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Talk Back: ‘From 20 Beautiful Women Vol. 2’

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In 2006, I graduated high school at the top of my class and had been accepted into multiple colleges. I picked a college and just knew I was on my way. Initially, I wasn’t happy in the major I had chosen, so I changed it to one that best fit me. From then on, I did well and enjoyed my college experience. I had new friends, a new level of responsibility and freedom, a good part-time job, and everything was going great. That was until 2009, when things in my life changed in ways I was not prepared for, and it didn’t stop there.

It started Monday, March 30, 2009. I got up and went to work as I normally did, but on that day, my life began to change. I was ringing up a customer when my manager came to me and said I had a phone call. I finished with the customer and walked to the office. The words came through the phone, “Get to the hospital as soon as possible. Your mother needs you,” and my heartbeat sped up. I left work and raced down the highway trying to get to the hospital. I pulled into the parking garage praying to find a parking space quickly. There were no available spaces on the first level, so I kept searching. Finally, just before arriving on the fourth level, I found a parking space on the third level. As I pulled into the space, my heart was pounding and my hands were shaking. I placed my car in park and tried to calm down.

Finally, I got out of the car and walked to the elevator. The elevator doors opened, and I pressed the button for the first floor. When the doors opened again, I exited slowly with my hands still shaking. As I made my way down the hall, I looked left and right, but saw no familiar faces. At last, the long walk came to an end. I arrived at the doorway to the Intensive Care Unit. I took a huge breath and walked through the doorway. I went down the hall past two rooms, and there she was. My mother laid there hooked up to what seemed like every machine they could hook her up to.

At this time, I was speechless. My heart dropped. My dad and brothers were already there, so I quietly made my way next to the bed and held my mother’s hand. A family friend was on her way with my younger sisters. During this time, there was little conversation and a lot of prayer. My sisters arrived just as quickly as I did and joined us around my mother’s bed….


Tandee Victor Salter is the CEO of 8th Jubilee Coaching, LLC. She’s a certified life coach with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration. She’s also the co-author of 20 Beautiful Women Vol. 2.”