Post Op Positivity for Breast Cancer Survivors

In addition to the arduous physical rehabilitation challenges inherent in the breast cancer surgery and treatment process, survivors also inevitably contend with the psychological distress triggered by the diagnosis opines Arlene Nelson, a survivor and founder and proprietor of Pink Stone Place, a company which provides survivors with a range of options in breast forms and specialty pocketed apparel.

Arlene, whose entity is a JN Rewards merchant partner, says finding a path to regaining or even enhancing a positive self-image and outlook is an important component of the lifelong process of recovery and renewal.

She was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in her late 20s. With no family history of breast or other cancers, nor any personal history of ill-health up to that point. She described the diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy and treatment as nothing short of surreal.

“As far as I was concerned I had a blueprint for my life and I was in the process of building successfully to spec. I had finally settled on a master’s degree in business, having experimented with software engineering and Spanish,” Arlene told her story.

“I was married a few years and was now the happy caregiver for a toddler a little over a year old.  The breast cancer fight was an incredibly disruptive and destabilising experience to be sure.”

Arlene benefited tremendously from the support of family and friends, in the face of what she described as a “brutal” treatment plan in which she was given chemotherapy and radiation treatments above standard because of the aggressiveness and advanced stage of her disease. For her, the support she received bolstered her, as she strived on the mantra: “As long as my eyes open in the morning, I’m getting up!”

As her recovery progressed, Arlene became intimately familiar with the challenges survivors face in sourcing post-op products that adequately support a return to active life. The knowledge created an opportunity for a convergence of her survivorship journey and entrepreneurial instincts.

A futile search for desperately needed products one day led to an epiphany, as she thought that perhaps many other survivors were experiencing similar challenges. Pink Stone Place was her response.

The business spent considerable time in beta-testing mode, Arlene said, as she conducted research and basic due diligence to ensure the business would provide the value she felt survivors needed and deserved, before launching in March of this year.

“We are an ecommerce venture which emerged from and will continue to be driven by a tremendously important social issue,” she asserted.

“After the survivor absorbs the ‘shock and awe’ of diagnosis, surgery and treatment, a spirited, conscious determination to live well inevitably forms. That will manifest differently for every survivor, but the common thread is the need for products that restore a balanced appearance after breast surgery, allowing for a confident return to a fully functional lifestyle on her terms. The world is still turning, after all.”

Members of The Jamaica National Group receive discounts and exclusive promotions starting from a base five per cent with additional offers available from time to time. In addition to accessing these benefits through the primary retail channel at, JN members are also able to access benefits at special marketing events such as Relay for Life.

Founding the Pink Stone Place has given Arlene a sense of satisfaction through her promotion of a social good, which arose from personal traumatic health crisis.

“Given my intimate understanding of the struggles associated with survivorship, it is incredibly rewarding to be able to discuss product options with customers with credibility and authenticity, and connect with both survivors and caregivers with a genuine understanding.”

Survivors and caregivers can visit the Pink Stone Place to explore its products at; follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram at @pinkstoneplace; or, they can send an email to:; or call 876 490 4988.

Fix Up Yuh House with JN Rewards This Christmas!

Christmas is here again! In addition to merry making and jolly festivities, Christmas is the season for showing our homes some love with that special face lift, whether that may be a new paint job, changing the décor or just purchasing new household items.

There are several JN Rewards partners who can make your life a whole lot easier by facilitating your Christmas ‘fix up’ needs at affordable prices. By showing any of your JN cards, you may receive as much as 20 per cent off your purchases at several JN Rewards merchants this festive season. Here are a few JN Rewards partners which can “help you find a way” to fix up your house this Christmas:

  1. Living Spaces– Need a new couch, mirror or dining room set this Christmas?  Living Spaces has a wide range of fine furniture, art and accessories to compliment virtually every room in your house. Each piece sold in this store has been specially handpicked and brought in from areas such as South, Central and North America and Indonesia. Swipe your JN card and get 10 per cent off your purchase.
  2. Sherwin-Williams– One of the best things you can do to spruce up the look of your home is by painting it. Sherwin-Williams has been a household name for years and offers a variety of paints in almost any colour you can think of! This partner not only stocks decorative paints but also furniture finishes which can give your old furniture a brand new look. In addition to the 10% discount that you will receive when you swipe your JN card, Sherwin-Williams will give you another 15% off most paints and up to 40 per cent off some. This is a Christmas gift that your home deserves; this is a Christmas gift that you deserve!
  3. H&L Rapid True Value– ‘Build. Renovate. Decorate’ is the tagline for H&L Rapid True Value and appropriately so! This hardware and home improvement store is a one-stop shop; just about everything you need for your home can be found on one of their many aisles. Paints and accessories, door and tiles, lighting and fans, kitchen and bathroom accessories are just some of the categories of items that can be sourced at this JN Rewards partner. There are locations in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville, Clarendon and Kingston, so find one near you and enjoy a 5% discount on your purchase when you swipe your JN card. The store also has 20% off Berger paints and 10 per cent off all other paints. Furthermore, if you purchase any Black & Decker, Stanley or Dewalt product, you become eligible to participate in a promotion where you can win a bike! Vroom vroom into 2018!
  4. FosRich Group of Companies– Light up your world this Christmas with FosRich! FosRich has a wide variety of chandeliers, hanging, wall and table lamps, fans, bulbs and other lighting fixtures and devices. A new lighting fixture can be just the piece you need to add that edge to your home. Enjoy 5% off with JN Rewards today at any of their four locations!
  5. Singer We all need appliances in our homes and it may be time to throw out that old refrigerator or get a new stainless steel stove. Singer has got you covered this Christmas! Swipe any of the 6 JN cards and get up to 7% discounted from your purchase. Your home will love you for it!

Let JN reward you this Christmas! Enjoy discounts at our JN Rewards partners while you fix up your home!

JN Rewards Programme Expands to Florida

Hazelle Rogers (center), Mayor of the city of Lauderdale Lakes supported the JN team of Debbie-Ann Williams (left), Partnership and Community Relations Officer, JN Bank and Carmen Bartlett, Regional Manager of JN Money Services (USA) during the launch event held recently at the JN Money Transfer Office in Lauderdale Lakes.

JN Bank has extended the reach of its JN Rewards Discount programme for members with the launch of its first Florida merchant partners, in the United States of America (USA).

The five new partners who are based in Fort Lauderdale, will provide discounts of up to 20% on the purchase of goods and services from their operations by JN Card holders.

Speaking at the launch event held for Florida merchants recently, at the JN Money Transfer Office in Lauderdale Lakes, Carmen Bartlett, regional manager of JN Money Services (USA) said, that the “JN Reward programme is  one of the ways the organisation has sought to demonstrate its appreciation to clients.”

“JN has maintained strong relationships with its customers, and through this programme, we are now able to provide tangible benefits to everyone, who will be able to access discounts from their favourite retailers,” she explained.

The programme provides discounts on the purchase of goods and services made by holders of JN Debit and Credit Cards, the JN Money Transfer and the JN Retirement scheme cards, at more than one hundred merchant partner locations across Jamaica; and is now available in Florida. Persons visiting Jamaica will also be able to use their JN Cards to access discounts from these merchants.

The new Florida-based merchants who joined the programme include: CCJ Solutions (multi-purpose store), Dave’s Jamaican Bakery, Shoppe Jamaicans Grocery Store,  Sam’s West Indian Grocery and D & L Caribbean Grocery.

Mrs Bartlett pointed out that holders of JN Money Transfer Cards will be the most immediate beneficiaries under the JN Rewards programme, “as they would be more likely to have that card, as opposed to the other recent JN branded cards.”

“JN Money Transfer customers can, therefore, benefit from discounts via the JN Money Transfer rewards programme. This is also one of several ways in which we continue to say ‘thank you’ to our loyal customers,” she maintained.

However, Mrs Bartlett, noted that JN members visiting Florida will also be able to benefit from the programme at these locations by showing their other JN cards, which are issued in Jamaica.

In Jamaica, the JN Rewards programme continues to expand across the country; and includes the providers of hotel accommodation, beauty and health care and recreational services.