From the moment I was born, I was considered a miracle. Born with a mitral-valve defect and one kidney, the doctors honestly were not even sure that I would even make it out of the hospital. The sands of time flowed steadily as I continued to fight a battle I knew I was not ready to give up. I ended up making it out okay, and up until the age of three, I had to be on extensive medications for my heart until surgery was available. I ended up having heart surgery a little after my third birthday. Ever since that day, my heart became my armor. An armor that reminds me every single day that my purpose, my mission in this world is yet to be fulfilled. 
On October 31, 2008, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer at the age of twelve. During this brief moment of my life, I started to feel my world crumble and I felt at a constant loss. My body changed, and things were happening that I could not control. I lost my hair and my friends, but what I did not lose was my spirit and strength to keep fighting because I knew better things were coming. After a plethora of radiation and chemotherapy sessions, on February 21, 2010, I was considered cancer free! 
Eight years later, I am now a recent college graduate with so many accomplishments under my belt. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and an Undergraduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies. I plan on continuing my education at FIU as I got accepted into the Mass Communications: Global Strategic Communications Masters and the Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building Graduate Certificate program.

God has put me through so much in order to make me a much stronger person then I was before; he has kept me on this earth for a reason and I am slowly learning those reasons as I continue to triumph against every adversity that presents itself. Being a multi-racial Muslim woman, I have experienced many different types of treatment; some better than others. However, I do not want my children and my grandchildren to have to miss out on amazing opportunities or be treated a certain way because there was not someone there before them that was fighting for a change in society. 

This website serves as my ePortfolio, so feel free to explore! I am just so happy to see all my hard work pay off.

Thank you all,

Kiana A'Launtra Favors

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