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GRACE DE LA ROSA
HOLISTIC WELLNESS CONSULTANT
Living with Grace, LLC: Mindfulness for Executives, Organizations & Individuals

About
 

Grace has over 35 years of experience in the health, wellness and fitness industry as a former AFAA-certified fitness instructor, professional fitness/swimwear model, contributing fitness writer and NPC fitness and bikini competitor. Her evidence-based approach to holistic health and wellness includes weaving mindfulness into formal sitting and movement meditation as well as the consciousness of the breath of life.

Grace was diagnosed at the age of 38 with Stage 3 colon cancer in 2005 and treated with a "chemo cocktail" called FOLFOX, a mix of several drugs plus steroids. Looks can be deceiving: she's deemed permanently physically disabled due to the long-term side effects of chemo. This includes bone and joint degeneration as well as peripheral neuropathy (extensive nerve damage particularly to hands and feet). A rare procedure, her left SI joint was rebuilt and fused sometime around 2017.

After years of chronic pain, medical scares, complications, numerous surgeries and what seemed like never-ending doctor appointments, she decided that enough was enough. By then, her daily pill box included up to 24 (twenty-four!) prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications--half of the pills supposedly counteracted the side effects from the other pills. This is known as polypharmacy, taking 5 or more medications to alleviate symptoms of an ailment(s). With the help of her general physician, she titrated down, discontinued all but two of her medications, and in the last year, with a few exceptions, is grateful to experience little to no pain today.

Many are "called" to do the work they do with unrelenting passion and perseverence. And much of their background usually involves trauma. Up until recently, she thought her experience as a colon cancer survivor was the catalyst to her purpose-driven life. But it was her overwhelming profound spiritual experience in 2018 of three days of a "Divine download" that lit her passion and continues to remind her every day that life is painfully beautiful. That's another story for another day. We'll be sure to update this page with the information, so come back soon!

Today, Grace attributes her good health to the practice of mindful living, to include meditation; Taoist Tai Chi, a form of martial arts and moving meditation; and nonviolent communications (NVC). She chooses more whole foods vs. processed (progress, not perfection); and maintains healthy, meaningful relationships with family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and yes, strangers--who are simply, in essence, potential friends.

In 2014, she created Be a Blue Buddy, a colon cancer awareness campaign with a mission to advocate for and support patients, survivors, and their support system (friends, family, caretakers, clergy). As a survivor wanting to give back to the community, Grace educates on the disease in a non-clinical manner and shares her story to empower and inspire others, and to help save lives.

Be a Blue Buddy is currently not an organization, but rather a grassroots, personal call-to-action to educate the community about the disease through public speaking engagements, reaching out to local and state officials, and connecting with the community through social media and support groups to help raise awareness of colon cancer, the importance of screening and early detection in support of survivors and their support team; to give hope to newly diagnosed patients; and to honor those who have died from this disease.

Grace has also been a professional TV Commercial and Corporate Training spokesperson, voice-over talent and print model since 1986. She attended the University of North Florida (UNF), received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/TV Broadcasting with a minor in Psychology, volunteered at WJCT public radio, shadowed at WTLV TV-12 and interned as a TV reporter at WJXT-TV4.

Grace strives for joyful learning and living, and is willing to step outside of her comfort zone. She has experienced snow skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, paintball wars, and traveling. Grace likes to soak in the culture's history of traditions, arts, architecture and daily lifestyle--eating and sleeping as the locals do. She realized her childhood dream of visiting Greece; Oia-Santorini completely captured her heart!

She enjoys the arts (e.g. music/theatre/live entertainment, museums, paintings, photos, architecture), literature, and botanical gardens. She is a beach girl at heart. Anything related to the sun, clouds, moon, stars, rainbow and other skyscapes capture her attention. Her favorite splash of color is bright citrus orange. A few of Grace's favorite scents are flowers/plants (magnolia, rose, gardenia, peony, plumeria, honeysuckle, hawaiian ferns, citrus), aromatic wafts of food cooking in the kitchen, the ionic shift just before rainfall, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.

A voracious researcher and a lover of life experiences, her interests include philosophy, neuroscience, astrophysics, quantum physics, cosmology, the collective consciousness, universal energy, biodiversity, multi-dimensions, semiosis, audiology, adult giftedness, ESP, equanimity in the realms of social justice, cultural diversity, global cohesiveness, economy, trade, politics, government, education, healthcare, media, religion, non-religion, spirituality, alternative health, wellness and medical options, plants, herbs, spices, and spirituality.

Grace is committed to community wellness and civic endeavors. She served as Chairperson of the Founding Board of Directors for the First Coast Recovery Advocates, Inc. (FCRA), a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) in Jacksonville, FL. The RCO addreses the primary needs of people with addictions/substance use disorder (SUD), alcoholism and secondarily to mental health issues. She currently serves on the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) Advisory Council and is a member of the Taoist Tai Chi International Society; Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice; Florida Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP); Northeast Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NEFCADA); and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. She also volunteers her time at local mental health and corrections facilities as well as various alcohol/drug/substance use addiction treatment and recovery centers.

Grace is an ordained minister of non-denomination. Her religion is a philosophy based on love: acceptance, kindness, serenity and hope, celebrating diversity while communing in unity.

Grace grew up in Atlantic Beach, FL--the eldest of four in a family where her parents are still happily married after 54+ years. She is a proud U.S. patriot and considers herself an honorary military veteran having had both a father, an MS First Class, and former spouse, F/A-18 Hornet Strikefighter -- think Blue Angels -- and P3 pilot, who served in and retired from the Navy. She traveled and lived around the world, including the Philippines, Japan, Spain, Guam, California, South Carolina, Hawaii, Maryland, Florida, Australia and Greece. She has two adult children: daughter Armani and son Andrew, and after having lived in South Carolina, Hawaii and Maryland, Grace is happy to be "back home" in Jacksonville, FL.

 

 

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