I have the privilege and pleasure of featuring Marilyn Norris in our Veteran Spotlight. Marilyn is a beautiful soul I met in Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Inc. What drew me to Marilyn was her demeanor. She has always been composed but approachable and compassionate. She has a way of never making me feel like a met a stranger. Her many years of leadership, service to others, pain and triumph has created this fascinating person that I very much want you to know.
Tell us a little bit about your military career.
While attending Clark Atlanta University and living with my father, after the completion of one year of college I decided to join the Army. I went to basic training and AIT at Fort Jackson’s SC. I became a 71L and spent my first duty station at Forth Monmouth, New Jersey. Other assignments include Germany, the Pentagon and Hawaii. After about 12 years my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I decided to leave the military and be there for my mom. My mom battled bladder and lung cancer. On January 11th 2017 she celebrated her 72nd birthday.
What are your current endeavors?
One of my current endeavors includes completing my book this year. After my 16 year struggle with cancer I decided to write a book about women in the military or Veterans that have fought the same battle and won. I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1998, cancer returned in my other breast in 2012 and in 2016 it reared its ugly head again. This time it came back as a five pound mass that attacked my ribs and lungs. This last fight is my motivation. Having to have 7 ribs remove, doctors building a new chest wall to cover my heart and lungs and using skin from my back to rebuild my flesh; I know my book must come out this year and it will. If you know anyone fighting the Battle or have fought the battle have them reach out to me.
This time it came back as a five pound mass that attacked my ribs and lungs. This last fight is my motivation….I know my book must come out this year and it will.
What is the best advice you can share with our audience?
The best advice I can share with the audience is very simple…”Live as if you believe it’s your last day”
What associations or involvements would you like to attribute to your success?
My success comes from my leadership in Chef’s Sisters Only Club, our President, Chef Best allows us to take on leadership rolls while she leads and mentor us. I spent 9 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children and that gave me my passion.
Where can our audience find you?
President of Augusta Xi Chapter
Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Inc
E-mail address: AugustaRoyaltyPresident16@gmail.com
First Vice-President of Cher’s Sisters Only Club
President of the Masters City AG Chapter
Phone: (706) 619-8801
Member of Board of Directors for Child Enrichment, CASA
Chapter Coordinate for KEΨ P.E.A.R.L.S Youth Mentorship Program
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/keypearls/
Is there anything else you would like to add?
As you can see my faith is strong, I know that the struggle is real. Each day is a better day. It’s not easy to have to rest after walking for less than an hour. I am use to walking 60 miles in three days. For 5 years I participated in the 3 day 60 miles breast cancer walk in Atlanta Georgia. My battle made me the strong woman I am today.