I AM BIO Patient Story: Melodie Narain-Blackwell, Color of Crohn's & Chronic Illness, Inc.

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT), Monday, June 14, 2021
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Melodie Narain-Blackwell is a serial entrepreneur and health advocate, who has always been passionate about supporting others and encouraging them to dig deep to pursue their purpose. Her belief in God has been the source of her drive and inspiration. As a multi-ethnic woman of faith, she has built businesses that represent all of the parts of who she is. Though she has been a part-time entrepreneur for more than 15 years, Melodie began her full-time entrepreneurial journey in 2018 after she was laid off from her full-time job. Unapologetically, she took a leap, putting her full trust in God, completely believing that he would provide for her as she pursued her dreams and purpose.

Concurrent with her lay-off and leap of faith, Melodie was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which has been an arduous ongoing battle for her life. Facing this health challenge head-on, led her to become a passionate health advocate for people of color who battle chronic illnesses. She launched Color of Crohn’s and Chronic Illness, Inc (COCCI) in September 2019; a nonprofit that has the mission to advance the quality of life of minorities that are facing gastrointestinal and other debilitating illnesses.

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