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Her Place is an eclectic collective of women from all walks of life from all over the world.

Ordinary women, extraordinary beings.  

Her experiences, both past and present, continue to show a Lady of courage, perseverance and optimism.  It is an honor to feature her, as she shares with Her Place the journey of her life, and her determination to make the most of every moment, regardless of the challenges she is facing personally.


Christine ‘Hex’ Bissell~April’s ‘Featured Lady’

Whether it’s a scenic view through the trails or a day spent reflecting at a local cemetery, Christine’s passion of bringing to life the vivid and outstanding views!

Nature is a place of healing and Christine hopes that others viewing her photography can find and feel that sense of protectiveness.

During Christine’s childhood she has fond memories of watching her mother take photographs with her SLR camera. Later in life Christine would be an employee at Eastman Kodak where she would have the opportunity to take classes to learn about black and white film and also how to develop them.

These were the beginning moments where Christine found a deep passion for photography.

 As a child, there was a silver maple tree growing outside Christine’s window, she describes the tree as being absolutely perfect for climbing, gymnastics and pretending the long and serviceable branches were a horse.

”That tree was my everything. My mother was only ever physically there during my childhood and my father had abandoned us. Being alone made me have to create a companion.” Christine recalls.

It felt as if she had her biological parents, but nature had always been her true mother, one that made her feel safe, needed and venerated.

“Nature is healing, nothing on the outside is going to save you, so being alone was healing in the 80 acres of forest or in the barn with the horses out on the trails. My horse would find the deer trails, and there was nothing comparably better than me, my horse and nature, I felt loved, cared for and wanted. This was my sanctuary.

Because of this feeling, I raised my kids in nature.” 

 “I’ve always been self taught, I love reading and learning. Specifically learning why I behave and do the actions I’ve made.

I am still healing and am undergoing counseling, and have been for the last thirteen years. I am learning to find peace with my past and I’ve learned to forgive and to understand my surroundings and how I played a role in my past. Once I had these understandings everything connected. You find yourself with nature and you get answers for yourself about yourself.

 Currently I am 8 months off of methadone and during that time of my life, everything was muddy. The past months have made me learn pain, and how it’s your body telling you something and instead of listening we take medication, we look for fixing outside of ourselves.I needed and have learned how to love myself for me, and I mean all of me, even the suicidal side. I’ve learned that although I have judged myself and others that judgment is huge to learning about yourself and what you like and don’t like.”

Christine Bissell is a single mother raising three beautiful children in upstate New York. Her work can be seen throughout the book ‘Her World, Creative Collections’. View Christine’s work at www.hexphotography.com. 

Meet March’s ‘Featured Lady’ ~ Artist Kayla Dorothy

Kayla Dorothy is an artist based out of Central Massachusetts. Her artwork varies throughout different mediums and styles. 

Although she does not sell her pieces regularly, she continuously volunteers for community art projects with organizations such as Gardner Makes to bring the town of Gardner’s history alive. 

“Selling art is never fulfilling as volunteering is, you lose fluidity and passion.” Kayla comments.

Growing up, creating art had always been readily available at home. In middle school, she had a very supportive, yet assertive art teacher who encouraged Kayla to explore the very real possibility of becoming an artist.

As she went through high school, you could find Kayla in the office switching out any regular class she could so she may take more art classes. It was these instances that motivated her to get a college degree in art.

During her college years, she felt as if she was naive and this was displayed in her early pieces. As time and her artistic abilities advanced, she found an understanding of life and art.

“You really don’t realize how much you utilize in the universe” when you are an artist. 
The creative process is chaotic, messy and never consistent. “I’ll start 10 projects and will finish 2-3 in a week, then finish the rest when it becomes maddening. For me, deadlines help me finish my pieces, especially the stress.” Kayla answers.

Once the piece is done however it is deeply rewarding to hear how her art is perceived by others. For example, her landscape pieces. “ Some (of these pieces) were me sitting and drawing scenery. I wanted people to realize this was a real place and you don't have to get an accurate depiction to still get that feeling. The best part is hearing how they feel. We all perceive the world differently. I also love when people share similar feelings on the piece it feels communal and brings this sense of cohesiveness.”  


Kayla continues to create pieces throughout the weeks and volunteers within her community, bringing the town of Gardner’s history to life. She advises women struggling artists or not, to “never take for granted connections from friends, teachers, etc. If you feel good energy and that person feels like they are moving forward, build a community and keep that connection.”

Visit www.kgbarts.com to view more of Kayla’s art, Kayla’s art can also be found in Her World, Creative Collections. 

A quiet faithful heart
And how it all begins... February’s Featured Lady ~ Angela Wilkerson..

It is such an honor to write about the ladies! They are all unique, beautiful, talented and amazing. When we speak to these women for these interviews, even if we have known them for years, we come away from each interview with renewed faith, a deeper understanding of who she is today, her experiences, her hope, and her strength. This month’s featured lady lives a life that inspires, in her quiet, faithful and committed ways. 
Angela grew up with faith, raised by a strong and loving mother in NH. Her faith was strong and her childhood happy. She attributes this to the all-girl private catholic school she grew up in, and the nuns that instilled in her strong values, security and safety. 
When Angela became a teenage she changed schools and went into a public school system. This was not an easy transition for her. Life seemed harder, a bit darker, and less kind. The values she had gleaned from Catholic school and family carried her through high school for a time, but the cruel reality of the world ended up being too much. Angela left high school, moved to Florida to live with her father, and there she received her GED. 

Once she turned 18 and was away from high school and all that went along with that phase of her life, she started to remember who she used to be...who she was...who she should be... And so, she was determined to prove that her experiences with high school did not define her, and she started to search for her path in life.

As a child, it was always justice and peace that appealed to her (the’ cops and robbers’ movies were always her favorite). She always wanted to ‘get the bad guys’, protect others, and have a world filled with happiness and peace and beauty, the way God intended.  
She went back to college and started to build toward her dreams and began working toward a degree in criminal justice. 
She was committed and single, and she persevered and made the sacrifices it took to get through college. She focused on her future, and kept her focus on God. 
Eventually Angie took a leap of faith, and she followed her heart and the feeling she was being drawn out west. She decided to move to South Dakota with her Great Dane, Stanley. Today she has an amazing job, working in law enforcement for the State of South Dakota.

Angie absolutely loves nature and being outdoors hiking, biking and gardening. In nature is where she feels inspired and closest to God. She is active in her church and the community - volunteering wherever needed. She works with the youth ministry and is on a couple city boards. 

Angie’s life has been and continues to be a journey seeking peace and justice, and how best to serve others and God.  

“I work hard building on my faith and putting my trust in God that He will continue to lead me where I need to be and always remind me of who I am, His beloved daughter.” 
“The biggest lesson I've learned from all my struggles, all the adversity I've faced, and all the successes I've had...is to never let others, society, or your mistakes, dictate who you are. Only your heart can tell you who you are. Always trust and follow your heart because that is where God lives in us all. Always do what you know to be right in your heart. And always keep hope. "Maybe you just haven't seen it yet. You're closer than you think you are." (As put by Danny Gokey ).”
Every day Angie is surrounded by the beauty of God in the picturesque countryside she lives in. She lives on Hope Street (literally) and every single time she sees her street name, it reminds her to always keep hope. knowing God led her where she is today for a reason, and purpose. Her commitment to herself with pursuing her education has paid off, with a career she will continue to grow in, and a faith and understanding of herself that she can do anything she sets her heart, and her mind too. 

And you can too.

January- Mindy Merrill

Everything started about 5 years ago. I was sick and I was diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroid disease. 

A few years later I lost my health insurance. The cost of bloodwork every three months and follow up appointments was too expensive to maintain and I stopped taking my medication. after that I had to stop taking the medication. Stopping the medication may have been a good thing . 

 Not long after that, I started feeling really off and so tired. I went back to the doctor and had new bloodwork done. The result was the disease had gotten worse, causing alot of scar tissue and swelling in my thyroid.  

When it didn't get better (what did they do to try and make you better at first?)they decided to do an ultrasound.  

The ultrasound showed some concerning areas. 
The following month I went for a biopsy, and the results were highly suspicious cells. 

The doctors advised me that my best bet was to have a total thyroidectomy. So in March, 2019 I had my thyroid removed. 

They discovered I had 5 cancer masses, all still 1.2cm and smaller. Thankfully the cancer has not metastasized.  

March 26, 2019 I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma. 
 
Things have certainly been an adjustment .
 
And it's not over.  
   
I had a radioactive iodine treatment/scan in November and the findings confirmed leftover cells . 
 
Soon I will have another ultrasound and it will be determined if another treatment is needed . 
   
Thankfully it is a slow growing cancer but it doesn't stop the worry and the knowing it is not gone. 

When people think of thyroid cancer, they may believe it is a better cancer to have, as far as cancer goes. After all, it is removed with surgery it's gone, then it is over. Though that it's not the case. In my situation the cancer was not fully eradicated. With every ultrasound, scan, or tumor marker blood work, there is worry it will get worse. Every follow up appointment there is stress another mass will be there, the cells have grown. 

No matter how simple the form of it may be, hearing you have any form of cancer is never easy. It is challenging for everyone in the family. Minds race, feelings flood out. Fear, sadness, anger, pride lost. Courage like one could never Imagine. It effects everyone . 

I am a single mom of two boys, 16 and 18. I will always be a afraid that my boys may someday have to be without their mother. 

I am still in the follow up stages , with continual ultrasounds to check on the cells left behind.  

I hope my story can impress on others how important it is to listen to our bodies. Pay attention when we feel run down. Take the time to get regular check ups.

Its been a difficult year being diagnosed with cancer, the surgery, follow up appointments ultrasounds, blood work, radioactive scans, emotions and it still continues. However, the love , support and kindness of my family and friends have helped me keep it together and realize hoe fortunate I am to not have had to face this alone. 

  I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I got this and not just for me but for all of you ♡

As difficult as it has been, I have faith, and we will conquer this battle! It wont be easy , though in the end, through this ordeal, my family will be closer than ever.”

December-Nicole Dube

I've been an artist my whole life. While I am fond of pastels, painting, pottery, photography, and doodling; crafting my wire trees is the medium I’ve been searching for. 
I work full time in the insurance industry and hope to be a full time artist someday. If I'm not creating, you can find me moon-gazing, adventuring outside, hanging out with my cats or watching movies with my wonderful husband.
The moon has a huge influence on me and my creative energy. Through this lunar inspiration, all my trees are handmade with an immense amount of passion. I create each one with love and care in combination with semi-precious gems as well as sand and sea stones which are hand gathered from the beautiful beaches of outer Cape Cod~one of my favorite places! 

Please have fun browsing my gallery on Etsy and keep in mind that I can also do custom orders. Email me with any questions and we can chat.”

MoontreesByNicky.Etsy.Com

November- Mary Ann Donnarumma 

Born in the Bronx and raised upstate NY, Mary Ann was raised in a close knit family. After leaving high school, which her mother encouraged her to complete, she went on to work for an extended warranty company working her way up to become a department manager. 

After years of working for a company that didn't respect the gift of the help they had, Mary Ann went to work for her mother, as a bookkeeper. Her mother trained her, and she has remained a bookkeeper for 21 yrs. Today she works was a property manager.

Mary Ann spent the first half of her adult life married, and had two children, both now adults, with her husband. Mary Ann describes her wedding day as one of the happiest days of her life, though, as sometimes happens, her marriage became strained, eventually she made the decision to move away and start a new phase of her life.


To help cope with her divorce, Mary Ann began working out, and found she had a passion for Kettlebells. The focus Helped her get through the worst of times, and became part of her daily regimen.

Though she was physically active and took care of herself, during the winter of 2012 she became ill, and did not know what was wrong. Not even able to climb her stairs without lying down to rest, she spent most of the winter on her couch.  

Finally, she went to her doctor, and was diagnosed severely anemic. Mary Ann went on iron pills to regulate her blood levels, which helped. Though spring of 2013, Mary Ann's Dr suggested she have a hysterectomy. Though Mary Ann's family has a history of uterine and Colon cancer, Mary Ann refused, believing that family history would bypass her. Mary Ann was soon to find out this decision could cost her her life.

Her sister made the decision to go through with a hysterectomy, and after seeing the results, Mary Ann rethought her decision and made the decision to go through with it herself.

Unfortunately, after having a series of tests done, the Dr confirmed she was positive for cancer. 

Originally diagnoses with stage one cancer, her Dr felt optimistic and referred her to an oncologist. In the three weeks between the appointments, her cancer had spread to the uterine muscle. She was misdiagnosed and the cancer was at stage 3.

Her Dr performed the surgery, which had complications from the get go, and during the surgery her Colon was cut, and a nerve was bruised near her Lymph node, leaving her limited mobility in her leg. They discovered that the cancer had continued to spread aggressively, moved into stage two and into her left fallibian tube. Had she not gone back after seeing her sisters results from her hysterectomy, she would surely be dead at the aggressive rate the cancer spread.

Her battle against cancer is far from over, and much is still unknown, though recently Mary Ann's dr told her that she now needs aggressive treatment for her disease. Her decision to move forward with treatment was been made, and with the help of her dr's and the emotional support from her family and friends, she continued to seek the treatments she needed to put her cancer in remission.  Today, it has been four years since her last treatment. Today she is cancer free.

Mary Ann is an inspiration to those that know her. As she continues to fight a battle many cannot conceive, 

She shares her heart with others, that they can too persevere and overcome, even when facing such life threatening challenges. 

"I learned so much from being sick. I took everything for granted. I see things so differently today. 

I would tell everyone who would listen that life is amazing and worth fighting for. No matter what comes your way, good or bad, it is beautiful! I would also say, please listen when your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. That is a mistake I am now paying for.

Love everyone.Kiss you kids, your family and your friends. I always told my children over and over how much I love them, and now I do it even more. I don't want to die with regrets.

As for how I feel about what I am faced? I am not afraid to die. I know for sure that there is more than this. That being said, I am not ready to die. I feel like I didn't get it right yet in the relationship department and I would like a chance at a happy relationship. Also, I am not ready to leave my children and my family."

Mary Ann continues to find inspiration through her family and friends, as well as through some of her favorite writers.  Her love for Life and her willingness to open her heart to help others find strength and inspiration is one to emulated. ~

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