Special Feature #thewhoamichallenge: Ijeoma Mark-Edeh
It is incredible how you can know someone all your life, and never truly appreciate the strength and zeal they possess… till you see them exert it in full force. Ijay, as she is fondly called, can easily be described as a go-getter… mighty brain, petite body. Her petite stature creates the assumption that she is a delicate and fragile lady. 2016 proved everyone wrong.
Ijay abruptly found out she had brain tumors, and needed to get to the operating table ASAP. Doctors said she may not make it to surgery… they feared for the worst. Ijay on the other hand remained positive, uplifting everyone around her with her infectious giggle/smile. ‘Nina, I’m not too proud to accept that I am scared. But, I have 2 daughter, so I have only one goal. I must make it back home’. These were her words to me… the inner strength this woman possesses is phenomenal. I can’t even imagine how worried she was on the inside, but I never felt it in her voice or actions. Somehow, she was able to make everyone around her become certain that she will make it back… and she did.
The strength of a woman goes way beyond her fragile exterior. It comes from within. WOMAN has these amazing super powers to enable her guard her home and offspring(s) with such intensity… willing to lay down her life, or in this case, fight to stay alive, against all odds. WOMAN possesses true super powers to nurture and exert pure undiluted love… love that can change stories of catastrophe and soften the coldest heart. Ijay’s story reignited my zeal to love and forgive… my determination to live and live right… my desire to embrace Jesus firmly.
I am not in the position to tell her story, I believe only she can do that. I can however say this…. Ijay is a fighter. Within 6 months, she was back to work and full mummy/wife duties. She has smiled her way through this life changing experience and encourages other women to choose ‘STRENGTH’ all the time. It is all in the mind…. your ‘rise’ can only go as high as your mind is willing to jump…. How high can your mind jump?
Like I always say, never stay trapped in the norm, unleash your alter ego today.