odds have been stacked against me doesn't mean I've given up.

Building my best life has required deep searching and a lot of learning from others. It has required ongoing self-examination and education and a desire to grow stronger. It took working toward out-sized goals, like completing a 50k (32 mile) trail run nine months after the end of cancer treatment, while also making an award-winning short film about it called Proof of Life. And like running a 50 mile trail race two years later. But it's been worth it to build a healthy life lived in the here and now.

I didn't get there on my own -- there were a lot of partners and caregivers on my journey lending their wisdom, compassion and a listening ear.  I couldn't have done it without them. I'd love to be that partner for you.

Your journey and goals may be different than mine. But the skills needed to get there are similar. Let's learn from each other!

If you're ready to build your inner strength in pursuit of a life filled with hope, meaning and purpose, let's work together!

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Rachelle Ventura, Mental Health Therapist

Cancer can be a traumatic event that brings on mental health issues for the patient/survivor or loved one. As the spouse of a cancer survivor, I have walked the long journey of uncertainty, worry and exhaustion that comes with being a caregiver. I'm here to lend a compassionate ear for those dealing with cancer, as well as their loved one.
As a mental health counselor licensed in the state of Washington, I can provide therapy for those struggling with anxiety and depression, as well as past trauma that continues to affect their life.
My counseling is informed by training in therapies such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

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“You never know how strong you are

until being strong is your only choice."

- Bob Marley

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