Whether you are newly-married, re-married, or a couple who has been together for decades — you are in the right place.

In my world of working with couples living with life-threatening and chronic illness, I have a few core beliefs

  • I believe you deserve to STOP the havoc that fear, denial, exhaustion and the emotional roller coaster of living with and loving a partner living with life-threatening and chronic illness causes.
  • I believe you are ready to positively impact the (stress) triggers that are creating chaos in your life and love-life at this moment.
  • I believe you can move forward into a stronger and closer connection with each other and return to the rich and loving life you shared with your partner before the diagnosis!
  • I believe you are committed to stop feeling anger, fear, uncertainty and the heartache of broken dreams to Daring to LIVE Well.
  • I believe that all things are possible!

Hi, I’m Dr. Jackie

You and your partner are having a challenging time now, and I’m here to partner with you to find your best solutions.

How did this become my life?

Well, in the early 1980’s I went with a friend to her Ladies’ Club luncheon and the 30-minute presentation was all about grief and loss. Before that luncheon, I thought that grief was always related to someone dying. But nothing could be further from the truth. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.

After that luncheon, I started reading everything I could get my hands on related to grief and loss, and death and bereavement. Along the way, I found ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling) and I joined immediately.

I was very active in ADEC for a number of years, and attended many trainings and conferences.

Through ADEC, I met many professionals and para-professionals who were just as captivated by the whole area of grief and loss as I was. It didn’t take long to recognize that I was home – professionally speaking.

I was among esteemed colleagues who resonated as deeply as I did with helping people who were ill and dying; supporting them and their families during those often difficult and emotional times; and helping grieving partners and other family members following the death of their loved ones.

And my work extended to supporting people who were ill and not dying. Though, I must confess, that in those years my colleagues wondered how in the world I was supporting them.

Now, here’s the more.

In the mid 1980’s while I was working as a psychologist with men and women fighting cancer, I began to notice that their partners and family members wanted my support too. That was when I started to understand the necessity of supporting couples when one partner was facing life-threatening illness.

Not long after that, I became involved in the AIDS/HIV community and supported people who were ill and their partners. In October 1987 I was privileged to be on the National Grief Team when the AIDS Quilt was on display on the Mall in Washington, DC.

A few years later, a physician who often referred his patients and their partners to me for support, called me and asked me if I could help a friend of his who had recently been diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder. I wasn’t certain exactly how I would support this man, but I knew I could.

That was the beginning of my work with people who were living with chronic illness.

I transitioned into the coaching field.

Since 1999, when I transitioned into Marriage Coaching, I have guided many couples to discover their unique way to LIVE an extraordinary life together, no matter what health challenges they were facing.

And then there was Mark.

I met and married Mark, the love of my life, and lived happily-ever-after until his death from cancer in 2005.

It’s not a pre-requisite for a professional to have lived your experience in order to be highly effective. And, my personal experience being the partner of a man who lived with cancer and being in a couple who lived WELL with life-threatening illness does provide certain experience that does translate into advantages for you.

So this is my business… getting into your business and guiding you to live a REMARKABLE life together with illness.

Here’s how we can partner together.

There are three ways that we can partner together, depending on the level of personal support that fits your needs.

  1. 7-Week online program, Couples Daring to Live Well (with illness) Program.
  2. 3-Day Private Destination Retreat, Couples Daring to Live Well (with illness) Retreat™.
  3. 9-Month Private Coaching Program™.

Is it time for a Complimentary Discovery Session?

Let’s chat about your marriage.

I want to hear about your relationship: What’s working, what’s not and what you would like to be different. Let’s explore how I can help and how we might be able to partner together.


7-Week Online Experience


3-Day Private Destination Retreat