The amount of shock you have right now is multiplied by 100% for me because it is the most surreal experience I have been through right up there with seeing my son’s face for the first time when he was born. I am excited and honored to be chosen as one of the rare few people featured on the cover of O Magazine.
I know this was beyond the brilliant mind of Adam Glassman and the creative team at O magazine or a vision Oprah or Gayle had. This was a moment chosen by God and that’s coming from a non religious person such as myself.
Well the day I shot the cover of O magazine I was coming up on the one year anniversary of my husbands death. It may have been a year to the last date that I told him I loved him. That week wasn’t great for me at all prior to the shoot. First it was a crazy snowstorm in New York City. Then I was completely sad especially since my son had spent nights waking in tears over losing his dad.
Shoot day came and I met Gayle, I was thrilled she knew me by name and I was eager to share my story and life with her. Shortly after to everyone’s surprise we met Oprah. Meeting Oprah and Gayle in one day crossed a line off my bucket list! What would come next was the biggest surprize of them all. Oprah was not only in the photos with myself and all the other lovely women but one photo would be the COVER issue of April 2016.
In that moment life’s thoughts rushed to my face, in fact it’s happening now and tears fell which led to sobs. Why? My husband and I were married April 16th in 2009 and all the parallels in the timing of everything just feels like a gift from God and a big hug from my husband.
Dreams coming to fruition
As the shoot came to a close we toasted to its success and to Oprah’s upcoming birthday over champagne. We knew the journey ahead and it was a sense of being in it together. For me it was beyond anything I could have dreamed.
Since college Me and my best friend Melissa would talk about how we were going to grow up and be just like Oprah and Gayle. We admired their friendship and the powerful impact they made in the world. Me and Melissa had been through alot in our lives and often looked to them for courage.
Now those same two women (Oprah and Gayle) hand picked ME, lifted my spirits in the lowest and worst time of my life and encouraged me even more to keep fighting. They didn’t know the impact they were making on me at the time, only God could know that.
My hope moving forward is that in sharing about my life in the pages of O magazine you are able to be inspired and encouraged the way I have been over the year. If you are struggling with your weight, fighting with your significant other or spouse about their health, a widow whatever your story know you are never alone. There are so many ways to seek guidance and support in whatever your life story is.This is my story and I am excited to share this journey with you.