Before August 20th, 2014, the ability to take tragedy or negative experiences and turn them into a positive tool to encourage and inspire others is not an ability I ever thought I would have. How I saw my life had already begun to change prior to that date. However, 40 minutes inside the narrow white space of the magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) wearing large headphones as I listened to a gospel station on Pandora is where true change begin to happen.
I remember thinking that regardless of the outcome, I would not only live my life different but I would live my life out loud and without apology. You see, prior to that I was living in a silent darkness and holding on to the secrets of my pain and misery. However, in less than an hour after my spaceship-like musical ride was over, the change was confirmed along with a macro-sized tumor at the base of my brain. I knew then that my purpose had been defined and that a great work was going to be required of me once the tumor was removed and my health was restored.
That great work consisted of me sharing my testimony and my drive to overcome to as many people that would listen. I did not know a even greater change was coming when my task was expanded and challenged me to go deeper into my experiences, my past and my former darkness to share parts of me that I purposely "forgot" about. This great change is what has birthed, Tell the Whole Story.
Since the release of the book, I have been overwhelmed by the response and feedback that my story mirrors the story of so many women and men. It pains me that so many have had similar experiences but it overjoys me that their story could be told through my words and the obeying of my purpose.
I am forever grateful for the continued changes in my life but I am even more grateful for finally embracing those changes and continuing my journey to become amazing on purpose.
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My goal is to take the time to focus on another "ROSE" in need and seek ways to bless, support and encourage her through her current challenges.