Jo-Anne – Women’s Expressions 2015 Calendar Model

One of my favourite hobbies is gardening. I definitely relax when I attend my gardens. Life keeps me very busy between Women’s Expressions and my day job. Gardening offers me a way to escape from my otherwise busy life and connect with nature. The rewarding part is seeing the gardens as a canvas painted with vibrant colours. A painting that is in constant change. The hummingbirds come and go. Birds of all kinds first visit my neighbour to feed from their birdfeeders, and then they come into my backyard to quench their thirst and use the birdbath. I often see the butterflies dancing their way into the sky, sometimes taking a moment to rest with my flowers.

Calendar Month – May 2015
Jo-Anne emanates ‘One with Nature

One with Nature

As humans, we are part of Nature. When we connect with nature, we renew ourselves. Take a walk in the park and hug a tree. Lie down on the grass and look at the stars. Work the earth. Cultivate a garden and eat nature’s growth. Plant flowers and watch them bloom. Feel the power of the waterfalls. Admire the stillness of the mountains…Only then will you become one with nature!

Article by Jo-Anne
Edited by Karen C.

Jo-Anne’s Inspiring Stories

My Journey to Cancer Healing – Emotions

On August 6th, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  I was told directly by the radiologist during the ultrasound.  The words keep on repeating in my head day after day, and today, they still remain locked inside of me.  I am one of many women who have gone or are currently going through this hardship.  Hearing about it and having it is definitely not the same. At first, the feeling of ‘DEATH’ immediately comes to mind, but then, with time, ‘HOPE’ comes our way. 

I was ever so confident I had accepted my journey with cancer and could deal with it assuredly.  It is now Saturday, January 9th, 2016, I am writing this chapter of my life and the emotions that surface when faced with unexpected news about one’s health.  I must say that I am enraged over my recent pathology prognosis which will demand a total remake of my life plans.  Four months ago, through scans and ultrasound, the cancerous tumour was estimated to measure 1 cm. The surgeon explained this early detection would only require removal through surgery and, most possibly, a need to undergo radiation therapy as a preventive measure.  At the time, accepting the cancer was not easy, but it was acceptable.  I, therefore, set myself up to conquer my world readily.  I perceived the Universe gave me a little hick-up to reflect on my life and that re-alignment with my mission here on Earth was required.  But on Friday, January 8, in consultation with my surgeon, I then learned that the tumour was bigger than expected; the pathological examination had confirmed a tumour of 2.5 cm.  Consequently, the treatment has changed to chemotherapy and radiation.  I am assured it is a preventive measure but a necessary one.  

Decidedly, to move forward, I need to adjust my life commitments to accommodate my healing time.  As a self-employed consultant, my first concern while undergoing treatment will be probably shortened work weeks, whereupon making daily adjustments to better deal with the incoming workload is expected as my output will affect my finances at the month’s end.  Second, my activities pertaining to Women’s Expressions weigh considerably on a very busy schedule.  The ongoing preparation of the annual calendar and books were my top priorities for 2016.  For the past eight months, I have been preparing the goddess costumes with photoshoots to appear in the forthcoming calendar.  My goal will now have to be met in a more relaxed timeframe.

My life is now being changed drastically.  I am thankful that my husband insisted on accompanying me for this consultation at the hospital, the surgeon was to provide the results from the lab.  My first reaction to the clear-cut news was that it was surreal.  It couldn’t be true.  Not me!  I didn’t want to be alone — my husband and I took a long stroll down the hall of the nearest shopping mall.  I needed to clear my mind to see the meaning of it all.  I felt numb again, I was not quite myself.  Then, I realized that I have all the support one can have, at this point that is very important.  Trying to de-dramatize the whole situation by saying I was going to wear a pink wig, I made a few phone calls in an attempt at joking. 

A few hours later, after enjoying a great meal with my husband, the rage started to swell.  I questioned the powers above: What am I to do?  That night, I visited my very best friend Ginette who has supported me through all my hardships.  My rage spilled over.  Communicating with the Universe, I was clear in saying that this challenge is my last for this lifetime.  I will commit to whatever trial is next but there will be no more after this one.  Life will not tell me when I need to leave, but should another such challenge present itself, I will then take on the decision.  Questions and worry revolve in my mind, I haven’t slept very well as here I am writing this article at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday.  I first thought to write it in my personal Journal but decided it was best to communicate my ordeal to other women; perhaps if it reaches one person who has to go through this phase, she will know that she is not alone.

As I recall from last night’s conversation, Ginette tried to convince me that there is a huge survival rate for women who develop cancer.  Some women have had recurring cancers and came out of treatment living a healthy life she said.  But, at that moment, her encouragement didn’t do it for me.  I was overwrought with rage; making sense was doubtful at best.  I believed life had given me enough challenges that so far I had managed to pull through with courage, strength and a positive attitude.  It looks like I am running out of all these qualities.    

Perhaps it is normal to go through rage at some point.  So here I am, I cannot help but cry as I write this article with profound emotion; acceptance is difficult.  In conversation with my friend, I quote no truer words; “you don’t know what it’s like until you really live it…”  I now need some alone time in order to digest it all.  

I am hoping one day, I will be able to become a speaker for this cause, to empower those who are going through cancer healing and say what it really means for us to be surrounded by great people who support us through it all. Thank you one and all for being with us no matter what; sometimes we are not in our best behaviour and yet you manage to stick with us.

Today, I am planning to relax, to better absorb the whole ball of wax.  Though I am currently still in shock, I will be ready for my next step.  My meeting with the oncologist will reassure me of the order of things, and perhaps next week, I will be more at ease to start planning around the upcoming treatment sessions.  It is my hope to return to a normal life thereafter…  Minutes after finishing this article, my husband read my daily horoscope.  It says to “take a step back and consider what I can do to improve my attitude.  A little soul searching will help me see things clearer”.  Isn’t it remarkable how messages come to you at the most opportune time?  

Journey to Cancer Healing or Battle with Cancer – It’s how you choose to see it!

As I walk down the path of my journey to cancer healing, it is difficult for me to hear the words, “He has lost his battle with cancer”.  Today is Saturday, January 16, 2016; I am watching the televised broadcast of issues that are at the center of world interest, and my mind wanders…  

It has only been one week since the pathological analysis confirmed the actual size of the cancerous tumour removed from my left breast was 2.5 cm, a sizable difference from the original 1.0 cm.  At the surgeon’s announcement that chemotherapy and radiation were the appointed procedures to better treat my condition, I was in deep despair and consumed with anger. 

Monday and good work intentions;  believing I could manage a normal work day, the struggle to accomplish a 5.5-hour day was all my state of mind allowed.  I headed for the tranquillity of home to arrive at a decision on the proposed treatment.  With resolve, I decided to undergo the preventive intervention for the betterment of my health and to address the program with ease and grace.  

In order to proceed with my decision, I reviewed the positive aspects of my being; I am physically healthy, and I never felt ill when the cancer was present in my body. Therefore, I decided to change my belief system in relation to preventative treatments after surgery.  Here is my new approach. Radiation and/or chemotherapy would be the perfect mechanisms for releasing the old programs embedded in the cells of the twin-strand DNA. By destroying these cells, the body would undergo a cleansing of the original makeup.  According to metaphysical and spiritual concepts, the body would then make way for high vibration capability by developing 12-strand DNA structure cells. The activation of the codes within these new cells would be facilitated by applying practices such as meditation, affirmations, hypnotherapy, energy modalities, etc.  As a result, I would be living as one with advanced spiritual meaning and openness. With this new belief in mind, I am certainly setting myself up for a cancer-free body.  I am convinced that you can transform yourself if you truly believe it. 

Then came the news of the death of three worldwide known personalities:  

David Bowie – British singer; Space Oddity is one of his popular song; battled cancer for 18 months, died on Monday, January 11 (reported by CNN),
René Angélil – husband of Céline Dion and successful businessman; René died on Thursday, January 14 after a long battle with throat cancer (reported by
Alan Rickman – actor and known as Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter; was diagnosed in August 2015 and died on Thursday, January 14, 2016 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer (reported by  

The media communicates to the world that these beautiful persons have died after a “battle with cancer”. 

A “Battle with Cancer” means to me that it is a fight where one wins and the other loses.  This is not the picture I want to visualize mentally, certainly not at this time of my life.  My perception of being in a battle with cancer signifies that if my system is weak one day, the cancer will take advantage of my weakness, invade my body, and eliminate me.  This is definitely NOT how I want to envisage my life to be.  I want to eliminate the word “Battle” in my vocabulary.  I want to set my belief system onto a healing pathway which will allow my body time to heal gradually while living life to its maximum by absorbing the beauty and the love of all that is.  Cancer, like any dis-ease, needs to be attended to, and I agree that in many cases, it requires medical intervention.  But our journey here is not to battle but to Love every moment of our life experience.  That is how I choose to live. 

For everyone out there with a physical or mental dis-ease, you must believe in your higher self and make this journey here on Earth count. You must accept what is presented on your journey and believe in healthy living; then, life will align with your beliefs.  

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