The word “therapy” basically means the curing, healing and treatment of a direct health problem, rather emotional, mental or physical. At the tender age of 10 Curlisa Clinton was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, a cancer originating in the uppermost region of the throat. After going through 8 weeks of radiation therapy, she went from being speechless to sounding like a mouse when she spoke. As an adult, Curlisa struggled with finding a job and being taken seriously when people heard her speak. “It was no fun talking like a cartoon character and losing all my hair at the same time. I tried to get my voice repaired 3 years ago with no success. I had to come to terms that this is the way God has made me and there are some things I just can’t change.”
Although she is currently working a full time job, Curlisa found solace through the form of writing; it was the non-judgmental voice she longed to be heard. As she developed her writing through-out the years, it became more of a passion for her. “I love to let my thoughts spill out on a page.” She started writing poetry as a form of therapy, but quickly set her sights on writing books. Although she never imagined herself as an author, one of her biggest accomplishments was publishing her first book “Made to Love Me.”
The book took her only 9 months to complete because of her passion for writing it. “The book “Made to Love Me” is about a painter/sculptor name Rashad Tatum who is also a life repairman that fixes people and their problems. One day a father, harboring a secret, knocks on Rashad’s door in a desperate need of a cure for his daughter Tyese. When Rashad finds out the woman is gay he dismisses the father. But like most fathers, Mr. Fitzgerald is stubborn and won’t take no for an answer. After being stalked by Fitzgerald, Rashad agrees to take Tyese in and attempt to cure her of what he considers a disease. Rashad has to shape and mold Tyese just as he does his clay.”
The success of her book was celebrated by her growing supporters. However, her biggest supporters are her two kids, Jada and Xavier, and her fiancé Rashad. She admits that trying to balance a healthy relationship, a full time job, quality time with her children and maintaining a writing career can sometimes be challenging to say the least. “I always try to be that super person even though sometimes I may come up short; I still challenge and try my best because it’s for my family. It’s true that the man is the head of the household but like my Pastor Ida always says, “That man is nothing without his neck to turn his head.” The woman is the neck and she is needed to keep order and make decisions when his thinking cap isn’t on. And that’s my day to day challenge – to succeed for them.”
And succeed is what Curlisa is doing! She is currently working on her second book, followed by a multitude of other books. Going through such a challenging life, she attributes the love and guidance of God as the leading force behind her strength and success.
Curlisa Clinton’s determination to allow her voice to be heard has been the best transformation of her life’s journey that she could ever experience. “It’s just like taking a test; you think you know all the answers but then there is always someone that knows it better or can word it better.” And this is a test that she knows too well. She has allowed her voice to not only be therapeutic for herself, but therapeutic to the world!
To learn more about Curlisa, visit her Facebook page C.C. Sheppard or follow her on Twitter @CCsSheppard1. To order her book “Made to Love Me,” visit amazon.com or any other bookstore website. It can be purchased as paperback and/or as an ebook version.