My last hospital stay, I told the nurse I was planning a huge birthday party for my 40th birthday on January 4, 2014 and her response was, "I'm surprised you are still alive. Many of you don't live that long." This comment not only made me think about my own mortality but it saddened my soul. Many people today especially women who are turning 40 think of 40 as the new 20. But if you spoke with this nurse who mis-spoke, because her knowledge of sickle cell disease is nil to none, it should've angered me. This is an invisible disease that does not have a face nor the name of a person. I was born with this disease, no fault of my own; I did nothing but be born into this world! However, I don't dwell on the many issues, side effects, nor the complications that come with sickle cell disease because I love life too much and I want to live!
So, I've decided because I do live a healthy lifestyle and God is the captain of my life, and the keeper of my soul; words fitly spoken and unfitly spoken by others have no bearing on my life. God has already set the course and the purpose for my life. My job is to walk in my destiny no matter the age. However, in spite of it all I could care less about what people think I should or should not be doing, because at the end of the day, no one has the ability to judge me nor take away my shine.
I welcome the age of 40 with an open heart and open arms and I plan to bring my 40th birthday in on a high note. I will release my CD project on the same day, January 4, 2014 and I hope you and the public at large will support and celebrate 'new beginnings' with me. I will continue to put one foot in front of the other and show people that no matter your infirmity, it should not decide your station nor dis-count the mile marker achievements and celebrations in mine or your life.
On January 4, 2014 come celebrate with me starting at 7pm at Frames on the Green, 217- 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203. There will be 2 DJ's, a band, red carpet, door prizes and little ole me turning 40 years old. I will have my CD, my book, and my line of jewelry available for purchase. And just to think when the doctors discovered I had sickle cell disease as a baby, they told my mother to have a hysterctomy so she would not have any more children like me! All life should be celebrated no matter what!
By Tina Kay, www.tinakay.net, If you are interested in Tina speaking at your next event (gala, church, school, event, educational workshops, etc.) you can reach Tina at email@example.com, FB as Tina Kay, or twitter as TKay2006