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Ms. High Point Plus America 2024
Protecting the Culture: Racial Health Equality
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Originally from Martinsville, VA and growing up in Kernersville, NC, Shawnta’ Dandridge was raised in a loving, Christian family. After graduating from R.B. Glenn High School Shawnta’ went on to become a first-generation college graduate from Radford University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been in the student affairs field for the last 9 years and has a passion for helping students, especially those who are trying to navigate through college as a first-generation college student.
Shawnta’ also has a passion for help though come up with life plans to navigate life after trauma in relationships which prompted her to get her life coaching certification. In her spare time she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and First Baptist Church of East Martinsville located in Virginia. Finally Shawnta’ has one fur baby (dog) named Bentley.
When I was just 15 years old my parents took me in for a routine checkup. At this checkup I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, sent home with medication, and was told that if I lose weight, I would be able to come off that medication. Once I became a freshman in college, I lost 60 pounds, but my blood sugar was still running high. I found an endocrinologist at 21 years old and at that time I was told that my results were inconclusive.
At 29 years old I was properly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and found other that the doctor that tested me at 21 documented I was type 1 all along. 20-30 percent of minorities in America will go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed compared to the majority. It is my plan, purpose, and duty to educate other minorities to not give up on finding their proper diagnoses.
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