Demetria McKinney, Singer/Actress: Blog

National Minority Health Month

My son is my Red Lip Story.

As a military brat, I had life covered, especially health wise. But once life at home got hard, I was on my own. My mother’s husband was into me way more than a step father/father should ever be. Everyone, with the exception of a few, looked at me as ” the problem” versus helping me out of it.

I fought depression, undeserved guilt, thoughts of suicide, and ended up homeless. The “estranged” part of my family took me in after a bit and I was able to start building my life…only to find I was pregnant. I was a teenager, barely making it on my own and now I have the responsibility of a whole person’s life?!?! The pity I could have had, the hardship I knew was coming, all took a backseat to the opportunity for love and growth.

From the first time I heard my sons heartbeat, I was a fan. I had to be strong, healthy, HERE. I had to be HERE for him. Daekwon is my red lip story and has been ever since. Who is yours?

– Demetria McKinney

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