I'm Amy Berg. and I'm a Master-Certified Life Coach and Health Coach. I have also experienced breast cancer.
I've been a coach for more than 17 years, formerly for nonprofit fundraising professionals.
I have always considered myself a "workaholic." I love to work. But even when projects and workload were entirely self-created, I suffered and stressed and often made myself a victim over them. I sacrificed sleep, time with my family, and my health for work.
Everything came to a halt in 2018. After a routine mammogram and subsequent biopsy, I learned I was facing a health crisis: early stage breast cancer.
While I will never know the "cause" of my disease, I know my former lifestyle and habits did not support a healthy body, mind, or spirit. I worked too much. I didn't make the most spectacular food choices. I rarely exercised. And I managed my thoughts and feelings by numbing out with wine at the end of each day.
Thankfully, I had already been working with a holistic nutritionist/health and life coach prior to diagnosis. Working with my coach transformed my health habits, even during barbaric (and life-saving) procedures, surgeries, and recoveries. What was most valuable and unexpected, however, was the way in which coaching allowed me to manage my mind about my diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction. I allowed myself to grieve and feel, but there was no drama about the diagnosis.
I am grateful to be in remission/No Evidence of Disease (NED) since October, 2018.
At every follow-up appointment with my nurse advocate, oncologist, family physician, and surgical team, I asked for support:
"How can I manage my diet to keep my hormones balanced?
How can I strengthen and support my immune system?
How can I reduce my risk of recurrence?"
No one had useful answers. At my final appointment at the breast center, they said, "Try to put it behind you. Live your life."
I finally understood.
Our health care system isn't equipped to deal with prevention. It's not their role. I am eternally grateful to western medicine for its ability to diagnose and remove the disease from my body.
Real WELLNESS, however, comes from another source.
Cancer was my wake-up call to focus my body, mind, spirit and business on wellness. I released more than 20 pounds working with my coach, ditched my wine habit, learned how to love exercise, and discovered how to fuel my body properly--despite cancer. I prioritize creating health and a life I love, every single day. I am healthier and stronger than ever. The best part? It was so much simpler than I imagined. It was even FUN.
I decided that as much as I love working with nonprofit professionals, what I really wanted to do was coach other women--women who had experienced breast cancer--to support them with their wellness. I enrolled in functional nutrition coursework and became a master certified health and life coach.
I love supporting my clients to create their own health.
I would love to support you to do the same.
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