Kenya Armstrong has overcome many obstacles growing up. The biggest of these obstacles was when she was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease at an early age. This rare condition affects children under the age of five. According to kidshealth.org, viagra sale some of the symptoms include persistent fever, there redness in eyes, sickness or rash on stomach, chest or genitals. If caught early, it can be treated, but if left untreated it can lead to serious heart complications.
So when Kenya’s parents discovered that she had the disease, they were heartbroken. “(Whenever they tell me how it happened) it’s a sad story,” Kenya said. However, doctors caught it early and she was cured of the disease by the time she was 4 years old. This thrilled her parents because she says that they were told Kenya would not live past three months. “They were happy because I could live longer and go on with my life.”
Going on with life is just what she did. Kenya, now a senior at John Marshall High School, is the second oldest out of five children. Her older sister, Michon Phillips, is five years older than her and lives on her own. Being the second oldest by seven years, Kenya often helps her mother by watching her younger brother and two younger sisters. She says watching them and interacting with them, as well as her experience with Kawasaki Disease, is what motivated her to want to enter early childhood education. “I love working with younger kids,” she said. She wants to become a pre-school or kindergarten teacher so that she can help kids and be a role model for them like she is for her siblings.
Kenya also said that helping her mother with her brother and sisters has helped her to grow up faster. “It gives me more experience working with younger kids,” she said. The values of patience and responsibility have also been planted in Kenya. She said she learned them from watching her siblings so much. The responsibility that is added from watching them is being a role model for them. She said it can be hard sometimes because her siblings don’t listen, but she knows that she has to be the more mature one so that she can be an example for them. “You can’t do bad stuff, they’ll follow behind you. You have to set an example to keep on achieving to get to where you want to be, and that will make them want to do the same when they get older.”
While she sets the example for her young siblings, Kenya said her role models were her mother (Michelle Garner) and her older sister Michon. She said she looks up to her mother because, like herself, she had to grow up fast because she had Kenya’s older sister at 18. “She had to stop going to high school to help take care of her. So she didn’t get the chance to go to college or attend graduation or prom, she had to grow up.” She looks up to her sister because she aspires to be like her when she graduates college. “She just got her CNA license, graduated from Virginia State with a major in psychology,” she said. Kenya is on her way to becoming like her older sister. She plans to go to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for two years and then transfer to VSU, VUU, or VCU.