JaQuitta Williams continues to speak boldly as a cancer survivor in our recent interview.
Q: How has your message of hope evolved over the past 4 years?
A: It is much the same. I tell women that no journey is ever the same. Nobody has the right to tell you how you should feel whether you want to be quiet or fall out and cry. But there has to be a refreshing, you cannot stay in that place too long. A friend said to be grateful for the experience. I thought she was crazy at first. But, cancer has taught me how to live a better life. I have no time to give energy to things that will have no impact. When God calls for you, it is your time whether it is at age 52, 92, or 3.
Q: Your hair is beautiful but different from before, how do you feel about the change?
A: I learned to find humor in losing my hair. I lost hair everywhere. I didn’t have to shave my legs or pluck the little hairs on my face. I would brush my hair and it would come out. I decided to brush it all out and discovered a cute little head. I am boldly walking with what God gave me. People now ask what I do to my hair to maintain my natural look and I am glad to share.
Q: You have been named one of the five PinkTogether Survivor Ambassadors for 2011.. What does this honor mean to you?
A: I am honored, happy, and feel blessed especially knowing that they scoured the entire country for good candidates. General Mills in the PinkTogether Campaign is actually going out into the community and the Country taking time to hear our stories and take our pictures. When I see myself and the four others, we are still here. We are still smiling and happy. Cancer does not mean a death sentence.
Q: I understand that during the month of October, your image can be found on General Mills products including Cheerios Cereal and Betty Crocker Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Mixes. Does this make you feel like a champion?
A: We are warrior princesses and yes, we are champions. It could have been the end but it wasn’t the end. I feel powerful, strong, mighty; me and the Father. I have one of the boxes on my desk. It is a personal preference but it does me no good not to share my experience. I am living my best life.
Q: Any final words for the readers?
A: The praising I did when I was sick is the same praising I do every day of my life. Whatever your situation, it might be something else; it is what you do, how you handle it. So many times when going through the storm (Psalm 23) Rev. Warnock once shared, “we focus on the shadow. Shadow however is indicative of light.” We will come out of the valley, will come to the light. Cling to God more. You are not looking at me; you are looking at God in me.
JaQuitta has a big, bright smile that is reflective of her big heart.