Jearlean Taylor: Unexpected Challenges
I am Jearlean from Baltimore, MD. I grew up in happy home with both my parents with five other siblings. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to laugh, joke, and live my life on purpose with a purpose. I am a fashion model, author, writer, modeling instructor, and motivational speaker. I am passionate about being the woman of God that he desires for me to be. My heart’s desire has always been to make a difference in people lives.
My life has proven to be a journey of unexpected challenges. I was diagnosed with a rare form of vaginal cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma) at 3 years old. Rhabdomysarcoma or RMS is a childhood cancer that starts in any organ that contains skeletal muscle cells, those most commonly tumors are found in head, neck, bladder, and vagina.
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Because of where cancer spread I have permanent ostomy, which aids my bladder and bowel functions, which cause me to wear ostomy bags. An ostomy refers to the surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes. An ostomy bag (pouch) attaches to the abdomen and is fitted over and around the stomach to collect the diverted output, either stool or urine. No one could imagine my difficulties, low self-esteem, disappointments, insecurities, many surgeries, and my problem with loving me. My life was a journey of unexpected turns. My heart’s desire has always been to make a difference in people lives. I was suffering on the inside with low self-esteem, pity, and unhappiness, and suicidal thoughts. Through my journey, I discovered who I could be in spite of my medical circumstances.
I am blessed to have my desires, passions, and dreams come true. I have been a fashion model for over 17 years, yes with two ostomy bags. To see the outer appearance no one could ever tell I live with these adversities and what I deal with 24 hours, 7 days a week. I am helping cancer survivors, ostomy patients, fashion models, and those suffering with low self-esteem. I am NOT my “bags”. I am Beautiful from Inside and Out. I am changing lives though my story.
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