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Why being diagnosed with cancer was an incredible gift

A dietitian uses her personal experience with cancer to launch a mentorship program and an on-line coaching and support community.

JLHS1.jpgJean LaMantia is a registered dietitian who goes by, “The Cancer Survivor’s Nutrition Voice of Reason.” She combined the experience she gained as a cancer patient and a caregiver with her passion for helping others into an online community, and one-on-one and group mentorship programs. She wrote a best-selling book called, “The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook.” You can connect with her through Facebook, follow her Cancer Bites Blog, or join her Thriving After Cancer Coaching and Support Program.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had no idea it would turn out to be such a gift. That might sound awfully strange to you, but if you read on you’ll understand why I feel this way.
I was a new dietitian when I was diagnosed with cancer. I had finished my Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) at the University of Guelph, my clinical dietetic internship at Toronto Western, and two full-time temporary job contracts. Then, when I was 27 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IIB extensive), a cancer that originates in the white blood cells (lymphocytes) and spreads to the lymph nodes. continue reading

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