About Heather Jose and Go Beyond Treatment
Heather Jose started Go Beyond Treatment over 15 years ago. Today, she is a nationally known speaker and the author of ‘Every Day We Are Killing Cancer‘. Her writing and presentations have inspired thousands of cancer patients across the world to do more than just survive cancer, but to thrive after cancer. In addition to her work with cancer patients, Heather also works with caregivers and communities of faith to create support systems and environments that encourage healthy living, accountability and joy.
Fifteen years ago, Go Beyond Treatment wasn’t a comprehensive program—it was Heather’s own way to survive. Diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at age 26, Heather was told to go home and “get her affairs in order.” Instead, she found another doctor who changed everything by telling her, “We will start killing cancer on Monday.” Heather then chose to gather a team and take on the cancer.
Eventually, Heather’s approach to cancer became a cover story in Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine as a courageous “Young Thriver,” an ongoing column she writes for the magazine. Working with the magazine’s Editor Beverly Vote, they turned the somber phrase “cancer survivor” into a national campaign to celebrate “cancer thrivers.” Soon, Heather was invited to write for other magazines: Coping, Thrive and ReadTheSpirit.
Crisscrossing the country, speaking to a wide range of groups, Heather heard from countless men and women facing these challenges. She found that many communities are eager to encourage and support their own “cancer thrivers”—but they need help with the first steps toward that goal.
“We’ve got to help people do cancer differently!” Heather decided.
By 2003, she had pulled together her own hard-earned wisdom, her experiences with many different kinds of audiences and her growing body of writing to form Go Beyond Treatment. Heather also understands the perspective of health-care providers, having worked as an occupational therapist for many years. The comprehensive program she has developed trains cancer patients, health-care professionals, caregivers and communities of faith to create these dynamic new support systems for healthier living.
About the Poppies
For more than a century, poppies have been a universal symbol of remembrance, hope and the relief of pain. During Heather’s own journey with cancer, she discovered that Eugene Peterson’s best-selling paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, rewrites Jesus’s famous words of encouragement to say: “If you have a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”
In this website, poppies guide your way to three central themes: Coping with cancer is marked with a pink poppy; yellow poppies take you to caregiving; red poppies talk about ways communities of faith can play a role.