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Name:  Dr. Gayle Carson CSP CMC
Diagnosed At Age: 49, 50 and 65
Status: Now taking oral medication which I will probably be on forever.

Bio:

“So what are you going to do about it, Gayle?”These are the words from Gayle Carson’s upbringing that have kept her going for her entire professional career.  Through endless exciting and adventurous moves, she knew one thing at a young age, that she was born to coach entrepreneurs.Possessing that “silver lining mentality” has allowed her to build a company from 0 to 7 offices, travel globally as an international speaker, coach and consultant and produce over two dozen books, CD and DVD programs while working with over 1,000 clients in 50 different industries.

The past years weren’t child’s play however.  Surviving three bouts of breast cancer and 16 surgeries, experiencing the death of her husband and oldest son was not easy to say the least.  Throughout all the cancer she kept working, even during radiation and chemo as Dr. Gayle believes we are all survivors in one form or another.

This attitude transfers over to the mastermind groups and individual coaching and mentoring she does with her clients so they not only survive but flourish and reinvent themselves personally and professionally.

As an expert advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurial managers around the world, she has been called on by major media to comment on business, communication and service issues.  A specialist in boomer women and beyond, she helps them deal with eldercare issues, feeling invisible, self-esteem and most important, knowing they can become whatever it is they want to be.

Dr. Carson says, “Many of my mentees are already successful, however they are dealing with so many other issues because they are responsible women who become overwhelmed.”

She works on their inner and outer game of both business and life for the ultimate success of a better place to love your life for the rest of your life.

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My reaction when diagnosed:  The first time I was in disbelief because of my healthy lifestyle, however my only question to the doctor was (because he had said I had massive breast cancer) “Am I going to live?”  When he said yes, I immediately went into action to get all the info I could.  The second time was a “not again!”, and that was worse than the first.  When diagnosed after 18 years, I couldn’t believe it again and although that time was the smallest, it left me with the greatest disfigurement.  I now have had 16 surgeries.

How I’m feeling now: I feel positive every day.  I work out 2 hours a day even at 75 and have my own business. I have all kinds of pain, but I’m here and that’s what counts.

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My Inspirations: I am inspired all the time because that’s what I teach and talk about, but my mom was my best inspiration always holding me accountable and showing me the best and right way to do things.

My Support System:  Really no one, as I don’t believe I need it.  I have friends, am busy, do things by myself, and am pretty independent.  At one point one doctor said, “Aren’t you married?”  And I replied I was, but didn’t need him to be with me for anything.  I even had my bunions done while I was going through chemo.  (My husband is now deceased).

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I’m proud of: How I’ve lived my life.

I’m afraid of: Not much.

I’ve learned: To embrace my spiritual side.

My advice to new patients: Keep positive, stay strong, don’t give in, continue to exercise and eat right.

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