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Updated: October 26, 2006

 

Tameka Citchen

Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2006

 


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  Hello America, my name is Tameka Citchen and Iím the new Ms. Wheelchair. Itís my great honor and pleasure to represent Michigan in the National Ms. Wheelchair competition. My story is unique as well as inspirational and I hope it will help you carry on. So here it goes.
At first my mom didnít know she was pregnant. She was surely surprised and on January 25, 1985, I came into the world, 6 pounds and 5 oz. I was born ďnormalĒ however, two days before the Fourth of July in 1985; I was in an automobile accident. The accident smashed my ribs and punctured my lungs. After my mom took me home I had a severe fever and I stopped moving my legs. My mom took me back to the hospital and the doctors found out that I had a T2 level Spinal Cord Injury.

  
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  Of course, my mom was devastated and didnít know how she was going to raise me on her own. However, her faith in God and in me continually gave strength into my life, which greatly allowed me to overcome many hurdles. Due to the paralysis, Iíve had severe asthma attacks that almost took my life. One time, when I was 7 years old, I almost died and my mom asked God to spare my life. Thanks to the Lord, I never had a severe asthma attack again, that was one of many miracles.
During my childhood, I had a dream of making it big. I saw my name in lights, literally. I wanted to be famous and be used by God. In my teenage years, I wasnít always so positive. I knew I was different and I had issues with myself. I was a triple minority, disabled, female and black. There werenít any women on TV that looked like me. I struggled to see my own beauty and self-worth. However, I relied on my faith and my mom to carry me through.

  
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  Now, being 21, I learned to love and accept myself. I know God has a purpose for my life, my living isnít in vain. Presently, Iíve accomplished many of my dreams which are: acting in theatre, owning a production company, writing a play, becoming a radio DJ, inspiring young people and now becoming Ms. Wheelchair Michigan.
I want everyone to know that weíre all created for a purpose and we will be given the strength, talent and ability to be whatever we were destined to be. Always keep your head up and keep on believing in your dreams.

Tameka Citchen

  
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