Victoria Hines Inspires Us to Keep Achieving


Life’s difficulties should not make you stop living. In fact, it should encourage you to live better, to live well, to aim for more and to achieve more. And, that is what Victoria intends to do. Victoria doesn’t let her fight with Lupus stop her. After being diagnosed and going through several body and lifestyle changes, she still plans to complete school and graduate with her second criminal justice degree. On top of that, she plans to expand her food truck business to multiple cities in the next few years. She believes her faith is stronger than Lupus and she refuses to give up.

Learn more about how Victoria is accomplishing her goals and what she has planned for the future below.

What past experiences shaped you into the woman you are today?

I was a troubled teen, that did not change until I got into 9th grade and started running track. Track kept me out of trouble and gave me something to strive for. I knew that if I got in any kind of trouble the things that I love such as track would be taken away from me. I came out to be one of the fastest runners in my country because I kept my head focused on things I loved. Going through that experience shaped me into a woman. It showed me discipline and how to strive for things that I love.  

What struggles did you have to overcome in college in order to graduate?

WOW! I struggled my freshman in college. But, overtime it got better, until Lupus became a part of my life. I had to overcome the fact that my body would be weak; I couldn't make it to class or I was in so much pain I could barely sit up to do homework. But I overcame it because I wanted to graduate, that was something I strived for.

Tell us more about your fight with Lupus.

LUPUS!! I was scared when I got the call. I didn't know what Lupus really was but some of my family did. I was an emotional wreck for about 6 months. My lifestyle had changed. The way I eat, sleep, and how my body feels on a daily basis changed. Not to mention the amount of pills I had to take a day. It seemed like the fight was getting harder, but people kept saying it would be okay. I couldn't get the hang of all the pills and doctor appointments...I gave up. I stop taking pills and I would miss my appointments on purpose. While I was going on strike I got extremely sick and almost lost my life. I finally learned how to deal with my Lupus after a few years of getting help from family, friends and my doctor. It's been a rough road for me, but I'm sure it will get better.

Who are some people you look up to and why?

I look up to my Aunt Jobina, me and my aunt have this bond like mother and daughter. My aunt has been through so much but yet she would keep her faith and keep a positive attitude. She taught me that things will always fall apart, but if you have faith things will always fall back into place. I put that into play when it comes to Lupus. Lupus breaks me down but my faith is always bigger than Lupus.

Lupus breaks me down but my faith is always bigger than Lupus.

What are some of the goals you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

The first would be finishing another degree in criminal justice and my next step is law school. I want to be done with law school before 2019. The second thing I want to accomplish within in the next five years is owning my food truck business in 4 different states. I've just started my own food business that is already booming!! Each year I want to accomplish getting a truck in a new city!!

To learn more about Victoria, visit her on Facebook @Victoria.Hines.583.