My Story: Gina D. Davenport

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

My Story: Gina D. DavenportIn the beginning I had no idea what was going on. It started in 2000. I remember my legs were on fire and I couldn't walk, so I went to the emergency room. The doctor told me I needed a back operation or I would be in a wheelchair in three years. Today I'm not in a wheelchair, but some days I wish that was my reality.

My days were getting much worse, year after year; pain everywhere and no one had any answers, until in 2010 when my doctor finally gave my way of life a name –fibromyalgia. I had never heard of this disease.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I’ve had to learn how to mask my pain and pretend that everything is fine with me, when all the while I can barely walk or stand for long periods of time.

Who has been there for you? How?

My friends have always been there for me. In the beginning they would go to the doctors with me, because they could see how much pain I was in. However, the doctors would say nothing was wrong with me.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I'm grateful that at 51 I can still get up and work an eight-hour shift dealing with customers. I'm still able to go feed the homeless and mentor a group of young ladies to become successful.

I live my life in pain, but I refuse to allow it to get the best of me.

Some days I want to give up, but I believe I’m going to beat this.

Some days I want to give up, but I believe I’m going to beat this.

What's your advice to someone else living with fibromyalgia?

For the last 14 years I have lived with this horrible disease, but I still win. If it was not for my faith in God I would not be here. When no one knew what was wrong, I kept the faith. Even today I am not on any pain medicines, because no doctors would give me any, so I had to do what I know to do: pray.

I live my life in pain, but I refuse to allow it to get the best of me. Some days I want to give up, but I believe I’m going to beat this.

If it was not for my faith in God I would not be here.

Is there anything else we should know?

Until 2012, I was able to hide my life with fibromyalgia, because I was able to fake it. However at 48 I was blessed with a husband and he has seen me in my worst state, but he still believes I'm a very independent women. In 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer and I won. And in 2014, I am still standing.

About Gina D. Davenport

My Story: Gina D. Davenport

Gina has successfully overcome many challenges and obstacles, which allows her to be effective in ministry. She has dedicated her life to encouraging and ministering to individuals who discover themselves at the lowest circumstances in life.

In 2008, Gina began to pursue her passion for youth and laid the foundation for her non-profit organization, Sisters Under One Roof, which assists females ages 13-21 with transitioning into mainstream society after being displaced by homelessness, abuse or neglect.

In 2009, she became Director of the Single Women’s Ministry (SWM) of the Pentecostal Church of Deliverance Ministries. In 2010, she was selected to serve as a board member of Women Dreaming Again Ministries by Pastor Marie Brice. She now serves as the Director of the Women Ministry and Outreach Ministry at New Beginning – Baltimore Mission. Also in 2010, Gina helped create the Inside Out Resource Center, which provides free clothing for needy families in the city of Baltimore.

Gina married Deacon Thomas Davenport in 2012, and has five children, nine grandchildren and serves as “mother” to many other youth and young adults as well. She is committed to strengthening her brethren.

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