My Story

A teenage boy and girl sitting on a picnic table. The boy is looking at the camera and the girl is looking off into the distance.I am a self-care advocate, caregiver coach, author and speaker who chooses happiness despite my circumstances. Experience is my teacher as the mother of a neurotypical son and a daughter with a rare genetic disease and autism.

My mission is to change the story around caregiving and celebrate the journey.I honour the role of the caregiver by helping them recognize their worth and their true gifts.

 

As a self-care coach, I work with family caregivers who feel overwhelmed and at the end of their rope. I understand how caregivers are feeling as I spent the first five years of my caregiving journey in complete denial of all emotions as I was in shock that my daughter had an intellectual disability and would need weekly therapy to learn how to walk, feed and dress herself. 

But then I realized that I had a bigger, scarier problem on my hands because my life wasn’t going to get easier managing the life-long journey of caring for a child with disabilities. 

Since she I¬†myself going down a path that would end in me¬†crashing, I¬†knew that I¬†had to do something‚ÄĒand because there aren‚Äôt any doctors specializing in supporting parent caregivers, I¬†knew that I¬†was on my¬†own to figure out how to best support myself mentally and physically so I¬†could best support and care for my¬†family.¬†

My clients come to me because they feel stressed to the max. I provide them the tools and strategies needed to shift them from feeling stressed and overwhelmed to regaining control of their lives and feeling gratitude and joy in their lives.

I blog regularly at nicoledauz.com and published my first book Self-care: From the Trenches…with Love, Humour & a Kick in the Pants in November 2021 and co-authored Business, Life and the Universe Vol. 5, published in December 2021.

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