Life is an adventure waiting to be lived. I encourage everyone to live like jazz -- freely and with pleasure.
About Jeanette Stephens-El a/k/a Raining Deer
I have been a celebrity publicist and a breast cancer “victor” -- one of 4 sisters to have the disease. Named 2012 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, my professional and cultural background gives me a unique perspective on survival, which only adds to my fairytale-like journey. During the exciting years that I worked in the “Magic City” with t.v. & film star Philip Michael Thomas, MIAMI VICE lit up everyone’s television screens. I later took a mini-break from jet-setting and dining on Paris’ Champs Elysees, and met and married a medicine man on the Cox Osceola Seminole Reservation. Insights I gained through both relationships helped to prepare mer for the trauma I would later experience when diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, writing under my spiritual name, Raining Deer, I pours my passion for life into helping others:
*Deal with crisis
*Empower self to rise above the storm
*Celebrate after crying
I'd like to share my story with your employees, support group, members, students, associates or congregation. You will gain a new perspective on principles of wellness.
A PINK PARTY is one way I share my breast cancer story with groups, as well as my life adventures. It is a celebration; it’s reflection and inspiration. Based on my book, BCV: Rites of Passage for Breast Cancer Victors, my Pink Party breaks the ice over a cup of warm tea to talk about a condition that threatens 1 in 8 women in the U.S., and its racial and ethnic disparities.
At Pink Parties I mix it up by sharing my experience at the highest level of celebrity in a playground for the rich and famous with Breast Cancer Survival 101. My account is candid, humorous, spirit-filled and features festive gift-giving. The Pink Party is a vehicle to remove the mystery from the disease while emphasizing complimentary medical therapies, the importance of early detection and sharing triumph thru testimony. The event leaves attendees feeling empowered because you learn to “walk in your own power” when trauma comes. The rites of passage referenced in my book, BCV, engages friends and family in the healing process for any malady, showing you how to weather adversity by diving into divinity.
“When a group of your closest family and friends gather to plead openly to the universal Holy Spirit for your healing – it is truly AWESOME!”
SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE - I have been a fundraising chairman for the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (http://firstname.lastname@example.org) for several years. A breast cancer survivor, I am the author of BCV – Rites of Passage for Breast Cancer Victors; 10 Tips to Avoid Breast Cancer (Unless it’s in the Genes)”; T-Time: A Rites of Passage Manual for the Adolescent Female; and Rivers of My Mind, a poetry collection. A speaker-in-demand, I have motivated hundreds at events such as a Victoria's Secret regional conference and thousands at Race for the Cure events. I have appeared in publications and programs from Miami to New York, including radio and television and have been featured in ABC News.com, the Philadelphia Tribune, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, The Atlanta Constitution, Boomer Living.com (http://www.boomerliving.com), WOW Magazine, The Miami Herald, and in various publications from South Florida to California. A member of the International Women’s Leadership Association, I was named a 2012 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. A recipient of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Candace Award and the William R. Klaus Community Service Award in Philadelphia, I was featured in the 2010 book, Forever Young at 50+. I am a contributing author of the newly published Gratitude Book Project 2013 - Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude (http://www.thegratitudebookproject.com).