The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) presents “Reconnecting to Life After Cancer: Permission to Feel,” a webinar featuring Kathy Washburn, a certified holistic cancer coach and cancer survivor.
In this webinar you will learn about the evolutionary function of both positive and negative emotions, understand that emotions offer data, and begin to practice awareness to empower you to respond — instead of react — to life.
As humans, we experience a constant inner stream of thoughts and feelings that serve a purpose — gauge safety and danger and set off reactions to both. Positive and negative emotions are not good or bad. They offer us unique data that we can learn to use in order to live with more ease and joy. Many of us learned to suppress our feelings, needs, and desires in service to others as a way that, at one time in our life, kept us safe, allowed us to cope with our surroundings. As we move through life, these old coping ways become maladaptive. Repression as a behavioral pattern is one of many factors in cancer risk and cancer recovery. Chronically suppressing needs and feelings to accommodate others weakens our immune system leaving us vulnerable to dis-ease.
Note: This webinar is life coaching, not therapy, and may not be appropriate for those experiencing significant and persistent emotional challenges.
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This webinar is presented by NCCS as part of our Cancer Policy and Advocacy Team (CPAT) program. Learn more and join CPAT »
About Kathy Washburn
Kathy Washburn is a life coach who works with individuals navigating life’s most challenging transitions. In this second career her education and interest in positive psychology, post-traumatic growth, and narrative therapy combine to form her unique approach to personal and professional coaching. At age 36, Kathy experienced advanced stage cancer. Her current passion is to help fill the gap in patient needs during the transition from treatment to life after cancer and has founded Carved by Cancer – a support network for cancer survivors as they continue their healing journey into the emotional and physiological. She was formerly the Senior Vice President Business Integration, Corporate Sustainability for Breckinridge Capital Advisors where she spent 20 of her 25 years in the investment industry.
Kathy graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Finance, has a Project Management Graduate Certificate from Boston University, as well as a Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching Certification from Wholebeing Institute where is she on the faculty. She is a certified Narrative Coach and a graduate of the Integrative Development program from The Moment Institute as well as the Positive Neuroplasticity Professional Training with Dr. Rick Hanson. Kathy is a Certified Holistic Cancer Coach through BeatCancer.org. She recently launched her podcast “Investment of Self: Type C Transformation.”