BY DARA KURTZ
It’s been over five years since Dara Kurtz heard the words, “You have cancer.” At the time, she was forty-two, and her two daughters were eleven and fourteen. Dara, who lives in Lewisville, North Carolina with her family, went through a lot: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and more surgery. It was when the doctors said, “Congratulations, you’re done with treatment, go back to living your life,” that life got really hard for Dara.
“You would think the hardest part of going through cancer would be the actual treatment. And, as hard as that was, it was the quiet moments when I was done with treatment, when the fear and anxiety started to follow me around like my shadow. It was a challenging time for me because I didn’t have the hospital appointments to go to or the other patients to lean on. I didn’t really know what to do to help myself. That’s when I realized I had a choice: I could stay in that space and let fear of cancer get in the way of living my life, or I could do something about it. I went through a lot of counseling, did a ton of work on myself, and decided I wanted to help other people who might find themselves in a similar situation.”
That’s when Dara wrote the Amazon best-selling book, Crush Cancer, about how to navigate the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings. It’s for patients and their families and provides specific tips and tools to help people get through hearing the words, “You have cancer.”
But Dara didn’t stop there. “As much as I love Crush Cancer, and as proud of it as I am because I know it’s helping so many people, I wanted there to be an online component, a way people could sit in their homes and get my advice, hear me talk to them. I had a lot of lonely moments, alone in my house, and after speaking to so many people from around the world, I know this is common after a cancer diagnosis.”
Dara created the online course “Crush Cancer,” a program to help people who find themselves not sure what to do or how to move forward after a cancer diagnosis. “It’s really completely different material from my book, with the focus being how to thrive after you survive. It’s a ten-module program and individuals can take it over and over again, in the privacy of their own homes. Each module comes with a worksheet to help participants think about how the specific material relates to them and helps participants to dig a little deeper. It’s so important for people to feel empowered. To feel like there’s something they can do to help themselves really move forward after a cancer diagnosis and make the most out of each day of their beautiful lives.”
Whether you’re a person who has been through a cancer diagnosis and you’re wondering how to deal with the anxiety of knowing cancer was once in your body, or you’re someone who has a chronic situation, the “Crush Cancer Online Course” provides participants with a place to go to learn how he or she can take control and move forward.
Here’s what participants get in the ten-module program:
Module 1: You didn’t ask for cancer but now we have to deal with it.
Module 2: Letting go of trying to figure out WHY this happened to you.
Module 3: Thinking of yourself as a survivor and establishing a mantra you can use when you start to go to the dark side.
Module 4: The physical and emotional changes a cancer diagnosis can bring.
Module 5: Fear versus faith.
Module 6: How to live with gratitude and find joy.
Module 7: Living with intention and following your passions.
Module 8: Creating a daily self-care practice.
Module 9: Love and relationships.
Module 10: Putting it all together.
Dara has also established the private online Facebook group, “Crush Cancer,” for anyone who wants to ask her questions or connect with others. “I’m very active in this group and communicate with people all the time. I wanted a way for participants of the course or readers of my book to be able to access me if they want to. The group is relatively new, but it’s been a great way to connect with others who want to focus on thriving after surviving.”
The course is $197, but Dara wants anyone who desires access to the course to have it and is giving people the opportunity to get 50% off the course price by using coupon code Keela. This brings the one-time cost down to only $99. “I’m really proud of the quality of the course and the way it turned out, and love knowing it’s helping so many people. It’s the something good that came from something bad.” To learn more or sign up, go to darakurtz.com
Here’s what other people have to say about it:
- “It’s nice to be about to watch the short videos over and over again. If there is an area I need to really focus on, I can go back and watch a module as many times as I like.”
- “Dara really gets it. She understands how hard it can be to live life after going through a cancer diagnosis.”
- “I never thought I would have to deal with cancer, but I don’t feel like I’m alone.”
- “This course is empowering and has helped me learn to bring self-care into my daily life. I now have tools I can use to help me stay calm and less anxious, each day.”