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Charity Joyce Marohombsar on transforming challenges into triumphs

An 8-year cancer survivor, Charity Joyce Marohombsar founded Better Days Well Being Center and is a beacon of inspiration and resilience for many people, guiding fellow warriors through their journeys with a focus on holistic healing and the art of living intentionally.

Describe what do you do for a living.

I am a Life Doula or a certified Cancer Coach. I am not a medical practitioner. I help Cancer Warriors, Survivors, and love-givers approach the cancer journey in a more holistic manner. I focus on the needs of the person through the Mind, Body, and Spirit framework, ensuring that their emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being are also given equal focus.

What are the things that make you feel most alive?

Helping Others Find Hope and Resilience: As a cancer coach, nothing makes me feel more alive than empowering others to find hope and resilience in the face of adversity. Witnessing the transformation in my clients as they discover their inner strength and navigate their cancer

journey with courage and positivity fills me with purpose and joy.

Connecting with nature, practicing mindfulness and meditation, nourishing my body with healthy food 

Spending quality time with my loved ones, whether it's sharing laughter over a meal, engaging in meaningful conversations, or simply enjoying each other's company, fills my heart with love and gratitude. Cultivating deep connections and nurturing my relationships reminds me of the preciousness of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.

Creating programs that solve the unique needs of the Cancer Community: Developing innovative solutions, such as holistic wellness programs, support groups, and educational resources, that empower individuals affected by cancer fills me with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

How old are you?

I am 57 years old. 8 Years Cancer Survivor!

I am most known for :

• Being a disciple and follower of Christ;

• My advocacy is for a more patient-centric approach to curing cancer.

• Inspiration and Resilience

• Empathy and Understanding

I am most proud of: 

The Life work that I do because I know this a vocation as the theologian Frederick Buchner said : “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”

What do you think is the biggest challenge about being your age?

I don’t think it's my age that is giving me challenges, but rather the long-term side effects of having to under weekly chemotherapy when I was 49 years old.

What is the best thing about being your age?

The best thing about being 57 is that I've had 57 years to perfect the art of being wonderfully imperfect.

At this age, I've learned that life is like a fine wine – it gets better with age, and sometimes, it's best enjoyed with good company and plenty of laughter. I have learned not to take things personally and live life with less drama.

I've earned every single one of these laugh lines and gray hairs, each telling its own story of resilience and wisdom. So, cheers to being 57, where every day is a new chapter in the adventure of embracing life's beautiful imperfections!

How do you think you have grown wiser through the years?

I'd say I've grown wiser through the years, much like a garden does with each passing season – with a lot of planting, nurturing, and weathering the storms. From sowing the seeds of my career through hard work to weathering the storms of stage 4 breast cancer, I've learned that growth comes from embracing both the sunshine and the rain. Life's taught me the importance of resilience, patience, and tending to the garden of my own well-being.

So, I'd say I've grown wiser by realizing that just like a garden, life's beauty lies in its ability to bloom amidst the challenges.

What are the best pieces of life advice you have ever received?

The best pieces of advice I've received are like precious gems I've collected on my journey, each one offering a guiding light through the darkest of times:


2. I've come to realize that I can't be everything to everyone, and that's okay.

3. Live Life Backwards: Accepting that death is certain and one day it will come propels me to live a more intentional life.

4. And perhaps the most profound advice I've received is to embrace the power of rest and rejuvenation. It's not a sign of weakness to take a break; it's a vital part of the journey to well-being.

Based on your work, what is the most important lesson that reflecting on one's mortality can teach us?

From the perspective of a cancer coach, reflecting on one’s mortality can teach us the most important lesson of embracing the preciousness of life. When we confront our mortality, we're reminded of the fragility and impermanence of life itself. This awareness is a powerful catalyst for living more intentionally, authentically, and meaningfully. Itprompts us to prioritize what truly matters: nurturing our relationships, pursuing our passions, or finding joy in the simple moments. 

Reflecting on mortality urges us to let go of trivial concerns and focus on what brings fulfillment and purpose to our lives. It's a profound reminder to live each day with gratitude, compassion, and and a deep appreciation for the gift of existence.

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