On February 24th this year Jess Ainscough wrote a blog post trying to defend her actions of deliberately misleading her followers about her condition. She admitted that ‘Gerson Therapy’ had not cured her cancer, however, she stopped short of explaining her actual condition or admitting that her arm and hand are steadily worsening.
In that blog post, she said this:
“I’m living and thriving with cancer, six years after diagnosis. And I’m going to continue to heal and thrive, with or without cancer, for as long as my personal journey on this planet dictates.”
“… a loving note to my critics: Thank you for always pushing me to observe myself and my relationship with my amazing readers. Your latest onslaught caused me to step back and look at how I’m being perceived, and motivated me to look for ways that I need to increase the transparency I have with my tribe.”
Here we are a few days out from that being seven months ago. There has been a lot of fluff on the blog, recipes, recipes, recipes, fashion, past life regression, dieting (or not), joy, miracles, detachment, loving yourself, dogs, you know the stuff. Some of it is nonsense, but harmless enough. Except her promotion of spirulina, but that is another blog post for another day. Whether Jess is ‘living and thriving with or without cancer’ and continuing to ‘heal and thrive’ is up for debate. Well, not the living bit – she is clearly alive. But is she ‘thriving and healing’? Doesn’t look that way. Is she without cancer? Judging by her still worsening arm and hand, no.
When was the last time we saw a photograph or video with Jess’ arm and hand exposed? She is curiously always wearing long sleeves, even when those around her are not. She is making every effort to hide her diseased arm, and that’s her prerogative, if she is uncomfortable with how it looks and would prefer to keep it out of view, I can sympathise with that. It’s the lack of umm… transparency I take issue with. Rather than addressing the issue of her arm and hand, she prefers to just hide it. That’s transparency ‘Wellness Warrior’ style I guess: Say nothing. Pretend it isn’t happening. Do not offer an explanation. Do not offer an honest account of the condition you told the world you were curing. Just. stop. talking. about. it.
Only this week Jess came out of her ‘winter hibernation’ to make a public appearance. An appearance at which (judging by this blog post) she gave an ambiguous message about her condition and the success of her ‘Gerson Journey’. The writer gushes: “Jess shared her story of self-healing from a rare form of cancer…” Um, Jess, you are still being perceived as the girl who cured her cancer. It’s about time you took responsibility for the accuracy of your message and stopped blaming others for what they take away from your words.
So Jess, here is a loving note from one of your critics:
I am sorry you have cancer, I truly am. I have to be honest though, my sympathy for you ends at the point where you started saying publicly that you were curing yourself / had cured (or healed, same thing) yourself. It ends at the point where vulnerable cancer patients, desperate for hope, follow your lead under the impression it is the way to a cure. It ends at the point where you made a lucrative career out of being “the girl who cured her cancer”.
When will you be honestly transparent with your 60,000 plus followers? When will you tell the truth to your amazing readers? The people who keep your business running, and your income growing by purchasing your products, and those you promote? The people who follow and support you deserve that transparency you promised. When will that happen?
Over to you, Jess.
Jess has been forced to withdraw from some planned appearances due to her condition. She finally admitted to her followers via her Facebook page today that “over the past year my condition has progressed from stable to aggressive”. The post is still quite vague and includes the tired old comments about healing and thriving. According to Jess, and Rachel who commented below, she also made this admission at her last appearance. My guess is that the cancer has spread to the point where it is impacting her ability to go about her daily business.
I’m so disappointed to tell you that I sadly won’t be speaking at this weekend’s Utopia Women’s Wellness (or Melbourne next week).
I had such a great time at the Sydney event, but the energy it required exerted me in a way I’m not yet ready for. As I mentioned in my talk that day, over the past year my condition has progressed from stable to aggressive. I’m on a healing roller coaster and I really need to listen to my body. This means that I will be continuing my hibernation a little longer to give myself my full undivided attention. Doing anything less would be a contradiction to the message I was planning on sharing with you at the event. That can wait.
I’m so sorry if you were planning to see me at Utopia – I’ll miss you! However there will be so many other incredible speakers on the day, and they have organised the incredible Belinda Davidson (my personal spiritual mentor) to replace my original time slot. You will love her!
Thanks for sticking by and respecting my need for time away. Please channel any concern you have for me into strength and positivity. Send white light instead of worry. You guys, my amazing tribe, have a bigger role in my healing team than you will ever know and I’m so grateful. I may have cancer, but I still live each day with moment-to-moment devotion to living my best life despite (and because of) my circumstances. Because of that, I’m thriving.
Speak with you soon xxx Jess”
I’ve said all along that it is Jess’ personal choice to deal with her health as she pleases. I am truly sorry that it appears that her misguided choices have not cured her cancer or extended her life beyond the average life expectancy of someone with her particular cancer. However, taking thousands of people on that misguided ride, and making a lucrative career out of misleading those people deserves no sympathy at all.
Thanks to Jane for bringing the above-mentioned blog to my attention.