People often tell me things like ‘oh you’re so brave, you’re such an inspiration!’ They’re talking about the way I seem so positive living with MS. I can’t lie, losing my ability to walk and swim and do what most people take for granted hasn’t been easy. I hate it! Ummmm negativity, from a life coach?
Yup! Sure I get down sometimes, but I realize that I always have a choice to give my power to the disease and let it control me or to accept my changing body and work with it. Some days are easier than others.
It was and still is hard work. But it’s good work! Each day is an opportunity to choose my experience, with equanimity and love or fear and hopelessness. Some days are easier than others!
Although my mobility is poor, my spirit soars. Next to my family life coaching is my greatest joy. Helping people find their balance and joy in the face of insurmountable challenges is what I know! They appreciate the struggles I’ve endured, it strengthens the bond we create.
Life is uncertain, we can’t control everything. But one thing I am certain of is the knowledge and insight over the last 25 years with this disease is intrinsically linked to my work as a life coach. My clients like knowing that what I offer them isn’t only from school but from experience.
In 1995 ( 2 years after my MS diagnosis) I put together my Personal Power support group for fellow sufferers and their families. That was the start of my new path.
In 2000, I published Crossed Signals, a novel for families living with long-term illness. It was so popular in high schools that I created the Crossed Signals Study Guide to encourage in-school and at-home dialogue on difficult, important issues.
I’m co-founder of Quiet Mind mindfulness workshops with my husband Stephen Schettini since 2003. We help workshop students discover their own path to a quiet and focused mind.
In 2007 I became certified to lead the MY TOOLBOX Chronic Disease Self-management Program (CDSMP) for the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). An empowering workshop designed to help people manage their chronic conditions.
Then in 2009 I trained at Integral Coaching Canada, a professional Integral Coaching® training company located in Ottawa, Canada. ICC’s proprietary Integral Coaching® method and extraordinary coach training programs are unequalled in the world.
I am a Member of the International Coach Federation the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.
I help people reach their goals so that they can enjoy the best life and relationships possible. They learn to accept unpredictability while letting go of the habits that hold them back, knowing that growth, peace and the richness of life happens when they are fully awake and present.