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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Time to Switch Gears

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m hard on myself. Perfection is what I aspire to achieve but we all know that perfection really doesn’t exist. I hold myself to the highest standards and I beat myself up about the smallest things. My fears are triggered by the unknown and I clam up at the sight of success. God would tell me the direction I needed to go in and I will clam up at the unknown. How long are you going to hold on to your fears? At what point does your faith come in? Those are questions I use to ask myself. Judge me all you want but this faith walk has been a process.


In the last few years, I’ve seen a huge transition in myself. I push myself into the unknown expecting to succeed on the other end. Yes, I still fear the unknown but I dive right into it, ready and willing to come out on the other side further developed and evolved from the experience of it all. Now when God says move, I move! And when I do, I see and experience God’s grace. God has provided in ways that I had least expected, God has opened doors that I thought should be closed, and God has restored things that were once broken in my life. My faith has increased because I’m constantly reminding myself and reflecting on what God has done for me in the past. God has healed me from cancer before, God has provided when I couldn’t pay my mortgage and God put food on my table when I had no money. Why wouldn’t God do those same things now? Nothing about God changes, the only thing that changes is us.


When we are obedient and walk in faith and not in fear, we will see the shift God makes in our lives. We will all experience the ebbs and flows of life and it doesn’t always look the way we expect it to but it will always work out in our favor. I had to be intentional about changing my mindset and thought process. Living is being open, taking chances, letting life happen, allowing God to teach and use you and allowing God to open your mind to wisdom. Let God be a lamp to your feet and light to your path to destiny. What I know about God is that his promises are true! We cannot allow fear to keep us stuck in a place that we no longer belong.


It’s time to switch gears!

-T

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