When I think about sitting down with high school classmates, the first thing that comes to mind is usually all the stories about what we did in our youth and how crazy it is that we have made it successfully into adulthood. I immediately think about what we are doing now and how we have changed over the past 20 years! What doesn't necessarily come to mind is discussing having to fight for your life and how grace has become your life mantra. When I sat down to chat with my fellow Callaway High School Class of 2000 classmate, Chandra Swan, hearing her survival story turned me in my seat.
2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 “My grace is sufficient”
Chandra Grace Swan is a native of Jackson, MS living in Tennessee. She is a wife, coach, daughter, sister, friend, a beautiful woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Tougaloo Alumni! Chandra believes that Black girls and women can do anything and everything we set our hearts and minds to do. She knows that we were beautifully and wonderfully made and have truly been kissed by God.
Chandra is a breast cancer survivor!
The time I spent interviewing Chandra gave me even more motivation to share the journey of women. The courage that it takes share the most vulnerable parts of yourself is shown in so many women, but Chandra's Grace has made me understand on a new level how important is it to have these conversations more often and more openly. There is so much that I learned from this Dope Black Survivor.
What makes you magical?
Chandra: My drive and passion I feel make me magical. I am very competitive with myself. I want to be a better me everyday single day. My spirit of giving makes me magical. I will give and give and give until I have nothing left to give. I want to use all of my resources and talent here on earth so I can hear those words “well done my good and faithful servant.”
What are some ways you practice self care?
Chandra: Meditation, exercise, off and on eating healthy, taking supplements, listening to music, devotionals with friends, prayer time and alone time with God, long baths, spending time with family and friends, reading, and the list goes on and on.
Check out my interview with Chandra to learn how GRACE has become her mantra, why having the right doctors are important, the power of family and prayer, and how she is determined not to "waste her cancer" battle and story of victory!