On September 18th, 2015 I was Honored at the 100 Women of Color Inaugural Gala held at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT. I don't even know where to begin because God has been showing me how he rewards his faithful deciples. I've battled with Endometriosis since I was eleven years old. I turned 40 this past February (Yayyy Me-40/40 Club). During this 28+ years of agony I couldn't see where God was taking me. I rebelled many of days and nights. I felt as if my prayers weren't being answered. I often wondered if I was being punished for something. I recall one of the darkest days of my life. I got on my knees and prayed like never before. I had just had surgery ( I struggled to get up & down off that hospital floor). But I knew I needed to do something different in that moment. My quality of life was dependant on it. I prayed God would give me some insight as to why I was enduring such turmoil and pain in my life regards to my health. I knew I was to serve a purpose according to his will, but didn't know exactly what it was. I kept praying until one day it came to me after sharing my journey in an uncut/unedited way to a close friend. I felt free. Then Boom! There it was, I became the voice/advocate for women suffering in silence with this horrific disease called Endometriosis. The Sister Girl Foundation was born. As I received my award for my contribution to my community and beyond. I reflected on all the painful days and nights. The times I wanted to throw in the towel. The many women and families I've helped along the way. The Proud look on my family's face flashed before my eyes. I heard all the screams for me from all of my family & friends as my name was called. There was a chills that came across my arms. I was so full of emotions and once I saw my loved ones all I could say was Thank You God for carrying me this far. Yes Lord, I am deserving of Abundance. In addition to my beautiful award, I also received Proclamations in 3 different locations stating that September 18th, 2015 is "Shantana Hazel Day! " Look At My GOD.
I now know what my Purpose in Life is & I'm walking in it gracefully, unapologetic, unashamed & with my head held high. #IAmSisterGirl #PhenomenallyMade #Speaker #Advocate #Philanthropist #HealthandWellnessCoach #EndometriosisAwareness