Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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Why Must I by Heather Dennis

Author Heather Dennis' new biography brings messages of hope and perseverance. Through the life stories of 10 incredible individuals, Dennis weaves a tapestry of black and brown people's perseverance, accomplishment, and excellence. 

In the authors own words "These stories, from a wide range of human experiences, demonstrate how people can overcome difficulties and thrive. The theme of this book is very personal to me because my life has been far from perfect. As a woman in my fourth decade on this journey that is life, I am still striving for personal growth and reaching for that sense of completeness and accomplishment that marks a life well-lived. I have known hardship and struggle in my life, and in truth, the odds were stacked against me before I was born. Born to a teenage mother and raised by multiple relatives, my childhood lacked stability and structure. I had to grow up quickly and leave my childhood behind. That was just the beginning, but the bumps in the road kept coming. I had to be resilient and strong to continue to make my way over, around, and through these obstacles. Those of us fortunate enough to live this life for any number of years will undoubtedly encounter some strife and struggle along the way. Only a lucky few are able to make it through the journey of life relatively unscathed."

I was approached by Mrs. Dennis almost two years ago as a medical student. She expressed interest in my story, and invited me to participate in a series of interviews to contribute to a project which would become this biography. I accepted her invite and led me through conversations about my life story in a way Id never experienced before. I am beyond proud to have been highlighted in Ms. Dennis' work, here are a few of my thoughts from Youtube:


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