ESSENTIALS 4 THRIVING AFTER BREAST CANCER - JOIN THE WAITLIST

Over the past 20 years, I've helped hundreds of women to move forward in their lives.  It's always an honor, and not something I take for granted, to be invited to join & support you on that journey. xoxo Karin

Hi, I'm Karin...

I specialize in working with women like you, who've gone on a breast cancer journey and after treatment are left wondering...what now?

Do you just go back to your pre-cancer life? 

But you're probably also wondering..."doesn't something need to change, so that I don't get sick again?"

And I'm thrilled to hear that you're already thinking that way!

Allow me to guide you and show you how EASY it can be to simply rethink what you already do every day...you do eat & drink, right? ...into some kick ass risk reducing lifestyle habits!

How did I get here...?

I’m incredibly grateful for what I’ve learned about myself and the internal peace and calm that comes with it…it’s without a doubt that my own personal work and the tools I’ve gained from studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and my continuing studies into seasonal cleansing, anti-inflammatory eating for pain management, weight loss, hormonal issues including adrenal fatigue, peri-menopause and menopause plus how to live with confidence in yourself and feel amazing in your own skin, (no matter what size) that have given me the resilience and ability to get through the last decade.

And I’m just going to say it all quickly, because it’s been a lot!
 
A car accident, leaving me with 5 herniated discs, I’ve gone to school to become a Health Coach and opened my own practice, moved house 6 times (including to and from gorgeous St. Croix, a Caribbean island) , got married, had Zika Virus, lost both parents, my hubby was in a motorcycle accident, almost losing his right arm and most recently, suddenly lost my younger brother.

Between pain and my stress level, anxiety and exhaustion, I felt like I was rising and falling like the waves in the ocean. In 2017, for the first time in my life, dealing with sugar cravings and crazy mood swings, breaking into tears at the drop of a hat plus that constant nagging feeling that I just wasn’t in my best health & something was going on. I kept searching...



It was July 2018, after a routine mammogram that I received the diagnosis we hope never to have.

I'll remember that phone call clear as day forever, just like people remember where they were on September 11. As soon as the radiologist asked "Karin, are you driving right now?" I knew the results of the biopsy were positive.

Not only did I have Breast Cancer, but I also tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation. Making me high risk for Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and increased risk for Melanoma, Eye Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer.

Over the year that followed I underwent a double mastectomy, total hysterectomy , and 3 reconstructive surgeries.

PLUS medication blocking estrogen production for 5 years.

I was just settling down into this new phase of my cancer journey, when I started to have issues with my left reconstructed breast. I came to discover that I had Grade 4 Capsular Contracture...often the body's way of fighting back against a foreign object that it deems not to belong. 

My husband and I made the decision together, that my health is more important than anything else, and we decided that I would have the implants removed and  get an aesthetic flat closure performed. You can read more about this decision HERE.

After explant surgery, BEST DECISION EVER! in July 2020 within weeks I was feeling like my old self...and then just 3 months later we were hit with yet another critical family health crisis.

Throughout it all, I've come to realize that there is just ONE thing that determines our ability to not only bounce back after major trauma, but also silence that nagging fear of recurrence!

That ONE THING is SELF-CARE & our ability to prioritize it above all else!

It has taken me decades...(recovering people pleaser, always putting myself last and others first, habitual care-giver over here!) to perfect the art of self-care first...

AND I REALLY WANT TO SAVE YOU SOME TIME...and the pain of what happens when we put ourselves on the back burner constantly.

Without self-care...

  • We're exhausted, tired even when we wake up in the morning...
  • We're grabbing a "healthy" often sugar laden, protein bar as we're running around taking care of what everyone else needs from us.
  • Forget drinking water...when am I going to be able to pee next?
  • Accepting that "this is life" ...it's stressful, no matter what I do...right? 

And honestly...this is just a small snippet of how it can feel to just be going through the motions in your life, doing what you've always done...secretly knowing it doesn't feel great, but not having any idea how to change it...UNTIL NOW.

Trust me, I've been there...and I know it doesn't feel good! And if I could wave a magic wand...I want you to feel good...you deserve it! You have fought to be here, now let's enjoy the ride girlfriend...just know that you don't have to go it alone - that's why I created our Exclusive Facebook community - breathe that sigh of relief as you're surrounded by women who get it!

Life is short...we know that all too well, together let's make it the happiest and healthiest life that we can! 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT WORKING WITH ME HERE

What you might not know about me yet...

I'd like to introduce to you my awesome hubby Mike and our dog, Marley. (Marley is now 100 lbs! lol) We love to get outside and go for long walks all together. Mike is my rock and always by my side supporting me. 

 

My kids amaze me! I'm so incredibly proud of the human beings that they've become. This pic is the morning of my double mastectomy and they had travelled from Florida to Seattle, WA and surprised me with these t-shirts. Yes! I cried, lol.

I love the water... it's my happy place and incredibly therapeutic for me. So you can imagine that learning to scuba dive with my hubby, Mike as my instructor, was just incredible. This pic was my final dive to get my certification...I had just "danced" with a sea turtle! 

Other ways to work with me...

If you'd like to learn more about:

  • How I can support you on your journey,
  • Speaking to your group of Breast Cancer Survivors, Thrivers or Previvors
  • Guest hosting on your podcast,
  • Learning more about my programs and if they would be a good fit for your patients/clients.

Simply shoot me an email: [email protected] 

 

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