I am writing as a way of healing.

I remember as a little girl in Brooklyn where I was born being teased a lot by other kids. I had the worst experience of being bullied because of the color of my skin but I knew I had started to feel comfortable in my skin and after my 30th or 31st birthday. I never thought of myself in photos because I always got compliments on my eyes when I went for my annual or bi-annual eye exams. I got $50 take off my most recent eye exam. I know sometimes life feels hard but I have supporters my mom, my case manager at the program I go to. My grandmother on my mom’s side had visited us in December 2019. I miss her so much. I remember visiting my grandma a lot in my teens I’d take the train to NY Penn Station. I also feel like God is closer than I imagined he’d be. I have a poem I wrote in the NAMI Messenger newsletter with a cool photo of me that says February 2020.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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