“The retreat was the beginning of a new layer of healing for me. I felt like it was the boost I needed to return to “me” after being through such an arduous journey. It was also amazing to connect with other young women with similar experiences. It was unforgettable, thank you.” – M
How it all started…..
Jasmin Fiore Dodge, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34. At the time, her youngest daughter was only 7 months old. She found a lump while was breastfeeding and went to get it checked out. Jasmin seriously thought it was just a blocked milk duct, turns out it wasn’t.
She went through several months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation and reconstruction surgery. During treatment, she lost her mother who had been fighting cancer herself for over a decade. It was the most difficult, heart breaking year of her life, but also a time of so much support, love and personal growth.
Then in November 2013, she was put to the test again as the cancer metastasized to her bones and caused problems with her spine. She had emergency spinal surgery and radiation to try and stabilize her body. Cancer had messed with the wrong girl!
Jasmin wanted to share with others how she remained positive and vibrant despite her challenges. She decided she could help others through this difficult and life changing journey. It was important to her to be of service and truly make a difference – and that is how STRETCH HEAL GROW came to be.
Living with breast cancer is unique to each individual and Jasmin believed self-care was a key aspect of navigating through it all.
In February 2017, Jasmin passed away of metastatic breast cancer but not without leaving behind her legacy of Stretch Heal Grow. The retreat will continue to create a community for women coping with cancer that will nurture their soul and heal their spirit, and Jasmin’s memory will continue to light the way.
Be Healthy. Be loving. Be Brilliant.