Whether you are a newly-married or re-married couple, 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 back to the love-life you love and stop settling for the one you have.
Before I go, I want to give you access to my guide to 3 UN-Loving Traps and tell you about the benefits of being a member of our community.
- Access to our Private Online Forum where you will be able to actively engage with me and other couples who are daring to live well with illness.
- Announcements of weekly Blog Posts and Facebook Live Chats.
- Member-Only Special Offers that I make from time to time.
Here’s how we can partner together!
COUPLES DARING TO LIVE WELL (with illness)
7-Week Virtual Restorative Experience
COUPLES DARING TO LIVE WELL (with illness)
3-Day Private Destination Retreat
No matter what health challenges you are facing, you deserve to LIVE a remarkable life together.
Thank you for being here. I look forward to getting to know you and providing the support and guidance you have been looking for.
Know, that I am determined to help you move from anger, fear, uncertainty and grieving broken dreams to daring to LIVE well!
Know, that I am ready to partner with you so you can close the emotional gap between you and your partner that has been widening little by little for a while, reignite your enthusiasm for your love-life and reconnect your hearts.