Every woman has a story and like many women my life wasn’t a fairytale. Nothing came easy for me. Born on January 3 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana, I am the third of my two sisters and younger brother. At the age of 6 I along with my sisters and brother had to live with our grand-parents due to our parents’ drug addiction. I began writing poetry and short stories at the age of 8. I was very young, but articulate and I always had a way with words. I never told a normal story, I always had to be creative. My grandmother raised us well until she fell sick and could no longer care for us. When I was 12, we moved in with our father. It was hard for us, but I will forever love and respect my dad for stepping up and doing what most men would not. By the time I was 17 I was pregnant. The father of my child didn’t want to be with me anymore after he found out. At 18 my dad put me out due to family issues. I then found myself alone. Only 18 years old, I didn’t have a clue about life, but I would soon find out the hard way. It wasn’t easy.
Now at only 19 I began a new chapter in my life when I met my love, but it wasn’t always sweet between us. We went through a lot in the first few years of our relationship. I experienced everything dealing with a relationship with one man. I truly believe that we just didn’t know the real meaning of love. We had to work hard, but we managed to pull through. My biggest devastation came at the age of 25. I was with the love of my life, but after two ectopic pregnancies, I lost my child bearing right. After months of depression and feeling sorry for myself I came to terms with my life and I decided that I needed to be there for the one child that I was blessed with. She is a blessing to me and she can never be replaced. After 9 years of being together I married my long time sweetheart. Our life isn’t perfect, but I can honestly say that I am happy. Throughout all my devastation and pain I became the woman I was born to be. If I could go back I wouldn’t change one thing about my past for it made me who I am. My past will never be forgotten and it will forever be my reflection.