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Today we have an amazing interview from India.

Today we have an amazing interview from India. India talks about the loss of her brother and gives advice to people who may have dealt with similar situations. Check it out! 

How was your childhood? Do you have any memories that stick out? 

My childhood was actually great. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, which is also where I got my childhood nickname “Inky.” I was born premature and had to spend the first 3 months of my life in an incubator. My greatest childhood memory had to be staying over my grandmother’s house in Lorain, Ohio, west 23rd street, where I spent most of my time with my brothers, aunts, and uncles. My family (on both sides) are huge and very family-oriented. My brothers and I, spent a lot of time playing, picking on each other and just having fun. I had a great childhood!

How has the death of your brother affected you and your family? What advice would you give others that are going through the same thing?

The death of my brother has affected my family and I tremendously. We have our good days and our bad days. However, during the beginning, I questioned everything! I didn’t understand why it happened to us. He was shot, everyone thought he was going to make it. Working at the hospital, I learned something; if you don’t have insurance, they don’t try to help you as much as they actually can. I feel like the hospital basically didn’t give us the opportunity to pay for what he needed. They just assumed he was another black young man, tatted, with no insurance. Everyday is still a struggle for my mother but with the help of family and friends she’s getting through it. At one point, my mother couldn’t even start her day without my help, she wanted to be around family and couldn’t handle being in Gwinnett, so we spent a year back in Lorain. I had to transition a lot. I left my job, my home, my friends and my family. For anyone that’s going through what my family is going through, I would just tell them to stay strong even if it doesn’t seem like things will get better, you will be okay and time will heal you. I still have pain, I still think about him and it still hurts. You have to take it a day at a time. 

You’ve worked for a few hospitals? Do you plan to further your education and stay in the medical field? 

After leaving Gwinnett, I went to Lorain and landed a job at Mercy Hospital. It’s a blessing once you get your foot in the door. Yes, I plan to further my education, I’m going to take some classes soon and move up within the hospital I work at now back in Atlanta. My ultimate goal is to become a social worker eventually opening a group home for underprivileged teens. I feel like there is way more help needed in our communities. I also plan to write a book in a few years on a variation of things that happened in my life. 

What inspires you? What are you driven by?

Honestly, the death of my brother has given me inspiration and drive. My situation has inspired me to write a book about my life. Most of all, my drive comes from just never wanting to feel the way I felt when my brother passed. I was in such a dark place at that time and for me to come out of that was a blessing. So my drive comes from me never wanting to feel that way again. I wouldn’t wish any of it on my worst enemy.

We can’t wait to see all that you accomplish! Thanks for sharing your story. To learn more about India visit her on Instagram @Gunsxxroses.