Sherika Wells Won't Let Sickness or Death Stop Her
Not even death could stop Sherika Wells – though it tried 4 times. She continues to fight. Being diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia, Systematic Lupus, and recently discovering that she has a brain tumor, it’s amazing how Sherika still finds the strength to show gratitude and the desire to empower others fighting similar illnesses.
She's started an organization to help others just like her, encouraging them to keep pressing forward. Her story is a reminder that we all have purpose, despite the difficulty of our circumstances.
Read Sherika’s story below and share it with someone you know will be inspired by it:
I was born January 26, 1994. At 3 weeks old, I was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia SS, the doctor's told my mother that I would not live to see age 3. Growing up, I really did not have a childhood. I was in and out of the hospital, dealing with blood transfusions back to back. Then when I was 12, I had my first stroke and it was horrible. After that I got another death sentence, if the doctors had their way I would have died at the age of 15.
It has always been hard to have a normal life. School has always been difficult to attend full-time. I have had two strokes my first one and I have died 4 times. So I am really not scared of dying anymore. At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with Systematic Lupus, which brought on another set of problems. In January the doctors discovered that I have a brain tumor. It is not cancerous but because of where it is located it was considered inoperable. It impairs my memory and causes me to have really bad headaches.
I take each day, day by day and in a stride. Sometime I can barely move, get out of bed, and do daily activities on my own. Sometimes it gets really hard. But I do not give up, because there is always someone out there who is worse off than I am.
So I started this organization to help people like me so they will not feel alone, and so they can have some support. I work hard, getting better services of chronically ill college students, it can be a long and hard process, but slowly things are changing.
Some advice to other women would be, never give up no matter the situation. Things will get bad before things get better. The sun will eventually come out again. I look up to all the people who suffer from any type of illness, who get up every day and fight to live. In the next five years I plan on finishing the first of med-school; on the road to becoming a Hematologist, so that I can cure sickle cell anemia. In my 22 years of life, life has thrown many lemons at me and each time I turned them into sweet lemonade.