The Roots

Tameka Johnson, a retired Special Educator, mother of one, and blogger, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 13.  Eighteen years into remission, she received the diagnosis stage II HER2-positive, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in 2013, at age 31. The disease remained in remission from 2013-2016 when her doctors confirmed that her cancer had metastasized to her left lung and collar bone.  After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 1994, Tameka knew that it would be her God-given purpose to share her story with the world.

Due to the progression of the disease in 2016, Tameka had to begin chemotherapy for another 4 months and is now stage IV. Currently, she receives treatment to maintain that stability of the disease. Although, she remains what the doctor calls stable her doctors have confirmed that the disease has traveled to her spine.

It was not until 2013 that Tameka began to share her life and story with others through her blog Evolving Soul; the spiritual, personal, and soul evolution of a young woman that is thriving despite her diagnosis and current battle with breast cancer. Tameka remains hopeful that a cure will soon be developed and that she will live a long and prosperous life with her daughter London.


In the early parts of her re-diagnosis, she realized she had to change her mind about Breast Cancer. She couldn’t be angry at it anymore, she had to learn to see life and things differently each day. She decided that she had to use cancer the way that it was using her. She had to make an example out it.


While cancer threatened to end her life, it’s renewed her and has given her a purpose to encourage and strengthen others. To get here, Tameka had to persevere and understand that there was something more significant to come through her battle and that something is her story. Through a combination of courage, faith, and personal evolution- Tameka uses her story to empower others while becoming the woman; God intends for her to be.

 

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A Season Of Opportunity




There have been so many times in my life where I felt like something was occurring because God needed my attention. I remember feeling this way before I made the decision to retire. Yes, my health was and is the number one reason why I am no longer teaching but spiritually I know it's bigger than that. My purpose on this earth is bigger than what I was doing in the classroom. However, I was so focused on moving to the next level that I began to lose focus of that purpose. That's when God stepped in.


At the beginning of this quarantine, I remember telling myself that God was going to use this time of stillness to speak to those who are willing to listen. I believe there is an opportunity for healing, growth and maturation in this season that is beyond where we could have ever imagined seeing ourselves. There is an opportunity to reflect on where we've been and where we are going. I believe that this time of stillness will offer us an opportunity to free ourselves from those things and people that are holding us hostage. We will begin to gain wisdom and insight into things that weren't clear. God is giving us an opportunity to reset, readjust, regroup, and realign ourselves with his will. The question is, are you going to take the opportunity to allow him to lead?


It may seem so dark right now for so many people but we have to be reminded of Psalm 23:4 "Even though I WALK THROUGH the valley of the SHADOW of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU ARE WITH ME; your rod and your staff, they comfort me". We are walking through this season with God as the light that cast over the darkness creating that shadow. God is that light at the end of this very dark time we are going through. We have to remember that we are seeds planted for growth, not burial. God is the light that provides the nourishment we need to produce fruit. So I encourage you to be wise in how you are using your time of stillness. Don't come out of this season the same. Come out of this season ready and willing to evolve into who you are destined to be.


Evolve with me!


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