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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Updated: Dec 11, 2019

One thing I always say is that my God-given purpose is for me to share my story with others and it's been my purpose since before I was even thought of. I never really wanted to talk about cancer that has tried to kill me or the life experiences that I had gone through because I felt like talking about it was giving it life. However, with telling my story, I've come to realize that my battles are more relatable than not. There are so many people experiencing the same things in life and need to hear the story of someone else to help them get through their trial. Life will sometimes get you to a place where you can't pull yourself up out of the pit you are in but the words of someone else just might encourage you to take the steps needed to get you out.


Cancer Wellness Magazine is an online lifestyle magazine that shares the stories of cancer survivors/fighters, resources, events, and so much more for those in the cancer community. I've been battling this thing called cancer for a while now and with each battle have come different emotions. Last month, I did an interview where I shared my story with Cancer Wellness Magazine. I don't think I've ever been so nervous in my life. Even through my nervousness, I told my story with truth and honesty. I was vulnerable in ways that I had not been in a while. Sharing my story/testimony is an outlet for me. I feel like with each time, I learn something new about what this life is teaching me. While the struggle is definitely real, this process is giving me more insight into me. I'm accessing the Tameka that God has always intended for me to become and it's a great feeling!


We may not always think so but we all have a story to tell. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my story on different platforms. I pray that it continues to bless those that it is intended to reach. Check out my interview with Cancer Wellness Magazine at https://cancerwellness.com/essays/tameka-johnson-evolving-soul-breast-cancer/




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