My Life Timeline

  • I was conceived around this time (prenatal)

    I was conceived around this time (prenatal)
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    Prenatal, First 2 years, and Play years

    During this period I was raised by both my mother and my grandmother. My playmates were mainly my uncles who were close to my age. I was pretty much a tomboy.
  • Mother had to stop drinking and smoking. It made her ill. (prenatal)

    Mother had to stop drinking and smoking. It made her ill. (prenatal)
    Thank the Lord she developed an adversion to bad habits that could have affected my development.
  • My Birthday!

    My Birthday!
    Born 6lbs. 7oz. I was a healthy baby girl born to a 17 year old teenager. I was healthy dispite my mother's attempt to self abort by engaging in risky behavior such as painting with toxic house paint and climbing ladders. Did not know my father personally, only knew him by the information on my Birth Certificate.
  • Breastfed by both mother and grandmother

    Breastfed by both mother and grandmother
  • Began to crawl on all fours.

    Began to crawl on all fours.
  • Raised primarily by my grandmother between 1-3yrs.

    Raised primarily by my grandmother between 1-3yrs.
  • Began to walk.

    Began to walk.
  • Artistic gift. Began creating pictures beyond my age.

    Artistic gift. Began creating pictures beyond my age.
  • Imitating! Attempted to put on a kotex!

    Imitating! Attempted to put on a kotex!
  • Started Head Start at age 3. I was excited.

    Started Head Start at age 3. I was excited.
  • Too many caregivers led to sexual abuse.

    Too many caregivers led to sexual abuse.
  • Trusting! Played with dangerous wild dogs.

    Trusting! Played with dangerous wild dogs.
  • Art becomes more detailed and began telling stories.

    Art becomes more detailed and began telling stories.
  • Young explorer! Collected bugs, frogs and lizards!

    Young explorer! Collected bugs, frogs and lizards!
  • Began riding bike without training wheels.

    Began riding bike without training wheels.
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    Middle Childhood

    My middle childhood years was filled with a lot of pain and confusion. I experienced rejection from my peers because I grew up in an all white neighborhood, and then later in Detroit which was predominately black because of the way I spoke. I also experienced rejection from my step-father who resented that my mother was a packaged deal. I also moved frequently which prevented me from making close bonds with other children during this time period until we bought a home when I was 10.
  • Sinner's Prayer. Gave my heart to Jesus at the age of 7.

    Sinner's Prayer.  Gave my heart to Jesus at the age of 7.
  • Began entering and winning art contest at school.

    Began entering and winning art contest at school.
  • My little brother, David, is born.

    My little brother, David, is born.
    I was happy to finally have a sibling. I spoiled my new baby brother.
  • began developing breast

    began developing breast
  • Mother married her cohabitation partner, Daryl.

    Mother married her cohabitation partner, Daryl.
    Sad day for me because we did not get along. The children were not included in the event, and did not know until they came back from Ohio. That made me angry,too.
  • My step-brother, Daryl, Jr. comes to live with us.

    My step-brother, Daryl, Jr.  comes to live with us.
    At the time my mother's live-in boyfriend's, (soon to become my step-father), son's mother dies from lupus. Big changes for all of us. We need to move out of our small 2 bedroom apartment.
  • Met my life-long bestfriend, Yolanda

    Met my life-long bestfriend, Yolanda
  • Started my menstration at the age of 10 (Biosocial).

    Started my menstration at the age of 10 (Biosocial).
    I was excited but also sad because I felt as though my childhood was ending.
  • First day of Cervany Middle School

    First day of  Cervany Middle School
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    Adolescence

  • Bussed from Cerveny to Murphy Middle School during 8th grade (Cognitive/Psychosocial).

    Bussed from Cerveny to Murphy Middle School during 8th grade (Cognitive/Psychosocial).
    During this time many children were bussed from the inner-city to the surrounding suburbs. This was a psychosocial event because I had to adapt to different people. I was no longer in a predominantly black school anymore, and I also witnessed disparity compared to where I was and to where I had been bussed. The quality of education and environment was evident.
  • Got straight A for the first time!

    Got straight A for the first time!
    This was a mile stone for me because I realized that I had the capabilities to be an excellent student.
  • Started writing a weekly serial (teenage soap opera) for my class (Cognitive/Psychosocial).

    Started writing a weekly serial (teenage soap opera) for my class (Cognitive/Psychosocial).
    My 8th grade year was a "coming of age" year for me. I learned that I was attractive to boys ;and I began to explore and share my gifts and talents. It was a very exciting year for me.
  • First day at Cooley High School, Detroit, MI (Cognitive).

    First day at Cooley High School, Detroit, MI (Cognitive).
    I was a part of the CAP program. Cooley Accelaterated (Honors) Program and also a member of the National Honor's Association.
  • Dealt with drug addicted parents (Psychosocial).

    Dealt with drug addicted parents (Psychosocial).
    This was the worst event of my life. My parents who throughout my life smoked maurajana and drink finally moved to much heavier drugs. I experienced the results of the crack cocaine epidemic. Within a year we lost our home and the family was shattered. Being the oldest, I became a replacement parent.
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    Emerging adult

  • Mother and Step-father seperated (Psychosocial).

    Mother and Step-father seperated (Psychosocial).
    Mixed feelings. Happy that my mother was leaving a bad marriage, but also sad that the family that I knew were breaking up. My step-brother whom I was close to went to live with his mother's aunt. I also left my high school during my senior year.
  • Graduated from High School (Cognitive/Pschosocial)

    Graduated from High School (Cognitive/Pschosocial)
    Graduated from Melvindale High School. Lonely experience because I moved from my old High School and friends in the middle of my Senior year.
  • Met my first love and future husband, Tim (Psychosocial).

    Met my first love and future husband, Tim (Psychosocial).
  • Rededicated my life to the Lord (Psychosocial).

    Rededicated my life to the Lord (Psychosocial).
  • Started Dorsey Business School (Cognitive).

    Started Dorsey Business School (Cognitive).
    Graduated, but was not what I really wanted to do. Should have stayed true to what I originally started to do,because I returned to Psychology later in life.
  • Severe morning sickness (hyperemesis). Had to be hospitalized (Biosocial)

    With every pregnancy I developed hyperemesis whereas I threw up everything including water. I had to be hospitalized to be hydrated and fed through an IV.
  • Got married! (Psychosocial)

    Got married! (Psychosocial)
    Our wedding aniversary is 2 days before my husband's birthday. He can't forget it!
  • My Son, Phillip, is born (Biosocial).

    My Son, Phillip, is born (Biosocial).
    This was a difficult birth. I was in labor for 25 hours and had to have an emergency C-section. He was 10lbs.
  • Grandmother passed away at the age of 62 from cancer (Psychosocial)..

    Grandmother passed away at the age of 62 from cancer (Psychosocial)..
  • Purchased our first home (Psychosocial).

    Purchased our first home (Psychosocial).
    This was a tremendous blessing because we were living with my in-laws home. Very stressful especially since I was expecting my second child. It was an answer to our prayers.
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    Adulthood

    This portion of my timeline will have actual events as well as projections according to goals and events that are in progress.
  • My daughter, Danielle, is born (Biosocial).

    My daughter, Danielle, is born (Biosocial).
    I exercised religiously while I was carrying her, and ate well. This was a very easy birth and recovered quickly.
  • Decided to Homeschool children (Psychosocial)..

    Decided to Homeschool children (Psychosocial)..
    This was a momumental decision for my husband and me, but well worth it. We homeschooled until my children reached middle school age.
  • Son diagnosed as developmentally delayed (Psychosocial).

    Son diagnosed as developmentally delayed (Psychosocial).
    This was a devestating blow for my husband and me. We wondered what happened during my pregnancy. Was it something I did wrong? Was it something that happened at birth? What kind of life would he have later? He turned out find.
    He is a happy, healthy , and loving adult. He has added value to our life and others.
  • My daughter, Christina is born! (Biosocial)

    My daughter, Christina is born! (Biosocial)
    Almost a birthday gift. After her birth I also experience postpartum depression probably because I had my children close together, and my mom lived acrossed the country.
  • Diagnosed as a diabetic (Biosocial).

    Diagnosed as a diabetic (Biosocial).
    years of nonactivity and poor eating habits took it toll on my body. Had to begin taking insulin.
  • Back to College (Cognitive/Psychosocial).

    Back to College (Cognitive/Psychosocial).
    Children are almost out of the nest. Decided to pursue my goals and dreams.
  • Son graduated from High School! (Psychosocial).

    Son graduated from High School! (Psychosocial).
    My son Phillip who is a special needs student walked across the stage. He entered Western Wayne Skill Center the following year. We are proud of his progress and determination.
  • Returned to the work force after 18 years of raising my children (Psychosocial)..

    Returned to the work force after 18 years of raising my children (Psychosocial)..
  • Daughter Graduated from Churchill HIgh School (Psychosocial).

    Daughter Graduated from Churchill HIgh School (Psychosocial).
    Second child to walk across the stage! Hooray! Went to Schoolcraft the following semester as a Medical Transfer student.
  • Grandfather passed of natural causes at age of 72

    Grandfather passed of natural causes at age of 72
    Did not know my grandfather well. Wish I did. He divorced my grandmother when my mother was 12 years old.
  • Obtained my Associates Degree in Social Work (Psychosocial).

    Obtained my Associates Degree in Social Work (Psychosocial).
  • Obtain my Bachelors in Social Work (Cognitive).

    Obtain my Bachelors in Social Work (Cognitive).
  • Begin my career as a professional social worker (Psychosocial).

    Begin my career as a professional social worker (Psychosocial).
  • Obtain my Masters in Psychology (Cognitive).

    Obtain my Masters in Psychology (Cognitive).
  • I become a grandmother for the first time. (Pyschosocial)

    I become a grandmother for the first time. (Pyschosocial)
    This could be sooner or later, but I pray that it is later and my children are married.
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    Late Adulthood

    This is a projection, but according to my life expectancy calculator I could live up to 98 years old if I make improvements in my lifestyle. Otherwise, I could live up to 89 if nothing tragic happens.
  • I retire from my career and begin traveling with my husband.

    I retire from my career and begin traveling with my husband.
    My husband and I hope to retire together, buy an RV to explore the country then travel the world.
  • I have my homegoing at the age of 98. (Biosocial)

    I have my homegoing at the age of 98. (Biosocial)