Endometriosis Awareness Month 3/26/12 Recap

March is Endometriosis Awareness month and myself (Dawgelene “Dr Dawj” Sangster), along with Michelle N Johnson of Essential-e Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks planned free awareness events. Endometriosis is a disease that affects more than 176 million women worldwide, and there is currently no cure for it. Our first event was held on 3/26/2012 at Think Royally Studios in the BridgePort Art Center, and was a huge success. We had men and women show up to enjoy delicious treats, drinks and inspiring presentations by Nicoh David, Michelle N Johnson and Victoria Knox. There is another event schedule on 3/31 from 10am- 12noon at 50 east Washington in Chicago. People can register at


We want to thank our volunteers and sponsors: A Shot of Karizma, Creative Creations by Veronica, Anointed Wives Ministry, Taylor Made Invites, Pound Cakes and more by Terry, JES Digital, Fame-Production Group, Luxury Lifestyle Living, Grace Boyz Productions, Lovely Trinkets, The Endo Project,  Avlacier Premium Akaline Water, Think Royally Inc and Philip Minitog Photography.


Why Music Helps You Overcome Pain

We often meet people that inspire us with their stories of hope and survival. Sometimes we can connect with them because of our past experiences but other times we walk their journey through their eyes, in hopes of understanding why they live their lives to inspire others. I met a musician, Michael Harper, who goes by the name Baritone. Michael is a musician that focuses on jazz, house and a little bit of soul for his international audience. Michael and I connected initially because we attended a charity event, but we quickly found that our stories of hope and survival were very similar. Michael and I chatted about his life and why he chooses to be a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves or are afraid to speak.


What I found out about Michael was this:


  • He had a painful childhood of living in silence when he had so much to offer the world.
  • His father was the cause of most of that pain because he told him he was nothing and would not become anything.
  • He lost close family members within the span of two years and also went blind at one point in his career
  • His mom suffered from stage 4 cancer and suffered at the hands of his father and cancer
  • He made the choice NOT listen to the negative words from his father and instead, chose to live a more purposeful life
  • He now spends his time blessing others with his music and being a voice for womens’ organizations that serve women in need


Michael is an amazing musical talent who has survived pain to live a purposeful life and empower others to embrace change and live more empowered lives. Michael’s music can be found at The interview with Michael was captured a bit on video so please check it out below.

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