When I look back in the years.....

Grace Bitomwa
Posted November 8, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo
What shaped you the most?
Let’s talk about this

I originally joined world pulse in 2012 while I was still doing my undergrad. I came across my own account that I have no access to anymore... and I wrote something then about my mum, time has gone but I still mean what I wrote. The account is in my name still: Grace Bitomwa. If you are following that one please follow this new account. Grace Bitomwa1. Looking back  I realise that my life has been shaped by so many factors : 

-love: mostly from my parents and siblings 

- pain: common experience with humans, but for me it has been particularly hard to watch my two brothers struggle with sickle disease. And the consequence this has had on all of us as a family. Second thing that causes pain is DR Congo wars and unrest; they are heart breaking .  - faith: I am christian and I was taught from young age to believe, seek God’s will in every situation.

- change: I have lived in DR Congo, Kenya, and Now in U.K. I had to adjust to all these places, languages, cultures and peoples 

- learning: I never stop learning.  - sharing: is what makes society a beautiful concept.  - relationships: dating haha I am not gonna go into details

- internet: so much information what to take in and what not? It’s been a challenge till now.   

what has shaped you? To become who are and made you see things as you do? Or react as you do? What changed you? 

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Nov 09, 2020
Nov 09, 2020

Hi Grace,
A warm welcome to World Pulse, your ever-loving family after the looooonnnggggg break ...Yaaaaayyyyyyy! Congratulations on your first post too. Thank you for sharing your personal story.

Many of your sisters here have been through so much, but we try put ourselves more in each other's shoes, allowing us to empathise better. So sorry about the sickle cell challenge that two of your brothers have had, as well as the incessant unrest in your country. 'Praying for succour for all sickle cell warriors and those directly affected by the DRC unrest.

Meanwhile, I fully agree... "The internet: so much information what to take in and what not? It’s been a challenge till now." A prominent change agent too. :)

'Great that you are raising your voice. Keep writing and shining, Sis. No more breaks, okay?

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Edith Ijeh
Nov 11, 2020
Nov 11, 2020

Hello sis.

Just like I got back here few days ago you have made the right choice to come back here and I am excited already.
Generally the unrest in Africa has become a thing to worry about daily.
Thanks for sharing your story we look forward to hearing from you

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 20, 2020
Nov 20, 2020

Hello, Grace,

Welcome back to World Pulse on a new account! I actually love the name Grace because it is GRACE that shaped me to be who I am today. I am a Christian, too. A lot of what I do is founded on my faith in Christ. So happy to meet you here, dear sister. Please keep on posting!

Laetitia Shindano
Nov 25, 2020
Nov 25, 2020

Bonjour Grâce,
Bon retour dans la communauté mondiale des sœurs.
Merci pour le partage de votre histoire si intéressante.
A vous lire très prochainement.


Paulina Nayra
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

Hello Grace.. welcome back to World Pulse. It's nice to know that despite the many changes that happened in your life, you've come back to World Pulse. Looking forward to reading more from you.

leila Kigha
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Hello Grace!
Happy you found your way back to world pulse.
Keep on keeping on. There is no one size fits all in this journey called life but we have each other to be inspired and encouraged. You will find your feet just keep on one step at a time!

Feb 11
Feb 11

Welcome Back! I enjoyed reading your post about the things that have shaped your life. Although the specifics are different for each of us, the life experiences of change, love, conflict, pain, and learning reach across all age groups and all geographical areas of the world. The war and violence in your home country is a horrible thing to have to live through. I'm so glad you are in a safe place now. Thank you for putting forth the questions you did. . . food for thought for each of us.

Apr 11
Apr 11

Welcome back dear Grace.
That's the beauty of world pulse.
You can always come back no matter how long you have been away.
This is the home where every woman is welcome.