She has used these experiences to help women curate lives where they can thrive to the best of their ability.
Bep Dhaliwal had been working in the corporate world for the past 20 years and made taking care of others a big part of her life.
It wasn’t until she found a lump in her breast that she was forced to put her health first for a change. Bep was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Upon hearing this diagnosis Bep says, “I felt this over-riding feeling of fear of what this means for me, for those I care about and the rest of my life. I also felt fear, shame and loss.”
Bep had chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and radiotherapy. It wasn’t until 2019 that Bep was then diagnosed with endometrial cancer and went on to have a hysterectomy. Her most recent diagnosis was this year when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and has since undergone immunotherapy. As a result of this, Bep is now being tested for a genetic disorder called Lynch Syndrome, which means a person may be predisposed to various cancers.
“After diagnosis, I realised how precious my life was and that I needed to understand what was important to me and prioritise my needs. This has ultimately led me to leaving my corporate job and setting up my own resilience coaching practice, Thrive365 Ltd.”
Bep created Thrive365 Ltd in January of 2018 and its purpose is to help women thrive in life. This business is grounded in Curiosity, Courage, Compassion and creates a safe space for women to forge proactive lives that resonate with their core values. This is done through different workshops and one-to-one coaching. Helping women to nurture themselves and guide them in learning how to show up for themselves is what Bep has become passionate about.
Bep has taken these values and applied them to her personal life as well. “Whilst starting a new cancer journey right now, I am intentional on how I look after my mind and body and who I surround myself with, this is allowing me to do what's right for me right now,” she says.
On speaking about Black Women Rising, Bep notes that she is able to be seen and heard. “I can be around like-minded women who understand the complexity of cancer within our cultures and make sure our voices are heard where it matters, so we can get the care we deserve when facing cancer.”