“Modern Day Joan of Arc”
My sister Shanda Renee has lived an incredible life. Everyone from the outside looking in can't fathom how she manages to keep that big smile of hers to this day. Her heart is bigger than the ocean, giving off her own back, helping hurting people while she herself has had nothing and been so hurt. Her life started with tragedy, born into an alcoholic and violent home and being molested as a child. (I am her step sister and came along after our mother divorced her dad and married mine) The abuse seemed to follow her throughout her life. She became a single mom after escaping her abusive marriage to her drug addicted husband in her young 20's. She struggled for so long to survive and raise my nephew, her son. During so much time of grief even back then, I would see her making over homeless people and doing amazing things that most people just don't do for others. That kind of genuine love exudes from my sister to this day although she has been beaten down and left for dead. She has gone on to accomplish some of the most life changing things. I don't know how she has done it in the last 4 years, but following a tragic surgery that left her with permanent nerve damage and paralysis in her back, losing everything she had worked hard to build for herself and my nephew, (including her wedding photography business), being thrown into a nightmare lawsuit that dragged her through hell and ended in the most conspired unjust way, living her life in daily pain and fighting against everyone and everything including her ex husband, the government and hundreds of doctors - she continued to raise her son by being a good mom, a good person to others, and holding on to her faith. My sister started a charity and outreach program helping the homeless and single moms. She created and held events down on Skid Row in LA including giving away thousands of blankets saving a church from being shut down. She has published articles and blogs, recorded two award winning Christian inspirational songs. She also produced and directed a music video for one of them and is raising funds for the second. She has gone back to college, rehabilitated herself and has obtained her certificate in real estate, which she is now licensed, with a vision to create housing for single mothers and their children. She even took a helicopter pilot training course. That just scrapes the surface of my sister. She recently was asked to do a huge interview that is more of a mini-auto biography she calls it, of her life story that should be published into a full book to inspire other woman!
Her full story can be read here: http://christianenquirer.com/2013/06/03/shanda-renee-survivor-warrior-by...
She is a writer, photographer, actress, singer/song writer, humanitarian, activist, mother, friend to the world and I am honored to call her my sister. When I happened to come across this link I just had to share a little of her story in hopes more people will come to know who she is and what she is doing to make a difference in the world.