Your Personalized Support to Navigate Cancer

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is often a devastating surprise and the most stressful event one ever experiences. Feeling overwhelmed, depressed, at a loss for explanations, and bewildered by how to navigate a complex healthcare system is a perfectly normal response.


Things seem to be moving at the speed of lightning while your mind is still trying to digest the words, "You have cancer". I remember when I heard those words in 2011. It was like the person on the other end of the phone was speaking another language that I did not understand. Then came the flood of emotions and questions.  


Nobody understands what you are going through quite like another cancer survivor. This support is a critical part of your recovery. Cancer is a physical disease that can have a major impact on your mental health and social well-being.

If you want a partner and expert navigator who will walk with you and save you time, effort, and energy so that you can focus on healing...let's talk!

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As your personal cancer doula, I can support you in 4 key areas:


  • I will help you become the "gatekeeper" of your overall health and quality of life.

  • Together we will implement self-care and lifestyle changes to improve your outcome and quality of life.

  • We will focus on nutrition and integrative approaches that may promote healing.


  • I will help you move away from catastrophic thinking and focus on the things that you can control, which can lead to more productive ways of engaging with cancer.

  • Together we will pinpoint how to make you feel empowered, confident, and in-tune with your wants, needs, and desires.

  • I will help you understand the mind-body connection and how to use it to your advantage.


  • You will have a better understanding of your treatment options (including side effects) so that you can make informed and confident decisions.

  • I will research and explain new studies, clinical trials, and alternative therapies specific to your needs.

  • Together we will get you organized and create a system for keeping all your information related to your treatment (lab and test results, medications, etc.). 


  • I will help you change the narrative and improve communication with your family, friends, health care team, and co-workers. Therefore, creating more meaningful, less awkward interactions. 

  • Words are important! They can have a positive or negative impact on your health. I will help you identify and be more mindful of the words you use to describe your cancer experience.


How is my approach unique?

  • I help those diagnosed with cancer move away from thinking of themselves as powerless patients and start THINKING and LIVING as the gatekeepers of their overall health and quality of life!

  • I am passionate about supporting the "WHOLE" person.


  • I share what I know from my cancer journey and patient point of view.

  • As your Cancer Doula, I am a problem-solver, who is very empathetic, resourceful, and a great listener. (P.E.R.L. Method)

  • I focus on what matters to you. I meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be by providing support and practical tools that help to create peace of mind and a better quality of life.

  • No cookie-cutter!

Different ways that I can support you 1-on-1:

It does not matter where you are located, I can support you virtually!

You don't have to leave your home. Support and services are offered:

  • online via Zoom 

  • on the phone


Choose one or both. It is up to you and your level of comfort.

What are the next steps to getting started with On the Other Side's cancer doula support?


Click below for Your FREE 30-minute consultation call.

Your free consultation is the first step toward becoming the gatekeeper of your overall health and quality of life.  

Here is what we will achieve together:

  • I will help you identify the biggest challenges and barriers that you are facing and causing you to feel overwhelmed.

  • We will explore your "WHOLE PERSON" needs (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually).

  • We will pinpoint how to make your cancer journey easier to navigate by creating a personalized action plan.

  • We will explore how I can best support you.

The Benefits of Getting Support from On the Other Side

Receiving support from Talaya helped me feel better about navigating the complexity of decision making and the emotional burden of living with stage 4 cancer. I feel relieved that I could fully open up emotionally with someone who has walked a similar journey. It is very important to be able to open up emotionally and authentically!

I gained so much from each session because I felt heard, supported, encouraged and that I wasn’t alone in my cancer journey. She is compassionate, kind, gentle yet bold in speaking truth. What a great gift that she turned her cancer journey into a purposeful mission to help others walking the scary journey of a cancer diagnosis. Thank you!” ~ Pathways Healing Center Participant & Cancer Patient

"I just want to express how grateful I am that we were matched. It is amazing how much you have a good influence on my actions. After our last session: 1. I started to make very detailed notes about my symptoms and my needs before visiting the doctor's office. 2. Taking regular breaks and making time for relaxation and rest is my new priority. My assistant started her duties last week. It is a huge help and I have more time to relax. 3. I will have another PET scan to see if the new chemo scheme is working based on my symptoms. 4. On my last infusion day, I had very clear communication with my doctor and I received the proper protectionFinally, NO VOMITING!!!!! :)

All is good and working well for me and the treatment. So happy to talk to you." ~ Mentee, UK

 "I feel much better emotionally as I was able to talk through and process some recent events, and events from my past which still affect me mentally/emotionally. Having such a good listener and support is very meaningful. Thank you for being compassionate, patient, wise, encouraging, peaceful, supportive, and inspiring." ~ Pathways Healing Center Participant & Cancer Patient    

 "Before meeting with Talaya, I felt “heavy”. After meeting with her for three sessions I feel less “heavy”. It was very meaningful to get unconditional support and reminders that it is ok. The Cancer Doula Support sessions were extremely helpful.” ~ Pathways Healing Center Participant & Caregiver 

My Qualifications

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Certified Coach through Master Coach University 

Mentor Angel Training through Imerman Angels 

4th Angel Patient Mentor Training through 4th Angels 

Cancer in Your Community Training through Minnesota Department of Health 

Continuing Education (35 hours) through MHS