On the day that I was diagnosed with cancer, I sat anxiously in a sterile hospital room with white walls, intrusive fluorescent lighting, and paper covered seats. Several nurses were rushing nervously in and out.
I didn’t understand. “Why does everything seem so urgent?” I asked.
One of the nurses knelt down to look me in the eyes. As she laid a hand on my knee she said, “Honey, it’s because we think you have Leukemia.”
The news of my cancer diagnosis left me shaken, disoriented, and scared. But at the same time, this crisis in my life gave me an invaluable opportunity to examine what I wanted more of in my life, and where I was wasting precious time and energy.
But first I had to make it through cancer. During that time, there was a lot of talk about what my (amazing!) medical team could do for me, but there was not much said about what I could do for myself. How could I cope with the overwhelming fear, uncertainty, and anxiety? What could I do to contribute to my own health and healing?
As a cancer patient I wanted to know how I could not only survive, but how I could THRIVE!
As soon as I felt strong enough, I enrolled in graduate school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I opened the doors of Colorado Cancer Counseling on the 7th anniversary of my life-saving treatment for Leukemia.
What I love about the work that I do is that, although I initially meet people during one of the scariest and darkest times in their lives, as we work together they develop the skills, resources, and insights to thrive! It is such an inspiring transformation to witness and I am honored to be a part of it.
It would be an honor to support you on your journey! If you would like to learn more about how I can help you, please contact me at 720.984.1582 or Melanie@cocancercounseling.com to schedule a complementary phone consultation.