Show #286 – Josette Tkacik: A Story Of Determination And Self Healing


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And on this week’s show!

Ever grappled with a chronic illness or diagnosis and felt sure that you could do much more than what was being recommended? I have as has this week’s guest, ex-professional dancer, medical miracle and famed Zumba Instructor Josette Tkacik. This week’s show isn’t filled with healing protocols or step by steps for how to heal rheumatoid arthritis, which put her in crippling pain and had her staring at a lifetime of multiple medications in her early 30s. Josette fully reversed her illness and was declared a medical miracle, but acknowledges everyone’s journey is different. This show is more about sharing a story of hope and looking at what some of the things might be in our lives that aren’t serving us so that we can create change before a crisis. Josette’s story of disordered eating as a professional ballet dancer, through to being an overworked lawyer, through to being someone who took illness as a chance to walk through a new door and inspire thousands is uplifting and affirms the fact that if we’re truly going to heal, a deep, spiritual and energetic evaluation must happen alongside any practical levers we pull through medication, supplements, and diet. As always, this is not medical advice, and please don’t change anything without the guidance of your trusted practitioner(s).

Questions I asked Josette:

  • What was childhood like food/medicine-wise – conventional, convenience-fueled, or hippy parents? 
  • You trained to be a dancer – at Julliard nonetheless! – some of the most athletic training a human could do so I’m guessing you were used to feeling fit and strong and flexible right? When did you feel perhaps there was something up with your health you needed checking out? 
  • How did it feel to be diagnosed with RA?  (if you can answer what kinds of markers are tested to determine RA that would be amazing)
  • What was your darkest moment? The ‘hits you like a tonne of bricks’ moment when you felt it was all just so unfair (ironically one of the things that trap us inside the worst of chronic disease, right?)
  • How rapidly did it progress and when did you have that moment where you thought “this isn’t going to be my story. Do you believe, through your own path that we really do have a lot more power in our potential to heal than we’re offered conventionally? 
  • What did you explore? Did you discover old stories, hidden emotions, and some of the things people like Gabor Maté teach us about as things that can promote disease manifestation? 
  • And so what did you start working on and what did you notice along the way? 
  • What role did deciding to continue your new work as a Zumba teacher through this time despite the pain? 
  • How did your doctor react once you tested for no evidence of disease? Were they curious about how you did it/what was working for you? 
  • What do you wish people believed for themselves about their potential to heal or at the very least improve their lives dramatically while navigating a chronic illness? 
  • What does life look like now? Have you connected with other RA people? Both working through and healing? 


Josette is globally recognized as the world’s most successful Zumba Instructor, a business she created while successfully healing advanced Autoimmune disease. She is a guide, a lighthouse, and a powerhouse in heart-led business and self-empowerment. She is considered an expert in Field in Quantum and Natural Healing; Heart-Led Business strategies and serves as an expert on the four pillars of wellness and the Law of attraction.

Josette was declared a Medical Miracle (No Evidence of Disease) for healing Rheumatoid Arthritis without meds. She has graced the stage at the Staples Center, teaching heart-led business Strategies for the Zumba Corporation as well as Orange County Convention Center as the Keynote speaker for Zumba International Convention (over 10,000 attendees).

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