I Survived...Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

I Survived...Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

On September 30, 2016, Nicole was diagnosed with Stage 2 Mediastinal Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. At that time, Nicole didn’t know much about the disease or anyone who had it. Following her diagnosis, Nicole endured months of aggressive inpatient chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. While receiving treatment, Nicole was inspired to give back after receiving a care package from volunteers. God placed a calling on Nicole’s life to use her diagnosis to help others and bring awareness to Lymphoma. It was on Nicole’s hospital bed that the Nicole Cares Foundation was born.

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We Survive...and We Thrive!

We Survive...and We Thrive!

The survivor series was birthed out of my personal belief that we are united by shared experiences.  I wanted women to come together, to share their stories in a space free of judgement and critique and my prayer was that their stories would help free someone else.  It wasn’t just about writing about the bad things that happened to us but about how we survived them, how we thrived in spite of the obstacles and how resilient we are.  I just knew this series would be powerful and inspiring.

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I Survived...Domestic Violence

I Survived...Domestic Violence

When I was growing up, there was always family in the house.  The only thing i saw was love, affection, singing and dancing.  I remember it was just fun and so much love until i turned 13.  My life became hell after that.   Abuse from my mother’s ex and  two years of abuse from an ex-boyfriend. I never understood why men felt the need to put their hands on a woman.  The world became a very different place, full of evil and hate, madness and hurt, depression and death.  I started journaling a few months ago because i was finally ready to face my demons.  I have more than one story of domestic violence, but this one sticks out more than the others because I grew up with him.  He was my childhood sweetheart;  my first Love, my first kiss and my first date.  It had been 14 years since we dated when we decided to try the relationship again; this time as adults.    Prior to our reconnection,  he was dating someone I knew.   I heard it was violent but I foolishly thought, this was me. I was the love of his life. He would change for me…wouldn’t he?

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I Survived...Emotional Abuse

I Survived...Emotional Abuse

When we think of what a survivor looks like, we often think about a person with physical scars, evidence that proves they have been through hell and back. However, survival is often skin deep and nearly invincible. I am that survivor. The survivor that displays no physical scars of being through hell and back.

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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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