I am Jearlean Taylor from Baltimore, Maryland. I am author, fashion model, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, mentor, and woman of God. My life has proven to be a journey of unexpected challenges. I developed a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma) at 3 years old. As a result of cancer, multiple surgeries(too many to count), along with chemo, and radiation treatments I was force to have two permanent ostomy which aides my bladder and bowel functions that cause me to have ostomy bags for rest of my life.
Through my journey and faith I discovered who I could be in spite of my medical circumstances. My insecurities did not change overnight, but I learned to be a survivor. It is a blessing to have my desires and passions come true. I have been a fashion (editorial and runway) 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.
My ostomy “bags” do not define me. I am helping cancer survivors, inspiring ostomy patients, motivating fashion models, and encouraging those suffering with low self-esteem. I used to say, why me?’ why cancer, why ostomy bags? Now I say, ‘why not me?’ Just because you have some difficulties in life doesn’t mean you can’t make it. We have the ability to make a difference, to change lives, be role model, and be all that we can be in spite of life circumstances. “Live your life on purpose with a purpose for a purpose.” I AM NOT MY CIRCUMSTANCES
Submitted by Jearlean Taylor