Hey dudes! ✌ Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Alice's friend of almost 20 years, Shavonda Tate! Alice and Shavonda first met at Wave Camp, a camp for kids and teens with disabilities! Introduce yourself, friend!
ST: Shavonda Tate. I am 27 years old and I am Psychic Medium & Paranormal Educator with my own business.
*Image description: Photo is in black & white. A black woman, with short locks, smiling. She has a black shirt with skulls and a hand on it. The shirt reads "Shavonda's".
A&A: We are big fans of your business and what you do! What is your disability?
ST: I have Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida L3.** I am paralyzed from below the knees down. I am confined to a wheelchair. I am unable to walk.
A&A: That has to be HARD on your body. When did you first discover cannabis?
ST: As a teenager. I grew up around family that smoked cannabis. I didn't start smoking or using cannabis products until I was 20 years old.
*Image description: A GIF of a hand grabbing a handful of dried cannabis flower.
A&A: That's great you got to start treating yourself at a young age! How does it help you?
ST: It has helped me, sometimes, with my insomnia and my chronic pain that I deal with on the daily basis.
**Image description: A GIF with a wiggling skeleton torso. There are 3 words being highlighted: Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar.
A&A: Chronic pain needs to take a long walk off a VERY short pier. How are you dealing with the pandemic?
ST: I've been working and keeping busy running my business. Creating and making merchandise.
A&A: That's awesome. Finding ways to stay busy is harder than ever these days. For anyone struggling with your diagnosis, what's something you want them to know?
ST: It's not easy and it never will be. But, don't let your disadvantages stop you from living your life how you see fit.
Image description: Tupac (2Pac) dancing. He is shirtless with a white backwards cap on. His tattoo reads "Thug Life".
Hear, hear! Keep fighting everyone. You can find Shavonda on Instagram @shavondaspsychicreadings and at www.shavondaspsychicreadings.com to book a reading!
Later, dudes! 🤟🏼
**Myelomeningocele Spinal Bifida is a neural tube defect in which the bones of the spine do not completely form. This results in an incomplete spinal canal. The spinal cord and meninges protrude from the child's back.