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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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Shifting From Survivor to Evolver

When I thought about writing my book as a teenager, blogging was not even something that was a “thing”. My plan was to write the book and that’s it…not! When my cousin initially talked me into blogging, I had decided that the blog posts would be specifically about my cancer journey. That’s how I got started with my initial blog site “A Survivor’s Story”. I did not mind letting people see that part of my life, so I wrote about it. However, this was not always the case. When I was diagnosed at the age of 13, I was ashamed to say I had cancer. Why, you ask? Because in the 90’s cancer was looked at the same way HIV was, at least to kids. Kids were so mean to me. Some went as far as to say they didn’t want to be around me because they were afraid they were going to “catch” cancer. They were so misinformed! But as a child those words hurt and they scar you. So when I was diagnosed with the breast cancer in 2013, I couldn’t help but to think about that rejection. I was initially afraid to even acknowledge the cancer. How? I was having my breast removed and receiving chemotherapy treatments that made me lose my hair. I just continued to work as normal and move like it didn’t exist until I felt or got sick from the drugs. Reality set in quick! I couldn’t run from it or hide it but it wasn’t until I met to special survivors that I began to accept what was my new normal.


It was then that I was comfortable with writing about my experience with cancer. In “A Survivor’s Story” every inch of my cancer journey was exposed. I allowed my followers to see the good, bad and the ugly side of cancer. However, anything else was off limits. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a private person. I’m a secret keeper and blogging about my personal life would be the farthest thing from something I’d do. The thought of writing about my personal life gave me anxiety. However, once I started to blog about my cancer journey, other things came up and I decided that I should share them. My blog was no longer just about what I was enduring as a cancer survivor but it was about how I navigated through life’s experiences. I shared my experiences, the process and how I came out on the other end.


I’m still an introvert and very private person but I’ve come a long way. It is in this process of evolving that I am learning that my story, no matter how much pain it exposes will be a blessing to someone else. My testimonies can save or change a life and that's my purpose here on earth. I've come to a place where I have embraced me, where I've been, and where I'm going. Every scar that I have tells a different story, to include how I evolved through it. I intend to share my stories on whatever platform God gives me. I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified but I’m prepared to tell my story, my truth and allow you (my followers/evolvers) to see me more intimately. Evolving Soul is about my spiritual and emotional growth as a woman through this thing called life.

Here I am blogging for the world to see and I’m going to try my best to have nothing off limits. So, I ask that you evolve with me!


-T






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