Dudley Philistin a 27 year old Haitian American Nursepreneur who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Daughter to Guirlande and Francel Mondesir and older sister to 23 year old Gardy Beaucicaut. Dudley P. also known as Madame Dada moved to South Florida in July 09 in pursuit of change and growth.
Obstacles/ Hardship/Limitations (If any):
I’ve been through many obstacles and hardships throughout my life such as:
- Family being on welfare during childhood.
- Being molested at the age of 6 years old, which mentally crippled me, later developing into insecurities and the lack of self-love.
- Not having the best relationship with my mother.
- Throughout my schooling from elementary to high school I wasn’t the best student. Creole was the first language I learned before English, so I spent elementary to high school in the ESOL program with Haitian immigrants. I tested out of the program and was able to move onto a regular American class, I stayed right there with people who became family. Because I was Haitian and had a most commonly male name (Dudley), I got bullied a lot growing up. I always felt the need to defend myself whenever a situation presented itself either for the Haitian Flag (Jamaican and Haitians had a strained relationship around that time in NYC) or for my name so that lead to me getting suspended, transferred to different schools, and even sent to a detention center.
- Not accepting myself for being different. I hated my name “Dudley” growing up as a child so I created Dada, which later on evolved to Madame Dada to people in my circle including family. I wanted to get rid of the gift of being different away just to be like everyone else.
- Being in a mentally and physically abusive relationship for over a year.
- Losing my high school sweetheart due to gun violence involving the cops. (He got shot and died on the scene)
- I failed out of the nursing program twice before my final victory.
- I attempted to commit suicide twice in Dec. 2015 after my 26th birthday.
What has been the most valuable lesson that you learned over the course of your journey? How has that lesson added to your character?
The most valuable lesson that I’ve learned over the course of my journey thus far is that there is a GOD and PRAYER is POWERFUL. God has/ is blessing me despite of what I use to think before when my mind was clouded with doubt and fear. I couldn’t have faith and fear at the same time. I am not here by accident and I’m ready to show the world what I have to offer.
I’ve been blessed to have tough outer skin with the sweetest heart. That’s why I’m blessed enough to be a Nurse as well as an entrepreneur. Nursing in general has humbled and taught me not to have a judgmental attitude towards others, to spread more love, to listen more, patience and that life is way shorter than we actually think it is.
A quote you live by:
“I GOT THIS!” – Dudley P.
THANK YOU FOR READING- #MUCH LOVE #TAM