Updated: May 1, 2019
Fashion Model, Spokesmodel, Actress, Fashion Entrepreneur, Former Boutique Owner:
Are just some of the titles Trina Nicole holds as a main staple in the Milwaukee Fashion scene. For over 10 years, Trina Nicole has been a creative force helping trailblaze a much thriving Milwaukee Indie Urban Art and Fashion scene we see today.
As a mother of 3 boys, life can seem to be the ultimate juggling act while pursuing your own passion and purpose. For some, it would be easy to relinquish the right to have dreams, but not Trina Nicole. Through the ups and downs, Trina always finds purpose in the process.
Most recently in 2016, Trina was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a debilitating disease of chronic pain.
According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, "Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. The disorder affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3-6% of the world population. While it is most prevalent in women —75-90 percent of the people who have the condition are women —it also occurs in men and children of all ethnic groups."
Instead of wallowing in the pain, she used it to expand her purpose with her first newly released book, “Fly Girl with Fibro: Pushing through the Pain.”
We had the opportunity to talk with Trina on how she chooses resilience over despair any day.
What was your first reaction to the diagnosis and what was Lightbulb Moment that led to using your current pain to write a book about your story? "I was happy but sad at the same time. I was happy to put a name to the pain, but I was sad that it will be a life long condition that can be managed but not cured.
For me, writing is therapeutic.
I was trying to figure out what led to me developing this condition so I started to pinpoint the events in my life I think led to it.
All of the stress and trauma I have dealt with in my life has surfaced now as chronic pain. They say, stress has a way of manifesting into physical pain and I am proof of that." What are your driving forces behind your success and your ability to be resilient not only for yourself but also for your children? "I think I am successful because I am genuine and transparent. I am who I am and that resonates with people. I am very ambitious and highly self-motivated so failure is not an option. But now, I just have to adjust how I do things because of my condition. I'm turning this negative into a positive and helping others along the way. Through this journey, I have really discovered my own strength and resilience and have to tap into it often." For those who are struggling with a recent diagnosis or who want to share their story, what is your advice on making the first step? "Just know you are not alone in your struggle. There are many Fibro fighters, so try to connect with them through support groups and social media. It is very important to have a strong support system. Be patient with yourself. Fibromyalgia affects everyone differently. It's going to take time to adjust and figure out a treatment plan that works for you. Also, engage in regular self-care.
Do not let ANYONE dismiss your pain or try to convince you it's not real. If you want to share your story, start writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal. You'd be surprised how much you can write when writing your own story." What have obstacles taught you?
"Obstacles are temporary. There is a lesson to be learned in every trial and tribulation we encounter. It's up to us to decipher the lesson and what we ultimately learn from it. You can view obstacles as positive or negative but they are meant to help us learn and grow." What does “embrace possibilities” mean to you?
"Embrace the unknown. Embrace your potential and tap into it. You never know what you're truly capable of until you try. The possibility of your success depends on if you're willing to take a chance on yourself." If you had to sum up your life’s purpose in 3 words, what would it be?
"To educate, encourage and empower."
Embracing Mastering the Art of Self-Care
Trina takes this transformational journey of uncovering the pain and healing with much grace and joy. She looks to help young girls and women alike encouraging them to not hide behind the labels of expectation nor illness. It is her hope she continues to trailblaze a path that makes way for the next generation of, "FLY GIRLS."
Purchase Trina’s book, “Fly Girl with Fibro,” HERE
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