Sipping PositiviTEA’s founder Jacque Colbert has long been known for her confident can-do attitude and her positive outlook on life. However; a tipping point in her life shifted her perspective when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.
Around April of 2008, Jacque was having the time of her life. She was accepted for doctoral candidacy, recognized as a key talent for Dell Computers, and preparing to network with several other top talents from various companies across the United States at UCLA’s advanced leadership development program. To top it all off, she had just received a clean bill of health from her primary care physician which made her reflect on her days in the Army when she and fellow squad members would say, “standing tall and looking good, we ought to be in Hollywood.” As great as she felt then, her life was soon interrupted when she felt a lump in her left breast. Jacque has always been one to come up with solutions for others and this time she needed to do it quickly for herself. Beyond her faith in God, she quickly learned that she would have to dig deep and muster up all the positivity that she could find to make it through.
Within two weeks of feeling a lump, a routine mammogram led to a biopsy, which led to a terrifying doctor’s appointment during where she received a diagnosis that she did not want to believe at first: breast cancer, stage 1A, requiring a lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. Breast cancer is not a sisterhood anybody wants to join, but in this case, sisterhood and a positive mindset was a matter of survival. On the day she was diagnosed, Jacque reflected on the fact that she was otherwise in top physical condition: why was this happening to her? And why now, just when she was about to embark on the toughest mental challenge of her life? Part of her physical strength came from the fact that she taught boot camp classes. In fact, she taught one of those classes on the morning of her surgery. Her wise father, Roy Walters, was looking down from heaven watching her beat cancer; he did not live to see her complete her doctorate. Nevertheless, his confidence in her has proven to be everlasting, and it shaped chapter six of her book, Corporate Sisterhood; The Ultimate Power Prescription for Every Working Woman, which is dedicated to the fact that becoming a strong woman doesn’t mean sequestering oneself from strong men who want to help you become a champion.
With the intestinal fortitude of her dad, and the sweetest heart of her mother, the love of her siblings, and dear friends, she began to pull out all the positivity her mind could handle. You see, for Jacque, positivity is about being deliberate in ones’ choice to look at the brighter side of life. It means embracing each day knowing that if tomorrow never comes, THIS day you will do all that you can to make yourself and others better. Like positivity, Sipping PositiviTEA is a verb. Sipping PositiviTEA does not negate hard work, dedication, and talent, instead; it stands as the foundation of how Jacque has been able to rise above failed marriages, single motherhood, “NegativiTEA” and yes, breast cancer to a place of saying what I know for sure, is that Sipping PositiviTEA is not petty or passive. It is real, relevant, and requires daily deliberate action. Please join Jacque in the movement and do remember to Sip Responsibly, Sip PositiviTEA.