DIFFERENCE MAKER profit organization whose aim is to help empower the lives of women and girls. And since her cancer, Ivonne is also a facilitator of a non-profit support group, hosted by Circle of Hope, for Cancer patients and survivors. Ivonne said, “My life has been changed forever. Going through cancer is a life changing experience. I love doing the work that I do and can’t imagine ever doing anything else. I am proof positive in the power of positive thinking.” and proposed marriage to her. She said yes and they married not long thereafter in Lima. It took awhile, but in November of 1994 Ivonne arrived in America, Los Angeles to be precise. She had neither friends nor family of her own, but his family was great to her. In 1996 her son, Ryan, was born and in 1997 the family moved to Santa Clarita. Her daughter, Tami, was born a few years later. Ivonne worked in marketing and international sales for several companies while raising her kids. Somehow, she and her husband drifted apart and separated in 2010. She continued to work, but her jobs were not completely satisfying to her so she continued to study, this time hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming. And then it hit her. She had found her passion. She decided to start a private practice to help people who struggled with conditions such as anxiety, depression, addictions, phobias and fears, lack of self esteem, chronic pain, traumas, etc. Just when the stars began to shine brightly on her career, Ivonne was confronted with the biggest challenge of her life: breast cancer. Ivonne said, “At first I cried. Then I decide to fight back. I forced myself to stay positive. I even opened my first office before I had my cancer surgery. I became more spiritual and focused on God’s messages instead of on, why me? I used a lot of natural healing tools to go along with my breast surgery. And I believe it helped a great deal.” Now cancer free, Ivonne is devoted to helping others. Since 2010 she has been a member of Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley, a non- For all that she does to help others, Ivonne is a Difference Maker in our community. For more information on Ivonne and her practice please visit http://www. therapiesbyivonne.com.