by Teeka Tiwari
Today, I want to have a conversation about something you may not want to discuss: Your future.
To do that, I’m going to reveal something about myself…
Many of you know I grew up in the foster care system in England, living with different families and group homes. I even lived in a cramped, unheated room on top of a garage. At night, I watched my breath coil into a frigid mist.
It wasn’t easy… But one day, something changed my life forever. I had been in and out of hospitals because I had a kidney illness. And the side effects of the medicine made me obese.
I was bullied. I got into fights I never started. And when I was at my lowest point, one of my foster parents yelled at me… He said, “You should be grateful for the life we’ve given you.”