We need more coaches who are dedicated to the incredible human task of supporting people affected by cancer. This is the link to the International Conference on NLP which will be held in 2019. I will be having a "hands-on session" which I hope will encourage more coaches to get into the field of Cancer … Continue reading We need more cancer coaches to support people affected by cancer!
This is the link to the presentation I will be making next year. Please, have a look. https://www.nlpconference.com/carolina-valiente
What is important when we have to face cancer? “Following the death of BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Rachael Bland at the age of 40, a swell of support and condolence messages have been posted on social media. Her podcast, You, Me and the Big C, which she co-presented with Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, … Continue reading What is important when we have to face cancer?
Most cancer patients face the question about when, to whom and what to say regarding their condition. This happens from the very beginning... even before diagnosis has been confirmed. Just receiving the news about the need to have further tests to discard the illness is worrying enough for the affected person to wonder whether she … Continue reading To talk or not to talk. That is a C question.
The Old Vic is showing a very emotional play at the moment. “A Monster Calls” is a brief story of a boy, Conor, whose mum is very sick with cancer. He is looking after himself and his mum, he is also bullied at school and isolated from the rest of the world as a consequence … Continue reading Children looking after parents… How difficult could it be?
Cancer coaching sessions are a bit different to other coaching activities. Firstly, cancer= affected clients usually are attempting to “digest” the fact they have gone through this traumatic illness and its uncertainties regarding survival. Secondly, clients want to “get back to normal” as soon as possible. They want to speed-up their return to work, to … Continue reading Why Cancer Coaching?
The book by Audrey Young, MD. (2007) “What Patients taught me”, is nicely written and made with love to her medical profession. She finishes the Preface of this book with the following sentences: “I wrote and rewrote. Finally I recognized that the only thing to really make doctoring a human act is time spent with … Continue reading Listening to the deep and real story behind a problem… and why “technical efficacy” and “following the textbook” may not be enough.
The passing of Dame Tessa Jowell was announced yesterday. Since then, many tributes and articles have been emerging all over the place. Dame Jowell seems to have been a very remarkable human being. People describe her as warm, authentic, tenacious, a good listener, a fantastic networker, inspirational, a compassionate person. I did not have the … Continue reading We all can create a good legacy
The following paragraphs have been extracted from the book by Kneier, A.(2010), page 130. "...In the end, it can be good to face the prospect of death and to work on coming to terms with it, if possible. Too often, however, the kind of support that people with cancer receive goes in the opposite direction. … Continue reading “On coming to terms with the possibility of Death”
The above is one of the main questions that cancer patients and caregivers have when the treatment is progressing satisfactorily. What happens after? Many patients and their carers expect that life will revert to “normality”, this is, going back to where everything was before the cancer diagnosis. Going back to the job and responsibilities. Going … Continue reading What happens after treatment?