Meet Laura DuBois
I was called to Coaching after a major health crisis upended my life.
It caused me to re-evaluate EVERYTHING.
Cancer. Yup. Stopped me cold. September 21st, 2016.
In the decade leading up to that dreadful diagnosis, I’d been ‘living the dream.’ I had a great career, a management position, and was an independent single Mom able to buy my own home. And then to top it off, I was blessed to meet the amazing man who eventually became my Husband.
From the outside, it looked like I had it all. But behind the ‘have it all’ curtain, I was falling apart.
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Throughout my 40’s, I’d become over-extended. Between the career, the kids and the house, I’d been burning the candle at both ends for years.
Meanwhile the physical part of my job as a Physical Therapist was taking a huge toll on my body. I became addicted to caffeine and sugar to get me through my long days. Radiating neck pain, subsequent neck surgery, and then an injury from the surgery added up to permanent nerve damage and weakness in my shoulder. Longstanding low back pain would come and go. And in the first 6 months of 2016, a series of misfortunes – debilitating vertigo, a major car accident, and then a torn tendon in my wrist from patient care– made it that much harder to keep up with all the responsibilities that I had.
I was chronically exhausted. Long hours, not feeling supported or recognized for what I did, and no path to advancement were making me feel stuck and resentful. I craved a break. A change. An escape. I’d worked so hard and sacrificed so much to become a Physical Therapist, but I was burnt out.
They say be careful what you wish for.
I would never wish to have cancer, but in all honesty it was the wake-up call I desperately needed. During that difficult year of treatment I had a lot of time to think. It was a gift in that it forced me to step back and get crystal clear on what was most important to me, to re-evaluate everything about my life.
After 2 failed surgeries to remove the cancer and 12 rounds of nasty chemotherapy, I found myself anemic, depleted of all energy, winded just making my bed, and significantly heavier due to the meds and inactivity. I then had the final major surgery to get rid of the rogue cells once and for all, and I was completely debilitated for several months. Lots of time to think, and reflect, and question what I was here on this earth to do.
And the flashing neon sign in front of my face was that the way I’d been functioning wasn’t sustainable. I’d been playing the game of Spread-Too-Thin, and now I had to ask myself, “Is this really the game I want to win?”
It took the extreme event of cancer for me to begin to turn down the external noise so I could hear and listen to my own voice. But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.
”Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.”
― Naeem Callaway
I’m here to work with the “me’s” of the world...
before and after my cancer experience: the bosses, the leaders, the career-driven, the caregivers, the head of household Mama’s and Papa’s - who need a system, support and accountability to get their health and life in alignment with their core values.
If you’re someone who is stuck or burnt out in career…
If you’re someone who has had a life challenge such as a divorce, an illness, or job loss…
If you’re someone who consistently puts yourself last on the priority list and you’re experiencing low energy, stress, feeling unfulfilled and like something is missing…
Then this message is for YOU.
Laura brings decades of experience in the health & wellness field, from her early days as an Exercise Physiologist/Personal Trainer to then earning a degree in Physical Therapy and practicing for many years as a Licensed Physical Therapist. A lifelong learner, Laura is now also a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach through the National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). This credential was created in collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) in 2016.