I am Jearlean Taylor from Baltimore, Maryland. At the age of three years old, I developed a rare form of vaginal cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma). Doctors thought I would not live to celebrate my third birthday. Since the age of three years old, I have had two permanent ostomies (colostomy and urostomy). No one could imagine my difficulties, low self-esteem, insecurities, too many surgeries to count, and my problem with loving me. I spent my childhood and most of my adolescent years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York fighting this disease and all that came after. Especially with my ostomy bags. My life was a journey of unexpected turns.
My heart's desire has always been to make a difference in people lives, but there was something internally that was unstable in my life. My mind, body, and soul longed for answers. I had outer beauty, but was suffering on the inside with low self-esteem, pity, and unhappiness. I would say my problem was cancer, but my disease was what I called “Pretty Girl Blues”.
Through my journey and faith, I discovered who I could be in spite of my medical circumstances. My insecurities did not change overnight, but I learned to be a survivor. I am blessed to have my desires, passions, and dreams come true. I have been a fashion model for over nineteen years (yes, with two ostomy bags). I am helping those suffering with low-self-esteem by reaching out, encouraging, uplifting, listening, understanding, and sharing my story. We are not our circumstance. We are overcomers.