Welcome to Carved By Cancer

Helping survivors flourish in their life after cancer.

Carved By Cancer Survivor Network


About Carved By Cancer

Carved By Cancer helps cancer survivors make positive sustainable change allowing them to flourish. I offer integrated life coaching, access to online courses and  the opportunity to join the survivorship network. Each of these pathways provide survivors the guidance they deserve to help them cross the bridge and move from where they are to where they want to be. 

As a cancer survivor, it was clear to me that the shift from treatment to survivorship lacked the tools, information and guidance necessary to help a changed person move gracefully in an unchanged world. 

What is offered here is the opportunity to discover the very tools, understanding and support that will help you move forward. It took me 17 years of suffering silently and a whole lot of grief and loss to find it. It is my sincere hope that this work saves other survivors from falling as deep and staying as long in the dark as I did.

Are you feeling a little lost after treatment ended? Wanting to feel connected in your relationships? Wondering how to tap into or maybe even determine your meaning and purpose? Longing to love your body but not quite sure how? Do you have specific goals, dreams, transitions or habits you need support attaining?  Wherever you are on your journey forward you have come to the right place. Transformation is possible here. 

How do we work together? 

There are three different paths of working together, designed to meet you right where you are. You are invited to walk down one, two or all three paths. Read on to see what feels right to you.

path one

Private Life Coaching

Carved By Cancer offers private coaching. This path is ideal for those considering a change in life or work, pursuing a specific goal or looking for support in facing a particular challenge. We can work together to help you get to where you want to go and make lasting changes for greater happiness and success. As a certified positive psychology life coach my approach is scientifically rooted to help clients increase their well-being, discover and apply their strengths and achieve their desired goals. It is my own life experience that this process works while simultaneously building enduring resources that can be drawn upon to navigate life's journey forward with greater success. Coaching will help you move quickly through your challenges and live into your highest potential.

Are there changes we can work on together? Let's talk during a complimentary consultation, in person or by phone. I look forward to the opportunity.

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen” - Pete Carroll

path two

Online Course

For individuals looking for a deep dive into the elements of personal growth this type of life coaching is offered in an upcoming curated online program. The upcoming course offering, called A Healing Path After Cancer,  is a unique approach. Students will be invited to explore the science of positive psychology, experience the tools and interventions and share their experience and wisdom with the power of community. A rich supportive environment where healing is created as you travel the path of transformation with others, just like you, walking forward in survivorship. 

Participants will be invited to treat the information they find in the program as a conversation with others rather than a monologue, allowing them to interact with ideas and information made more powerful by adding their own voice to the collective.  

This online course will guide survivors through eight elements of post cancer growth. The eight elements are: personal strengths, resources, possibility, purpose, reconnecting to the body, rediscovering sexuality, spirituality and healthy habit changes. Along the journey knowledge experts will be introduced and even invited to our online conversations as we welcome them into the community.

The rigorous research behind the sciences of positive psychology, post traumatic growth and neuroscience comes to life in this course, providing a magic mix to help survivors flourish.

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford & Sons

path three

Survivor Network

Meet people who have shared in a version of your survivorship journey, who care about the same topics as you do. Meet amazing luminaries who are concerned about, talking about and doing something about addressing the additional healing necessary in cancer survivorship. 

The purpose of this currently free and unique community of cancer survivors is to offer a place to land. Where they are able to connect to the rich wisdom of each other, AND experience exclusive content and conversations about reconnecting to the bodies and minds so carved by their cancer experience.  I promise you can’t find this mix anywhere else!  To be surrounded by people just like you, in a way that feels supported and safe to explore the topics that concern you.  Bam!

“There is a cure in each of us. All we need to do is chip away.” - Michelangelo

About Your Host and Guide


Kathy Washburn is a cancer survivor, a warm connector and a life coach.  She is a catalyst for inspiring cancer survivors to find their inner beauty and power and reach their full potential.  She holds a BA from Northeastern University, a Project Management certification from Boston University and certifications in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching from The Wholebeing Institute.  Her additional training as a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with specialized training for cardiac and cancer patients, coursework in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the science of happiness and positive neuroplasticity have deeply influenced her work.

As a life coach and teacher, she draws on the full range of her education and life experiences.  To find out more, check out her LinkedIn bio.

And Thank You

Together we have the ability to raise our voice and show our health care systems that extending cancer care into survivorship is a necessary part of our "treatment". We know there is more to being alive than being cured. We will do this together and the result will be easing the path of those that walk behind us.

“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” - Shannon L. Alder
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