BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Removing The Bandages Women's MovementAtlanta, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:Removing The Bandages Women's Movement is about women coming together in unity, no matter their race, culture, status, background or any other label the world uses to try and set us apart. Our goal is to help bring complete healing and restoration to women everywhere as they are encouraged to undress the mess, get real and be healed by removing their bandages. Too many women are dressed up and messed up, beautiful but broken. We can't continue to take our wounds to the tomb; with bandages holding all of our broken pieces together. Now is the time for women everywhere to become healed and whole -- as we change everything and everyone connected to us -- to the point where their lives will never be the same again due to the imprint that we leave behind.
RTB (Removing The Bandages Movement) comes to speak life into everything that lies dormant within, as we teach women how to walk in their power, purpose and promise by living out the principles within the backdrop of our movement.
The backdrop of the movement is “The Change of ART.”
If you don't like what, who and where you are, then you must make a change to become what you desire to be. Too many women are walking around affected and infected causing damage to all of those who come in contact with her.
It begins with the acronym of ART:
A: Acknowledge that there is a wound (confront your enemy, the thing that's trying to kill you)
R: Remove the bandages
T: Treat the wound and take your life back
After you've gone through the channels of ART, a change can take place in your life and you can walk in your healing and become the beautiful piece of ART that God created you to be.
THE STORY:I had two breast cancer scares, lost my home to foreclosure, automobile to repossession and husband to divorce -- all in one year. I was told that I had breast cancer and in the midst of being treated for what turned out to be a massive infection that almost took my entire left breast, I was given the wrong medication by the doctor. I decided not to die in the midst of the smoke that tried to choke the life out of me. I was going to make sure that my determination would outweigh my situation. I never want to see other women or girls experience the pain that I felt. Therefore, I decided to use my voice and become transparent with the removal of my bandages, so that other women would be encouraged and inspired to remove theirs and know that they deserve to live and not die.
I was bathing one night, crying and looking at the hole that was in my breast. I felt as though a part of my womanhood had been taken from me. I washed all of my body parts and the spirit of God began to speak to me, saying that I needed all of my body parts healed. That is when my book, Heal My Private Parts was birthed, and my voice became an announcement to the world for women everywhere that you can come out of any and everything -- if only you believe!
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:Each year in March, I host RTB Winning Women Awards Red Carpet event and women come from all over the United States to celebrate one another. We award women who have removed bandages in every way: those who have been shot, molested, burned alive, dragged under a car, cancer survivors, domestic survivors and more. This is one of the moments that I am most proud to see women receive an award, because they survived and won the fight. I have received an award from the Strut Women's Movement, My Brother/Sisters Keeper of Cordele Organization, been featured in Kish Magazine, Strut Magazine and several TV talk shows.
I am also proud of my Girls Mentoring Program, Girls To Pearls, and the difference that it is making in the lives of young ladies. It makes me especially proud when they come back to me and tell me that the program helped changed their lives and they now know that they are special.
LOOKING BACK:I have two brothers and I am the elder. I am a family oriented person and I love people.
The advice that I would give to my younger self: "Please take your time, get to know and love yourself before expecting others to do it for you."
HEROES:My hero would be my mother: She has taught me what strength is in so many ways. I've seen her struggle to raise three children as a single mother, was diagnosed with cancer, mistreated and abused, but she never gave up on us or life. She fought her way through and continues to love with the heart of God.
My mentor would be Marcus Y. Rosier because he has taught me what persistence looks like and where it can take you. He lives each day with motivation, determination and celebration.