Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Drawing by Samax Amen
I decided to write a list of why I am so grateful. I look at life through a different lens between losing my mother in 2010, rocky relationships, having Lyme Disease and even through the best of times as I became a mother, have a closer relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, finished writing books, being published in numerous anthologies and being loved by many. On this last day of 2013 I reflected on a lot of these areas and came up with this list. Maybe before the New Year rings in you too can write a list that consists of positivity so you can end the year on right note. Peace and blessings.

  • Having a closer relationship with God. I thought my relationship became closer after I lost my sister Ayana in 2007 and my Mom in 2010 but after the many trials I have faced I feel even closer to Him and more in line with all that He wants and needs me to do.

  • My son means the world to me and I thank God for him everyday. He has seen me through some great moments and some dark and dismal times. We went from running in the park, going to African dance class, open mics to being in an IV room twice a week. He was with me 95% of the time in regards to coming with me to various appointments and his smile is contagious. No matter how I felt...he would look over at me and his smile would shine like the sun. Children are walking angels and I could not imagine my life without him.

  • Surrounded by loving family and friends. Some went to many extremes to care for me and showed me that even in the darkest hour they would never leave me and I thank them for that always. I thank God for new friends that entered my life. He always plants people in your life when you need them and He will even remove folks who you don't need around. Their chapter in my book of life has ended and that is fine. Folks go down different paths and through prayer I have learned to accept it.

  • My medical team is dynamic and full of faith! It's one thing to have a good doctor...it's another to have great doctors that truly care about you. Ones that will email and call just to see if I am okay and have seen me in the deepst part of the woods and now helping me recover as I am exiting out of the wilderness. They are blessings and I love each of them.

  • Through these trying times I have had a job. Thankful for employment during this economy. I've been guilty of complaining but to have a job and great benefits is amazing during these times.

  • God does answer prayers...and He has and still is answering mine daily. I'm so grateful for His love and for my healing to take place and the restoration. It's only a matter of time before I am totally restored.

  • Call me Joseph from the bible. My dreams have been very vivid and to see some of them come to life or to see what is ahead for us in the future makes me excited. It's a gift...not everyone has the gift of sight through dreams or believes in it...well I do and God I say thank you. As my pastors said, "The best is yet to come."

  • My beautiful church home, Ebenezer AME in Ft. Washington, MD. There are not enough words to describe how much I love my church family. They are a praying church and every time I go, people are praying for us...make us feel welcome, have helped us financially, you name it...they were there. I can't wait to become a member of a couple of ministries so I can pay it forward and help others.

  • The Healing Well forum...that is a second family to me. We will all beat this horrid Lyme Disease. I'm grateful to have made friendships, met a few in person and we help each other out through advice, a shoulder to cry on, drive each other to appointments, doctor referrals and have done it all with love! I love the ones who are healed that come back to share their testimonies!!!! Y'all are awesome!

  • To my heavenly ancestors that have passed away and watch over us every minute of the day. I have a powerhouse ancestor team up there. My parents are always with us...next to us. They watch over my son when he is sleeping and when we are away from one another. All of my ancestors...I love you and as we say in the West African tradition, "Ase...Ase...Ase."
Everyone be blessed and have a great New Year! 2014 will be our year of recovery whether it is health, finances, love, jobs, whatever you lost...we will recover it ALL!

Monday, November 4, 2013

You Don't Know My Pain

You don't know my pain
Chronically ill for months
Feeling like I'm about to go insane
You don't know my pain
Crying out to God in the middle of the night
Asking Him to spare my life once again
Multiple issues clashing together
People not understanding brushing everything off
Family in denial because I'm always the health nut
Yet I feel so alone and in a rut
You don't know my pain
Suffering and in a financial strain
Waking up daily for months feeling drained
My circle of friends got smaller
Folks who I thought would be there bailed on a sister when I hollered
Neurological, physical to mental
This disease has wreaked harm on my body in an unfair way
I've cried out to God asking Him why am I going through
Relating to every word in the book of Job as he was tested too
Praying for a cure
A miracle
Not just for me but for many who are behind me
That will become sick with this devil disease called Lyme
People keep saying all in time
I will be healed
But when...
Whatever I need to do God please show the way
I'll do whatever you want but please have mercy on my soul and hear me as I pray
You don't know pain
I hope you will never know
As I became a victim to this disease
That hit me with a heavy blow
Live life while you have health
And don't be like me wondering...thinking...what if I had done this or that...
Remain prayerful despite your storms and never turn your back
On people like me
Because you never know if your number will be called
And if it is...trust me...you won't want to feel alone
You don't know my pain...

Written By: Serena T. Wills

June, 2013

Dedicated to Everyone Dealing and Healing from Lyme Disease and any Chronic Illness or Injury

Copyright 2013 (c) Serena Wills
All rights are reserved

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Parenting with An Illness

Taken weeks before the bite that lead to Lyme Disease last year.
Parenting is quite a task. You want your children to have the best in life. So what happens when the parent or both parents become very ill?

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease 10 months ago although my health started crashing a little over a year ago. My son had just turned 1. There were days when I didn't know how I was going to function yet take care of my son. Its one thing to be a parent but a whole other ballgame when you're a single parent.

There were moments when fear struck and I went to very dark places in my thoughts. Many days and nights I cried asking God to please heal me because I need to be there for my son. But every morning I was just trying to get out of bed in pain, fatigued, foggy, poor balance or whatever else struck me that day. But my son would look at me in his crib with those big brown eyes and he gave me the determination to get our day started. Even when he would cry out for me or when he was just simply giggling it gave me energy and hope.

When I reached out to other parents on the forum called The Healing Well I knew I was not alone. All of them like me had one thing on their mind and that was getting well for their children and spouses for those who are married. Whether they were/are bedridden, hospitalized or able to function but were still ill.

So what I did instead of thinking about a lot of dark thoughts was turn those into prayers and meditation. I won't lie there were challenging times when I wish my life was different and that I wasn't alone everyday with my son. But for some reason I believe that this illness is gonna make me so much stronger as a mother and a person. It's also preparing me for my future husband (whomever and where ever he is).

Dealing with an illness takes a lot of patience as well as raising a child. I've had to learn to grow my patience even more. Between waiting for my complete and total healing, numerous doctors appointments, maintaining my household and also raising my now two year old.

A few things I would like to tell other parents that are dealing with an illness is to try to remain positive, focus on other things besides your self such as your children, if you're married write down things you would like to do after you heal with your family and lastly don't be afraid to ask for help.
The last one was the toughest one for me. I was always so used to reaching out to my mother when I was in trouble but now that she is deceased I have to reach out to other family and even friends.

Also during this time I have become very close to quite a few single mothers who have tremendously stepped up and helped me out. We have created our own support group to lean on each other. They might not be physically ill but a few of them have some emotional stresses, financial challenges and we're there to really pray and support one another. There are also married couples who have embraced us and help us out, give advice, talk when needed and they are a glimmer of hope for me as well.

If you can reach out to other families like yourselves and whether its for help or you just want somebody to fellowship with it really does make a difference.

For those parents and loved ones who are not ill the one thing you can do for parents with illnesses is to reach out to them and ask them how can you be of service to them. Whether it is a phone call, a visit, even a letter goes really long way. I have a good friend in New York City who is like a sister to me and she got groceries sent to me because she knew I was low on cash and needed them. It meant so much to me to know how much people cared.

There is one parent on the forum I belong on who truly inspires me. Her kids are now grown but most of their childhood if not all of it she was very ill. She told parents on the forum that she was afraid that her kids would grow up to resent her. What she decided to do was home school her children. This effort took incredible strength and courage on her end. As they got older they told her how much they loved her and that they never resented her.

Also there is nothing like a kiss or a hug from your child or having them cuddle next to you when you're not feeling well. It's truly healing. My son plays a game with me. He will run into the bedroom and run under the covers and it's as if he is waiting for me to find him. Children are healing and beautiful angels sent from God and if you have a spouse please let them help you and also accept their love.

I will leave you with these few pointers that I found to be personally helpful:

  • Pray
  • Meditate
  • If you can move then do light workouts and have your family join you like yoga or stretches.
  • Do small activities with your kids like color, read a book to them OR they can read to you.
  • If you have older kids talk to them about their day and if they want to know how you are feeling tell them the truth. Teens want to know what's going on and are helpful.
  • If you can't attend school activities have someone record them or Skype.
  • Try to stay in a positive place mentally...you're allowed to go to dark places at time (we are human) but don't stay there.
  • Fellowship with other parents. Invite them over...they can be helpful.
  • Write in a journal (things you want to do with your family once you're well, dreams and goals for your family).
  • Try to do some of your favorite things that don't require a lot of energy (I know it's hard...trust me). I can't African dance yet but I can watch and get the energy.

I'm with you in this journey...love and light.

(This is part one of this article as I know some illnesses aren't temporary and are terminal, stay tuned for part two in the near future).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Healing from Lyme Disease...My Personal Journey

Last September will be a month I will never forget. I was full of energy between running 6+ miles a week, African dancing, going out on the weekends, being able to play with my son on the floor, performing spoken word and do whatever I wanted to do. I had just received a full time job offer with my organization after being either unemployed or working part time with no benefits since June 2011. I was very happy and had so much planned for our (my son and I) future.

Ten days after I accepted the offer I went for a power walk with some coworkers on September 20th. Instead of walking along the paved trails we decided to take a nature walk on the Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, DC. I’m all about walking and running on pavement. I’m not one to walk through trails that are full of bushes, trees and dirt paths but I figured let me do something different. As we were walking I remember feeling something on my right arm. When I looked down it was some sort of bug and it was hard to get off. I finally got it off of my arm. I felt fine as it didn’t leave a huge mark (just a regular bug bite) and we continued the walk.

Days later I remember having a deep chest cough. I didn’t know where it came from so I went to CVS and bought some Mucinex. Even my boss had commented on my cough when I worked one Saturday at National’s Stadium for an event that my organization was hosting. The last week of September despite the cough that wouldn’t go away I kept running and even went to African dance class. No one could have told me a year later that would be my last time running or dancing.

October I felt like the Phoenix as I crashed and burned accept I didn’t rise from the ashes. It went from a cough, to shortness of breath, two visits to the emergency room, heart palpitations, night sweats, weakness in my legs, numbness in my face, fingers and toes, internal tremors, severe fatigue and the list goes on.

After seeing several specialists no one could figure out what was wrong with me. I was told I had pneumonia, pleurisy, anxiety, lupus…all kinds of diagnoses. I now felt like I had the flu on top of all of this and was experiencing muscle spasms, chills, soreness in my feet, joint aches, a lot of floaters in my eyes, twitches and for some reason the right side of my body was becoming weaker than my left side.

Several weeks later and numerous days off from work my friend from college emailed me in the middle of the night on Facebook. She said she was worried after reading my numerous status updates that kept talking about how sick I was and not getting better. She referred me to her integrative doctor in Washington DC.

I prayed that morning before calling and that maybe…just maybe this doctor had some answers. I called the day I read her email which was on Tuesday, November 20th and spoke directly to Dr. Sakiliba Mines of the The Institute of Multidimensional Medicine and she fit me into her packed schedule that day. It was Thanksgiving week and I wanted to feel better. It was only my second Thanksgiving as a mother and this is not how I wanted to start out our holiday season.

After our first visit she said from my symptoms there was some sort of infection brewing inside me and also something neurological. I brushed off the neurological piece because I just knew my brain was intact and healthy. I received my first Vitamin IV infusion that day…the first of many. She also put me on numerous supplements such as Vitamin C powder, Magnesium and a Probiotic.

After a sickly Thanksgiving I came back to DC after traveling from New York City and leaving a worried grandmother and family behind and got an MRI and a ton of labs done (Comprehensive Blood Panel). The MRI came back the very next day. I sat with my doctor and my eyes went right to the bottom of the report that stated there were not only spots on my cerebellum (small part of your brain which controls a lot of your motor skills, anxiety, emotions, etc) but inflammation and unspecified matter particularly on the right hemisphere of the brain. The diagnosis on the sheet of paper said, “Worrisome for this age group…potential Multiple Sclerosis.” I’m glad I was sitting down because I would have fallen to the floor because I began to feel faint. I began to sweat and tears rolled down the side of my face.

My doctor read the report twice and looked up at me and calmly said, “I’ve seen these results before in my patients with Lyme Disease…it mimics MS and a lot of other disorders.” She knew I was upset and gently spoke to me by telling me, “I faith in you and you will make a full recovery.” We stood up and before I left her office to go do more lab work she hugged me. I’ve never had a doctor hug me before. She was just what I needed at that time…someone caring and compassionate. I did more blood work that day which included a Western Blot/Lyme titer before receiving another Vitamin IV infusion. A few days went by and on December 14th I received a call from her office that the test came back positive.

I was relieved to have a diagnosis but I thought that Lyme couldn’t be hard to cure. Not knowing at the time that there isn’t a cure (well at least on the books) but the bacteria can go into remission. December 14th, 2012 started my Lyme healing journey.

So you might be asking yourself…what is Lyme Disease? According to Wikepedia this is what they say, (Lyme borreliosis) is an infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia.[1][2] Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto[3] is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, whereas Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii cause most European cases. The disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, US, where a number of cases were identified in 1975. Although it was known that Lyme disease was a tick-borne disease as far back as 1978, the cause of the disease remained a mystery until 1981, when B. burgdorferi was identified by Willy Burgdorfer.

Borrelia is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus Ixodes ("hard ticks").[5] Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans (EM). Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. In most cases, the infection and its symptoms are eliminated by antibiotics, especially if the illness is treated early.[6] Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat.[7]

When I found out the news I called my grandmother. I know it was hard for her to digest the fact that I had an illness. According to her she didn’t think it was fair. I had been through enough in her eyes. I totally agreed. I told numerous friends as well that live in the area as my family is a few hours away. I did receive support but some were very fearful. I also heard my fair share of comments and opinions from people. Enough to drive me to tears. I was saddened by the various comments and became depressed and felt isolated at times.

Looking back I don’t think some people knew what to say. They cared about me and wanted the best…but sometimes what might be best for others won’t be for you. They didn’t think about my job, my medical team that God blessed me with and my inner peace living in the DC area compared to the NYC area. I decided to stick it out and I prayed! I pray morning, noon and night. I don’t start my day off without prayer and at night I’m praying in my prayer room (I transformed my walk in closet at that time into my prayer closet). At the end of it all…I’m never alone because I have God on my side. Meditation and yoga also became key to keeping inner peace.

God blessed me with new friends to add to my circle during this time in the woods. One was a neighbor, “Janice” and looked at me one day in mid-October and said, “You don’t look well.” I don’t know if it was the dark circles under my eyes, the fact that my right leg was going weak and I felt like I was dragging it along or what. But she knew something wasn’t right. This was before I really knew what was wrong. She gave me her number and she has been by my side ever since. God will send people to stand in the gap.

I not only had Lyme Disease but two coinfections, “Bartonella and Babesia” which are parasites that mimic malaria. A lot was going on and I was out of work for one month with no pay because I was still on probation being a new employee. I felt so alone…so isolated from the world. People couldn’t understand what was wrong even after I told them. Also being a single mother made it even scarier. My son was and still is my motivation to get totally well again. I won’t take living with a few symptoms…I will be symptom free one day and soon!

It’s now a year after the bite and I have had over 50 IV’s, numerous supplements, detoxification of my body (which is important with Lyme and any other illness) also the average person should detox regularly whether it’s juicing, aqua chi foot therapy baths, colon hydrotherapy, infrared saunas, massages, acupuncture, kinesiology and detox baths which include dead sea salt (or if you aren't allergic like me epsom salt) and food grade hydrogen peroxide. My diet is pristine, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free because the bacteria feeds off of this stuff.

I’ve lost a total of 25 pounds due to this illness because the bacteria got into my muscles and tissues. I plan on getting most of it back (I miss my muscle mass and fitting into ¾ of my wardrobe). I look at myself in the mirror and tell myself how much I love myself, that I am a demonstration of God’s healing and that I will make it. During this illness when I had my bad/so-so days I would work on my dreams. Sickness is a serious reality check. I told God if I check out tomorrow (and there were days when I thought death was knocking at my doorstep) that I was thankful for being a mother, having a great family, friends, belonging to a dynamic sorority (Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc) and being His servant while on earth. But if I got one more chance I would make sure that my poetry book would be published, my cafe would open, I would join ministries that I kept putting off and be the best mother I could be to my beautiful son! During the thick of the sickness I worked slowly on it but my first poetry book is finally in the hands of my graphic designer for final layout and will come out by the end of the year.

I have 10 symptoms remaining which are a lot better than the 30+ I had in the beginning. I will admit…they are daunting and scary at times but day by day I’m grateful to God. I have breath in my body, I’m able to do more, God is cleaning house from the inside out and my faith is stronger. I get to watch my son grow and develop and I thought my family got closer when my mother was sick and passed away…well we became closer during this time. Everyone is determined to see me cross that finish line.

If anyone ever tells you that Lyme Disease is a joke or is easy to heal from…tell them to call me or better yet visit my buddies on the Healing Well forum. Lyme Disease is the great imitator. It can mimic MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, Lupus, Pneumonia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and more chronic illnesses. A great doctor won’t go based on solely labs…they will clinically diagnose you because the bacteria is so smart that it can hide itself in tissue since it is shaped like a spiral, hence the name of the bacteria “spirochete”. It’s not a disease for the financially broke (and I’m broke)! About 95% of the LLMD’s (Lyme Literate Doctors) or a Naturopath, Herbalist, etc doesn’t accept insurance. It’s not that they don’t want to accept insurance…it’s the fact that this is such a controversial disease that insurance companies consider most treatments “experimental.”

But wait until the insurance companies get a rude awakening…because every year thousands of people are misdiagnosed and guess what…when they are all properly diagnosed the insurance companies will have no choice but to open up!

I plan on writing more about various health issues and figured I might as well start with myself. Stay tuned as I plan on starting a health blog and hopefully will write a column for a magazine J

If you’re chronically ill, don’t give up the fight! Keep pushing forward. You have people who love you and God is on your side. This too shall pass…I tell myself that every day and have faith that it will pass and soon.

My name is Serena T. Wills and I have Lyme Disease…but it doesn’t have me!

God speed.

Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm published again! The Anthology, Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens is now available on Amazon!

I'm happy to announce that I am published in another anthology. "Cornbread, Fish and Collard Green: Prayers, Poems and Affirmation for People Living with HIV/AIDS" is now available on Amazon. This beautiful anthology is edited by Khafre Abif who is a father of two sons and living with HIV for 24 years.

I submitted a couple of poems while I was pregnant with my son a couple of years ago. Khafre loved my poems and asked if they could be included! I wrote them in dedication to two women in my family who lost their lives to AIDS, my Aunt Dorethea and Glenda and my sister Ayana Wills who never contracted HIV or AIDS but was born to a mother who had AIDS.

You can go to this link to buy the book. My name is also mentioned on the back cover of the book amongst other beautiful artists and writers (which you can view on Amazon). I'm so blessed and eternally grateful! God bless you all! The best is yet to come!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crimson Tipped Wings

Crimson Tipped Wings (a poem for Soror Jenea James)

I am an angel

With Crimson tipped wings

Playing my harp as I sing

Praises to my King

Made into an ancestor before my time

Due to jealousy and a senseless crime

Yet I fly

I smile

Although some think I'm many miles

Away...I actually stay

Close to them and you

When my children cry out for me I'm already there

Comforting them and whispering, "Please don't weep"

Cradling them in my wings until they go back to sleep

Soaring high above the mountain tops

I will never stop

Moving as I'm free as a bird is in the blue sky

Physical body has died

But my spirit is whole and very much alive

God gave me Crimson tipped wings

He knew I was His servant through my illustrious sorority

Crimson and Cream is what I knew

And Sorors I don't want you to be blue

Serve in His name

Remember me for being the same

The one...the only...Ms. Jenea James

I will guide each of you through servanthood

Asking to help our sistas out that haven't understood

How great and beautiful they are...remember me when you light the night

Full of candles

Praying for many women who haven't escaped the daily abuse and strife

I send rainbow colored wishes from the clouds

Praising His name

Praying that one of my wishes for peace and joy touch a woman who is bound

Mama and Daddy I didn't want to go...I didn't want to leave so suddenly

Thank you for being with me

Raising me and now my children who were lead to safety

Cherish the memories

Precious moments that we shared

Knowing that one day we will reunite in the heavens and I can tell you face to face how much I cared

I'm no longer in harms way

Surrounded by my Savior, God my father, Holy Spirit, ancestors and angels day by day

I'm an angel with Crimson tipped wings

Playing my harp while I sing

Praises to the King

I will never leave you

Nor forsake you

If anything I will protect all of you

Do not weep or feel blue

In the stillness of the night

On a sunlit day

Or when the rain falls

No matter what the day brings...remember that I will always love you

I will cover you with...my Crimson tipped wings

Written By

Serena T. Wills

Rest in Peace Soror Jenea James…you are missed by many and loved by all

Copyright Serena Wills 2013

All rights are reserved.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Runway to Heaven

This poem just wouldn't come out of my system until today. I wanted to write it after my dear friend Dom passed away back in January but yet another poem was birthed. I'm so glad that I'm writing again and that this piece has been birthed. Runway to Heaven will be in my second poetry book titled, "Crying Tears of Teal" which will be released in 2014. Stay tuned and enjoy this poem.
Runway to Heaven

Heaven and earth sing

As our ancestors ring

The bells as they chime to alert of someone new approaching the gates

As I day dreamed

I looked up to the clouds

Settling over the city lights

Hearing the thunder claps loudly

From a distance

As dusk falls

With colors of purple and pink galore

Forming straight lines through the sky

Like a runway to heaven

A cloud shaped like the formation of a huge hand

I would like to think

God’s hands were coming down

For the first time my eyes witnessed

No separation of my world and heaven

Began envisioning the runway to this place of paradise

A place where people are no longer in pain or suffering

In the land of milk and honey

Where the grass is always green

The birds are always singing

And people love each other unconditionally

Despite the beauty of paradise

I know that my loved ones are always around me

Whether I feel a breeze in my home

Smell the scent of my daddy’s oil

Or the facial expression of my mother crosses my son’s face as he smiles at me

It might be a leaf from my peace lily perks up

Sometimes when I’m reading scripture the page will turn on its own letting me know my grandma Verma is close by

I’m reminded every day that although they are gone physically that the runway to heaven isn’t far

As they descend on earth from time to time to see what’s happening

Protecting us constantly

Guiding us to a better life as they assist God our father with healing, loving and just being

I envision the runway to heaven full of light

Bells chiming

And those huge hands I saw in the clouds

Leading them to paradise

Heaven isn’t far

If you believe

Close your eyes and envision a place of peace and love

A place that I know I will end up in the distant future when it’s my time to go to paradise
Written By:
Serena T. Wills
Copyright 2013
All Rights Are Reserved

Monday, June 24, 2013

Burying the Past


Burying the Past

Six feet deep in my soul

Like a coffin in the ground

Laid to rest my emotions, fears and broken promises

Of my past

Change had to come soon

I would never be able to move forward

With anyone...not even myself

Until I buried the past and left it behind

Expunging the dirt, grit and grime

From things done to me in past time

Forgiveness is key in burying what you don't want to relive

Relieving the spirit from burden and pain

As it melted away all that is dark inside

Turned into light

Making room for new memories and a fresh start

Pieces of my past have tried to revisit

Reminding me

Of what or how I once felt

Tempting at times to go back

Building inner strength to leave it all behind

Learn from it

Break away from it

Sometimes the past is a substance abuse, past love, sickness and pain

In my case past relationships that went awry, a father that never acknowledged me, a mother who died and I felt I could have done more...wishing she did more for her own health

Forgiving all of them did something I never knew could or would happen

Walls that I couldn't get around or climb

Crumbled like the Jericho Walls

Heart was lightened and I'm ready to love once more

Reflections of my father when I look in the mirror now make me smile

Letting Mommy know that it's okay that you're gone, now you're whole eternally

I never knew that burying and leaving my past would help me strive

One victorious stride

As I let the past die

And be buried six feet under

Written By:

Serena Wills

(I think the original was done in 2007 or so and I revised it today). Peace and blessings.

Copyright Serena Wills 2013

All Rights are Reserved

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Living Life 155%

Dedicated to all those who are healing from an illness and cancer survivors! You can do it!
Living Life 155%
I run
Sky Dive
Bike Ride
Mountain Climb
Advocate for my friends with cancer that are trying to stay alive
I’m a…
Mother, Lover
Wife, Sister
Writer, Leader
And you ask me how do I do all of this in my life????
No longer think too much as I take chances and risks
For those that live life too cautiously I wave my finger and say, “tisk, tisk, tisk.”
I live life 155%
100% isn’t good enough for me
Once I became free I promised to live life naturally
Living every moment as if it’s my last
Traveling from place to place, city to city and yet you still ask
“How does one find the energy?”
It’s very simple…you see…
Just 2 years ago I was given 6 months to live
I thought I gave everything I could give
But it wasn’t enough…the doctors were about to give up
I vowed if I made it
To live my life wholly
Making my dream checklist I gave myself a “D” day
My “D” stood for destiny!!!
“D” stood for discharge and determination!
So once I was “discharged” from the hospital after it was said I would die I checked that off
Then I was “determined” to restart my life over and it was a must
Got rid of all those non-believers, doubters and pure haters
Those that stood the test of time in my darkest moments were my circle for life
Fighting to get my life back I went after my “destiny”
Every day I check off something from my long check list
And every day I add more to it
I’m living life like my girl Jill Scott as its Golden
Living Life 155%
If for some reason you dare resent how I live
Then you can see yourself to the door
And if anything your stupid doubts gave me more
Fuel to my fire
Added desire as I live out my life
Until God calls me home
Copyright (c) Serena Wills 2013
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mourning Blues

Dedicated to my friend...my brother Dom Celanges, January 26, 1970-January 9, 2013. Rest in peace my brother.

"Mourning Blues"

I talked until I was breathless

With friends late last night

Reminiscing on times and when all once felt painless

Laughing about good times shared and what you always seemed to call "your side of the story" and
that sense of humor

But yet it's all a mystery

As to what went wrong

I will always remember you for your bright smile, kind heart, chocolate complexion and your grey hair that showed off your everlasting wisdom

One of the greatest men that I've crossed paths with in my generation

Yet you're gone

And we are all undone

Unwrapped emotionally

Sulking and crying as we mourn

The loss of a fallen great one

What I wouldn't do to hear your voice one more time

Wishing I reached out more

I will always ask why...

Why are you gone and so soon

We had so much to do

Life to live...but now I'm singing the mourning blues

Never forgotten my friend...my brother

Knowing deep in my heart God has opened His arms, made you whole and said to you,
"Son...welcome home."

Dom we love you always...as we say in the West African Tradition Ase...Ase...Ase (honoring our ancestors)