THE phrase life-changing is thrown about a bit.
But when you fall pregnant years after losing part of your cervix to cervical cancer, life-changing is the best way to describe it.
A few years ago Renee Smith attended a mind, body and soul retreat presented by Like Chocolate for Women authors, Fleur Whelligan and Kim Morrison.
She was captivated by the inspirational message from these women, whom she christened the Chocky Chicks, and couldn't put down their book.
She asked her husband for the duo's Twenty8 oils and skincare products for her birthday one September.
He went one better and arranged a private treatment at Fleur's home.
"I started my daily body-boost ritual," Renee said.
"Kim had said to face the things we hate straight on and be kind to them, so I started to.
"In December I had been sick for several weeks and I went for a scan to be told I was 12 weeks' pregnant.
"And that is a miracle in itself, because hubby and I had not been able to have children since Taleah in 2004 when I'd lost part of my cervix to cervical cancer."
Ms Morrison said the retreat was aimed at anyone wanting to know how to make positive changes in their lives.
"This retreat will cover mindset, how to eat real food, simple exercise, self-care, rituals, chemical-free living, weight loss, projections, perceptions, aromatherapy, auto-immunity, grain-free living, depression, laughter ... pretty much everything," Ms Morrison said.
She will be joined by nutritionist Cyndi O'Meara and motivational speaker Carren Smith for a seminar in Mooloolaba this weekend.
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