Sold their SOULS for 20 pieces of GOLD!

I cannot imagine how anyone politician can sleep well at night. They have literally sold out America and the people they were elected to protect. I don’t see how they can look into the faces of there Children and explain to them that it is OK to treat certain people this way.

It seems MONEY and POWER trumps all common sense and humanity. The swamp in Washington may have been cleared but it has been replaced with a pit of viper’s!

Shame on you ALL that have let this happen it will not end well as history has shown us.

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Just wanted to share some good news with my fans!

Cervical cancer survivor fights

by Henry Jones

Navita Gunter A Cervical Cancer Survivor, The Fighter who Kept Fighting

A walnut complexion woman walked into a coffee shop. She looked around at the people sitting inside and smiled at them. She had the look on her face of someone who returned home after a long absence. The shop was Kijiji’s Coffee House, a new cultural hang out for artists, poets and entrepreneurs, and students from nearby colleges.

This woman wore a flowing gown which would be ideal for a wedding or coronation. She was “dressed” as people exclaimed, which meant she wore fashion that caused heads to turn and stare. Who was this woman?

Her hands reached down and adjusted the height of the microphone positioned center stage. It seemed to waiting for her. She looked over to the sound tech. He smiled and signaled that everything was ready. Then, this woman dressed in regal attire announced, “Hello everyone. Welcome to Kijiji’s for another stellar evening of poetry.” Then, people would applaud or snap their fingers.

That scenario was a bimonthly dedicated event for the poet Navita Gunter. She hosted a bi-monthly open-mic night for poets to share their poetry. She was a prolific poet who shared her poetry often now she helped other poets do the same. For Navita, poetry was an outlet to express herself. Her poetry grew as well as her activity in the poetry community. The arts community embraced this new creative voice and was supportive. She became known as “The Queen of Nashville Poetry” in the late 90’s. This title was given because of her advocacy to promote poetry. She was in love with poetry as she’d write about anything.

Her writing soon became challenged when Navita was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Friends in the arts community were sadden. We thought she would die because most people believe cancer of any type is a death sentence. We prayed and helped her along the way. It was difficult for her. The chemo therapy, radiation and surgeries changed her entire life but she endured. After a long period of fighting, the doctors believed they got all of her cancer. All along the way of those battles my friend wrote through the tears and fears. Now, there was a celebration. Well, not until she was told about the follow ups and five year stretch.

Instead of waiting for that magical five years, Navita gathered her new strength and thought of something. She wanted to help save lives. She thought she had a death sentence but lived! She wanted other women to know cervical cancer isn’t a death sentence.

In 2001, Navita founded the Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee (CCCT) as an organization to bring awareness about this form of cancer. She was a survivor and wanted to give other women a fighting chance to survive cervical cancer and also prevent women from acquiring cervical cancer from the virus. She had a new mission in life beside surviving the deadly disease. Navita explained in an interview: “After enduring the battle, I felt other women needed support from someone who knew what they would encounter if they became diagnosed with cervical cancer. I knew something had to be done.”

Armed with her story as a survivor who endured fear, self-doubt, confusion and depression, Navita ran onto the field of battle. She was healed from the cancer and overcame the demons. Now with knowledge about cervical cancer’s prevention and contemporary research, her campaign had ammunition. Sometimes a person’s life takes a new direction with a zeal after encountering a life changing experience. I believe my friend was transformed after the cancer. She didn’t realize when she founded the coalition no such cancer organization existed in Tennessee. She made history!

After being told that fact, she focused more on the mission statement of the CCCT. The target was the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is one of the causes of cervical cancer and spread via sexual activity.  Her activism lead her to network in the health community. Similar to the fight against HIV/AIDS, Navita hit the streets to talk with women and men about preventing the spread of HPV.

People listened and had questions which she answered. Soon, this fighter served on many boards to reach even more people. Speaking invitations resulted.

When Navita spoke at events, guests listened to hear story about surviving cancer and forming protection. Some even joined her fight of prevention.  Her allies in the arts community were now in the health community. The stages and mics were similar but the event entirely different. She bridged the creative and medical worlds with her poetry which caused some guests to cry. She was connecting with people sharing her words and story again.

Books are a great way to tell a story. Such opportunities have come along for Navita. She has been included in many articles but soon books followed. She’s featured in the book, Cancer, One Day at a Time (Author House) and co-authored (with Germaine Moody) 50 Seeds of Greatness. Currently, she’s working on a biographical book, The Day My Vagina tried to Kill Me!, due to be released in 2017. The book shares her ordeal during the fight against cancer and the formation of the coalition.

In addition to the community projects sponsored she sought other avenues. In the Nashville Pride Newspaper, Navita published a monthly column about women’s health issues related to cancer. She wrote this column for three years. Eventually, she reached out onto the Internet with a blog. This evolved into her providing advice and resource information on expert websites. People would ask her health related questions on such a website via direct chat line.

The coalition still exists after enduring ups and downs. Even with new diseases and conditions, she continues to fight tirelessly. In 2016, Navita passed her baton to Lydia Cook, as the Executive Director, who is a fighter  and has a passion for reaching people.

Still in 2017, Navita encourages women battling cervical cancer. Picture her visiting a hospital room to visit a cancer patient. She moves slowly to a woman. Then she reaches and and clutches one of her hands and whispers, “You can survive this. Keep fighting.” With someone like Navita in the corner, how could you not believe this?

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HAPPY 2017!!!!

WHEW! We made it through another year and what a YEAR! 2016 was and the repercussions just keep on coming! Of course the ongoing and biggest story is the election never in my life time would I think that I would live through such a “knock down and drag out, and rigged event!” So much hatred, fear, and despair you could CUT it with a knife! Everyone is mad with EVERYONE ELSE! And it NEVER STOPS! I am sure our founding fathers did not mean for this type of AMERICAN SPIRIT to be on display for the entire world to see. But here we find ourselves and yet the people that will get HURT from this most will be the everyday working class. Now everything is under a threat! Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis have we seen such a MESS! How are we going to bounce back from this? This is going to be the question in the coming months really from both sides of the political FENCE.

I thought our elected officials were supposed to work for the people and be sensitive to the NEEDS of the people. Was it all just “FAIRY GLAMOUR?” And what will our children learn from this display and brokenness from our leaders it should terrify us. I understand that man is and never will be PERFECT but I thought that we would have evolved more but instead we seem to be going the other way! I guess the only other thing I can say is “HOLD ON AND BUCKLE UP FOR 2017 IS GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE! 

 

 

The More things CHANGE! The more they stay the SAME!

The more things CHANGE the more they stay the SAME!

Wow! What a roller coaster ride we have gone through during this 2016 election. And we have more surprises to come, so many EMPTY promise’s were thrown around like confetti. How many will be achieved the American people may find out too late just how their dis- trust, hatred and paranoia was used so well against them. Then again some will think they are bringing back the good old days which was NOT good for a lot of people. But it was once said that those that FORGET the PAST are DOOMED to REPEAT it! Get ready people…….

The Devil is in the DETAIL’S!

American people I understand you are ANGRY! DIS-TRUSTFUL! DISGUSTED! AND TIRED! Of big government. But I think that you really need to CALM down and began to really LISTEN to what is being said out here on the campaign trail. STOP! Being so quick to follow behind someone that APPEAR’S to be as angry as you. We have some very ACCOMPLISHED actor’s out here that can PLAY an audience like a fine violin. YES! American has allowed a lot of jobs go across the water’s and YES! people are NOT getting paid enough money. But can you truthfully say that this is something NEW!? Or that this just came about yesterday? The stock market CRASH! has happened OVER AND OVER! And we have survived, our housing market  has grown and it has stagnated but they are still building homes.

Sometimes we are so busy trying to find the FORREST that we miss it because of the TREE’S! We need to work with one another and STOP! ATTACKING! Each other; and what has that gotten us so far? Just more anger and more attack’s we do not live in a bubble, we must deal with other’s not only in our country but abroad.

AND THERE IS NO QUICK FIX ANWER TO THESE PROBLEMS! If there were then they would have been solved years ago. One thing that I have come to realize that MAN CANNOT GOVEN MAN! We get too emotional and start to spew out hateful and destructive language as well as action’s. We get TUNNEL VISION and began to see only what is going on with ourselves instead of realizing that it is MORE THAN US at stake here.

ANGER IS LIKE A CANCER! That once it get’s a foot hold it will spread and spread and spread; and it will contaminate   and DESTROY all it touch’s. AND LIKE CANCER! Anger can creep upon you and guide you to a place that you might not be able to return from. There is a PRICE TO PAY for every ACTION! And if you fail to realize that then you might find yourself going bankrupt. So calm yourself down and LISTEN more closely to what and HOW things are being said sometimes the SMALLEST detail can make the BIGGEST difference

AMERICA HAS NEVER STOPPED BEING GREAT! BUT SHE HAS STOPPED LISTENING!

DEAR CONSERVATIVE

I just asked for a definition for this word and it stated “Resistant to change.” Wow! I thought that was a very powerful statement especially when it is NOT the natural order of things NOT TO CHANGE! I mean the season’s change, your body change’s the weather changes. So my question is why would someone be so AFRAID of change? We cannot stop it, all changes are not bad, and some things actually NEED to be changed. If year’s did not change we would not be in the year 2016 and we would not look forward to another year.

Do you not want things to get better? What type of changes do you want to stay the same and why? Do you think that by resisting something it will not change? How has that worked out for you lately? As I see it no matter how you want to keep the status quo at the level it is now eventfully it will change. If it had not changed with you then you would still be in the same RUT that you were when you were born in fact you would not grow! I know that I maybe making this more simple than you perceive it to be but to me it really is simple.

It saddens me to see your fear of change and I am so sorry that you feel this way for whatever reason. It is my sincerest hope that one day that will change. I know of so many culture’s that are today fighting and KILLING because they do not want to embrace CHANGE; the world cannot continue in this manner. So try not to FEAR change so much instead learn from it and enjoy the season that it is offering to you.

My Second Act

 

 

On every Friday night, the complications of life slowed down at the packed to capacity Kijiji’s Coffee Shop on Jefferson Street. Poetry turned the stressful juggling of business, family, health, dating and everyday survival into a magical place where words and feelings sprung uninhibited from the heart.  I was known as the ‘Queen of Nashville Poetry’.  I pictured myself becoming the next Maya Angelou and the event I hosted was an oasis to poets and poetry lovers to escape the daily grind.  But now the deafening roar inside me drowned everything out.

I was a single mom with one teenage child and not one but TWO jobs…just trying to keep ahead of the bill collector’s and food on the table.  I also had some other health challenges such as diabetes and hypertension but they were under control because I had a decent job with decent insurance and I went to the Doctor a lot!

In fact, in my mind, I was doing everything right considering what I had to work with.  I was going to the Doctor, getting my checkups, Paps and breast exams.  I SHOULD HAVE BEEN OK RIGHT?

BOY DID LIFE HAVE A BOMB TO DROP ON ME!

So you guessed it!  During this perfect storm of life’s work, complications, joys and sorrows,

ALONG COMES cervical cancer and it knocked me completely off my feet!  And put a spin on everything that I thought I had going on.  Cervical cancer trumped all of that!  At times it still seems so unreal that I would have a story like this to tell.  I am not saying that I thought myself too good to get cancer but I had SO MANY OTHER things going on in my life that surely CANCER would not become one of those things!

That first moment in the doctor’s office after the exam, when he told me to go back and wait in his office instead of going home like normal I knew something was wrong and I had the most sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and as the time ticked by.  I waited for the doctor to come and talk to me.   My stomach and my mind began a battle with one another as to which could make me more afraid than I was.  My mind won!  I started imagining the most awful outcomes from this life changing visit.  Cancer was going to teach me a very valuable lesson that it did not care what other things I had going on in my life.  My first reaction on hearing I had Stage 2 Cervical Cancer was fear.  The fear was so deep and bone-chilling that it took my breath away.

I grew up in a home where it was believed that when you got the ‘BIG C’ your life was practically over and you were on your way out of this world!  My next reaction was anger!  BOY WAS I ANGRY!  I was angry with Man and God!  How could this happen to me when I had so much other stuff going on in my life, not to mention, my child that I was trying to raise into adulthood and I was going to be the next Maya!

BUT CANCER DID NOT CARE!

Give me a break!  My mind screamed! I did not have the time to go to 28 days of treatments and be off work as well as going into the hospital not once but twice, and having to stay three days each to have radioactive rods placed in my vagina and be cut off from those I loved.  I was not ready to be weak and sick.  I had so much to do, bill’s to be paid.  Life to be lived!

BUT CANCER DID NOT CARE!

I went through those 28 days of radiation as well as going into the hospital twice for three days each with a big lead shield placed between me and the world, all the while trying to put on a brave front for family, friends, and especially my daughter.  It was only the two of us against the world and this cancer!

By the grace of God, I made it.  I am now 15 years cervical cancer free!  Because of my journey and what I have gone through, I knew that my life would be changed forever.  I had to find ways to try and give back and to spare other women the difficult road that I found myself traveling.

So, I founded the Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee to offer voice to those who hesitate to speak.  Also, I was told that cervical cancer has a higher motility rate in African American women which means we are more likely to DIE from this very curable illness. So on hearing this it really drove me to try and help women with information and support concerning cervical cancer.  I vowed to tell my story in as many venues as possible that have women attending. Such as Survivorville and their My 2nd act presentation. As well as the non-profit I founded to encourage women to take better care of themselves, and get their pap tests.  I still dream of the day when I am able to also help them with some the costs associated with the disease.  Cancer can be very expensive even with insurance.  When HPV came on the scene, and we found that cervical cancer can be transmitted from a sexually transmitted virus called the (Humanpaplomus Virus). Plus, the passing of the Affordable Care Act which provided fresh opportunities to make headway with HPV immunizations and cervical care, my message took on an even more urgent calling!

Has it been easy?  No!  The story and the struggle’s are still ongoing.  I find myself at 60 years of age with some challenging circumstances but I cannot let that stop me from spreading hope and encouragement.  It has not been easy but it has been rewarding.  I have made a difference in a lot of women’s lives that have reached out to me for help and understanding.

However, many women are still out there that need to know that cervical cancer IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE!  They can survive and have full and happy lives.  I estimate that going out to health events and conventions such as Survivorville and My Second Act Story that I have touched over a thousand women or more and hopefully have given them hope and peace concerning their journey.  I have also started on a book called ( pause) “The Day My Vagina Tried to Kill me!”  This book is about my story and my cervical cancer journey.  Lord willing, it will be forthcoming soon with more food for hope.

In closing, I would like to leave you with one of my signature poems:

 

Thoughts of a Cancer Patient

Sitting in the doctor’s office

All alone.

I have so much to do! I just want

To go home!

How did I come to be at

This place?

I wonder can the other people

See the terror on my face

It seemed only a day ago that I had

No serious health concerns at

All, Then old Mr. Cancer decided to

Make a call! I am to young for this

I cried!

Now I am feeling like all hope in

Me has died!

But the doctor said they had caught

The cancer in time

And that with proper treatment I will be

Just fine.

The road will not be easy but I am so

Glad to be alive!

And I now wear an “S” on my chest

I will be ok, I will

SURVIVE!

 

The Golden Calf Phenomenon

I must say that we are living in interesting and frightening times; especially as it pertains to our political arena. It seems like the world has never seen such a battle between  political TITIANS! Such as what is occurring now. But, this in a way has been documented before and in a book that a lot of people are familiar with but may not knock the dust off very often. I am speaking about the Bible and the Old Testament in particular. I would like to re-introduce you to  the Book of EXODUS Chapter 32. ” When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him. “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him,” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rains of GOLD that are in the ears of yours wives, yours sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me. So all the people took off the rings of GOLD that were in their ears and brought the to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a GOLDEN CALF. Now you can read more of this if you wish but I thought it strangely similar to what is happening in our land today. We have people that are angry, afraid and seem to be wondering in a wilderness of despair and hopelessness. They are crying out to have something they can SEE to guide them to the PROMISED LAND. Sadly they seem to be more loss than ever just like the people from Exodus; they are caught in a “Perfect Storm” of FEAR, HATRED, and INTOLERANCE! They have loss hope so bad that they are willing to FOLLOW anyone that SEEMS to have a command of LOOKING STRONG! They are willing to FORGET the tragic PAST of other’s that have followed after such IDOL’S. I pray that the people WAKE UP! Before we go off the cleft and pass the point of no return.