Survivor Feature: Meet Nikeya

Here at Pretty Lane we believe that our stories are meant to inspire others. There are so many survivors whose testimonies deserve to be shared and celebrated. We value their courage, strength and perseverance. We say thank you and we support you always.

Today we'd like to introduce you to our first Survivor feature, Nikeya Crowe. She was diagnosed with Lupus January of 2010. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body essentially attacks itself. It can affect the joints, kidneys, blood, cause a skin rash, fatigue and more. This condition can't be cured.

Nikeya's fight with lupus resulted in end-stage renal failure. Surviving a couple cases of pneumonia, dialysis and a scary ambulance ride where she completely stopped breathing, Nikeya proves that she is a true Lupus warrior and example of faith. She is also a beloved friend and Sorority sister of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Tell us who you are:

My name is Nikeya Crowe but everyone calls me Nikki. I'm an accountant. I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in PG County, Maryland.

What has been your biggest lesson?

Never take anyone or anything for granted. Take advantage of opportunities and enjoy life now because it could all change tomorrow. #SELFLOVE

Share your testimony

The end of 2013, my kidneys were functioning less than 30-40% as a result of the lupus. I finally decided to list myself on the kidney transplant list at Johns Hopkins. God was teaching me patience, and I heard him loud and clear. There is no date provided for the list, just an estimated wait time based on your blood type and/or if you have a living donor in your life willing to help you live. The gift of organ donation is a huge favor to ask anyone. I can gladly say I'm never letting go of the people that offered no matter how far you got in the process of testing to donate for me.

One Friday while sitting on the couch watching The Breakfast Club, my phone rang. The transplant coordinator for George Washington University Hospital told me the news I've been waiting to hear for 4 years 9 months 14 days 9 hours and 36 minutes! They had a potential kidney for me and needed me to come in that night to operate early morning. At that moment I sent much praise to God. God will not give you any hurdles you cannot overcome. He puts certain people in your life for a reason. He will provide you with all you need and more. The greater the test, the greater the testimony.

What does it mean to be a Survivor?

One of life's greatest achievements, if not THE greatest. A warrior's honor badge. In darkness with nowhere to turn and your back's against the wall, you still find your way to the light at the end of the tunnel. Against all odds you still find your way.

What advice would you give someone going through a similar situation?

Stay faithful and prayerful. Getting through tough times makes you stronger. It also allows you to encourage and be a source of information to those that have not made it as far as you. Do not think you are alone and always remember you are loved.

What is your favorite quote/affirmation and why?

I have so many because I promote positivity and I'm continuously learning. If I had to pick one that stays in mind I'd say "You never know what someone is going through. Be kind always."

How has faith played a role in your journey?

It's my drive to keep going. Faith has brought me out of storms and gives me joy to look forward to greater things to come. Faith is a major component in my day-to-day and I definitely give it credit for where I am today.

How are you serving others?

I take pride in committing to community service that teaches the youth, assists the elderly, and provides for less fortunate and the under-served population. I support and bring awareness to the causes that have impacted me. I find myself being a motivator to those I know and have recently met.

Share any resources that could be beneficial to readers.

www.lupus.org

www.kidneyfund.org

www.unos.org

What's one final thing you'd like to share with our readers?

There is always someone to talk to. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask or just start talking.

Pretty Lane's motto is Stylishly Giving for the Gracefully Living. We will continue promoting positive messages through our apparel and the work we do in the community. Subscribe to our page for updates and invites to events where we will be raising money for worthy causes. Also, if you or someone you know deserves to be the next Survivor feature please email us at info@prettylaneapparel.com

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