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Actress Dominique Williams shares personal life lessons after surviving cancer

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Actress Dominique Williams is proof that it is never too late for a new beginning and exploring your options in life. Williams, who is a Cincinnati native, was completing her third year in the U.S. Army when she was informed by doctors that she had ovarian cancer.

Soon after the diagnosis, Williams began journaling her story on social media. She chose to use the moniker GI Jane, and within months she garnered thousands of followers and fans.

After completing chemo, Williams moved to Atlanta in search of a fresh start and to pursue her lifelong passion for acting. While in Atlanta, Williams was discovered by legendary movie producer Will Packer, which ultimately led to her starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the 2019 sequel to Shaft.

Williams admits that life hasn’t been easy, but she is thankful for the journey and the lessons that she can share in hopes of inspiring others.

What do you consider your superpower to be?

As a Black woman, I consider one of my superpower to be resilience. A lot of people know that I am a cancer survivor, but they don’t know that I served in the army. It took true super strength to get to where I am today and not bend, fold or break.

As a successful woman, what is your greatest or proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement would be maintaining my positive attitude after cancer. I’m thankful that I understand why I had to experience that journey, but I’m even more thankful that I didn’t let it change me as an individual.

What thoughtful or encouraging piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell myself that there is no testimony without a test, and that tough times don’t last, tough people do. I would also tell myself to keep fighting.

If you could thank any Black woman history maker for her contributions to society, who would it be and why?

I would definitely say Michelle Obama. She has proved since day one that it is OK to embrace who you are as a Black woman and where you’ve come from unapologetically. Oftentimes, we forget our roots while aspiring to new heights, but even in the pinnacle of your success, it’s important to remain humble and personable.

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