Shakira’s Story: Aortic Stenosis Survivor

Hello my name is Shakira. I have a congenital heart defect known as Aortic Stenosis. I have undergone three major surgeries and I was on ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) two times. A little over a year ago, My life almost ended before it even started. A major infection known as Endocarditis, attacked my heart and caused me to go into Cardiac arrest. The medical staff perform 45 mins of CPR determine for me to live and not die.

Β  The aftermath of being on ECMO for the second time caused me to develop blood clots and have femoral nerve damage. I had to be in Occupational therapy and Physical therapy to retain what I had before my trauma. I believe that God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. After everything I went through I definitely look at life differently. There is a saying I always have to remind myself is that, ” Don’t tell god that you have a big problem, tell your problem that you have a Big God.”

“I am Embracing my scars as part of my journey in life.” -Shakira

Woman Crush Wednesday: Naisula Lesuuda

Naisula Lesuuda is a Kenyan Politician and Women’s Rights Activist. She is currently a member of the Parliament of Samburu West. Lesuuda was born on the 30th of April, 1984. She graduated from Daystar University, Nairobi with a degree in Communications and Community Development. She achieved popularity when she worked as a News Anchor at KBC, Kenya’s State Broadcaster. She later resigned from her job as a journalist to form the Naisula Lesuuda Peace Foundation. She is also a founding member of Laikipia Peace Caravan. The Naisula Lesuuda Peace Foundation campaigns against child marriage and female genital mutilation. It also supports and promotes girl child education.

In 2013, Lesuuda was nominated a senator, becoming the youngest at the time in the Kenyan Senate. She’s also the youngest Kenyan woman to win the prestigious Presidential Order of the Grand Warrior Award. πŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏ