Be your BEST. Do your BEST. Give your BEST.
SHAPE Partners is dedicated to empowering cancer caregivers, family members and friends to develop and adopt sustainable stress management solutions to optimize their mental and physical health through Partnerships, Advocacy, Coaching and Education.
Cancer Caregiver Consultant
We work collaboratively to help you thrive during or after your caregiver journey. We work to maximize your overall wellness through various methods that alleviate stress and reduce feeling overwhelmed and decrease loneliness. We also work to equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate the healthcare system.
We work collaboratively to identify areas of your life where you feel stuck, develop goals to move you forward and provide accountability to help you meet and maintain your personal goals.
Cancer Caregiver Stats
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can distrupt your life. As you support your loved one, you silently and independently deal with your own feelings, thoughts and fears. SHAPE Partners is here to support you during your caregiver journey. We want to provide you with the tools to alleviate emotional and physical stress, reduce feeling overwhelmed and find life’s balance.
report high emotional stress related to caregiving
admit to wanting help managing emotional and physical stress
work an average of 35 hours per week while caregiving
of caregivers are women
want help making end of life decisions
(National Cancer Institute, 2019).
Personalized 1:1 Coaching
Let’s work together to explore your specific life challenges and develop a realistic roadmap to help optimize your overall wellness.
Our partners provide complementary services (essential oils, grief counseling, health coaching, private yoga sessions and psychotherapy) to SHAPE Partners caregivers on a referral basis.
Interactive Group Workshop
During this quarterly workshop we will engage in action oriented activities to alleviate stress, feeling overwhelmed and loneliness.
You will have the opportunity to tell your caregiver story to bring awareness to the caregiver experience and help former and current cancer caregivers overcome challenges.
What is a Coach?
A professional coach gives you motivation, accountability and support, while keeping you focused and taking action. A common misconception is that coaching is the same as therapy, when in fact they are quite different. Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety. Coaching, on the other hand, is intended to help individuals achieve their personal goals.
What Is Cancer Caregiver Consultant?
A cancer caregiver consultant works collaboratively to empower cancer caregivers to maintain their own physical and emotional wellbeing as they navigate their caregiving journey and the healthcare system. The caregiver consultant provides you with support, knowledge and motivation.
What Is Life Coaching?
Life coaching, often called personal coaching or simply “coaching,” is a collaborative process in which a trained professional (the coach) helps you (the client), achieve your personal life goals. These goals may include but not limited to enhance self-confidence, decrease stress, improve physical health, strengthen relationships, and many more. The one common goal of coaching is a desire to achieve something more in your personal or professional life.
Join Our Facebook Cancer Caregivers Community!
This community is for current and former Cancer Caregivers, family members and friends who want personalized and interactive support.
We are here for you and provide support through:
- Daily post to engage, inspire and motivate.
- The Tuesday Talks partnered with AnCan’s Cancer Caregiver support group. We meet twice a month with current and former caregivers to discuss relevant topics and provide virtual support.
- Wednesdays With Wendy is a live recorded virtual session where Wendy Garvin Mayo:
- Provide education on various topics related to caregiving, advocacy, stress management and self-empowerment
- Interview guest professionals who provide insights that align with SHAPE Partners mission
- Share current and former Cancer Caregiver stories
About SHAPE Partners Founder, Wendy Garvin Mayo
Hi! I’m Wendy Garvin Mayo. I am a mom, wife, Nurse Practitioner, Stress Solution Strategist, Caregiver Advocate and Life Coach who has been dedicated to helping individuals and families thrive in the most difficult situations.
My aunt was diagnosed a glioblastoma and passed away in 2014. I witnessed my aunts transition from the role of sister to caregiver. During this transition I provided my aunts with the required support at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, transition to hospice and unfortunately following my aunt’s death. My experiences has informed a wholistic approach that begins with strengthening the mindset to achieve emotional and physical wellness.
Why My Work is Important
I am a Nurse Practitioner who cares for cancer patients and their families. In my professional and personal life, I have witnessed cancer caregivers grapple with their loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Cancer caregivers struggle with physical and psychological stressors that impact their overall health. It has been reported that 50% of cancer caregivers high emotional stress and 43% reported needs for help managing emotional and physical stress. I am also a Caregiver Advocate who believe that every current and former cancer caregiver should have access resources to help enhance their overall wellness. I, Wendy Garvin Mayo, will match 50% of all donations up to $500.
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“Wendy — did many things to support me as a caregiver, my mom and my family. From the MANY phone calls & texts just checking in with us….The most impactful of them all was just meeting me…a moment that I needed a friend. I will never forget this for the rest of my life… it was the first time I was able to be completely vulnerable, let my guard just break down and process! All she did was hold my hand or just hug me but it was the act of being present that was MOST impactful! You never know how the smallest gesture can have a life-long impact. Thank You Wendy – I am SO GRATEFUL for your friendship & presence in my life!!”
“…when I [was] having 1 on 1 coaching session with Wendy Mayo of SHAPE Partners, it really made me think, what is my purpose?… I’m just very thankful [I] signed up for…coaching session because the very things that I worked on helped prepared me for where I am right now…It’s [SHAPE Partners community] like a safe haven to express ourselves and to speak about life…. it’s not just about having cancer, it’s just literally [about] everyday life’s stressors…and it’s impactful [on] how to manage stress whether you’re a patient with cancer or a caregiver caring for someone who has cancer…”
Wendy has done a brilliant job in unlocking our daughter’s awareness of her own insecurities that had been affecting her self esteem. With regular coaching sessions, she is now recognizing the tools she has within herself to succeed. As parents, we are thrilled that we are welcomed and included in the process, so that we can continue learning ways to be supportive of our daughter’s goals.