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Skin Care Product Reviews: The World of Nivea, CeraVe and Dove

How many of you know the importance of having a clear and hydrating skin?  I have tried over the years various of face cleanser products since I have sensitive and dry skin.  I tried Clean N Clear, but it left my face feeling tight and dry and I think my face was a little allergic to it.  I just decided not to use any cleansers on my face for awhile and just wash my face with warm water to see how it does.  Then I started using dove beauty bar to wash my face some mornings and every night especially when I wear make up.  

 

I haven’t tried the Hydrating cleanser, but I will in the near future.  This facial wash goes on really smooth and it leaves my face feeling moist and hydrated.  I can definitely feel the difference between the clean and clear brand and CeraVe brand.  I definitely recommend this brand if you are looking for a good facial wash to use.  We finally have a winner! 

I definitely wanted to try this type of dove soap since I’m always using the pink one and the original.  I grew up using Dove soap ever since I was an infant.  It is so good for your skin and it smells really good!  Now the Dove exfoliating soap smells really good too and it leaves your skin feeling renewed! It even makes my bathroom smell good! I will highly recommend any Dove products.  When it gets really cold, your body gets a little dehydrated and it requires extra moisture on your skin. 

 

Another product I’ve been using for awhile is Nivea.  Actually my dad introduced me to that brand because other lotions I was using wasn’t giving me enough moisture to my body.  I have been using Nivea products for about two years now and I love every moment of moisturizing my skin, hand and feet. 

 

This 48-hour body lotion is really good and I like the fact it has Shea butter in it.  I use Shea butter on my hair as well.

Looking for a reliable hand creme? Nivea Creme does wonders for your hands! Especially in the winter months, it gets the job done.  It’s made small so you can keep it in your car or purse.

 

Nivea Soft smells AMAZING and I enjoy smelling this scent every morning.  The big jar I use on my feet every morning along with Vaseline and Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa foot cream.  Sometimes I will use it on my skin as well.  The tube I use just on my hands and I keep that in my purse and on my desk at work.  I lotion my hands every time I wash my hands so the moisture doesn’t disappear throughout the day.  You can purchase these products at Wal-Mart, any drug store or even Target.  Oh yeah, Amazon carries them as well!

 

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International Author Promotes Sickle Cell Disease through her Children Books

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Jenica Leah is an award winning children’s author and publisher and referred to as one of the UK’s leading ambassadors for sickle cell.  Living with sickle cell anaemia herself, she has battled with the many complications that come with the disorder including having a stroke at 14 and a hip replacement at 25; but she has never let this stop her from being who she is. From being a full-time model to organising and managing catwalks with an international events specialist, Jenica Leah refuses to let her condition hold her back.  After undergoing total hip replacement surgery in 2014, which changed her whole outlook on life and her perception of her illness, Jenica Leah vowed to help others living with the sickle cell condition by being more open about her health and her journey, and by doing more to create awareness and get people talking about it. With her confidence and determination, she doesn’t see life as challenging; instead she sees the world as her oyster with endless possibilities.

 

TRGB Media: Tell us about yourself a little more

Jenica Leah: My name is Jenica Leah and I am a 29-year-old from the UK living with sickle cell SS. Referred to as one of the UK’s leading ambassadors for sickle cell, I share my journey via my blogs Me Myself & sickle cell on my blogsite and on YouTube.. I am also a publisher and the award-winning author of the first children’s book series about sickle cell entitled My Friend Jen which was released in 2016.

TRGB: When did you first learned that you were diagnosed with Sickle Cell?

Jenica Leah: I was diagnosed from birth. My parents both knew they had the trait and knew there was a chance I would have sickle cell. They got the positive results 6 weeks after I was tested at birth.

TRGB: How is your whole experience living with the disease? What symptoms do you suffer the most from?

Jenica Leah: My experience living with sickle cell now is manageable, however it has taken me years of complications and learning to understand my body to get to this point. I would say the symptoms I have suffered from the most aside from bad pain crisis is all the unknown complications that can come with sickle cell as I feel like I have had almost all of them. I always used to have pneumonia as baby and toddler and spent a lot of time in hospital; my first crisis I was around 9 months old. I had a stroke at 14, acute chest syndrome at 16 which very nearly took my life, gall stones throughout my teenage years which lead to me eventually having my gall bladder removed at 24. I was diagnosed with Avascular necrosis in both hips and I had a total hip replacement in my left hip when I was 25 as a result. I have also had multiple blood clots, and liver cholestasis. All complications caused as a result of my sickle cell and the way it has affected my body.

TRGB: Was becoming an author something, you always wanted to do? What was the journey like?

Jenica Leah: I have always loved writing as it is my outlet for certain things. I always find writing about good days allow me to remember how I was feeling and enjoy the moment longer, and writing about bad days or tough times allows me to get it out of my system so I can let it go and not harbor negative emotions. Becoming an author was not something I had planned to do at all but the moment I decided to turn what I had written into a book I was motivated to get it done; nothing and no one was going to stop me. The journey was fun although I encountered a lot of bumps in the road which I had to find a way over in terms of getting my book published.

TRGB: What was the inspiration behind your book “My Friend Jen?”

Jenica Leah: The inspiration behind my book was to be able to give something to children who are growing up living with sickle cell today that would provide them with peace of mind about their condition and also let them know that having sickle cell should not stop them from achieving their dreams — no matter what they are.  Growing up I despised the fact that I had sickle cell and always used to ignore it or try and hide it; mainly because I didn’t understand what it was so it was difficult to explain that to others. With the first My Friend Jen Book it’s a simple way to explain what sickle cell is and the basics of how someone living with it can stay well.

TRGB: I see on your IG page that you have a lot of supporters with your book and movement. How is the marketing going for your book?

Jenica Leah: When I initially published and released my book I honestly didn’t have a marketing plan. I just released it and went with the flow but the feedback and amount of support I had was unbelievable and that’s when I realized that I had created something so beautiful and so beneficial, especially for children who had sickle cell and children with parents who have sickle cell. By that point my book was more less marketing itself, I believe because it is the only one of its kind at the moment.

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TRGB: Since the book release, what type of events has the book participated in?

Jenica Leah: Since the books release It has been nominated for and won awards, been highlighted by news outlets, book stores and in particular has had a major impact in health conferences and pharmaceutical research. I also launched something called My Friend Jen Projects to be able to host my own events for the book which would help those in other communities around the world who may not be able to have access to the book otherwise. The book donation projects have been a huge success so far with regular sponsors and encouragement for it to continue.

TRGB: When does the sequel to the first book come out? Is it the same concept from the first book?

Jenica Leah: The sequel will be released within the next several weeks and is now available to pre-order at a reduced price. My Friend Jen was always intended to be a series of books that follows Jen on her journey growing up with sickle cell so the concept is somewhat the same and readers can learn more about sickle cell and the things Jen goes through.

TRGB: Are you currently working on any new projects?

Jenica Leah: The next major project we have will be the Jamaica book donation project which will take place between January and March 2019. So far, we have done book donation projects in Gambia and Nigeria so we are really looking forward to Jamaica being the 3rd book donation project.

TRGB: How has becoming an author made you a better person?

Jenica Leah: Becoming an author has made me appreciate writers a lot more as I know the depths one has to go through to be able to produce a book that makes a difference. More than anything though, I would say that becoming an author has made me humble and motivated to continue to advocate for sickle cell as I can see how my children’s book and even my blog, has helped people to become more confident in sharing their journeys with sickle cell also.

TRGB: How can readers connect with you?

Jenica Leah: Readers can connect with me via @myfriendjenbooks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They can also keep up to date with everything I have going on including new My Friend Jen releases and updates, projects and events by subscribing to the Me Myself & Sickle Cell blog site:  http://www.jenicaleah.wordpress.com

TRGB: As an advocate of SCD, what types of projects or events do you participate in to bring more awareness in the communities?

Jenica Leah: I try and get involved in as much events in the community as I can whether it’s fundraising events, motivational events or even fun days for children; there is always space to highlight sickle cell. I have also arranged blood donation days to encourage more blood donors and been involved in youth and school projects too.

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Wal-Mart Picks up Possible Cosmetics for Online Selling

Possible Cosmetics is growing each and every day! CEO and Owner Renata Roundtree is making major moves within her company and plans to expand larger into retail stores all over the globe.  Move over MAC and Clinique, Possible Cosmetics will soon be taking over!

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TRGB Media: It’s been a few months since TRGB has interviewed you about your success and beauty line Possible Cosmetics. Since then, what have you been up to?

Renata Roundtree: Oh Honey lol SO much! I think the BIGGEST thing that We’ve been up to is FINALLY getting into Major Retail! Im too excited of course we’ll discuss this more 🙂

TRGB Media: Congratulations on Possible Cosmetics being apart of Wal-Mart online. What was your reaction?

Renata Roundtree: Honestly, lol I still can’t process it, I’ve been secretly going back and forth with Walmart for a long time. I didn’t tell anyone because I really wasn’t sure the outcome! In fact, they denied me first but I literally called, emailed (and Walmart is actually impossible to reach) I did not take NO for an answer! There’s still LOTS of work to do but we’re in there!

TRGB Media: How has sales and marketing been going? Do you have a team that helps you push sales or are you the only one?

Renata Roundtree: Let’s just say I’m not a Millionaire yet lol… I do have a virtual assistant that helps when need be. However, the bulk of the marketing and sales are driven by me or by other channels that I use. Social media has been a big help but I absolutely plan to have a team to help me plan and execute better. Marketing to be honest is my weakness I actually hate it lol

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TRGB Media: Let’s talk about current and future projects. Are you working on anything exciting?

Renata Roundtree: Yes. We are gearing up to hit a MAJOR retailer in Atlanta!!! Everyone knows that ATL is my second home. I can’t announce it just yet, but 1st Quarter 2019 Possible Cosmetics will be in stores in Atlanta GA!!!

TRGB Media: Also, I see that you are the guest speaker for Dreams to Founder Workshop and one of the panel spotlights for Glambitious. Tell us more about that.

Renata Roundtree: Yes, Im EXTREMELY excited to be apart of these events! One thing about me is I enjoy the empowerment portion of business. I like it more then selling Cosmetics lol I was born for it I have a radiant personality I can capture almost any audience I’m in front of and I have a story to tell. I’m serious when I say empowerment is so much more fulfilling to me, I’d much rather be doing these sorts of events more often!

TRGB Media: Are you still teaching young professionals how to start their own make up line? How has that been going?

Renata Roundtree: Yes, I actually just launched our digital course “ How to start a cosmetic line 101” on our website! That’s another thing that I enjoy.  Its selling pretty good and I take pride in helping someone establish a business! I’m a believer that you are able to share the information you have, especially within your community!

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TRGB MEDIA: Does Possible Cosmetics have any new products in store?

Renata Roundtree: We actually just launched our pressed shimmer powders!! The customers are responding to those very well and I’m getting amazing feedback!

TRGB Media: How many years have you been in business?

Renata Roundtree: Well, I started this business journey in 2010 with designing custom shoes! I must admit at that time I had NO idea what I was doing. Lol I just knew I was gifted to create sells, Instagram ads; all those other things didn’t click to me yet until I started Possible Cosmetics in 2016! I’m a much better business owner now.

TRGB Media: What are some unique things that Possible Cosmetics offers that no other make up line offers?

Renata Roundtree: I don’t really see other makeup lines sharing their “secrets” here at Possible Cosmetics. We not only sell you a product, but we sell you information as well.  We also educate you to start your own business. So I’ll say the empowerment part is what is different about us!

TRGB Media: What is next in store for you and your business?

Renata Roundtree: RETAIL, RETAIL AND MORE RETAIL.  We WILL BE in every major retailer in America; I don’t care if it take me forever! We are planning a Possible Cosmetics TAKEOVER. We will be mentioned with the household names like MAC, Loreal, Este Lauder, Cover Girl etc…

TRGB Media: How can readers connect with you and purchase products?

Renata Roundtree: They can purchase our wonderful products along with our Courses at www.Possiblecosmetics.com also on walmart.com put *Possible Cosmetics* in the search bar 🙂

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CEO of Possible Cosmetics Renata Roundtree

 

 

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The Renaissance Man Prescribes a Good Dose of Good Health& Motivation

  1. Tell me more about your career of being a doctor

I am a Behavior Scientist.  I focus on helping individuals, parents, teams, and organizations change their unwanted behaviors to desired behaviors.  This is done by preparing different interventions, based on the individual’s history and life. No two individuals have the same experiences; thus every intervention is different. It is always based on the client’s needs and focus.  

  1. How did growing up in a low-income area make you want to become a better person? Did you face any challenges growing up?

The biggest challenges I faced growing up were having to grow up quickly and realizing that my future depended on my efforts.  Understanding that my Father was addicted to narcotics and spending time in and out of prison, forced me to observe, behave, and act as an adult at a very young age.  I did not have the luxury of a responsibility-free childhood. As my Mother worked hours on end to make ends meet, I knew that whatever I wanted for my future I had to make happen through my efforts. There was no safety net for me to fall back on as I walked the tight rope of life.  Adding academic and athletic excellence into the mix, it taught me a discipline and focus that allowed me to thrive. Seeing what I saw as a young child and understanding the focus needed to succeed, forced me to be the best possible version of myself from a young age. Admittedly, I still struggle at times being my greatest self but the pursuit for excellence is forever present, 

  1. I see that you are doing a lot of great things in your life, has your motivation helped others in their personal lifestyle?

I do believe it has helped others.  That can come in the form of me working with a client, my football players (I coach high school football) wanting to work as hard for me as I do for them, or old friends, family, and former students reaching out asking for my assistance in many endeavors.  It is a form of flattery when someone looks to you as motivation and shares their desire for your help.

  1. When did you decide that you were going to create the “Docs Daily Dose for Dads” podcast? How did you come up with the title?

It has always been an idea, I just wasn’t sure when to start it or what to call it.  I knew helping parents, especially Fathers was something I loved and was one of the best ways for me to be of service to those in the world.  After my first podcast with a friend ended, I knew I had the experience and know how to avoid some of the earlier hurdles and decided to get rolling on Doc’s Daily Dose for Dads.  As for the name itself, it simply came after some brainstorming in my office one night. As soon as I thought of it, I knew that would be the name of the show.

  1. What do you want people to take away from your motivational tips on your podcast?

There are 3 things I really want people to get from my daily tips.  The first is that I am not perfect and will never try to act as though I am.  I am a different cat. I may be the messenger for some and I may not, but that is okay.  Some of the things I share may work or they may not, specifically for you and that is okay as well.  The point is, I am you. The second thing coincides with the first in that I am not telling anyone what to do.  I am offering suggestions and hope to hear feedback from those who listen. It takes a village and that is the concept I am sharing.  Basically, here are some things I know work well and hope they can be of use. Lastly, though I will give insight on mindset and perspective taking, I always have something tangible, an activity you can do to see things change in your life.  So many people who offer advice talk about changing mindset but essentially, they do not provide ways to do so. This leaves the listener excited when they leave but as they enter the real world and do not have actual tangible things to do, they become lost and suffer even further.  My focus is to talk about some mindset issues but to provide everyone with a practical approach that will change behavior, behavior you can see and changes you will observe.

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  1. When did your writing career as an author come about?

I have always loved to write since a very young age.  My Father did a lot of random writing and I believe watching him fill yellow notepads fueled my love for writing.  Observing him is where my writing career began. It was honed further throughout school and when publishing research experiments in graduate school.  The interesting thing is there is no genre in which I defer with respect to my writing. I have written a manuscript for an academic, peer-reviewed scientific journal to a one-man show production to philosophical papers to poetry.  If the idea is present, it can be put on paper.

  1. How many books have you written? Do you plan to write any more books in the near future?

I currently have written one book that I have never attempted to publish (saving it for some reason); a research experiment in an academic journal; a poem for an anthology; an e-book being released before the new year; and am focused on a book now that I plan on publishing.  

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  1. As a motivational speaker, what places have you traveled to speak at? What message do you want people to hear?

I have traveled through the United States to speak including California, Colorado, New York, Florida, and Iowa.  There are many different topics I cover. However, I think the most important is the message of understanding the necessity of the things we deem “negative,” “evil,” “bad,” or any other adjective you can come up with that we do not like as a people.  Everything in this world is inherently linked to it’s opposite. We cannot know short without tall, big without small, or good without bad. As so as everyone fights to stamp out the negative, we give no thought to its necessity. I am not suggesting we do not fight against the things we see as injustice.  What I am saying is that there is no justice without injustice. This allows us fighting for the good to respect the entity we are fighting against and understand that it is necessary for growth. If all the “bad” was demolished and only the “good” was left standing, where do we go from there? There is nowhere to go.  Thus, all growth comes from death and all death begins the process of life. Take this for what you will but know that there is nothing in this world that stand alone without it opposite. They are inherently linked and necessary for not only the balance of life but the essence of life itself.

  1. Are you currently working on any new projects?

There are a few projects in the works.  We are providing workshops, talks, one-on-one services.  There are multiple retreats for parents and their children being developed.  We also have a few video productions in the works as well as a theatrical performance, all meant to stimulate the idea of growth and changing your behavior for the better.  All info on these projects can be found on the website as well as the option to book for any services, workshops or talks.

10) How can readers connect with you? What is the link to your social media, podcast and you tube series?

All of my information is available here.  

Dr. Antonio M. Harrison

Cell: (626) 316-3622

Email: aharrison@rebirthbx.com

Website: www.rebirthbx.com

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Overcoming My Fears and Trusting God

I had a bad day. It was one of those days where I allowed the struggles of my journey to consume me and harden my spirit.

As I sat silently on my couch I found myself thinking, “I will never know what it’s like to bring a child into this world, I will never experience motherhood, I will never this…I will never that…I will never.

I approached my husband and said, “I’m having one of those days. I don’t know about this kid thing. I don’t know if IVF or IUI is going to work. I don’t know if we’re going to get to experience being parents. I don’t know if….” and that’s when he stopped me and said, “Do you not trust God?” I replied, “Yes, but…”

Then stop worrying. All that is is fear. The devil wants you to be discouraged by making you believe that our journey will end without kids.” He said.

I sat silent for a moment because he was right.

He continued saying, “When that happens you have to stop and pray. No matter how you feel. Trust God Teresa. He will give you the desires of your heart. We will have children no matter what route we take. You do your part and let God do his.”

He was speaking the truth.

No, I didn’t walk away encouraged and ready to tackle my fears. I walked away feeling convicted because I really doubted God. I allowed the fear that crossed my mind to tackle my heart.

In that moment I prayed and asked God to forgive me for doubting him. Forgive me for thinking that he wouldn’t do what he said he would. Forgive me for thinking so negatively. Forgive me for allowing doubt to ruin my spirit. Forgive me…

Today is better. I’m working on tackling the fears that have been trying to attack my mind. I’m working on not allowing those thoughts to consume me. I know it’s going to get better. I trust God that it will.

 

 

 

When Your Plans Aren’t Working

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

By Teresa Adams

You see – since I could remember children have always been something that I wanted. I love them – even the ones that need a little extra loving. I started babysitting at the age of 12 and loved all the phases of it. I loved walking the kids to the park, watching them play, walking them back to the house while singing songs, styling all the little girls hair, rough housing with the boys and reading bedtime stories.

I always told myself I wanted a big family – four kids – three boys and one girl. I wanted to start my family no more than two years after I got married. I prayed that the first three would be the boys and the last the girl.

Y’all. I had this planned and nothing was going to stop me; so I thought.

It was at the second year of marriage when I noticed that my plan was falling apart. My dreams of motherhood was slowly but surely slipping away. It was at that time that I began to feel hopeless.  

Fast forward a few years – “When are you both planning on having children?” “You’ve been married that long and don’t have any little ones? Well, what are you waiting for?” “You better start having kids before you get too old.”

For years I would respond in a way I assumed would please the person asking. I would answer with one of the three canned retorts:

“My husband is getting out the military and we’re relocating.”

 “We’re not ready right now. My husband is getting his Bachelors and I’m working on my Masters.”

“We’re relocating soon and would like to wait until we get settled in to our new destination.”

I responded for whatever season I was in at the time. However, the truth was I was having trouble and Endometriosis was the reason.  

I remember the first time someone asked me a question about having children. I wanted to respond truthfully but I was ashamed, embarrassed and quite frankly not strong enough to answer any follow up questions. My embarrassment and shame eventually turned to anger and rage. I was so tired of all the baby questions. I wanted to scream LEAVE ME ALONE. But, all I could do was respond according to my season, fake a smile, go home and drown myself in tears.

So here is the truth…

I am 32 going on 33. My husband and I have been married 9 going on 10 years. We’ve been trying for 8 years with no success and I’m trying to stay strong and trust God. But if I can be honest – it’s hard.  

My life without children is a hard pill to swallow. However, God renews my peace and strength daily so that I can keep fighting and pushing through. This is all in God’s plan and I rather his will be done than my own.

I don’t know what difficulties you’re facing today. It could be the same struggle I’m facing or it could be something completely different. But what I do know is that in the good times and the bad God is good.

The devil will come during your most vulnerable moments and try to convince you that God doesn’t care about what you’re going through and doesn’t love you enough to do anything to help you. Don’t listen. Instead, remember this:

  • God is Good
  • God loves you
  • God is a healer
  • God always wants the best for you

I know God will grant me the desire of being a mother one day. So until then I’ll wait patiently in peace because I know in the end when I see my child it would have been nothing but the promise of God.

 

Teresa is a Health and Awareness Blogger

 

 

 

Breaking News: President H.W. Bush hospitalized just one day after Lady Bush was buried

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Just one day after his wife Barbara Bush was buried, the former president contracted an infection that spread to his blood.  Bush suffered other health problems such as pneumonia last year in January.  The 93-year old also suffers from vascular parkinsonism … a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson’s disease.  The treatments that he is currently taking are working and he seems to be recovering just fine.

 

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So ALL Women don’t experience this?: My Story living with Endometriosis

 

Written by Teresa Adams

 

I sat there laying on the floor, curled up in a ball, with vomit to the left of me. The pain that I was feeling was unbearable. I assumed I was going through the normal process of womanhood. “MOM!!!” I tried to say as loud as I could but it would only come out as a whisper. I pulled the little bit of energy I had left, took a deep breath and screamed “Mommy!!!” My mother came in the room and asked me “What’s wrong? Is it that time again?” I responded with a weak “Yeah”. She then proceeded to attempt to move me from the floor to the bed. “I can’t move. It hurts too much. My legs are numb, my back hurts and I feel like I’m going to throw up again” I cried. The look on my mom’s face said it all…”Every female doesn’t experience pain like this”.

I was 14 when the pain started to interrupt my life. During those episodes I was unable to carry out my day to day operations. As a result of the pain I would either end up on the floor in the fetal position or in my bed unable to move. I didn’t know what this was and I assumed all of my female friends were going through this the same way. But, after paying close attention I noticed they weren’t. I would see them pop an Advil and go to class or take a Motrin and get ready for track practice. Why was I bedridden? Why did I have to rely on narcotics? Why was I always in the ER? Why would I have to miss school/class a few days out of the month?

In 2010, my doctor said the words “You’ve got stage four Endometriosis. The worst case I’ve seen in a young woman your age,” that statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I had so many questions. What was Endometriosis? Is there a cure? If not, was there any medication I could take to relieve the pain? Absolutely nothing was the pain reliever. I was looking at a future with this disease that I knew nothing about and definitely didn’t know how to spell. The next several years I would make friends with all the nurses in almost every nearby hospital. I ended up losing friends who felt like I was a burden. I fell into a deep depression and distanced myself from my loved ones. I turned bitter and angry at myself and took

that anger out on everyone around me. I was hurting physically and emotionally. My heart was filled with so much guilt, shame, anger and bitterness. I often thought, “If living with this disease meant I would have to feel like this 24/7 I’d rather die”. But God…

In 2017, God began to turn things around for me. He turned things around not in the physically sense but, in the spiritual sense. 2017 was the worst part of my journey physically. However, God began to do a work in me and gave me a peace that I still can’t explain. I’m no longer experiencing the pain once a month. I now experience the pain every day. But the peace I have in my heart has helped me get through. Sometimes I still doubt and cry but I don’t allow that to keep me stuck in my feelings too long. I am fighting every day for myself and for my endo sisters. This is not the end for us, it’s only a part of our journey.