Isabel Galiano is the Co-founder and Director of Coaching at The Cancer Coach.
A Nutrition & Health Coach, specializing in working with patients affected by cancer. She is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner and member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (UK).
Determined to turn her personal experience into a positive inspiration for others, her aim is to empower people affected by cancer to take an active role in their healing journey. Her coaching is unique as it provides knowledge, support, and holistic guidance on physical and emotional wellbeing.
After healing from breast cancer herself, Isabel quit her job as CEO of a successful radio station in Europe in 2007 to focus on health and wellbeing. Since then, she has been continuously educating herself about nutrition, specifically nutrition in the oncology setting, stress management, sleep coaching and physical exercise. She learned about the mind-body connection and dove into breathing techniques, meditation and visualisation techniques.
Qualifications and Related Studies
- Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach – Institute of Integrative Nutrition
- Graduate Applied Functional Medicine for Clinical Practice – The Institute for Functional Medicine
- Graduate Foundation of Integrative Oncology – American Institute for Integrative Oncology,
- Certified Yoga Instructor – VYASA Indian Yoga Institute
- Certified in Yoga Therapy – Pure Yoga, Singapore
- Certified in Pranayama & Meditation – Ancient Ve and Ancient Academy of Singapore
- Certified Reiki Level 1 – Dani Van de Velde, The Mediation Teacher, Singapore.
- Currently enrolled at CNM College of Naturopathic Medicine, London.
- Member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (UK)
In 2006 my life changed dramatically with these three words: You have cancer. I was in the happiest moment of my life. I had just come back from my honeymoon and we were planning on starting a family. I was 32 years old. I thought cancer would no longer be a part of my life. I truly was convinced that the happy and “worry-free” part of my life was just starting; five years before my diagnosis, my mother had passed away from cancer at the age of 53. I was at her side throughout her battle. I knew all too well the scary and painful journey ahead… and now it was my turn… Multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, all the things from my mother’s past were coming to my future.
My doctor told me that because of my young age the cancer was particularly aggressive. I prepared myself for what was to come. After the shock, almost instantly, my survival instincts kicked in. Every cell in my body screamed, “You are strong, you will get through this!”. I was determined to heal. I started my quest to thrive and to put my body and mind in the best possible position to heal — and to remain healthy. I knew that in addition to medical treatments, I had to address many other aspects of health. After many starts and stops and research, I found my way.
In 2010, I was declared cancer free. Upon my diagnosis, my motivation was to heal myself, but once I was cancer free I felt the need to make sense of all this. I wanted to turn my mother’s experience and my personal experience into something constructive and positive. I set myself on a mission to find ways to empower people so that those affected by cancer could take an active role in their healing journey.
Many years have passed. I have learned about the mind-body connection by diving into yoga, breathing techniques, meditation, visualisation techniques and Reiki. I settled happily in my new home country, Singapore. I was blessed with the miracle of giving birth to two children; have found inspiration and support through mentors, teachers and dedicated colleagues and have found my passion.
All of this has led me to a career change where I’ve spent ten years continuously educating myself about health and wellbeing -specifically health coaching, functional medicine, naturopathy, nutrition in the context of cancer, yoga therapy, stress management, sleep coaching, emotional wellbeing…
I am truly passionate about absorbing all this knowledge, but more importantly, to put it into practice as a coach. My biggest inspiration comes from everyday interactions with cancer patients and their families. I am humbled by their stories, drive and motivation. Every person, every journey is unique and together we work on achieving a higher level of health, quality of life, and emotional and physical wellbeing. In becoming a Cancer Coach, I found my passion, my purpose, my calling.