At the young age of 32, Cathy Gabrielsen, a wife and mother of two toddler boys, added “cancer survivor” to her resume.
Battling breast cancer, Cathy struggled with the inability to lift, cuddle & care for her boys while she was in treatment. The added physical and emotional stress that came with treatment was something she did not anticipate and was not prepared for. Through her personal experience Cathy identified a need that the healthcare system did not provide to the staggering number of young women diagnosed with cancer: in-home services for the children affected by a cancer diagnosis.
With this revelation, Cathy became a pioneer in cancer support services. She established the non-profit, Cuddle My Kids (CMK) in 2007 to serve as an in-home, no-cost cancer support program offering enrichment and creative play to children who have a parent or caregiver in cancer treatment. CMK provided the cancer patient a respite to focus on their recovery and personal needs while stimulating the children both physically and emotionally through creative play, arts & crafts, books & music. Cathy’s vision provided an outlet for kids to express themselves in a positive environment with one goal in mind: having fun! Offered as a six-week in-home program with re-enrollment on an as-needed basis, Cuddle My Kid’s (now Connect Thru Cancer’s) aim is to help increase the quality of life for cancer patients and their families during cancer treatment.
While building Cuddle My Kids, Cathy studied a number of modalities in the alternative medical field and became both a certified Life Coach and a certified Energy Medicine Practitioner. Today, Cathy is a speaker, writer and Graduate teacher of LifeForce Energy Healing© at the Deborah King Center. She founded The Gabrielsen Healing Center, which provides individual and group energy healing sessions, Life Coaching, Chakra Clearing, Meditation and Healing workshops. Cathy is married to Scott Gabrielsen and mother of Jimmy and Cole Gabrielsen. The family has two dogs, Dolly and Miles. Cathy enjoys twice-daily meditation sessions, running, and spending time in nature.
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