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Meet Janiene T, Parent Mentor at Akron Children's Hospital

Janiene T

Janiene's Story

From an early age, I’ve understood the importance of FAITH over FEAR. After I lost mother as a young girl, I was forced to navigate the world while facing obstacles and pain no child should have to endure. Despite the many ups and downs, I channeled and developed her inner strength. I opened a beauty salon, specializing in natural healthy hair, and became a mother to three beautiful girls – Jayce, Joelle and Justice, while also fostering youth in Youngstown, Ohio.

But it was the birth of my third daughter, Justice, that brought me to my true purpose in life. Justice Joi was born on June 7, 2017, with severe jaundice. After being transported to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC) for treatment, Justice contracted an infection of the umbilical cord called omphalitis, which prolonged her stay in the NICU by a month.

With Justice in the NICU in Pittsburgh, and two small daughters at home in Youngstown, I found myself mentally, physically, and financially drained. This became one of the hardest seasons in my life, I cried daily. That said, I was reminded of the power of my FAITH in God over the FEARS of my situation, and this faith sustained me during the lonely days and nights.

When Justice Joi finally came home, I was overjoyed for my family, but remained heartbroken and empathetic for the families who remained in the NICU. This empathy, in addition to my many lessons in faith along my journey, inspired me to start Justice4Joi, a 501©3 nonprofit that provides necessities to NICU facilities, infants and their families. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a sense of home to those families while they remain in the hospital.

I strive to be a source of faith, hope and support for those in my community, especially her Justice4Joi family. I remain dedicated to easing the burden for those mothers and families who find themselves worn down by the realities of NICU life.

When I embarked on my journey years ago, I could not have predicted how I would be led to my purpose, but I remain humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help those in need.

Who knew adding a precious little one to our family would change my life forever and help me find my true purpose in life, helping others find Joi in their journey.

 

Janiene is a parent mentor for these conditions: Jaundice.

Janiene is a mentor for these care services: NICU

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