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Cheryl grew up with 7 brothers in the predominantly black Fifth Ward neighborhood located a few minutes from downtown Houston.

Her mom and dad were godly people who were committed to teaching their family the things of God.  “Christ was always at the center,” says Cheryl.  She accepted the Lord as her Savior at a young age and cannot recall a time in her life when she didn’t serve Him.

Cheryl did well in school and was always an honor student.  She was class valedictorian in junior high and attended a top high school to prep for college.  One day, a teacher told her she could not write.  Devastated, Cheryl felt like a failure and her self-esteem hit rock bottom. “I lost all confidence,” she says.

For this painful season of her life, Cheryl allowed this teacher’s opinion of her to define her.  “My perception of myself changed completely,” she says.  “I began thinking that maybe I needed to scrap the dream of attending Northwestern University because my teacher said I was not a good writer.”

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