Thank you for being a part of our power issue dedicated to survivors of cancer and domestic violence.
MISS NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
MS CONNIE: My name is Connie Boddie, I’m 69 years of age. I am a wife, a stepmother, a grandmother and a Christian. I am a mature full figure model. 2 years ago, I retired from the District of Columbia Government after 15 years of service in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. I am content with myself and I thank God for who He made me with AAALLL of my strengths and AAAALLL of my weaknesses.
MISS NO: Define being a survivor in your own words.
MS CONNIE: A survivor is a person who is still standing in spite of the hand that was dealt them. A survivor strives to conquer fear, opinions that don’t matter, circumstances and experiences by claiming victory over being victimized and constantly striving toward the title of “Survivor”.
MISS NO: Do you have any survivors in your family? If so, how did you help them overcome?
MS CONNIE: In my family, pancreatic cancer moved so quickly there was no time to overcome. In the situation of bladder cancer, I assisted with doctor’s appointments and in-home care. The situation that rings so clear to me was with my sister/friend that owned a nail salon. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a self-employed person, when you don’t work you make no money. The recuperation period for the surgery and healing time with breast cancer was a few months. I took over her business for the entire time so that she wouldn’t have to worry about her clientele going someplace else and she would still have an income. Our friendship began as me being her client, this experience made us sister/friends 4 ever.
MISS NO: How can we do more as an industry to advocate for our cancer and domestic violence survivors?
MS CONNIE: The most outstanding thing I can think of during this very crucial time is to VOTE. Become familiar with your local politicians and make your requests known.
MISS NO: Can you share your experience with the late Ms. Jacqueline Chase-Hudson, what she meant to you?
MS CONNIE: Jacqueline was a friend, a mentor, a cheerleader and a teacher. We shared “belly laughs”, we shared tears, we shared prayers, we shared praises…we shared life.
MISS NO: What would you like her family to know?
MS CONNIE: I want her family to know that I loved Jackie and I believe that she loved me. She shared her family with me. I appreciated her being in my life.
MISS NO: Why was it so important for you to be a part of this particular issue?
MS CONNIE: To celebrate my friend. For people to be able to get some insight about her. Her talents, her personality, her heart. She was spunky and generous; she LOVED her family and always went beyond the average.
MISS NO: What advice would you give a young girl struggling with he self-esteem and embracing her kurves?
MS CONNIE: Love yourself, you’re all that you’ve got, make the best of it. You’re great, you just don’t see it right now. Strive to identify and sharpen your strengths and identify and minimize our weaknesses. Have fun. Be around people that are about positivity. You’ll be surprised what you will learn about yourself. Curves are not always about being fat. Your body was made CURVY. You are round and fuller than people that have a different body structure. Learn to embrace your curves and everything about you. You are wonderfully made and meant to be a gift to this world. Always remember negativity is a waste of time. Time is precious.
MISS NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
MS CONNIE: I hope that I will be remembered for my relationship with God and my love for my family. My sense of humor, my love for the human race, my kindness and my willingness to help others are gifts that I have enjoyed and shared during my time spent on earth.