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Meet Patrice Sterling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrice Sterling.

Hi Patrice, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am an award-winning author, Patient and Family Advocate, publisher, and speaker. My story started when my husband and I learned that our son had a chronic illness. I quickly became well-versed in advocacy strategies, understanding how implementing them can change the course of your loved one’s care. Now, with years of experience, I have assisted numerous families navigating healthcare and educational systems. Most recently, I have partnered with Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc., an organization of global reach to empower individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease, and Global Blood Therapeutics to help build a pipeline of caregivers/advocates.

As an author, I have penned books that speak to incredible milestones in my life and topics that support the tenets that align with my beliefs. In September 2022, I will release an anthology, The Moms’ Truth, Authentic Stories of Motherhood. It is a collective of 16 co-author stories to address the many facets of motherhood- becoming a mother, life changes, and adult child decisions. One reviewer shared, “This is a wonderful piece collectively written to explain the different difficulties one can encounter during her motherhood journey and also how each individual who was involved was able to scare through. This book is filled with knowledge-impactful facts that everyone seeking to belong in the motherhood race would read and be blessed with.”

With all that I am, at my core, I am a mom. That said, I am truly proud and excited about my next venture. Through my publishing company Twenty-Two Publishing, I now offer the opportunity for families get their stories out there. Assisting them in writing and publishing the book that lives within.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been smooth. Learning how to balance your personal and professional life is always a challenge, and if you add in a child with a chronic condition, there are many moments of frustration, anger, and confusion. Early on, I did quite a bit of volunteer work. Making the transition from volunteer to paid was a bit of a struggle. I can tell you now that you simply have to re-introduce yourself. Let others know who you are, how you can help them, and why you are the best person to help them.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I assist families of children with chronic conditions with navigating healthcare and educational systems. That means I coach them on how to advocate for their loved ones. Help them understand their rights. How to create a partnership with their provider and child’s educational team. Additionally, provide tools to maintain organized, accurate information they will need for care.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is not any single achievement. It is finding peace and motivation in the daily things we do in life.

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