“I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” Psalm 9:1
This time last year, I would have just received my 3rd round of chemotherapy. A month prior, I was at U of M Hospital for my 3rd kidney biopsy in 4 years. After years of doctor appointments, and unanswered questions, it was then that I learned that my kidneys were only functioning at 14%. At 10% I would have needed a kidney transplant, and dialysis, but God!
On October 12, 2017 I was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis. The damage to my kidneys were so severe that the recommended treatment was to begin chemotherapy immediately. I was shocked, heartbroken, and confused – yet I never lost my faith. I trusted God, who is the Great Physician. My Jehovah Rophe- The God who heals!
I received chemo treatments for 6 months, with my last round being in March of this year. As a wife and a mother of a 2 year old, it was the most challenging experience I’ve ever faced. I oftentimes felt guilty for how sick I was, how tired I was, and how much pain I was in. But thank God for a supportive and loving family that never left my side. I am still on the road to recovery, and I still have a long way to go, but I thank God that my kidney function is improving. I am also grateful that the markers for Lupus are no longer showing up in my lab reports! My doctors think that I will have Lupus for the rest of my life, but I serve a God that can do the impossible. By faith, I received my healing, in Jesus’ name.
Prior to receiving my diagnosis, I launched my very first business, a t-shirt line, however my illness did not allow me the time, or energy to keep up with the demands. After I received my last round of chemo, I began praying for an opportunity to earn more money, to use my Business Degrees, and to help secure a future for my son. In September, I discovered Paparazzi Accessories. I loved the fact that they offered affordable and fashionable jewelry for only $5! I loved seeing how the company encouraged, inspired and uplifted women. This was truly beautiful to see because as I was receiving chemo, my self-confidence took a mighty blow. I would cry as I looked at myself in the mirror. I was embarrassed to be seen. For the most part, I stayed in my house, unless I was going the the hospital, doctor appointments, or to pick up prescriptions. To see this company with a mission and desire to build women’s self-confidence, I was impressed, to say the least.
Fear tried to deter me, as I began questioning myself saying “Can I do this?” What if I fail? What if no one supports me?” However, one night, I had a dream, and it gave me the courage that I needed to step out on faith and sign up to start my own business as an Independent Consultant for Paparazzi Accessories!
In these last 2 months alone, I have stepped out of my comfort zone in ways that I’ve never imagined. I have been blessed to meet some phenomenal women, including the beautiful women of RG4C! For that, I am forever grateful. Paparazzi Accessories has allowed me to help increase our household income, pay off some of my debt, as well as begin a savings fund for my son’s college education. Investing in myself has been the greatest reward. I am in constant prayer over my business and I believe God will continue to show Himself mighty as I press forward on this journey to financial freedom. Amen!
If you’re interested in becoming an Independent Consultant, or just want to learn more about how Paparazzi has helped me, feel free to reach out! I can answer any questions that you may have.
Thank you so much, RG4C for allowing me to share my testimony with the world! I pray that anyone that may read this will be blessed abundantly and choose Faith over Fear all of the days of your life.