Palmica Robinson describes herself as a loving and devoted mother and friend. She is glad to be alive in spite of everything she has been through. She is also a woman who openly proclaims her love for God and credits him with making provisions for her life. These provisions have allowed her to enjoy a career as a professional hair stylist that has spanned for nearly 17 years. Currently she is the co-owner of Prosperity Styles Hair Salon in Greensboro.
A native of Greensboro and graduate of James B. Dudley High School, Robinson had to adjust to a few changes in her life. After giving birth to her son in 2010, she had taken him to the hospital for a illness. While there, she blacked out and was examined also. The doctors told her that she suffered from Vertigo, a feeling of dizziness that causes someone to feel like their surroundings are moving or spinning. Vertigo is usually caused by an inner ear problem, but may also be linked to some types of eyesight disorders. Robinson says this didn’t make any sense to her. After visiting a ear, nose and throat specialist, and under going a MRI, Robinson was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Robinson says after being diagnosed she felt lost. Understandably, she cried but says she didn’t have much time to. She had a child to raise and all she knew was to lean on her faith in God. “I believed that God wouldn’t put me through this if I couldn’t handle it,” she says.
Trying to find medication that is decent and suitable has been a challenge for Robinson. Refusing to give way to fear, she is constantly thinking of her kids. “I just want to be healthy for them, so I strive to educate myself about my illness. Doing so has also allowed my faith to grow,” she says. She stopped taking her medication after having a negative reaction. She hasn’t taken any additional treatment for almost a year. Even though her actions are against the advise of her doctors, Robinson says she truly believes that she is healed or will be in time.
She has always had a passion to help others and put her problems aside. This is why she started a non-profit foundation, Prosperity For Life. Its goal is to raise awareness about MS and to give a voice and support to others who may be suffering with the disease also. Last year she conducted a fund-raiser for her foundation in Greensboro. A successful event, Robinson has planned a “Hair-a-Thon” for August 11, 2013, to be held at Leons Beauty School. She is relying on the support of the Beauty and Barber industry as well as the community to make the event a great success. “I pray that we can all come together and make a difference. You are only who you say you are, and you will only do what you allow yourself to do,” she says.
Robinson says that God wouldn’t have given her a vision if He didn’t want her to follow through with it. She believes that she is just a vessel that she is able to help at least one person through the her efforts and fund-raisers. After having several family members who have also battled MS and other ailments, she is determined to live everyday with a prosperous mindset. She also plans to do this while adoring a smile that exudes a love she has for life and everyone she may come in contact with. In addition to her fund-raisers, Robinson is also planning other events including a walk and online store that will provide shirts, mugs, and more merchandise to assist with raising money for her foundation. For more information about the Hair-a-Thon event, please visit online at www.prosperity4life.net