When I experienced being laid off for the first time in 1999, I decided to start my own business and with a blazing new outlook to never allow all of my financial eggs to be placed in one basket. I learned the power of diversification and leveraging human capital. In 2001, I bounced back from being in a flood for the second time that destroyed most of my possessions and purchased my first home.
In 2007, during severe financial hardship, I was selected as one of 50 participants to attend Tomorrow People Women in Leadership Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
At the beginning of 2009, I obtained the official diagnosis of having Fibroid Tumors and was immediately advised by the doctor to have a $20,000-$30,000 surgery to remove them. This was not feasible due to the fact that I did not have health insurance to cover the astronomical cost. Yet once again in the spirit of a champion I rose to the occasion. I competed in a platform-based pageant to educate women on this common health issue among women at large.
In September 2010, I was crowned the American Image National Woman in Charleston, South Carolina. I suffered tremendously for six years as the tumors continued to enlarge. I was severely anemic as a result. I have experienced the wonderful gift of receiving my health back after surgery in 2014 and married the man of my dreams who loves me unconditionally.