Deborah Clark (Courtesy of Patricia Ragland)
Deborah Clark (Courtesy of Patricia Ragland)

My name is Deborah Clark, I am a single mom of five handsome sons ages ranging from 22 to 40. Also, I am the proud grandmother of one grandson, age 10. I work a full-time job, I am a health advocate for sickle cell disease, I am a writer — have been for 46 years. My fourth son, 27 years old, suffers from sickle cell disease. He has endured 190 hospital admissions, he has undergone 94 blood transfusions and has had major surgery twice. Currently, I am writing my son’s story which will be in your bookstores soon. We have a total of 18 publications, all related to sickle cell. Google Deborah Clark/sickle cell, there you will see some of our stories.

Recently, I participated in Ms. DC Senior Pageant 2019, I was contestant #5. I was so committed to seeing this event from beginning till end. I pushed myself like no other, I traveled beyond my comfort zone. For my talent for the pageant, I chose to do a praise dance, though I am a writer, not a dancer. But when I was up on that stage, I prayed, then I gave the dance every ounce of my being.

I know I did a great job the day of the pageant, because six days before the pageant, I developed Bell’s palsy. This illness makes it appears like I had a stroke, but I didn’t — thank GOD. I did experience some paralysis on the left side of my face, which caused my mouth to twist on the affected side. I asked the doctor, could I finish the pageant? He said sure. I was determined I was not quitting and the rest is history.

I am a winner, I teach my sons not to quit and become winners. I did not win Ms. DC Senior Pageant 2019, nor did I win a seat in her court, but I am happy I had the courage to participate. I met some wonderful ladies, we made lifetime memories and we created a sisterhood filled with love and respect. I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I am 60 years old, and the first time I graced an evening gown was the day of the event.

To my seniors: put God first — allow Him to head your life. Believe in yourself — remember, we teach people how to treat us. Enjoy life to the fullest — we have more years behind us than we do in front of us. Embrace your self-worth. Make sure you let go of negative-minded people — delete them from your life. Negative energy holds you back. Forgive those who wrong you. You don’t have to hang on to them — let this be your choice. Anyone who constantly, continues to disrespect you, should have no room any place in your life ever. Set boundaries in your life — for anyone who crosses them, make it known there are consequences they will face, We only live once, so let’s make the best of it. After all, your life matters, too.

I hope my story uplifts, enhances, encourages and inspires someone. Just know the best is yet to come, if you only pray … and believe. I am DETERMINED – ENERGETIC – BRILLIANT – OPULENCE – RESILIENT – AWESOME – HUMBLE — I believe in God and all He can D
Do. Trust in His Word and He will bless you, too — on PURPOSE!

Deborah Clark

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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