I am a published author, freelance writer, a business woman, a mother, a sister, and friend. I am focused on living my dreams and walking into my purpose. It requires changed mindset and changed lifestyle. We are all have purpose and it's our divine responsibility to live in our purpose.
I am honored to be featured in the new magazine Victorious By Design magazine. I shared my story about how I got started as writer, CEO Sistah’s Place, media influencer, and Breast Cancer survivor. The title of the magazine is perfect in itself as the women being featured we are Victorious By Design through our heavenly father. It’s such a blessing to be apart of a historic moment in my fellow author Ann Marie Bryan. Learn more about her at https://www.victoriousbydesign.com/the-ceo-founder
Meanwhile, there are some amazing women in this issue and I was truly honored to grace the pages with some phenomenal women. You can read the October inaugural issue by subscribing to read for free here https://www.victoriousbydesign.com/vbd-magazine.
Black women in 2021 are doing some amazing things together. You don’t want to miss this amazing magazine. Subscribe today and read for free. Again, thank you Ann Marie Bryan for including me in such a wonderful premier. “May God Grant Your Heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 204. Many Blessings to you.
I am on the cover of Sistah’s Place Magazine. Why? Well, I am the CEO and founder of Sistah’s Place, but the real reason is I am a two time breast cancer survivor and I have a story to tell. I want encourage, give hope, inspire, and motivate the next woman who gets diagnoised with Breast Cancer that they can and will make it. I wanted to raise awareness about Breast Cancer as well as be informative with tips, recommended products, and advice for the side effects of chemotherapy.
There is so much that I want to do that I am on a healing journey and a road to discovery who I have become after Breast Cancer. It’s an amazing journey as I allow the holy spirit to use me to connect with other likeminded women. We are warriors anchored in Hope for a cure to Breast Cancer. We are advocates for equal treatment of Black and Brown women in health care crisis. I feel we have to use our voice to tell our stories and stand up to Breast Cancer. We are fighting a battle that some loose their life to but I promise to keep fighting by helping to provide the resources, support, network to connect women who need a warrior to pray them through the war.
One of my favorite scriptures, God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
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Did you know about the many resources available for Breast Cancer patients and survivors? I learned about these resources from Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) Cancer Fighters group. I absolutely love this organization because they provide more than just care for their patients but valuable resources to help mentally, financials, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. As I mentioned on my special podcast yesterday about Breast Cancer tips and resources below is the list of organizations that provide FREE resources to current and past cancer survivors.
Resources for Cancer Patients List
Joe’s House:www.joeshouse.org (nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients and their families find a place to stay when traveling away from home for medical treatment)
American Cancer Society:www.cancer.org (finds accommodations for cancer patients who must travel for outpatient treatment)
HOPE Lodge: 800-227-2345 (gives patients and caregivers a free place to stay while receiving treatment)
Cancer Care:www.cancercare.org (helps with lodging and other financial medical care needs)
Keys for HOPE:www.ecoxplorer.com (offers cancer patients and their caregivers free hotel rooms if they must travel far from home for treatment)
Road to Recovery (American Cancer Society) – 1-800-227-2345 – www.cancer.org – provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
Giving Back/Uber – 1-800-593-7069 – www.uber.com – will help patients find rides to chemo/doctor appointments
Miracle Flights – (702) 261-0494 – www.miracleflights.org – provides free flights to those in need of life-changing medical care
MERCY MEDICAL ANGELS. 888-675-1405 / mercymedical.org. Helps find charitable transportation for patients.
Angel Flight at 1-877-621-7177, www.angelflightamerica.org (is supported entirely by the generosity of the volunteer pilots who donate the costs of every flight, tax-deductible donations from individuals and corporations, and grants from foundations)
Little Pink House of Hope. A non profit organization that provides peaceful beachside retreats at no cost to those battling cancer. www.littlepink.org. Phone 336-213-4733
American Cancer Society – 800-227-2345 offers lots of support in various manners. Great resource.
The National Cancer Institute is an organization that keeps track of all the cancer hospitals across the United States and may be able to help a patient find treatment or a local second opinion/doctor/cancer specialist/hospital: http://www.cancer.gov or (800) 422-6237 (offers clinical trials, and disease specific information); their website also has a great dictionary function for medical terms.
Cancer Care at 1-800-813-4673, www.cancercare.org (offers financial help, education, support groups, talk to a social worker).
Medwise at www.medwisehealthcare.com (offers help to get medications free or at no cost); also Partnership for Prescription Assistance, www.PPARx.org (offers help with prescription drugs and sometimes patients can get them free or nearly free)
Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Patient Assistance Program at 1-866-512-3861, www.copays.org (offers financial assistance to afford co-payments that are required by insurance companies);
Helping Patients, 1-800-762-6491, www.helpingpatients.org (offers links to thousands of patient assistance programs)
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s website you can select “search” to view dozens of links to cancer types, clinical trials, support groups, common side effects, nutrition, and many more resources than I can list here, www.canceradvocacy.org
CANCERCARE CO-PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION. 866-552-6729 / cancercarecopay.org. Helps with co-pays.
WhatNext – provides monthly non toxic house cleaning to all cancer patient regardless of type of cancer for up to one year.www.whatnext.com – 800-227-2345
Be sure to listen to Part 1 of my podcast on Breast Cancer Tips and Resources. I share my own testimony, tips, and products that I used to help me during treatment and after treatment.
I will have more resources that will aid you along your journey in cancer treatment and after care. When I learned of these resources I knew in my heart this is information worth sharing with others. Have you listened to my podcast to hear my tips and advice? Was this list of resources helpful?
Welcome to my segment of Black Women’s Health with this month’s feature Felecia Tucker. She sits down to share her own testimony story that lead to an amazing win for her taking charge of her health. Felecia’s long battle with her health found her doing research looking for a resolution that will help not just her but many women around the world. Let me introduce to you a woman of strength, courage, and dedication. Meet my good friend since middle school Felecia Tucker an author of children’s books, an educator, and founder of Refresh a product that is hear to change women’s lives.
During my Q&A with Felecia Tucker, she is openly honest about her health issues and how she found resolution that would take her out of her comfort zone. God blesses those with vision for a reason and she did not obey the voice.
What underlying health issue did/do you struggle with that you can share with other women? For about three years I dealt with excessive bleeding, first starting heavy in the first year and increasing as time went on. The doctors said I did not have a tumor or cyst or anything that would cause the bleeding. We tried everything including an ablation and in the end the bleeding would start again and oftentimes worse than before.
What were the challenges or obstacles that you faced? One of the challenges I faced was needing to clean my vaginal area several times a day. This caused swelling, sensitivity, and sometimes it just hurt. I had to be mindful of fragrances and soaps because anything that caused my PH to be unbalanced caused a yeast or bacterial infection and sometimes vaginitis, this was on top of the excessive bleeding. It was an ongoing cycle that impacted my quality of life.
Do you feel like doctors overlooked or didn’t understand your health concerns? It is always a concern whether or not a doctor is diagnosing correctly. When I started seeing my doctor in College Park she was amazing because she actually helped me.
What did you do to take control of your health that you can share? I became very intentional about researching my condition. At first I really didn’t know how serious it was until I almost passed out and had to have the first of three blood transfusions.
Were there any changes in diet or holistic approach that you took that you are willing to share? Even before this season of my life I was always mindful of my diet. I didn’t change much. I try to eat healthy and can’t think of anything that would have impacted this experience.
How did you beat your health diagnosis or how did you resolve it? I actually had a partial hysterectomy. The doctors could not figure out why I kept bleeding and I was tired of being weak and sick. So I decided to do it and I am so glad I did.
What are you doing differently today to stay healthy? I am very conscious of my diet and my weight. I try to stay on track as much as I can, by eating mainly fish. I hardly ever eat beef and never pork. I just started weightlifting and of course I continue to exercise. I have a therapist for my mental health, something I highly recommend.
What advice would you give another Black woman who is going through what you have already experienced? Everyone is different and just understanding your body. Being honest with your doctor and your partner will help you make decisions that are best for you. Without my husband being involved I don’t know if I would have made the decisions that I did because I was so sick, he was a blessing through it all.
Tell us about the product you created because of your health issue that would benefit all women? When the bleeding was so excessive and I was constantly cleaning and washing my vaginal area I started searching for an alternative to the big cotton towels. I searched and tried different fabrics. I finally tried bamboo and fell in love. I created the Refresh Towel. A small round gentle towel that feels awesome every time I use it. Not only is it gentle but it is antibacterial. This is important because it helps keep the vaginal PH balanced. Keeping the towels that you use on your face and body separate from the towels you use for your vaginal area just makes sense. I wanted to share my little towel with all women. It is so worth the investment to care for this very delicate area. My website is Refreshu.us and I can be found on social media by searching #refreshubrand or @refreshubrand I would love it if you all liked my pages and follow me.
I thought I drop by with a little Sunday inspiration for all my readers and followers. Have you ever had a sermon touch your spirit so hard that you revisited your “Why”? Well, that happened to me last Sunday when I watched Transformation Church out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pastor Todd preached topic surrounded not living in your devastation. This caused med to reflect on the devastation that I went through these last two years and come to a conclusion my real reason for truly writing the Lucy Mason Series.
The series parts, Worth, Faith, and Heart are all variables that resonated with me along my journey to healing. Take a listen to my video that I made today. I am sharing my story, my journey, and my own testimony to Rising Above my own Devastation.
What are the reviewers saying about Lucy’s Worth? The reviews have been very good. Check some of them out below. I am grateful for all those who have purchased Lucy’s Worth, Part 1 in the Lucy Mason Series. I truly do appreciate all of my readers who have purchased a copy of Lucy’s Worth. I am looking forward to reading more reviews about Lucy’s Worth. It’s great to hear and see the readers thoughts about the characters, what they think will happen in the next book, and the love hate relationship around the characters in the story. I am currently working on the next installment in the short story series titled Lucy’s Faith will release July 13, 2021.
I really enjoyed this short story. I was sad, and mad most of the time. Lucy’s mother was definitely not there for any type of moral, or emotional support. I was happy to see that the sister’s came to her aid. This was definitely a story of someone needing to come into themselves and learn about healthy relationships, it didn’t seem like she had any real healthy relationships growing up. I’ll be waiting for the second book to drop. Thanks for allowing me to enjoy this.
I’m a member of Letrise’s ARC group writing this review. Lucy’s Worth is a short, captivating tale about teenage Lucy with low self-esteem who grows into a young woman and victim of domestic abuse because she didn’t value herself. Her story speaks to teenage and adult women who do not understand how powerful and valuable they are. Lucy did get out of the relationship with help from her sister. But her mother did not provide the advice and support needed in a domestic abuse situation. I wanted to shake the **** out of her mother for being so unsupportive.
Readers of this book will experience a range of emotions at they go through this emotional journey with Lucy. I’m looking forward to seeing how Lucy fares in the next two books in the series.
Lucy’s Worth is a phenomenal short story in a new series about a young woman and some of the things that happens in her life. Some parts might be triggering to some people, but this was such a great read that is packed in a few pages. This emotional story will take you on such a ride throughout the pages. There are characters that are just not likeable in my opinion, as well as some that are so loveable, you wish you knew them in real life. An exceptional book that would be very beneficial for younger ladies to read. There are several themes throughout the story that are great life lessons. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Phenomenal job
I received a copy of the book via the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
This was an emotional story worth being told. It talks about domestic abuse and how to get out before its too late. I’m glad Author Letrise is back writing again. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I cannot believe her mother would encourage her to stay with the man that is abusing her daughter how could she even taught herself a mother seeing some of the words that she said to Lucy. I love her older sister and her sister’s husband I can’t wait to read part two to see if Lucy confronts her mother
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