“I am an advocate for cancer patients in large part because my 3 sisters and I are all long-time survivors. I have always found first-hand accounts to be powerful,and by sharing our stories I hope that you will be inspired to try new healing paths that will help you find your way to wellness.”
Louise has an MA in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College (2011); has completed a 35-hour Mediation in Health Care training course at the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Center and Sarah Lawrence College (2012); and is a Certified Health Coach (CHC) through the Health Coach Institute Become a Health Coach program (2018). Throughout her career as an advertising copywriter, she has won numerous awards for national and international campaigns, patient brochures, websites, and digital and print collateral.
Louise was born and grew up in apartheid South Africa and was a foreign exchange student to Baltimore, Maryland in the early seventies. She now lives in the New York area. She is passionate about multicultural and empowerment issues. In her spare time, Louise travels and enjoys documentary films and photography.
The eldest of 4 girls, Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 at 38. Her sister Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer at 48. The third sister, Frances, has survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma (1982 when she was 26) and breast cancer (soon after turning 50). Josephine, the youngest, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1991 at age 31. With no family history of cancer, the sisters do not know what caused their cancers, but believe that powerful overhead electrical lines, unregulated pesticides, and/or an unknown genetic mutation influenced their health.