Last spring, my friend, Carrie, called me and said “A reporter from the Advocate Magazine will be calling you for an interview. It’s for their Fierce Females feature in July.” I thought, me, really? I was feeling anything BUT fierce that particular day. Since I met Carrie, she has been the ultimate cheerleader, supporter, and advocate, for me and this non-profit. We had been planning a neighborhood pop-up shop to highlight local businesses and to raise funds for A Model Patient when she first connected with the Advocate. The title of the series intimidated me. How am I fierce? What does that even mean? But as the reporter, Jaime Dunaway-Seale, skillfully pulled out my personal story, I felt empowered, emboldened, and inspired to be amongst such a highly esteemed group of local ladies. I suppose we all have a bit of fierce inside of us. Some of us use it more regularly, others sparingly, but when we need it, we can usually find it’s there.