Jane Coburn

As a mom of two adult sons on the autism spectrum, recovering people-pleaser and perfectionist, and former gray area drinker, I know what it’s like to look strong and high-achieving on the outside, but be crumbling on the inside. For years I was tired, questioned my self-worth, and felt as if I couldn’t keep up with what society seemed to expect from me. 

Then, in 2013, everything changed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew as soon as the words were leaving the oncologist’s mouth that I would go to any lengths to survive. I had already stopped using alcohol to numb my anxiety and escape the pressures of life three years earlier, but I also knew something else had to give. Through meditation, yoga, and mindfulness practices, I learned to be more present, and discovered what I truly liked and wanted in my life. I found the resources I needed to take practical, often simple, steps each day to a healthier, more well balanced, more present and joyful life.

Writing and journaling have always been a big part of my spiritual well-being.

Along with being a Mom and writing, I also run a supported employment program for adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities at a local non-profit agency and own my own coaching and consulting business at www.janecoburn.life   

I look forward to sharing my writings here and I hope they resonate with and help those who read my words.

Latest from Jane Coburn

October 23, 2019

Dementia, Salt Water Taffy and My Father’s Last Gift

October 20, 2019 Editor's Pick

Finding Magic 20 Years after my Son’s Autism Diagnosis.