I Survived...Sexual Violence

I Survived...Sexual Violence

It’s the story of lost innocence and black girls whose childhoods were robbed of them, their words filled with pain and trauma fall on deaf ears in our own community. Picked apart and judged by those who are supposed to protect us.  Abusers find refuge in our silence because they know they won’t be held accountable for their actions.  Victims violated repeatedly by their abusers and by a community that doesn’t value or protect them.   Young black girls and Black Women are forced then to become their own alchemists, searching for healing and understanding but lacking the tools to heal from an unimaginable trauma.  And you wonder why our smiles begin to fade and our exteriors harden…It’s our new armor because our world becomes different.  We’re trying to shield ourselves because we were left…unprotected. -D. Sanders (From the Blog Post, "She Said....She Said")

Today, I bring you, Survivor, Tierra Clark, who bravely and courageously chose to share her story. 

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I Survived...Breast Cancer

I Survived...Breast Cancer

Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women.  Today, Guest Blogger, Alene Adams shares her story of survival.

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I Survived...Ovarian Cancer

I Survived...Ovarian Cancer

I was reminded of a handful of people who are, in one way or another, a part of the same club as I am. Kanye West; Kathy Bates; Aron Ralston; Chris Gardner; Antwan Fisher; the passengers of La Amistad; the passengers of the Andes Mountain crash; Solomon Northup. These individuals have survived something significant at some point in their lives. They are among an elite group of individuals who, by their very own lives, prove that will and ethereal grace will bring anyone out of anything. I, Kawana Nicole Williams, like those names before mine, am a survivor. But I didn’t just survive my diagnosis: I survived the aftermath of it.

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I'm Surviving...This Thing Called Life

I'm Surviving...This Thing Called Life

"Survival of the Weakest." What an oxymoron, right?  I mean, we have all been conditioned to believe that only the strong survive.  That survival is of the "fittest."  And in a lot of cases, that thinking is correct.  But today, today I want to challenge your thinking and invite you to take a journey with me into this notion of the weakest survive.

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Introduction to The Survivor Series!

Introduction to The Survivor Series!

he Survivor series is a collection of stories written by women just like you and I. Stories filled with pain and trauma, transformation, strength, and healing.  In each of these stories, you will see women who found their inner strength and who chose to not only survive but thrive. 

It is my honor to present these stories to you this month. As you read them, I hope you are inspired to push through whatever is seeking to break you or keep you from achieving your God Given purpose and destiny

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