On July 15, 2018, everything I thought I knew and loved about life suddenly changed.
I was diagnosed with a severe muscle condition known as rhabdomyolysis. This mysterious illness broke down my leg muscles and led to my kidneys almost being removed. Unfortunately, doing the type of outreach work I’m used to, you suck it up, roll with the punches and remember the greater goal.
Due to my condition, I’ve lost my ability to walk without a cane. I’ve lost my independence – and temporarily my sanity.
Still working hard
Because of this, I decided to no longer feel guilty, and started embracing my new superpower. I wanted to make an even bigger impact that would transcend generations and change the world. Thus, my organization has been hard at work the last 10 months attempting to secure resources and information as we prepare to launch a new community initiative.
“One Step At A Time” is an enrichment program focusing on providing adequate and cost-efficient resources and comfort via medical, recreational and psychological treatment for young children and adults who are suffering from chronic muscle and bone disorders.
With the beautiful and generous contributions of a multitude of community-loving citizens, we will be able to provide affordable mental health counseling, physical and developmental therapy, public awareness seminars, after school social and recreational activities to lift self-esteem.
We will utilize STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational principles and tutoring, as well as routine exercise/mental wellness courses for families of members as well.
Each of our “Step-Soldiers” will be evaluated thoroughly before, during and after their sessions with our team. Our longterm goal is to uplift, inspire and empower every citizen who is suffering.
Making a change
Through emotional, physical and social interactions, we’re dedicated to making a long-lasting and sustainable change in the lives of survivors. We are here to make their lives a little more peaceful, fulfilling, and reinvigorated, one step at a time.
With the support, love and understanding from donors and those willing to invest into this life-altering movement, no more children and families will suffer in silence.
As a chronic sufferer of muscle fatigue, extreme pain, muscle spasms, constant cramps and occasional complete immobility, I’ve learned the importance of physical and mental support.
Mental anguish and hopelessness comes when you’re no longer in control. If you’ve ever felt this way, it’s okay. That’s why programs like this are necessary and essential.
Prescription pills, alcohol, drugs, and gambling are all ways we’ve learned to mask and deal with physical pain. How to we mask mental pain? We must discuss these issues, accept our situations, and embrace them. By supporting this program and this movement, you’re not only saving a life, you’re truly changing the world.
Seeing a change being made in the community is one of the most vital experiences of a young person’s life. When children become teenagers they discover the world, temptation, and outside influences, so it will always take the influence of positive leaders to lead them on the right path.
Community Healing Project, Inc. was inspired by the great work of Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Bobby Seale, and we have been blessed with the task of changing lives, helping families and igniting a cultural appreciation in our youth which has been sadly missing as of lately. With branches being developed in Miami, Houston, Chicago and Brooklyn, we plan on turning this local network of love into a worldwide phenomenon.
I’m a leader, visionary, entrepreneur and activist. But at the end of the day, I’m a Black man in America attempting to make a way for his people. Until we change the world one community at a time, my work is never over.
Rell Black is an award-winning activist, blogger and the founder of Community Healing Project Inc.