September 2011

Sep 18 2011

Elham AyoubZadeh

Elham AyoubZadeh, Art Anywhere, interview on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

President, Art Anywhere

Elham AyoubZadeh is the President of Art Anywhere, an online company that helps corporations and homeowners acquire contemporary art in a convenient, cost-effective way. more...

Sep 04 2011

Allison Harvey

Allison Harvey, 10,000 Toys for Haiti, interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Founder, 10,000 Toys for Haiti

Allison Harvey is the founder of the not-for-profit organization, 10,000 Toys for Haiti. more...

Sep 04 2011

Penny Simmons

Penny Simmons interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Founder & CEO, Penny Loafers Shoe Shine Company

Penny Simmons is the Founder & CEO of Penny Loafers Shoe Shine Company,a chain of upscale shoeshine kiosks in Toronto. more...

Sep 04 2011

Nelofer Pazira

Nelofer Pazira interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Owner, Kandahar Films

Nelofer Pazira is an author, actor, filmmaker and humanitarian. She directed and performed in the critically-acclaimed feature film "Return to Kandahar." more...

Sep 01 2011
On September 1, 2008 I woke up at 5:15 am like I normally do, but something was different. I remembered opening and closing my eyes over 100 times to make sure that I wasn’t having a nightmare. Instead, it was reality. My eyesight was gone. I was now in complete darkness. That was the morning my eyes closed and I was blessed with the opportunity to see through God’s eyes.

At that moment when I realized that I no longer had my eyesight, I knew I had to make a choice and decide how I was going to live the rest of my life. After allowing myself to cry for no more than two minutes, I decided that I was going to live each moment to the fullest regardless of my physical limitations.

The most difficult part of the morning was phoning my mom in Trinidad and letting her know I was in complete darkness. My mom went to Trinidad at time for the funeral of her brother and I didn’t know how to give her the news that her baby can no longer see. I knew my mom would be heartbroken. Instead, I phoned my cousin in New York and told him to let mom know what had happened. A few minutes later my mom phoned me and in the most gracious voice she said, “Baby, everything will be ok”. Those were the words I needed to hear.

Later on that day, I visited my doctor once again, only to hear, “Shelly, there is nothing I can do to help you. You will no longer be able to see again.” For some reason I didn’t want to accept those words. Something stirred up inside and I knew if I was going to get back my eyesight, I was going to heal myself. I was now on a mission. Fast forward three years later, and I’m happy to report my vision have improved. I am seeing shadows.

When the doctors told me it was impossible to see again, I believed it was possible.

Never quit believing.



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Sep 01 2011
On September 1, 2008 I woke up at 5:15 am like I normally do, but something was different. I remembered opening and closing my eyes over 100 times to make sure that I wasn’t having a nightmare. Instead, it was reality. My eyesight was gone. I was now in complete darkness. That was the morning my eyes closed and I was blessed with the opportunity to see through God’s eyes.

At that moment when I realized that I no longer had my eyesight, I knew I had to make a choice and decide how I was going to live the rest of my life. After allowing myself to cry for no more than two minutes, I decided that I was going to live each moment to the fullest regardless of my physical limitations.

The most difficult part of the morning was phoning my mom in Trinidad and letting her know I was in complete darkness. My mom went to Trinidad at time for the funeral of her brother and I didn’t know how to give her the news that her baby can no longer see. I knew my mom would be heartbroken. Instead, I phoned my cousin in New York and told him to let mom know what had happened. A few minutes later my mom phoned me and in the most gracious voice she said, “Baby, everything will be ok”. Those were the words I needed to hear.

Later on that day, I visited my doctor once again, only to hear, “Shelly, there is nothing I can do to help you. You will no longer be able to see again.” For some reason I didn’t want to accept those words. Something stirred up inside and I knew if I was going to get back my eyesight, I was going to heal myself. I was now on a mission. Fast forward three years later, and I’m happy to report my vision have improved. I am seeing shadows.

When the doctors told me it was impossible to see again, I believed it was possible.

Never quit believing.



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