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Client J.G. / MCR

"When a fellow cancer survivor recommended Ginny and Leona's Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery program I first thought...nine weeks! Oh My!  I'll never stick to it. Those 9 weeks flew by. I looked forward to the continued yoga classes and mindfulness awareness techniques they taught me. I had always been intimidated by yoga but they both were so patient and started easy on me. I know yoga helped my balance and strengthened my legs and core. I can do more! The weekly meetings on zoom kept me "aware of awareness" so I was able to stop myself in my tracks and pause. I am learning to listen to my body and control or change my reaction. These two ladies are so loving and kind and will meet you where you are. I highly recommend this program. The time you spend will be worth it!  Thank you Ginny and Leona!"

Client V.Y.C. / MCR

"I had recently been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer when I had the good fortune to be able to enroll in the MIndfulness Based Cancer Recovery  course with Leona and Ginny. On the first night of the class, we were asked to identify our goals for taking the class. My goal was to be able to shut my eyes at night and not envision my death bed or funeral.This program quickly allowed me to realize this goal.

By learning strategies and techniques, I was able to understand how cancer treatment often forces us into a position that is the opposite of mindfulness. It is very easy to adopt a mindset of “What if…” and “What’s next…” Life is often put on hold as we wait for the next scan, the next blood test results, the end of radiation or chemotherapy, the results of a biopsy or the recovery from surgery. This program helped me to learn the strategies  I needed to live my life every day, to be in the moment and to appreciate the gifts of the present without spending energy on what might be coming in the future.

I am not a person who is ever going to be successful at meditating for 20 minutes every day or going to yoga class 3 times a week. Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery taught me ways to integrate the  benefits of meditation and yoga into my life in a way that works for me.  I learned about short guided meditations, walking meditations, sun salutations and simple yoga stretches- all things that can easily be incorporated into my daily activities.

Do I still worry about my future and what it will mean  for me and my family when my disease progresses? Of course. But the Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery program has given me the strategies and techniques I need to live each day with purpose and gratitude.

I highly recommend this course for anyone who has been recently diagnosed, is in treatment or recovering from treatment and/or diagnosis. Leona and Ginny were literally life savers for me- they were critical to my ability to process my diagnosis and move forward positively. I know, without doubt,  that others will benefit as well."

Client M.F. / MCR

"After my cancer diagnosis I was completely lost with no direction and no idea where/what to do. This feeling did not disappear when I went into remission, instead, it amplified. So many things had changed on every level (mental, physical, emotional) that I was floundering on how to regain control.
MBCR was a true game changer, helping me to find solid footing while at the same time finding myself. Through a series of discussions, activities and brainstorming, each week built upon the week before to open a new way to experience, appreciate and accept the post cancer me. It has helped take away the feeling of helplessness and fear of recurrence, I have gained strength in the wisdom that I am far stronger then I ever imagined and am ready to face the future, whatever it may hold.
In addition to the mental/emotional aspects of the class, the physical component (yoga/meditation) of the program was stellar. Initially I entered this part of the program with a skeptical approach as I never imagined myself doing such things. I was quite surprised to find that not only was I able to participate but actually enjoyed and looked forward to it.
MBCR is highly recommended for it's open, accepting, gentle transformational skills. It truly saved me from the dark rabbit hole of negativity, looking at things with doom to a fresh approach with skills to greet each new day and face whatever the world throws my way. I hope my cancer never recurs but if it does I know I can face it with new found strength and skills taught to me by MBCR and for that I am eternally grateful."

Client B.M. / coaching

"I love the way I start talking with Ginny about something I want to delve deeper into and it’s like the lights suddenly turn on and I can see things I've never seen before.  I get new perspective and new insights.  The questions she ask and  the reflections she makes open up my thinking and give me freedom to explore old issues in new ways.  I’m optimistic about being able to reach goals that I have wanted to reach for years without success.  I've already taken significant steps towards meeting those goals.  Coaching with Ginny is an exciting journey.  I can hardly wait to see where it takes me."

Client R.H. / coaching

"I have had the pleasure to work with Ginny of Live Brilliant Coaching several times in the past few years.  Each time we worked together I felt so much clearer and motivated to act toward my future goals whether it be looking for new work, exploring a new career, or considering going back to school.  The mindfulness techniques used within each coaching session are so helpful as they clear the mind of the day to day, and support in grounding and centering oneself.  One of  the most helpful things about working with Ginny, for me, is her ability to see when I was stuck, not do the work for me, ask me to inquiring questions, and sit with me until I could figure out my next steps.  I learned that I could sit with the discomfort of not knowing and when ready move in the direction of my goals and dreams!  If you are looking for a coach I highly recommend working with Ginny and Live Brilliant." 

Client M.W. / MCR

"I am a two time breast cancer survivor and after the more recent diagnosis I have worked hard to modify many of my lifestyle behaviors to support better health outcomes. I’ve made considerable progress with better nutrition, increased movement and significant weight loss. However, the one area that has been a continuing challenge for me is in stress reduction.  I took the Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery class with Leona and Ginny to really help me in this area.  I really enjoyed the format that they followed which is a combination of mindfulness and breathing techniques with therapeutic yoga.  Yoga has been my gateway into the mindfulness areas, and I like the connection they made between the two for me.  They work very well together as a team, and I found the content presentation, followed by practice, and interspersed with a lot of conversations and questions very effective.  The class has been a great beginning for me in venturing more into this area of finding more ease, self-compassion and mind body regulation as I experience stressors.  I highly recommend the course with the two of them!"

Client H.M. / coaching

"Ginny coached me over several years through topics not usually reserved for coaching. With constant presence and empathy, Ginny supported me during the most challenging experience of my life. I believe it’s not as much her training as her being that makes Ginny a valuable asset (don’t get me wrong, she’s had the best training around). The deep patience needed for painful topics comes from her lived experience and ability to connect with others. Ginny is resourceful, reliable, and intuitive; you’d be lucky to call Ginny your coach."
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