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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How Bold Is Your Faith?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

When we are aligned with God and on the road to our purpose there is peace and not confusion in the steps you take. I'm not saying that we won't experience the trials and tribulations of life but when it comes to the steps we take to get to our purpose, we will have peace if we walk by faith. In late 2018, I realized that I had somewhat of a distorted view of what I thought my purpose was. Being an educator and mentor, I thought I was always supposed to work with young people. I felt like it was my purpose in life. One thing I had always known is that I was to work in ministry. I had been working with my sister-friend with the different youth ministries she had pastored over. So when she opened her own church, I was excited about becoming the youth ministry leader. After about 6 months, we sat as a leadership team and did an exercise to determine if we were working in the ministry God was calling us to be in. While working in ministry was something I know I was called to do, I had come to the conclusion that being the leader of the youth ministry was not. I had not grown to love it as much as I thought I would. I wasn't giving it my all anymore and it was showing. It wasn't my purpose...


I began to reflect and meditate because I wanted to understand what my purpose was, I needed to understand it. I remembered after my last diagnosis, I was determined to run fast and far away from breast cancer. I became so angry with God for not stepping in and once again I had felt like cancer was taking things from me. I had completely shut down and didn’t want to talk about cancer at all. I was hurt, sad, frustrated, confused and so many other emotions that I couldn’t handle. I did not want to discuss, acknowledge or celebrate anything cancer-related. I was in a serious fuck cancer and anything that has to do with it mindset. I wanted nothing to do with cancer and I was going to do everything and anything to stay away from it...not if God had anything to do with it!


I had decided that if it was God’s will for me to have cancer again, then so be it. I was willing to do what I needed to, to stay healthy and alive. I realized there was nothing more I could do so, gave God complete control over that particular situation and everything else that was taking place in my life at the time. It took a couple of months but it was then that I began to have peace. It was then that I was able to talk about cancer again. It was then that I had realized what I had always known and that is, I’m supposed to be sharing my story. It was then that I had sincerely decided to walk by faith. I was EVOLVING!


When I was video chatting with one of my best friends the other day, I shared with her the blessing I had received this week (don’t worry I’ll be sharing that with you all soon). She said, “Tameka, do you see that when you started to be obedient by sharing your story again, God started pouring out blessing, after blessing, after blessing for you?". She was right! As soon as I started back blogging, writing and moving in alignment with God’s will for my life, things began to happen that I had least expected. Being in alignment with God's will has allowed for peace to flow freely within and around me. Because I whole heartedly decided to walk by faith in EVERY situation in my life, God is blessing EVERY single step I take. To be in alignment with God for our purpose means there will be peace in the decisions we make and the ones God makes on our behalf. On the other hand, there will be confusion and an unsettling of our spirit when we step out of alignment. Remember, peace is power!


So align yourself with God to identify your purpose and EVOLVE to your place of peace...whatever that may look like.


“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32


-T



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