Friday, 27 February 2015

Jess Ainscough

I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Jess Ainscough today. What a remarkable woman, who devoted herself to life, and in the process changed the lives of so many.

Undoubtedly there will be cruel words about her choices in the light of her death, and to that I say, don't judge. Dont Judge. Seriously, DONT JUDGE.

Why is there an expectation of 'alternative' medicine to fully cure or reverse cancer, yet conventional is deemed successful if a patient survives 5 years. 

No, we don't get to judge a person's choice. That she spread her gospel to thousands, that she supported others who had experienced a diagnosis, and that she lived her life fully awoken, these are all things to celebrate. None of us walked in her shoes. Whatever choices she made, deserve to be respected. We each get to choose which information to follow, which advice to adhere to. It's that simple. We each take responsibility for ourselves.

I'm so grateful to have known this woman, albeit on-line. She was gracious with her time and advice.

Even in death she has taught me something valuable, that it is possible to die in peace, surrounded by love, doing what you believe in. 


  1. Oh Nicola, that is so, so sad. But thank you for your heartfelt post. You are so right – there is no room for judgement in this situation or, indeed, in any other. Cancer kills many, many people. That is a fact. It kills those who follow their doctors' advice and those who follow their own path. And equally, there are those who survive it (truly survive it, not by five or 10 years) and some of those will have gone down the chemo route and others not. The issue I suppose is to have some power over the cancer, and that comes, I suppose, from making informed choices.

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