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Living with & Supporting Loved Ones Diagnosed with Cancer | E19

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

In this episode, I sat down with Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Garineh Serpekian and Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Life Coach, Adrienne Potter, and discussed how to support loved ones diagnosed with cancer. They shared tips on what to say and what not to say, conventional and alternative treatments, and how to seek support. The conversation was both vulnerable and informative and even included some humour. Check out the recommended books and websites mentioned during the live session.


Radical Remission – Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner

When the Body Says No – The Cost of Hidden Stress by Gabor Mate

How to Starve Cancer by Jane McLelland

Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment by Dr. Keith Block

Cured by Dr Jeffrey Rediger

Peace in the Face of Cancer by Lynn Eib

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Host: Donna Burfield

Donna is a licensed and accredited coach and the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching, Parents Standing Tall Community and CSC International Community. With 26 years of teaching experience and being a single mother to her daughter and twin sons, Donna is passionate about supporting working parents to prioritize their family's well-being, strengthen their parenting skills, and set boundaries using easy and effective tools. Donna also supports a coaching community to collaborate, inspire, and develop professionally. She connects coaches with experts to build ethical and professional coaching businesses, including legal, business licenses, insurance, and website building.

Guest Coaches:

Garineh Serpekian is a Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach specializing in digestive and hormonal health, with functional medicine and integrative nutrition experience. She offers personalized sustainable food and lifestyle changes to support clients struggling with chronic or autoimmune symptoms, low energy, brain fog, or excess weight. Garineh is fluent in English, Arabic, and Armenian.

Adrienne Potter is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Life Coach who specializes in Women's Wellness. As someone living with metastatic breast cancer, Adrienne has learned to find fulfilment and reclaim her identity. She now shares these learnings with her clients, helping them rediscover themselves, build self-belief, and bring their lives back into balance. Adrienne offers one-to-one sessions in person and online, as well as workshops in the workplace.

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