Shamong, NJ – The experience of coping with a cancer diagnosis is often so profound, if you’re fortunate enough to make it to the other side, you can help almost anyone going through it. People are more comfortable talking to someone who has been through this experience and is still here.
Susan Mayer-McHugh made it to the other side of cancer, not once, but twice: she was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1983; some 20 years later, she would be diagnosed with cancer yet again, this time in her breast.
Today, Susan is a professional cancer coach the founder of Survive Cancer Coach, a coaching practice dedicated exclusively to helping patients and their families struggling with a cancer diagnosis and all that comes with it.
“I help my clients navigate this experience through the cancer maze with as much ease and grace and support as possible so they can survive the journey and thrive after treatment,” says Susan. “Having been through this experience myself, my clients are secure, loved, comfortable and supported.”
When initially diagnosed with cancer, there are so many emotions, issues, concerns and fears to deal with. The diagnosis affects a patient’s entire perception of the world. But Susan says her sessions are really no different than sitting across from a friend for a cup of coffee. She asks her clients about their diagnosis and their fears. If they’re local, Susan has been known to go on their first oncologist appointment and even their first chemo appointment.
Susan acts as a bridge between the diagnosis and treatment so the process can be immediately focused toward thinking about this experience in a positive way about healing.
“I don’t think there are any accidents in life,” says Susan. “I believe this is what I was meant to do.”
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