I first met Jessica Chernila in the early 2000s when her father Lenny Chernila was hosting a weekly Open Mic at the Mercury Cafe. This was a very special time in my life and I fell in love with her family at that time. I was inspired and was nourished to witness this intergenerational family spirit of her bringing her young son to community poetry events and sharing this art of expression as a family.
Fast forward 10 years and I was delighted to reconnect in 2019 when her daughter and mine started training Karate together at Enshin Karate. She would teach Yin Yoga & QiGong at the dojo and we would train alongside our children in this unique intergenerational community, and again, I was inspired by her as a fellow single-mama.
In 2020 she joined our team at the Denver Recovery Lounge, offering massage therapy in combination with our Infrared Sauna & foot detox. We begin dreaming about sharing her daily QiGong health and immunity routine with the community. In mid-2021 she was diagnosed with Lymphoma and has begun chemotherapy.
At every step of the process she is such a shining light and beacon of health, modeling self-care and wellness and leadership in how to harmonize western and holistic health into a comprehensive approach to wellness. During this time, we are excited to support her both with services in the Recovery Lounge to help revitalize her organs and detox after each round of chemo, and through raising funds to support her family while she rests & regains strength.