Breast Cancer Guidance
"There is a distinction between "curing" and healing," which is useful when we approach dance, or any of the arts, as healing modalities. To "cure" is to physically eliminate a disease. In the case of cancer, this is usually done through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatments aimed at the physical body. To "heal" is to operate on many dimensions simultaneously, by aiming at attaining a state of emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health. Healing also addresses the psychological dimension and works with belief systems, whether they are life-enhancing or destructive. It is possible therefore that a person with a terminal diagnosis may not be cured, but can be healed, and inversely, that someone can be cured, but not healed. Taken together, the healing process and the curative effort of standard medicine support both the expansion and extension of life." -Anna Halprin
Caroline Cárdenas, MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT 200hr has been providing loving, compassionate care for women diagnosed with breast cancer for almost 15 years. A practicing Oncology Nurse, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse, Nurse Educator, and Embodied Movement Meditation Educator, Sweet Caroline serves as an advocate for women's health and women's rights, guiding women to move through the shock, fear, and grief that accompanies a diagnosis of cancer. She believes that knowledge is power and she provides exceptional education to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, helping women understand and gain clarity of their diagnosis, while developing a clearer understanding of the various treatment modalities of surgery, chemotherapy/biotherapy, endocrine therapy, and radiation treatments. Throughout Caroline's life-long nursing service, she has worked with women diagnosed with breast cancer in radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and has administered chemotherapy and biotherapy treatments. She believes in combining western medicine, complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), and the healing arts to provide a more integrative holistic approach to fostering healing and wholeness. Currently, Caroline is working at the UC San Diego Comprehensive Breast Health Care Center and is pursuing her PhD in Somatic Psychology at Meridian University.
Breast Cancer Facts:
Being a woman is the number one risk factor of developing breast cancer.
1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, & improvement in treatment options.
Your journey with breast cancer does not have to be experienced alone...
Understand the facts about your breast cancer...
Caroline believes that we as women can all learn something from one another. She believes that women need one another to form a supportive community for continued support so to thrive throughout our life journey on this great Earth. Caroline believes that it is vital for a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer to gather her guides, mentors, teachers, and coaches and Caroline is well prepared through education and experience to providing individualized compassionate care, guidance, and advocacy that will be needed throughout a woman's journey with breast cancer. Caroline's life's work has been soulfully dedicated to guiding women to move through the shock, fear and grief that is accompanied by a diagnosis of breast cancer and she passionately guides women to build upon their hopes and dreams through strength, will, determination, and faith so that all women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, feel empowered in their whole being, to share their brilliance with the world through the gateway of their body.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, know that you do NOT have to do this alone. Take Caroline's hand and journey together. She will serve to compassionately guide you through.
Breast Cancer Guidance & Coaching Includes:
1-Hour Personalized Skype Sessions providing you with:
Confidential and compassionate personalized guidance and advocacy through the healthcare system
Learn about Breast Cancer (DCIS, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Metastatic Breast Cancer)
Learn about the stages of Breast Cancer (Stage I, II, III, IV)
Educational guidance through understanding your diagnosis of breast cancer by reviewing your Pathology results, Radiology/Imaging results, and your prescribed Treatment plan
Support and guidance throughout your recommended treatment modalities with Surgery, Chemotherapy, Endocrine Therapy, and/or Radiation Therapy
Emotional support throughout your journey with breast cancer
Develop self-care embodiment movement meditation practices for calming the mind, body, and soul to remain grounded throughout your journey with breast cancer
Providing continued support and reassurance throughout the physical and emotional changes you will experience throughout your treatments
Review your goals of care
Serve as advocate for your goals of care
Create a safe and confidential space for self-expression and reflection throughout your journey as a breast cancer thriver
Provide guidance for social support through breast cancer support groups, women's circles, women's retreats
Explore the various Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) options available for symptom management, stress management, and joy replenishment.
During each call, Caroline will guide you into a more grounded, embodied space and together, explore the support you need for where you are in your journey.