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Stories by Vanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:22 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

During pregnancy, parents usually debate their ­preference for their baby’s ­gender, but what is sure is that they want a healthy baby – one born without ­complications; with all 10 toes and 10 perfect fingers. It is ­probably the same prayer that...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Young people, especially those of the millennial and Generation Z cohort, have recognised the need to start their own businesses as their main source of income. They also see the need to graduate from tertiary institutions with a degree to either...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Today is World Lupus Day, and everyone is called to participate in observing the day by bringing awareness to the disease. Meet Heather McKoy, a wife, mother and manager who has been living with systemic lupus erythematosus for the last 17 years...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:08 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

In the hills of St Ann abides a farming community called York Castle, located in Claremont. It is in this same community that Shania Williams is growing, learning, and influencing. Williams grew up in a family that was not rich and, as a result,...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Donna Marie Vernon, a crane operator at the Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd, enjoys a very active lifestyle. However, at age 24, Vernon’s world was rocked when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. “I was working as a female machinist at a factory...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:15 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Nattecia Bohardsingh’s experiences as St James Festival Queen brought her into circles where she was often asked which university or college she attends because of her poise and intelligence. Since the truth was that Bohardsingh was not enrolled in...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:18 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Some of the most inspiring stories involve struggles that the protagonists face. These experiences often cause the storyteller to go through periods of doubt and fear and moments when they feel like giving up. The fact that they come out on the...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:08 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Nattecia Bohardsingh has led a very interesting life which can be summed up by the quote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Throughout her journey, and what she is yet to...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

April 5 was a day of educating and equipping the youths with the tools they will need to enter the workplace or develop the mindset needed for entrepreneurship when Angel’s Care Foundation hosted its youth-empowerment seminar. A number of experts...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:10 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

June 5, 2001, is a date that Lori-Ann Williams will never forget as it is the day that her 12-year-old self was told that she had an incurable illness, lupus, which she would have to live with for the rest of her life. Williams, a lupus warrior...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:21 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

According to entertainment personality Will Smith, “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” Johnique Duhaney has been making many lives better with...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

In certain circles, the word ‘dope’ has a negative connotation because it is the street name for illicit drugs. In more recent times, the word has also been used as a slang to describe something that is very good. Today, however, dope is an acronym...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

It is often said that if you do what you love, then you will never work a day in your life. This maxim rings true for Tamara Ford, a new caterer and pastry chef operating out of east Kingston. Ford started catering for events because of her love...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Renee Shorter-Morgan was living the life – she had a loving husband, two beautiful children, and gainful employment with the ability to do what she wanted when she wanted to. This, however, was before she was diagnosed with the dreaded disease...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Lupus is a disorder of the immune system that, instead of defending the body, produces antibodies that attack and damage healthy cells. As a result, people living with lupus experience almost crippling pain, and, in many cases, their organs are...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:12 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica (LFJ) has been helping lupus warriors fight the dreaded disease for some 30 years. Lupus is a disorder of the immune system which, instead of defending the body, produces antibodies that attack and damage healthy...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:11 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value” and this is the aim of Kemoy Bowen, whose only dream is to be the best person and role model for his son. Born in Mount Salem, St James, Bowen...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:21 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme for 2019 is ‘#BalanceforBetter’. The aim for this year is to create a more gender-balanced world. However, the theme can be applied to the many female lupus warriors who are making strides on a...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:20 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Mario Samms lives by this biblical verse each day and assists others as much as he can, and his position as justice of the peace (JP) in St Thomas helps him to achieve this. Samms...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:07 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“No matter what storm clouds may rock this ship of mine, t he light of my Saviour will lead me safely through the night.” These lines from the famous gospel song have been offering comfort to Kanesha Campbell as she mourns her 17-year-old...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:07 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own”. – Cesar Chavez Kanene...

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:11 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

‘Just do it’ is the slogan for the Nike brand, but Romone Robinson uses it as advice to the youth who want to be successful. Robinson is the epitome of ‘millennial success’, in that he has done well in education by achieving...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Imagine waking up each day to constant reminders of your goals but having those goals seem out of reach. So, you work hard and push just to get your fingertips on the very thing that has eluded you for so long. Elicia Roberts has a dream and is...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

"An aspiration is the main fuel for progress because an aspiration transforms ordinary people into extraordinary achievers," said Patrick Hylton quoting N.R. Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, India's number-two information technology company....

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."- Audrey Hepburn, British actress.Sujae Boswell and Kemoy Lindsay have made this discovery and have decided to give back to the...

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